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  1. Encouraging, but also depressing on how/what the industry thinks of what the O’s got out of the Britton, Gausman, Machado, Britton trades.
  2. Don’t mind the Orioles stringent physical at all. Actually hope they keep it up. Just me.
  3. I like this a lot. He's still at a decent age and it's a low risk, short contract. He's averaged 1.7 WAR over the last 5 years. He's an above average defender that won't embarrass you with the bat. The defense is what matters here especially if we're going to have some groundball pitchers and/or really any pitcher that is developing. Smart pickup.
  4. Came across as a salary dump as Bundy wasn’t going to be here nor effective when/if the O’s are good again. The returning was meh. Nobody really stands out as anything remotely resembling a sure thing, so it’s a dice game.
  5. Generally speaking if the only name you got projects as a fringe bullpen arm, the other 3 are going to be organizational depth.
  6. I don’t disagree with this. I will say it’s going to turn off more people. And that’s not a good thing. It feels cold. That’s pretty much it. And I don’t feel that the organization is trying to retain as many fans as possible. It’s one thing to cut the payroll of the team. It’s another to, say, cut FanFest without giving a meaningful plan of what they intend to do to stay relevant to what remaining loyal fans are left. I’m just frustrated. I’ll probably re-up if for nothing else for my 6 year old son, because it’s a formidable time for kids to get interested (and remain) in the sport. But I can’t say the same for other families that might take all of the above as reason to not invest in the club. And, I don’t really blame them. It’s cold. And it feels like it’ll get worse. I have faith in the plan. It just sucks as of the moment.
  7. The O’s are still going to lose at least 95 games next year. I just hate how they’re not even trying to make the 2020 club better for the fans. I’m not asking them to try and contend. But don’t make it unbearable. Why should I re-up my season tickets? I agree with Tony. I hate how cold and soulless organizations become when they’re rebuilding. It is the sheer definition of tanking. And people wonder why attendance is down and apathy is king. And I like Elias, btw. It just sucks.
  8. A damn shame. That said, can people stop with the idiocy that thinks Elias doesn’t have the control he needs because of Angelos?
  9. I wouldn't expect them to say any differently. But also I thought the Tennessee rumour was unsubstantiated nonsense that should have never been propagated in the first place. But hey, here we are. Good for Angelos to stomp that rumour out to put to bed it catching any momentum. But, alas, conspiracy theorists are never known for their logic. They'll come up with some other excuse.
  10. Yes, a million times, yes. But Maddon isn't going to want to come here with the way the O's are currently constructed. Maybe in a couple years when they're on the cusp of being competitive. Maddon would be a huge upgrade over Hyde.
  11. lol. In what world is Nunez or DJ Stewart a prospect? I mean, come on. Nunez was talked about being DFA'd in the middle of this year. He put up a 1.2 WAR. He put up a .773 OPS in a juiced ball year in a bandbox of a stadium. He'll be 26 in 2020. DJ Stewart is not good. Mountcastle needs more work. Trey Mancini received a ton of AB in 2019. And finally...Davis had 336 PA in 2019. It'll go down in 2020 if he even makes it out of ST. My goodness.
  12. It tells me that Elias didn't have the staff or processes in place when he took the position after 2018's season, so he's giving Davis 1 last go. It also tells me that whatever agreement/plan that Davis and Elias discussed must be results/outcome based now that Elias will have had a full regular season and a full offseason to drill home what the expectations are. I mean, Elias just literally cleaned house with what equates with nearly an entire organization. That tells me that the sons have given Elias control and I don't think an overpaid, aged star player matters much to them in the grand scheme of things. And he's not blocking anybody. This club is still going to stink in 2020. Maybe I'm being optimistic here, but unless Davis has definitively put in the work, has shown markedly better results in the offseason and at spring training, I don't think he's long for the organization in 2020. He's not really blocking anybody in 2020. They can afford to take it slow. He's cooked. Elias has control. Davis isn't with this club past 2020. :shrug:
  13. I like Villar. I don't like Villar on a team that barely wins 50 games. Trade him if the right return is there. Otherwise hold on to him through 2020. No extensions needed. He'll be 29 in 2020. A lot of his value is from his legs. That will decline.
  14. I call it as I see it, chief. Maybe it’d be different if we were coming from awful managers like Trembley. But when we had a true leader like Buck and then going to placeholders like Hyde and Flores, well...
  15. Not just that, but Bleier was also here last year. Did he not care last year because that team also sucked? I don’t get the impression that this team, which is abysmal, cares any more or less than last year’s team.
  16. If I see that one of my players is just coming off the field, clearly upset, I’d put myself in their shoes before overreacting. I’d also recognize that being in front of the team and cameras mandates a different approach as it further sets a bad example. I’d wait until the emotion passes and then address it appropriately. Nothing good comes of those types of reactions. As we saw when Hyde was also being a hothead and a poor leader. What’s sad is that this behaviour doesn’t seem to be looked down upon in this clubhouse. And I’m not talking about the players here. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I miss Buck’s leadership. When this club is winning again, I hope we don’t have this nonsense any longer.
  17. Some real hothead coaches and managers we’ve got here. Gross.
  18. If they're adding personnel, I'd be curious if they're replacements and/or different roles. I'd like to see more resources put in the analytics department. Sig has already started doing as such. I'm curious if we see a pendulum and power shift more towards analytics and development which makes more sense to me.
  19. Dean Albany: Zach Clark (-0.1 WAR, 1 MLB game) Oliver Drake (0.7 WAR, 168 MLB games) Josh Hader (5.5 WAR, 135 MLB games) L.J. Hoes (0.0 WAR, 112 MLB games) Joe Mahoney (0.0 WAR, 11 MLB games) Kenny Moreland - never made majors Billy Rowell - never made majors I mean...aside from Josh Hader....nothing much of note from Albany. Who else am I missing?
  20. I guess what I should have said: what young players that are legitimately part of the core and are being blocked by Davis right now? Unless Hyde is talking about somebody in the minors.
  21. Season ticket holder here. Been such since well before they started winning again. I've only been to a few games this year. Been selling them. I don't want to watch an awful product, especially one that doesn't have much on the major league roster that will be on the club when it starts winning again. This club has *1* starting pitcher that is under 30 that is pitching well (John Means). It has *1* relief pitcher under 30 that is pitching well (Hunter Harvey). Come to think of it, Hunter Harvey actually might be the only active reliever with an ERA under 4. The thing is, I can watch a club that has some young, exciting talent and/or 1 particular facet (defense, offense, pitching) that is solid. But this club has absolutely nothing going for it as far as any specific vertical. They can't hit. They can't field. They don't run. They can't pitch (relief or start). They're allowing over 6 runs a game. They're barely scoring 4 runs a game. Hyde doesn't particular instill any confidence in me during games nor in post game pressers. He's a warm body to me. I mean, the only thing exciting to me this year is them potentially getting the first overall pick again next year. And that we have Elias and Sig running the ship. They're doing it right, but I don't blame people for not wanting to watch this disaster.
  22. Doesn't matter how high they draft if you can't develop them...typically.
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