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Obando last won the day on May 26 2020

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  1. Wow, I guess I spoke it into existence? I just saw Roch’s tweet about it half an hour or so after posting.
  2. Is anyone else wondering why we haven’t signed our 14th round pick, Daniel Lloyd, yet? We have up to $319,600 to spend on him, including the $194,600 remaining of pool money on top of the $125k you can spend on each pick after the 10th round. Unless he failed his physical or his asking price changed after we picked him, I don’t understand why he hasn’t been signed yet. Hopefully it still gets done, but the fact that it hasn’t been announced yet makes me think something happened unexpectedly.
  3. I’m guessing he probably just needs to take his physical before it becomes official. Sometimes the delays are about logistics. Clearly the deal terms were already agreed upon.
  4. Sending good thoughts and prayers to you Michael! We are all here to support you.
  5. Somehow no one on the local Orioles beat has reported on this yet, but per multiple Cleveland Indians media sources, the Orioles are hiring Tony Mansolino as their new 3B coach & infield instructor, replacing Jose Flores. Mansolino has been in the Indians organization for the last 11 years and spent last year as their minor league infield defense coordinator before being promoted to Indians 3B coach for most of the season once Sandy Alomar took over for Terry Francona. Here is a link to an article about this hire: https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2020/12/baltimore-orioles-hire-cl
  6. Don’t forget that the O’s shared data with other teams and were able to video scout the alternate sites & instructional league. They probably have a lot more data on Sceroler & Wells than the public does. And they clearly view both as starter candidates, while Zach Pop is strictly a reliever. I hate losing Pop, because he could end up being a very good reliever, but Elias and the brain trust clearly believe that Sceroler & Wells have more upside because of their ability to start. Whether that translates to the majors remains to be seen, but that appears to be the thinking here
  7. I think Elias will protect Diaz, Baumann, Lowther & Mattson, with an outside chance he could protect Bannon as well since he is close to the majors and can play 2B/3B. Bannon did well in his brief trial at Norfolk at the end of 2019, and I could see another team taking him in the Rule V because of his versatility & gamer style. Losing Bannon wouldn’t be a huge loss if he gets picked, but he’s a good guy to have around for depth, so I don’t know if I’d risk losing him. I don’t think anyone will pick Zach Pop because he’s coming off the surgery and no one has seen him pitch in 2 years
  8. I think what Roch was getting at is that while Kjerstad is home dealing with his medical situation (which is most likely Covid-related), he’s using that time to finish his college degree online. Not that he chose to skip instructs in order to finish his degree. It could have been explained better.
  9. Yes, those PTBNLs along with one from Houston for Hector Velazquez. I would assume we will get news on this over the next week. I think there’s a moratorium on announcing transactions for 5 days after the end of the WS, but I could be mistaken.
  10. I’m guessing that a claim was probably filed against Elias and the Orioles for pension fraud (possibly by the agent of a coach on the staff that didn’t get the pension benefits), but since MLB approved Holt before the season as one of the 4 coaches designated to receive pension benefits, that’s why this is a non-story. The quote from the MLB spokesperson said Holt received prior approval from the league and shared it with the MLBPA, so the only possible explanation is that the MLBPA is challenging Holt’s approval since he wasn’t a full-time uniformed coach this year, and that is likely what t
  11. Is it just me, or do Jeff Luhnow and Sig Mejdal talk exactly the same? I mean not just in terms of the words they use and the obvious intelligence, but in the tone and accent of their voices as well. If I didn’t know it was Luhnow talking, I would easily think it’s Sig.
  12. A name to keep an eye on for pitching coach is Brent Strom with the Astros. I don’t know what his contract situation is, but he has strong ties to Elias, Sig, and Chris Holt from Houston, and even going back further to St. Louis with Elias & Sig. Now that there is a new regime in Houston, Strom would likely be interested in coming to Baltimore to reunite with the people he knows best and are completely aligned with his pitching philosophy. That all depends on his contract situation though. I’m going to see if I can find out when Strom’s contract expires with the Astros, because if it’s
  13. I listened to the interview, which was great, and one of the most interesting takeaways I got was how high Matt Blood is on Kyle Bradish, who we got in the Bundy trade. Geoff & Brett asked Blood who are some of the pitchers that impressed him a lot at the Bowie site, and he specifically mentioned Bradish unprompted. He said that while guys like Hall, Rodriguez & Baumann (among others) are all very impressive and get a lot of attention on top prospect lists, Bradish is someone who is under the radar nationally, but not for them. It’s clear that he was really impressed with Bradish wh
  14. I read that the bonus slots are for the 2019-2020 period, which expires on 10/15/20. That indicates to me that the O’s had some bonus slots still available and didn’t expect to sign anyone else during this signing period, or at least anyone of any financial significance. I’m okay with that, because I don’t think they should spend the money just to say they spent it if they don’t think anyone is worthy of it. And to be fair, they have already signed something like 34-38 players during this period, so it’s not like they have been skimping on signing international players. The 2020-2021 signi
  15. I think this has a lot to do with it as well. Bundy has traditionally pitched well against the AL West teams if you look at his track record, and while there are definitely some good teams in that division, it’s collectively not as tough as facing AL East teams have been over the last 4 years, not to mention the AL West ballparks are generally more pitcher friendly than parks like Camden Yards, Fenway & Yankee Stadium. Even Toronto tends to be hitter friendly. Only Tropicana Field can be considered a pitcher friendly park in the AL East, whereas in the AL West, Oakland, Seattle & An
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