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About Gofannon

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  1. On a side note, Clay Carroll is currently 79 years old. I would still rather see him on the mound in an O's uniform than I would Cody Carroll.
  2. When the only guy on the team who has played well is Hollywood Brown, that is more on coaching than the QB. They played tight as soon as they had any adversity at all. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. When you get two penalties that pin you back on touchback punts, the wheels are completely off the cart.
  3. Two others, and then we can return to Santander (address unknown): Chito Martinez - .321/.361/.599 through his first 40 games in 1991; Curtis Goodwin - .363 BA, .408 OBP and 16 stolen bases in his first 37 games in 1995. Reality took a little longer with Chito than with Curtis Goodwin.
  4. I was just typing it! .342/.400/.632 through his first month in 1986 while Eddie Murray was hurt. Really good just long enough for the owner and some of the fans to turn on Eddie. The "Eddie vs. Whammer" debates were ridiculous in '86 and are way dumber now.
  5. Guys in the top 30 who we drafted (20 total): 12 step forward, 4 step back, 1 inconclusive, 3 neutral Guys in the top 30 who we traded for at last year's deadline (10 total): 7 step back, 1 inconclusive, 2 neutral
  6. I mean, they looked awful, there's no doubt about it. My main gripe was his refusal to call timeouts as things went downhill. He took one timeout the entire first half and we finished the first half down 22 on the road. I have no idea if the timeouts would have helped, since nothing seemed to work tonight, but I certainly would have liked to find out.
  7. I swear there was a story where Will Clark got fed up with the fact that Jack Voigt never stopped talking, so he drove a railroad tie through Voigt's helmet. (Voigt was not wearing it at the time) Does anyone else remember this?
  8. First really bad game they've had that I've seen. Outplayed, outhustled and outcoached. No ball security and horrible transition defense. I've liked the rotations that Turgeon has been using and felt everyone has known their role pretty well. Today it seemed like we went up, got frustrated by some calls at the end of the first half and lost our composure. In the second half we went small and played the game Illinois wanted us to. I guess we sat Jalen Smith for a while because he's bad at perimeter defense and we were getting killed on transition threes, but as a result we had lineups out there that haven't played much together. It made for lots of lazy passes and complaining to the refs instead of hustling back on D. Very hard to watch. I wonder if Eric Ayala is playing hurt from his hip injury, because he's been terrible this week. Today he played about as bad as you can play. You can't give up 48 points in the 2nd half to a 5-14 team. Let's hope today was an outlier, because that was unwatchable after a certain point.
  9. Even more evidence how bad the receivers were in 2017 is the fact that I had to do a Google search to remember who the second receiver even was.
  10. Is it possible for a player to invoke his 10/5 rights and not be seen as doing it for selfish reasons? It is automatically a player doing the opposite of what the team wants to do, so it's an inherently selfish decision. And I ask that as someone who is glad he invoked them, is glad he stayed, and thinks the team running John Andreoli out there for the Tampa Bay series to "see what he brings" was a petty treatment of someone who didn't deserve it.
  11. I just play it safe and wait until next month's Engelb Vielma t-shirt giveaway.
  12. If he is that terrible at his job, wouldn't we want him to get a job with a different team? That way he could spread his atrociousness to another franchise.
  13. What was the likelihood of getting Mesa before this trade? What about now? If we don't get Mesa, is this trade a lot worse than it is now? Genuinely want to know thoughts about this. I think most people saw this haul this morning, they wouldn't be pleased. We had to trade Machado and Britton, and we didn't have to trade Gausman and Schoop. These trades had to be clear-cut wins, and they just aren't. In part, it's because the prospects we got today are less finished or polished, and will be lower on our prospect list than the guys we got for rentals (admittedly, Machado's sort of the ultimate rental, so it's tough to compare these packages with what we got for him).
  14. I don't like the fact that this trade package is contingent on our ability to get Mesa, and for me it is. We are dependent on MLB (which has no interest in doing us any favors) to make Mesa available this year, and we are hoping we can outspend the Yankees with the new slot money. After a trade, I'd much rather look at what we've received and say "I like what we've got" instead of "This is good as long as..."
  15. I feel like I spent this morning and afternoon hearing how good Gausman is (better than Archer) and have spent the past three hours hearing how he isn't really that good.
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