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El Gordo

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  1. 13 hours ago, Frobby said:

    So much bad defense the last two days.    Just to name a few:

    Game 41, May 16

    - Mancini drops a ball in the RF corner that goes as a three base error.   A run scores on that play and the runner who reached 3B scores later in the inning.   

    Game 42, May 16

    - With a runner on 1B, the batter hits a ball in the LCF gap.    A good relay throw is made to Villar, but his throw is 2-3 feet to the 1B side of the plate and the runner, who would have been out easily on a good throw, is safe.    

    Game 43, May 17

    - Bloop hit that Alberto drops as he collides with Mancini.

    - Hot smash near 2B that Alberto let’s get past him.

    - Double brain dead play with the bases loaded.    Alberto fields a slow chopper, starts running a runner back towards 1B, doesn’t tag him but throws to Davis too late as a run scores.   Davis starts running the other runner towards 2B, then realizes the other runner who started the play at 2B is trying to score, and throws too late.   All runners are safe and two runs score on the play,

    - On a hit to CF with runners on 1st and 2nd, Wilkerson double clutches and throws too late to 3B, and then the batter ends up at 2B.

    - On a line drive to RCF, Wilkerson  gets a late jump, makes a futile dive where he is at least 3 feet short of the ball, and it goes to the wall for a double    

    I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what I remember right now.

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  2. Just now, eddie83 said:


    Sounds very odd. I looked at NOAA and it looks like very light rain.  

    I live 20 minutes from the Steinbrenner memorial baseball mausoleum and it hasn't been raining all day.

  3. 1 hour ago, Ridgway22 said:

    Just watched us lose 2-1 in extras to the Red Sox, a temporary, non-fatal dagger plunge to the soul.... tomorrow, it will reveal itself as merely a flesh wound.

    I've played, coached and experienced rabid baseball fandom since Little League, and am not programmed by deity for any outcome other than maximum effort to win every single ballgame I'm privileged to participate in. The "tanking" mentality, manifested in this case by keeping intriguing players in the minors that *might* help us win a couple extra games, is foreign and repulsive to my DNA, an affront to the gods that blessed us with the precision of 90 feet , 60 feet 6 inches, and the weighty tablets of unwritten rules as pure to the soul as 3.2 beer is to a Jack Mormon.

    However, when sunlight ultimately coerces my unwilling eyes apart, and clears the red wine haze, a stern fact remains: Zero chance we compete this year. In 2023, who will care if we won 74 games or 60 in twenty and nineteen? But the chance to pick #1 vs #4 in 2020 could end up being a difference making rookie of the year candidate batting in the bottom of the 9th during a tie Wild Card game in 2023.


    Is there really anyone in the MiL we could bring up now who would make that much of a differece?

  4. 4 hours ago, bobmc said:

    There was an interesting convo with Arnie Beyeler (first base and OF coach) during the game while the players were on defense.  He had a notebook he was referring to (while watching that inning develop) as he explained how they were moving players around, how many were not experienced, how they used analytics to position and why they were playing deeper.  He said the analytics folks fed the OF with cards on batters' tendencies (which we have seen them look at during game).  He seemed well armed with data and spoke well about the system which is a work in progress Different pitch counts and game situations might cause changes on the fly..  

    This is something Old timers knew to do all the time. Paul Blair used to complain about how the O's OF no longer did this.

  5. 6 minutes ago, Frobby said:

    I like those at bats.    But I wonder how many AB’s occur where there are 3 fouls after two strikes.   

    How about just 3 fouls total and you're out?

  6. 1 hour ago, DrungoHazewood said:

    What are the relevant qualifications to be a GM?  I know that recently it's become more common to hold a degree or three from an Ivy League school.  But there are still successful GMs who had different paths to their job.  Billy Beane was a poor MLB player, turned scout, then GM, and I'm not sure he even has a degree.  Brian Cashman was a college baseball player who never played professionally and got a degree in history.    The Mets' GM, Brodie Van Wagenen, was a agent when he was hired.  He had no front-office or professional playing experience at all and a degree in communication.


  7. 1 hour ago, Luke-OH said:

    I appreciate it, I still have a ton to learn, but I try to improve and I watch an absurd amount of minor league and college baseball which helps.

    I would like to be involved here regarding Orioles prospect whether or not I have another outlet for non-Orioles stuff (draft, rule 5, etc). I've been offered opportunities to write for other sites, but I appreciate the freedom and no-pressure arrangement I have here with Tony and Orioles Hangout. It allows me this outlet I enjoy but doesn't overly encroach on my day job and time with my 3 young children. 

    Let me just add my thanks and appreciation for all your great work here.

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