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crawjo

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  • Birthday 6/30/1977

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    Upstate New York
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    Baseball history, African history, jazz music
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    Historian
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Nick Markakis
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    Eddie Murray

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  1. He needs to be released. It is bad for the team and for the organization to keep giving at-bats to an historically awful veteran who is nowhere near the standard for having a successful Major League Baseball team. I just don't see any upside any longer to having him on the roster. He's been producing at a sub-60 OPS+ for more than a year and a half. It's time to bring the torture to an end.
  2. It's a fine line. You get a WAR bonus for playing a defensively important position, but if you really suck at it you will be hurt in the long run. Also not sure how good a hitter Sisco will actually be at the MLB level.
  3. But why is he playing the outfield? Because the Orioles have too many first basemen. I don't think it's fair to ask somebody to play a position that's not really the one they should be playing, and then punish them when they aren't very good at it. Imagine what might have happened to David Ortiz's WAR if the Red Sox had tried sticking him in right field.
  4. I wouldn't go that far. WAR tends, IMO, to undervalue guys who hit really well but don't play a defensively important position.
  5. The thing is, Mancini is actually not one of the leaders in OPS. In 2019, having a .900 OPS doesn't put you in elite company. And as others have mentioned, he is a slow, defensively-limited corner outfielder/first baseman. He would have been an okay selection given how bad the Orioles are, but Means was a better pick. Second, if you want snubs, look no further than Xander Bogaerts and Gleyber Torres, both of whom have an OPS higher than Mancini, play a defensively valuable position, and yet were not on the team.
  6. Only on several hops.
  7. I saw the Tides play in Columbus last night. Awful game. Luis Ortiz was dreadful, giving up 5 runs in four innings, striking out 1 and walking 4. Chance Sisco played one of the worst defensive games I've ever seen from a catcher. He gave up three "wild pitches" that an average MLB backstop would have blocked, he threw a ball into center field trying to catch a runner, and he dropped a relay throw that would have easily tagged out a runner trying to score. Tides lost 11-7. I hope that's just a small sample size and not a reflection of his abilities as a catcher. If it is, he should be moved away from the position immediately and turned into a DH.
  8. I would send him down within the next week or so if he doesn't turn it around. I don't think having him fail over and over and over again at the major league level is good for the team or for Mullins. It seems to me that this isn't just bad luck: he has real problems with major league pitching.
  9. I wonder why Hyde brought him out for the 9th, and then left him in there for so long when it was clear he was getting tired.
  10. I like this analysis, although I think historically hitters, as they have aged, have adapted by being more selective. Jones has never done that, for whatever reason. Maybe he couldn 't be selective and still be a successful major league hitter. But whatever the case, I always felt Jones was going to have a steep decline fairly early. He relied a lot on foot speed for his game, not just defensively. When he was younger he picked up quite a few infield hits that I don't think he can get now.
  11. It's mostly defense but not just that. His power also declined last year. If that continues he will not be a starter, and at his age is not likely to be tabbed as a fourth outfielder.
  12. His comments remind me of the Wesley Snipes character from The Fan. Almost like he's trying to play the role of entitled and spoiled brat. Maybe he still has a lot of growing up to do. But bragging about private jets and being shown love and respect based on dollar signs is pretty weak stuff.
  13. Player declines have accelerated in recent years, perhaps because of the league cracking down on steroid users. I think mainly it has to do with the importance of range and defense. Jones can't cover center field anymore, which negates much of his value. He also never learned how to get on base, and in fact used to lead the league in infield hits. As his speed declines, his BA and OBP will as well. He can't draw walks, so he becomes replacement level.
  14. I'd say this is the first season in 2 or 3 years that I am actually excited for. Yes, I know that the Orioles were fringe contenders in 2015 and 2017, and snuck in as the second wild card in 2016. But the team was so obviously flawed, and I honestly got tired of watching Adam Jones hack at low and away sliders and the Orioles stuff their entire lineup with sluggers who didn't draw walks or have any other facet to their game. I'm excited to watch Cedric Mullins and to see Yusniel Diaz at some point in 2019. i want to see different players. I am excited for the draft, and I couldn't care less about Trumbo or Cobb, except to the extent we can flip them for something in July. Bundy I will watch closely because I hope he can rebound from last year.
  15. I think Mussina falls a few votes short this year, and goes in next year. Either way, he's sure to get in. And he should. Funny, if he goes in this year, you've got three members of the 1994 Orioles in the induction class.
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