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About Chromehill

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  1. That may be true about the Astros monkeying around with their stat collection. I would assume that every MLB team when evaluating someone else's players/prospects is relying on their own scouting, data collection and analysis. Also, you play half your games away from your own stadium, any funny stuff the Astros did would most likely be discovered.
  2. Is it possible for MLB to just let each individual franchise decide how many minor league teams it needs in its system instead of having a blanket policy? I can see MLB having minimum standards for playing field conditions, after that, does it matter if one franchise wants 6 minor league teams and another only wants 4?
  3. Exactly. When the shift giveth more than it taketh teams will stop shifting.
  4. I have zero interest in making changes to the fundamental rules of the game that have been in place for 100 years. No need to change the foul ball rule. I also do not like the 3 batter minimum for pitchers. The state baseball is in today is driven from the optimization strategy on what gets your the team the most wins. Right now the home run is king. MLB needs to get rid of the super ball, this should reduce homeruns which could result in a different optimization strategy to win. Reducing homeruns is the key. If replacing the super ball does not work, raise the mound. Eventually this results in a greater emphasis of getting on base, which probably means hitters start looking to beat the shift and batters value making contact. I think the emphasis on batters trying to draw walks is here to stay because not making outs and getting on base is critical to scoring runs. Same as pitchers looking for strikeouts is here to stay, if the batter doesn't the hit ball, you can't get hurt.
  5. I agree with you, problem is what is done is done. The last half decade the team poured all their resources into the major league roster to hopefully win it all. The result the major league team that collapsed in September 2017. They doubled down for 2018 and now they have a lousy major league roster with a barren farm system. At this point the complete rebuild is the only logical approach. Adding Jim Palmer and Cal Ripken in their primes would not make this team competitive (.500). They need more quality players which is going to take years.
  6. Funny that you mention Hank Aaron. When I was a kid I would read a lot of books about sports, Hank Aaron's book was the only one I could not finish, got tired of reading him saying how great he was. He was great...most people like humility in others.
  7. Davis is not going to accept a minor league assignment for the simple fact that he may not hit any better down there. Ego wise he cannot take that chance. He is striking out nearly half his plate appearances, he is done. Probably as much mental as physical at this point. At least keeping him around allows the typical fan to say "I can do as good as him", when compared to Davis there is a lot of truth in that, the average guy in the stands really could not play much worse than he is right now. Sadly with Flanagan, he was one of those individuals who dealt with demons (real or imagined) his whole life and could never overcome it. For most of us who are healthy, it makes no sense, but is very real to the person dealing with depression.
  8. Agree, when people move on they just need to be quiet. Manny should be thankful the O's never showed him love as he says. He would not have a $300 contract on a team with a loaded farm system. He would have a lesser contract on a team coming off of 47 wins and in complete rebuild mode with a mediocre at best farm system.
  9. If you look at Davis's stats the last 2 years, the big difference is he walked 20 less times in 2018 compared to 2017 and had 19 less hits. His plate appearances and strikeouts are very close both seasons. What this means, not sure. Digging a little deeper, he hit more ground balls and fly balls in 2018 and less line drives, not hitting the ball as consistently as hard as 2017. It would seem his pitch selection is down causing less walks and when he does swing, it is either swinging at pitches he can't do much with, or just can't drive the ball like he use too. Could be all 3. 2018 2017 PA 522 524 Hits 79 98 Walks 41 61 K 192 195
  10. I believe the Orioles reached a settlement/agreement with Sid Fernandez and Ponson in the past. Terms unknown. If Davis really stinks it up again and Elias cannot release him, I think what we see is Davis being the 25th man on the roster and rarely plays. Obviously the Orioles would love for Davis to walk away with some kind of settlement. If he can't hit, eventually you have to release him, addition by subtraction.
  11. If Karns cannot go, he is only costing the O's $800K compared to the $3 million they gave Tillman.
  12. Please explain where the team would move? None of the obvious candidates (Charlotte, Portland, Nashville, Montreal) have a MLB ready stadium. Montreal has the old Olympic Stadium which has a large capacity, it was a huge reason why the Expos left. The Orioles are not going anywhere. Considering that the Orioles have almost zero chance of contending over the next three years, they need to accumulate as much talent as possible in their system during that timeframe. It makes no sense to spend big bucks on a free agent that will not be around to help them win in 3 to 5 years. The goal in the next 3 years is to accumulate talent and improve in player development, domestic and international scouting, analytics, etc.
  13. I agree a player like Machado with his numbers from a historic perspective is somebody you could gamble on. Problem is the amount of these contracts. Suppose he falls off a cliff at 33 or gets seriously injured, with a 10 year contract you are eating about $100 million on the last 3 or 4 years of the contract. For the money and duration that Harper and Machado are seeking, as many have posted, only a handful of teams can afford the contract and associated risk. Those teams don't seemed inclined to pursue them for one reason or another, in many cases, they don't really need them.
  14. This is the real question. If you look at baseball history, especially before the PED era, plenty of players having HOF trajectory careers (Maris, Boog Powell, Colavito) who just seemed to lose it in their early 30's. Now with the testing for PEDs, I bet players are reverting to these types of careers and most likely plenty of analytical data to back it up. One change might be the age where the typical player really loses it performance moving from maybe 31 to 33 given the year round training, better nutrition etc. Any guaranteed contract past the early 30's is just nuts now. That is having a huge effect on the market.
  15. Syd's problems with the Orioles was that he was not a team player, Syd was about Syd. I think much of earlier success at other franchises went to his head. No doubt, he was a top baseball scout and exec with the Royals and Pirates.
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