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Sanfran327

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  1. It's been years since I've heard someone use this analogy. Now I've seen it twice in 10 days on the Hangout. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2020 Baltimore Orioles.
  2. But tonight, in the land of the skunks, the man with half a nose is king. Sing the song, boys!
  3. So wait, when baseball resumes, people in MD, DC, and VA won’t be able to watch O’s games because of blackouts??
  4. So the AAA or AAAA guys are the ones that get the most screwed here. Because they can help train and stretch the lower-level guys, but who pushes them? Hopefully there is a plan to do right by some of these guys when we're in a no-win season. Then again, nobody owes them any favors, and pro sports is a meritocracy. Any speculation what we would do with our minor leaguers without a MiLB season? Would we just have mixed rosters competing against each other over and over? That's certainly better than intersquad, but not much. And limits exposure by a significant amount. It will be interesting to see what happens.
  5. I asked this question in another thread, but it will make more sense in this one now. If this is true and the MiLB season is cancelled, what does that do to our 30 and 60 man rosters for the MLB season? Do we decided to let guys like Rutchman, Mountcastle, and the other top prospects play? ST workouts and intersquad reps won't give them the experience they need to get better. These guys need to play. My biggest fear, obviously from a pure baseball perspective, with the pandemic was how this was going to affect our player development. I think the guys at the very top of our talent pool could tread water in MLB without it being a detriment to their development. This is far from ideal, but I think putting those guys on the shelf for a year is worse. Someone on here much smarter than me will know what we should do. I'll take my answer off air.
  6. Didn't Gregg Maddux lose a game when he had a no hitter through 9, but lost in extra innings?
  7. I'm curious how - or if - this shortened season might impact a club's decision regarding service time with prospects. Obviously, ours specifically. My guess is that service time is what it is from a number of games on the roster standpoint, but will the percentage of the season still contribute? I could be confused - maybe that's not a thing, but I thought it was. 12 games is nothing in a full season, but it's 20% this year, and that can make a huge difference regarding status, or so I thought. I also don't know a single thing about what's going on with MiLB this season, and my biggest concern, from a pure baseball perspective, is how that would impact player development. Obviously, or prospects can't get any better if they don't play. They just sit around getting older without gaining any experience. I'd have to consider bringing some of our youngsters up for a little bit to get some game action if there's no other way for them to play.
  8. if this is truly the sticking point, I think it's time to get back to baseball. If you're a player and you choose to play, you need to accept the risk and not hold a potential class-action lawsuit over MLB.
  9. Agree. But it's hard to incentivize billionaires that are looking out for their multi-million dollar investments, etc. And some of these changes, while very interesting, sound like they'd require a change to the CBA, which is never easy. Not impossible, but not easy. And I have a hard time buying owners or the MLBPA signing off on much of this. Major League Baseball isn't for the fans, it's for the owners and players.
  10. Separate topic, but this is why we'll never be able to "fix" baseball. We may all agree - even unanimously - that the older era of baseball was a better version of the game, but you can't stop evolution. Today's game is highly conservative because so much money is at stake with revenue and contracts. Organizations will try to do whatever they can to protect their investments, so they have pitchers that can only throw one inning for fear of blowing out an elbow or shoulder, and they don't like to take risks on the base paths because a formula told them that there is an minimum AQL for stolen base percentage.
  11. Sorry, wasn't directing that entirely at you. But if you understand it logically, you're probably better off accepting the reality. Also, Trumbo wasn't a mediocre player for his whole career. We remember his last 2-3 years here (or however long it was) where he was really just taking up space. A Mark Trumbo in his prime can (and has) contribute to a championship-caliber team.
  12. That probably demonstrates the unrealistic/uninformed casual opinion of the value of the slot than anything.
  13. What about the Gunnar (Gunner?) kid we drafted out of HS last year? Thought he was a good looking MI prospect. No?
  14. Tempted to say yes. For Astros fans, this is well over a year after the fact. The emotions of that night were real and the circumstances were not yet known. Those feelings were real and organic, and will never be taken away. They got a parade. They got their merch. It all happened. Sucks to find out after the fact that it was tainted, but that moment was still real, and that's what you're after as a fan.
  15. He was the first person I thought of when the news broke. He's a good guy to bring in for 1-2 years until they can find their next long-term solution. You can give him the keys to that caliber roster and not feel like you're going to leave wins on the table. Plus with him being a TX guy, it's probably a fairly attractive situation for him. If he gets it, I wish him luck.
  16. Greg Roman could never just leave well enough alone in SF. I hope he is able to learn from his past mistakes, because it would be a real shame to derail another promising career. Like him or hate him as a person, Kaepernick was a very good player (in my biased opinion, better all-around than Lamar) his first season and a half. Then Roman tried doing things that no longer worked to Kap's strengths, whether it was because he wanted to develop him as a "pure pocket passer" or because the league was eventually catching up to the pistol, RDO scheme that devastated opponents for so long. I think we'd all agree that you have to be an effective passer to survive in this league as a QB long-term, and I'm not sure if Lamar has those long-term attributes yet or not. Hopefully he can learn them if he hasn't yet, but I don't like his throwing motion, that's for sure. That's just one component of many, but it's a red flag. He'll only be able to rely on his superior athleticism for so long before the league demands that he is able to pass the ball reasonably well.
  17. It’s all about the championships. I’m not saying World Series Champs or bust, but I want to go to a parade.
  18. I have no idea what's going to happen on Sunday, but the Ravens are destroying teams right now, and it's not exactly motivating me to spend $500 on a pair of tix to the game. I believe in my Niners because they play a very good brand of football, and they're absolutely a top 3 team when they're fully healthy (which they might just be by Sunday). Hopefully Kyle has something up his sleeve for this weekend that he hasn't show much yet this year. Defensively, if Ford is back, that's huge. I expect to see a ton of Dime packages to get our bevvy of quality DBs on the field to try to contain Lamar as much as possible. Neither team has seen another squad as good as they will this weekend so far this year. I think both teams are better than the Pats and Seahawks at this point, and likely the 2 best teams in the NFL. Could go either way, but I have to give the edge to the Ravens, even if it's just for home-field advantage.
  19. I'd be interested to know what the level of effort is to keep the message board running. I won't name anyone specifically, but I'd be willing to guess that a handful of folks around here would be willing to pitch in to keep this thing going. Even if we don't have the scouting reports anymore, which would be a blow, as they're always quite good, losing the message board would be a tough pill to swallow. I know my join date says July 2008, but it was probably 6 months prior to that when I first tripped over the Hangout. Crazy that it's coming up on 12 years ago for me, and much longer for others. Like others that have "grown up" over the years, I'm not posting all that much anymore, either, but this site is literally always open in a tab on every device I use, and I pop in and out of here daily. The thought of losing the security blanket that the Hangout provides is saddening. I hope we can find a way to keep this community together.
  20. Even tougher if you're only somewhat hard.
  21. Agree 100%. But I don't think that logic is being applied to the notion that a pitcher has to face a minimum of 3 batters. Just play and manage baseball as usual. Maybe actually enforcing the pitch clock would be a good place to start.
  22. Having said all of this, I don't think we're full-on tanking. I am 100% in favor of keeping Villar and Mancini (I don't consider them to be investments, per se), and we could be far worse than we have been over the last 2 years if we really wanted to be. We're about as bad as you can be while being capable of getting 24-27 outs 162 times a year.
  23. I really don't consider there to be much difference between losing 94 and 104 games. Both teams are bad, and I'd imagine that at the start of a season that if Team A was projected for 104 losses and Team B was projected for 94 losses that Team B could easily finish with a worse record than Team A. Also, the Cards and Giants are two of the best orgs in baseball. Hopefully we get to that level soon.
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