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  1. I see people stepping up with their wallets, and that's all well and good, but Tony said a couple times this isn't about money. T can correct me if I'm wrong, but it's more about a 25 year dream, a dream for a scouting job in baseball. That's what I'm reading in you posts. Baseball is moving away from old school scouts like Tony. Calls aren't getting returned, no thank you's, even if done politely, don't hurt any less. My unsolicited advice to Tony is this. If you still enjoy scouting, have at it, but realize your audience is this board alone. That's the harsh message the Orioles have given you. If they don't appreciate you, then say, "SCREW YOU, your loss" and walk away. Make baseball a hobby not a second career. If that hobby means managing a message board, fine. If it means not dealing with that headache and relaxing watching the games, do that. Get on your cycle and go for more rides. You already have a solid career, put your focus on that. Focus on the job that pays the bills, puts a roof over your head and food on the table, and provides for your retirement. BTW, 50? Hah! Been there, done that at the beginning of this decade. If that milestone is making you reevaluate your life, you would hardly be alone.
  2. The Red Sox aren't tanking, but are trying to get below the luxury tax payroll. J.D. Martinez didn't opt-out and they need to drop about $28M in payroll.
  3. I think SF will be the favorite the following week. The Ravens have to travel back across the country after a Monday night game. Agree that this isn't the 2018 Rams. Seattle is a better team and beating them there also gives me confidence about playing L.A.
  4. Better that than inducting people for the sake of putting on a show. The Orioles Hall of Fame already does that. 😉 2022 is headlined by ARod (not unless Bonds gets in first) and local "favorites" Big Papi and Teixeira. I may be buying extra Pepto-Bismol that year myself.
  5. The BBWAA will still have some players backlogged that year; it's what they do. Yeah, I'm pulling us further from the OP by asking - how long with players like Curt Schilling remain on the outside? It becomes the what-about game. Well, if Mussina gets in, then "what about" Schilling? Without straying into politics, we know that there are things besides the numbers that go into the voting games. Or is there another reason why Eddie Murray, of the 500/3,000 club, "only" received 85.3% of the vote besides his less than favorable reputation amongst the writers? So short story, long, I don't think there will be an empty 2021 class. It just won't (shouldn't) have any first ballots. There are also the Era (formerly called Veterans') committees that may add to the list. 2021 is Golden Days (1950-69) and Early Baseball (Before '50). 2010 had 1 from the BBWAA, 2 in 2011, 1 in 2012, and 0 in 2013 so an empty class wouldn't be unprecedented.
  6. Agree. Maybe it's a separate discussion for the MLB forum, but when, if ever, will the changes to the voters loosen their opposition to the steroids cheaters? Bonds and Clemens are still below 60% after 7 years on the ballot. Their time with the BBWAA is running short.
  7. Jeter couldn't hold Ripken's jock, but he'll stay pass Cal in votes. With Rivera in, being the second unanimous selection doesn't have nearly the cachet as being the first. PS - I'll go a step further and say there are no first ballot players in 2021 that should be inducted at all. Buehrle and Hudson have the highest career WAR of that list. Add in Torii Hunter and those three may get in down the line, but not in 2021. PSS - Roberts is one and done on the ballot
  8. In the CINCI game, the only punt came with about 1 minute left under wrap-up time with RG3. Couple that with fewer turnovers, and you're getting a team that puts up points about every time it gets the ball.
  9. Well, it's still the Ripkens involved in the dispute with Aberdeen over the stadium.
  10. The Ironbirds are owned by the Tufton group, and the Ripken brothers are majority shareholders.
  11. What does truly finished mean? Didn't this start as part of the negotiations for the 2012-16 rights fees? What happens for 2017-21? The next 5 years beyond that? Do the lawsuits never end?
  12. I put "lost" in quotes, because I am not talking about a physical move, but one of interest. The cries of "sell the team" grow louder and louder as well as the number of no-shows. Boswell - https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/what-once-seemed-impossible-is-now-undeniable-the-redskins-have-lost-washington/2019/11/17/c215e596-0975-11ea-8397-a955cd542d00_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
  13. If anyone predicted this is how Lamar would be at this point, I have my doubts about their veracity. That being said, I remember the player RG3 was before he broke his knee, and he has never been the player since. IF Lamar can stay healthy, his future looks very bright. Right before the season started, a caller into 105.7 asked about McSorley and his words were "IF God forbid something happened to Lamar..." Rob Long got indignant and unnecessarily confrontational. "Lemme ask you something why are you askin' that question? Why are YOU askin' that question?"
  14. I say 3-1. They also have Bengals and Dolphins. Ravens have Rams, 49ers, Bills, Steelers. Jets and payback for CLE (hopefully) is 2 wins.
  15. 63 yards on 1 run helps that. 7 sack day.
  16. So was the no-call on PI in 1Q, I'll make that trade.
  17. RG3 getting ready for mop-up BTW QBR Koch 79.2, Watson 63.7
  18. He lost some MVP votes today, especially head-to-head vs. Lamar.
  19. 5 sacks. Unreal. 19 total for the year before today.
  20. They've basically wiped out the NY-Penn League, disbanding 9 out of 14. 5 teams makes for awkward scheduling. My assumption is Aberdeen gets promoted to A ball, leaving only 4 teams: Brooklyn (NYM), Hudson Valley (TB), Tri-City (HOU) and WV (PIT).
  21. In baseball? Sure, if they're selling jeans, or looking for Fabio. I heard there were a lot of Brad Pitt lookalikes in attendance. Speaking of lookalikes, our last GM could've been separated at birth from Dan Akroyd, so not exactly buying this looks matter theory.
  22. Corrupt system and yet he's not shy about telling the Yankees they need to open their checkbook (for his clients)
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