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About Zaimoku

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  1. TV said the 3-4 deal with Broxton was not real. You agreed. This whole discussion was generated by Sonny76 bringing up that possibility a few pages back. Note 385.
  2. This part of the thread was inspired by Sonny76, the insider most careful with his statements and the one who called Perlozzo's dismissal to the day weeks in advance. It might not happen, but it was suggested by a credible source and is a 3-4 trade with our third person still unidentified. Not to be cavalierly dismissed.
  3. So that means we'd be getting the players they place greater value on! BA has LaRoche as the #2 LAD prospect, and the other two are well within the top ten. Hu is at #3. Bedard is worth three players, and Tejada two, but the quality of the third player for Bedard and the second player for Tejada is probably the problem. I'm sure we've tried to maximize the quality, but it's probably not doable. This way, the quality level is maximized by taking one less player and adding another one, whoever that is. (I'm still guessing non-roster minor leaguer as more realistic than old veteran dump; I hope not someone likely to be a ML regular.) And if we wind up getting back Pie for Roberts (a big if), that's some extremely good defense with Kemp in left, which in [email protected] really requires a semi-center fielder anyway.
  4. The Dodgers won't give it to you. However these trades shake out, I have to think we will wind up getting the maximum it is possible to get, all the potential partners and permutations considered.
  5. I hear you, but those are three or four potential all-stars that will be the core of the team for some time, for a pitcher LA might not resign in two years and a guy just starting on the downward slope who might go elsewhere after two years too. According to BA (yes, I know), Kershaw is their #1 prospect and Hu #3. They project Kershaw as the team's ace in 2011, and Kemp and Hu as starting at CF and SS respectively. (Don't forget that DEFENSE UP THE MIDDLE!) They say Kershaw has the best fastball in the system.
  6. If the (?) is a moderate prospect, non-roster minor league player like (off the top of my head) Davis or Tripp (or less) I think so. That would also seem to suggest we might get something fairly satisfactory back for Brian Roberts, too, but...
  7. A shame to bury this, but here are two notes in a long thread on Birds in the Belfry about Homer Bailey of the Reds. #1 #2 Somehow, I don't think Homer would be coming back in a deal with the Reds. I sure hope not.
  8. Wasn't Calvin Maduro there last year? Wonder what happens to him?
  9. He was still in AA last year. I would think that the Orioles would rather get guys they can comfortably play in the major leagues every day without worrying that they're rushing somebody.
  10. By flopping I was talking about making an impression at Norfolk over the first three months. I am not talking about a handfull of ABs in Baltimore, when the team had probably drawn conclusions about him already. He wasn't given a chance in Yankee Stadium in September because he had his chance earlier in AAA.
  11. Zaimoku

    Orange Throat?

    I can't find the link now, but there's a guy who sells sports merchandise in the Tidewater area of Virginia in shops, and has promos when athletes from all sports and all teams come in for signings. He then puts up photos on his website and comments on them. Boog and Brooks went together, and he said he enjoyed how they were ready to start signing earlier than the contracted time, and the ribbing they gave each other. (I found this site by Googling Boog, BTW) Dempsey went too. In 2005 (I think), and the merchant's comment was that he was surprised how "frank" Dempsey was talking about the team's problems. His photo was up too. Also, for those who think this is Flanagan: He was pitching coach under Ray Miller in the late 90s, so he had been around for awhile before 2002. He also was an unofficial advisor to PA after that. If Dempsey is blabbing about the Orioles at a tee-shirt signing event at a sporting goods store in Norfolk, there's no telling what he's saying to other people.
  12. Except that Knott hit like a reserve middle infielder at AAA the first half of the season. Some would argue that they should overlook a temporary slump, but I don't think it's the key. Here's why: He spent his entire career in the SD organization. The Orioles went out and got him. He was going (a) to a new organization and (b) the AL, where he could DH and hide his liabilities. Stats over a whole season or a whole career are important, but it is also important to show people that you can perform in specific situations or when you get your chance. If the bases are loaded in the top of the ninth in a tie game in Yankee Stadium in late September, it's time to perform NOW. Nobody cares that you hit a 3-run home run in a 10-0 game in KC in April off a mop-up reliever. Likewise, on the verge of turning 28, he got probably his last big chance to show he belonged. But instead of seizing his opportunity and forcing the team's hand, he flopped. All of us, but professional athletes in particular, have to step up and perform when their chance comes. He didn't. He'd only played in the SD organization before Baltimore, and Baltimore went out and got him, so the flawed assumption isn't applicable here. One thing people forget about Cust is that not only was he a bad fielder, but Mike Hargrove--a man whose whole career was built on being selective (he played first and hit leadoff)--thought Cust was being TOO selective. If Mr. OBP thinks you take too many pitches, he's probably right.
  13. Wonder how much it would cost to change his mind. Everyone has a price. Whether the Orioles would be willing to pay it is another question, however.
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