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  1. When I started this post I didn't know if twenty people would respond or a hundred. More have responded and with some good comments. I didn't say I think Hyde should be fired. I threw out the possibility with Elias terminating a lot of people in the organization. I don't think he will be replaced even though he does questionable things almost every game. The coaches are a different story. I think several could be replaced and possibly our advance scouts and if Hyde is like most managers he won't replace them. It will have to be Elias who makes the needed changes. Will he ? It looks like Detroit will get the number 1 pick. I think they are 3 1/2 behind us with 10 to go. 7 vs the White Sox and 3 vs the Twins. We have 3 with Seattle, 3 with Toronto and 3 with Boston. We could lose them all and so could Detroit. This is going to be hard to predict. Number 2 is still okay.
  2. Who is calling the pitches? From the dugout or our catcher? Dempsey ripped the pitch selections big time in last nights postgame show saying we've had all season and still make poor pitch selections game after game and the announcers on radio and TV seem to question them. I know location is the biggest problem but hanging curveballs and fastballs down the middle challenging major league hitters is just plain dumb. Severino never went to the mound that I recall last night to talk to our pitchers in the late innings. Boom, boom, boom walks, boom, boom. I could go on and he just sits or kneels behind the plate. He appears lazy at times and is only here for the short term. I am not a fan of Givens or Castro or Phillips and Armstrong lately. Armstrong was the guy who let Toronto back in the game last night giving up a 3 run homer before the Castro meltdown. 9 walks last night! Really? How many of them scored? How many games have been over by the second inning this year as our manager with no regard for the fans leaves our starter in who clearly doesn't have it to get torched? Tampa with their bullpen by committee starter would never leave a pitcher in to give up 5-7 runs in an inning. Someone said last night the pitching mound in our bullpen is different than the mound on the field and that Palmer has said sometimes it takes a starter an inning or two to get use to the difference. With all of the resources and money available why don't the mounds match? The next time I see someone in the warehouse I know I am going to ask him about this. Why can't we match them? Spend the money and fix this problem. Our ground crew should be able to fix this. It seems like Hyde manages like he is still in Spring Training. The pitching coach should be history at the end of the season. He and Hyde seem to get along well so if he's replaced it will have to come from upstairs. I agree with Bleier recently upset with our defensive alignments. The shift is overdone. A number of times this season the announcers on radio or TV have been heard saying our SS or 2B would have gotten to the ball if not for the over shift. Who makes that call? Why does every team have a guy like Grichuk or Torres who destroy us? Do we have advance scouts? I've said over and over whoever is scouting is not getting it done. Why don't we just walk these guys. Didn't a certain manager walk Bonds one time deliberately with the bases loaded? When I say an Elias kind of guy I mean clean cut and articulate or well spoken. He appears lost often times in his interviews. I liked him in the beginning but as the season has worn on he appears overmatched by the other managers. He's likeable but not the guy for the long term.
  3. I've tried to give Hyde the benefit of the doubt all season and in my opinion he has cost us at least 10 or more games so far with poor decisions. He cannot handle a pitching staff and the team is lacking in fundamentals. He openly admits it in his post game comments. Too many mental errors. Does he deserve to return? I would have said yes back in July but now I have my doubts. Rebuilding I think we are all on board with but managing is a different story. He doesn't seem like an Elias kind of guy. He has the broom out. Will Elias extend it to the manager and coaches?
  4. I was thinking about this today. How Chris's image would improve if he retired with a buyout agreement favorable to both parties. Otherwise the general feeling of most people is he is stealing money from the Orioles who have made him a multi-millionaire. Hopefully his wife can get through to him and suggest at the end of the season he retire. I know this is unlikely with Scott Boras as his agent. Maybe Chris can explain to him his frustration with the game and his declining batting skills have caused him to make this decision.
  5. If the Orioles want to get out of the contract they need a confrontation like this to happen with a manager or other players. There have been times when the cameraman showed player looks in the dugout after some of these plays at 1B and some of these at bats where he never swings. I can think of at least three at bats recently where he batted and never swung the bat. Standing and looking at three strikes. Balls down the center of the plate. As if he was Dazed and Confused. There have been comments about that by our TV guys and radio guys. Comments like he never swung his bat during the entire at bat. You need to have a plan when you go to bat they say. How do you not swing once? I believe I have read every comment on here so far and I have not seen anyone speculate if Hyde deliberately did this to get Davis to do something dumb. Then I wondered if Davis was looking for a reason to go back to Texas the rest of the season and did this hoping for a suspension. I played 1B when I played and was a lot younger and I was always told to get down and block a low throw like catchers do if it is going to bounce and obviously to run after the ball if it gets past you, I didn't see the play where they say he walked after a ball that got past him. I did see the replay of the ball that landed in the 2nd row and wondered where CD was. Is his vision worse than we think? We see players every day tumbling into the seats to make great catches on similar plays. I don't think he would have fallen into the seats if he tried to make that catch. There is a lot going on here. Davis probably wants out and Hyde wants him out but can't find a way to make it happen unless as I speculated above CD does something that results in a suspension, If the Orioles suspend him for several games does he still get paid and will the Union object and ask him to appeal it? I believe he is making $142,000 per game, A 10 game suspension would save the Orioles almost 1.4 million dollars if the player doesn't get paid during a suspension. Elias has probably already contacted ownership about all of the above and been told how to handle this problem. What if Trumbo and Long did not grab Davis and he got to Hyde and struck him. What would the penalty be for him?
  6. section18

    DFA Hess?

    Have we ever had a pitcher give up more home runs than Hess? It seems like it's every inning. Not every game but every inning. Please DFA him. NOW ! Did anyone notice in last nights game he lost track of there being a third out on a play he made and he started to turn to go back on the mound and the players were coming in off the field. He's not there mentally and can't seem to find the corners of the plate. Everything seems to be over the middle. Has anybody suggested moving over to the end of the pitching mound rubber. Maybe the location will change. This has helped other pitchers in the past.
  7. Did anyone mention Blach has a 50% ground ball rate that should help him at Oriole Park. I read that on another site.
  8. When you throw close to 100 you should hire whoever has the best changeup around to work with him this off season. As our pitching coach says to all of our hard throwers "what is your second best pitch?" "It should be a changeup." This isn't rocket science.
  9. When guys are struggling with their location Dempsey always says the catcher should set up where you don't want them to throw it because it will go somewhere else, Example put the glove over the center of the plate and he'll probably put it on the corner. Sounds risky but he says he has seen it help pitchers.
  10. Would a Mancini and Villar package bring us back some AAA top prospects?
  11. Morosi of MLB Network says the Orioles are talking to multiple teams about a Mancini deal. Did Hyde blow our chance to deal Givens pitching him two days in a row which everyone knows is a problem for him? Did anyone report yesterday the Brewers were interested in a Bundy deal? Before yesterdays game ! With Segura injured yesterday before our game will the Phillies be interested in Villar? He's better at 2B but played SS yesterday. I hope someone will deal for Castro my least favorite pitcher. He must have pictures because they continue to let him blow leads. Would Brooks be better coming out of the pen? He has been terrible his last two starts and looks really stressed when pitching. He may relax and improve with a move to the pen. Can someone fix Tanner Scott? What a wasted talent.
  12. Morosi of MLB Network says the Orioles are talking to multiple teams about a Mancini deal. Did Hyde blow our chance to deal Givens pitching him two days in a row which everyone knows is a problem for him? Did anyone report yesterday the Brewers were interested in a Bundy deal? With Segura injured yesterday before our game will the Phillies be interested in Villar? He's better at 2B but played SS yesterday. I hope someone will deal for Castro my least favorite pitcher. He must have pictures because they continue to let him blow leads. Would Brooks be better coming out of the pen? He has been terrible his last two starts and looks really stressed when pitching. He may relax and improve with a move to the pen. Can someone fix Tanner Scott? What a wasted talent.
  13. Losing Pedroia took the air and fire out of the Sox. Losing two key arms in their pen also hurt them. I think Villar will bring back more than some may think. Givens will bring us a young AA pitcher or two from the Cubs, Padres, Phillies or Braves. Maybe one or two just called up for Villar. I like Villar but think .they can replace him. I agree now is the time to move Mancini but if Elias does that who will the fans go to the games to see? Davis? Martin? Ruiz? Smith. Jr, Nunez? p
  14. There was talk over the weekend that Boston was interested in Cashner and both Texas teams. I have not read any Boston rumors. Has anybody heard about their interest?
  15. Hall had a scoreless inning and Grayson had to pitch to start the 10th inning with a man on second one of the rules for Futures Games in extra innings. He had a solid inning and was aided by a diving catch in RF by Angels RF Adell. Overlooked by the announcers. He kept the game tied. In the bottom of the inning the AL should have bunted the runner on 2B to 3B. The next hitter flew out to right center deep enough the runner could have tagged at third and scored the winning run. The announcers differed as Harold Reynolds said he would not bunt there. The others thought they should have bunted. The game ended in a tie and featured some impressive young talent. Nate Beason a 6'6"pitcher in Toronto's system known for hitting 104 mph hit 102 twice and 101 and struck out two in his one inning. A Padres pitcher Patino was also impressive coming in with runners on base and ending the inning and pitching one last inning without giving up a run. He hit 99 mph several times. They said the Padres have 6 pitchers in baseballs top 100. Impressive.
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