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  1. Oh man, I really loved Bill Mazeroski's Baseball too! Was always looking forward to it.
  2. Agreed. Mountcastle might be the better comparison at the moment.
  3. I picked: Yes, no matter what, but only after he passes the date for a 7th year of control. If we're still trying to lose and obtain a top 3 draft pick, then it doesn't make sense to bring him up too soon. Let him gain experience in the minors until he's ready, and hopefully that will coincide with a 7th year of control. When he finally makes it to the Majors, it would be nice to see him make a statement, kind of like Machado did.
  4. I'm actually okay with Fangraph's prediction. I mean, if we were to make it to the World Series and win, that would be great, but I'm not holding my breath. For now, my expectation is that the O's will finish with one of the worst records in baseball and receive one of the first three picks in next year's draft. I don't think it does much good thinking we have a chance to make it to the WS (or win it), but if it happens, so be it. If Fangraphs gave us a 0.04% chance or a 3% chance, does that really change anything? Probably not. But, if the players are aware of this Fangraphs stat, they could post it all over the locker room and use it for motivation!
  5. True. I'm okay with Mountcastle in the outfield for this coming season, but when we're competitive again, we're going to need strong outfield arms. An outfield with Mullins and Mountcastle isn't going to deter runners the way Markakis did. Mountcastle would, however, make a fine, full-time DH. There's nothing wrong with that.
  6. I don't know... I've seen Johnny Damon's arm in the outfield, but I've never been so shocked at seeing a Mountcastle throw from third base. I felt embarrassed for him.
  7. Mountcastle has the worst throwing arm I've ever seen in a Major League (or Minor League) player. My throwing arm is pretty bad, but I could make a stronger throw from third to first (well, maybe 10 years ago). I watched him play 3B at AA Bowie, and every throw weak, almost like he was lobbing it over there. Personally, I'd like to see him groomed as a permanent DH, but I understand he might have some value in the OF or 1B.
  8. I proposed these changes in the extra innings thread and thought I'd post it here too. 1: Expand rosters to 26 or 28. 2: For extra innings, play a normal 10th inning. But beginning in the 11th inning, start with a man on second and allow teams to use pinch hitters and pinch runners without having to remove fielders from the lineup. 3: Also beginning in the 11th inning, any player that was removed from the game during the previous nine innings is reinstated. So a player who was removed for a defensive replacement in the 8th or 9th inning could pinch hit for that same replacement player beginning in the 11th inning without the defensive player being removed from the game. 4: I'd keep the rule requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters. I think this would favor having players on the expanded roster be plus hitters, fast runners or stellar defensive players. 5: If we want shorter 9-inning games, then incentivize complete games and stretching starters in this way- if a starter gets to the 8th inning, then a batter will strike out after the 7th foul ball. If a starter makes it to the 9th inning or later, then the batter strikes out after the 5th foul ball. Then perhaps Grayson Rodriguez will throw more complete games than Jim Palmer did, lol.
  9. Okay, just for the fun of it, here's my thoughts for extra innings. 1: Expand rosters to 26 or 28. 2: For extra innings, play a normal 10th inning. But beginning in the 11th inning, start with a man on second and allow teams to use pinch hitters and pinch runners without having to remove fielders from the lineup. 3: Also beginning in the 11th inning, any player that was removed from the game during the previous nine innings is reinstated. So a player who was removed for a defensive replacement in the 8th or 9th inning could pinch hit for that same replacement player beginning in the 11th inning without the defensive player being removed from the game. 4: I'd keep the rule requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters. I think this would favor having players on the expanded roster be plus hitters, fast runners or stellar defensive players. 5: If we want shorter 9-inning games, then incentivize complete games and stretching starters in this way- if a starter gets to the 8th inning, then a batter will strike out after the 7th foul ball. If a starter makes it to the 9th inning or later, then the batter strikes out after the 5th foul ball. Then perhaps Grayson Rodriguez will throw more complete games than Jim Palmer did, lol.
  10. I'm fine with this move, even if it's just for AAA depth. Maybe he provides enough competition to motivate other pitchers, or perhaps this is the season things 'click' and he gives us 30 or 40 good innings at some point this season. Who knows? But he has 3 solid seasons of AA under his belt, has improved the 2nd and 3rd time around, and is worth a look this spring.
  11. Bummer. Not surprising though. I figured there'd be a delayed start and fewer games. Still, I was hoping for a "normal" season. But I'm okay with everything in the proposal except the one month delay and one week extension. I'd rather have a 3-week delay and no extension. I'd even be happy to permanently play only 154 games per season.
  12. Personally, I liked Hunter and will miss him. I was pretty upset when we lost Jon Miller, but even though Hunter wasn't nearly as good, I enjoyed listening to him. On a side note, I know a number of Yankee fans who couldn't stand him (or Joe Angel) and would trash him to no end, and that would make me laugh... maybe that has something to do with it too, lol.
  13. I think the international signings has taken some of the boredom out of this offseason.
  14. Lots to be excited about! I've been waiting a long time to see something like this. And not only are we rated in the top-tier, but the Yankees are in the bottom tier! 🙂
  15. I can't recall if it was a doubleheader, but I live in the Harrisburg area and make it to as many Bay Sox games as I can.
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