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About Carllamy

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  • Birthday 4/14/1962

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    Catonsville, MD
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    Lawyer
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    Chico Salmon

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  1. I went to the Orioles Caravan in Frederick Maryland in Carroll Creek Park today. If you are interested in seeing pictures, I posted them on the Orioles Hangout Page on Facebook. Just like yesterday it was a few giveaways, and autographs only. The signers were Sig Mejdal, Austin Hayes, Grayson Rodriguez and Ryan Mountcastle. Mountcastle is a big guy. So is Rodriguez, and for that matter, Sig Mejdal. Austin Hayes is small. He is short, and not all that thick. They were giving away O's crab caps, which are great, by the way. They also were selling a six game ticket plan I hadn't heard about. You get Opening Day and 5 other games you get to pick, unlike the 5 game plan, which is Opening Day and 4 other fixed dates. The place where we stood in line was an outdoor park (good thing it was sunny with no wind) that was terraced with short brick walls. You actually had to climb up them and jump down from them while the line moved. I saw one older lady fall and roll on the grass. Also there was a lack of information available. I asked 2 guys holding "End of the Line" signs who was coming and which line was for whom, and they said "We're with the Frederick Keys. We don't know anything". I asked Austin Hayes if the old adage about the second deck in baseball stadiums making the transition from the minors to the majors difficult was true, and he said yes. That in the minors all balls hit in the air to the outfield are seen against the sky, but in the majors all line drives hit to the outfield are hidden in the seats of the second deck. I asked Sig Mejdal why it is that all new administrations, when they come to a major league club, say that they are going to implement teaching the same things at all levels, and that the prior administrations taught differing ways to do things at different levels. How could that happen every time. He said that over time, with the difficulties of running a whole organization, it is easy to let teaching the same things the same ways at all levels slide, and that it gets away from administrations. I asked Grayson Rodriguez if, as a player, he notices it when the organization teaches different ways to do the same thing at different levels. He said yes, and that when everyone is teaching the same thing at all levels it is better.
  2. I went to the O's Caravan at Turf Valley Resort today at 11:00 A.M. First, for anyone who might want to see pictures, I've posted some on the Orioles Hangout Facebook page. Turns out the O's caravan was just about autographs. There was no Q&A session or speeches. They were doing a few giveaways and ticket selling as well. Today it was Mike Elias and Hanser Alberto. Brian Roberts was also supposed to be there, but he couldn't make it. I met a couple of friends there who got there 20 mins early and who told me at that time the line was out the door and into the parking lot. I got there just at 11:00 A.M. You were handed an autograph voucher and told that, to be assured of an autograph you needed a voucher, but that you could always just stand in line and hope. I only got one voucher, but the lines moved so quickly that I got both autographs. I got to Elias and said "I know baseball organizations are really large. But they all can't have everything. Is there one thing the O's organization doesn't have that you would like to have?" I thought that he would say some kind of physical training equipment, or some techie video device. He said "A good shortstop prospect." I might go to the one in Frederick tomorrow. I haven't decided yet.
  3. Chris Davis did a phone-in interview today on the Hot Stove radio show on 105.7 The Fan here in Baltimore. Jim Hunter and Steve Melewski straight out asked Davis about hitting, and what he was doing to improve his hitting in this offseason. Nothing Davis said supplied hope. He flat out said he wasn't going to drastically alter his swing because he is now in his 30s, and because he has had sustained success in the past with his swing. He said he talked a lot with the O's staff (didn't he say that last year?) and the O's mentioned that he was successful when he was stronger, and since he has purposefully done less work with the weights the last few years, he was going to try to get stronger this offseason. He also said he would try to be more aggressive in order to not take so many called third strikes, and to let the ball travel, so as to not try to hit it out in front of the plate so much. He also said some stuff about his mind being in a better place, etcetera. Which would be nice if he was hitting baseballs with his mind instead of a bat. So, he basically said he was doing nothing special this offseason to improve his hitting, he is just going to take a better approach into the upcoming year.
  4. 1b: Jay Gibbons. Strangely, didn't look athletic, but oddly large arms. Fan favorite. 2b: Billy Smith. Everyone thought this guy was our future second baseman 3b: Aurelio Rodriguez, because nothing sounded cooler than Chuck Thompson saying "Aurelio Rodriguez" on the radio SS: Kiko Garcia. Who didn't love chanting "Ki-ko, Ki-ko, Ki-ko" C: Floyd Rayford. Man, this guy was round. LF: Pat Kelly. Loved watching a ball bounce off his glove and over the wall for a home run CF: Lee Lacy. Got to love a guy who brings his drug scandal with him to the team RF: Pete Incaviglia. No discernable athletic ability DH: Sam Horn. He was a home run waiting to happen. Waiting after a bunch of strikeouts P: Ken Dixon. What's more endearing than a guy who was a 2 pitch pitcher proclaiming to the media that he didn't need to learn a third pitch. Relief: Tom Niedenfurer. I remember a woman telling me that she couldn't believe someone with that big a gut could be a professional athlete Closer: Kevin Hickey, because absolutely everyone loved Kevin Hickey
  5. My Brother gave me the 2018 Game of Thrones Orioles Bird bobblehead. I gave my Brother the O's sherpa blanket I got for going to Winter Warmup, I gave my Nephew an O's bottle opener he asked for, I gave my friend Stephanie a pair of O's sweatpants she asked for.
  6. I went to Winter Warmup. If you would like to see photos, I have put them on my Facebook timeline, just look for Carl Lamy with the avatar of the guy wearing the O's gear. I have also shared the album on the Orioles Hangout page on Facebook, so you can see them on either page. I got there about 5 mins after the gates opened. Usually there is that long line around the building for Fanfest. For Winter Warmup, there was a giant, empty gate area. To be fair, it was raining. I'm sure a bunch of people didn't come because of that. Also, the wind started to pick up, so I left at 12:30. I have no idea how many people showed up after I left. As far as totals, well, when I showed up there were boxes of sherpa blankets to be given out (I got one). Remember, they said the first 1,000 people would get one. When I left 1.5 hours later, there were still sherpa blanket boxes at the gate. But, there were also a few people at the ticket booths buying tickets, so they might have gotten to a thousand people. Vendors were okay. I bought a preloaded E-Z Pass for my car. There weren't many. There were food trucks, but not a lot of them, either. Boog's was open. The whole event went from Gate A near Lot A, down Eutaw Street, and into the Statue area. I got my picture take with Santa Bird. All the statues wore Santa hats. A quartet played Christmas tunes. Sig Mejdel, Brandon Hyde and Mike Elias were game sitting under a small tent in the rain and taking questions from the really small crowd that was there, but they had speakers pointed at us, and the speakers on the warehouse behind us also carried them, so there was this echo that made them almost impossible to understand.
  7. I went to Winter Warmup and they had a sales booth set up. I went in, and it was ticket plans they were selling. For those who don't know (as I didn't) the O's are presenting 2 plans as "Holiday Packs" - A 5 Game plan, listed as $99, which includes a ticket for Opening Day March 6, Wed Apr 29, Mon May 25, Sun June 28 and Wed Aug 19. - A 3 Game plan listed as starting at $45, Sat Aug 8 or Sun Aug 9, Sat Apr 25 and June 19. If you buy into the Holiday pack you also get a free knit holiday beanie. Imagine, getting an Opening Day ticket for a 5 game plan. I know they're gong to be bad, but still, that's surprising.
  8. Bowie recently had an auction for game worn uniforms. As no one had bid on it, I placed a minimum bid on Hunter Harvey's game-worn road gray uniform jersey and won. It arrived at my house, and I noticed that the lettering and symbols on it were not sewn-on patches as with the major league uniforms. The letter which came with the uniform from Phil Wry, Assistant General Manager of the Baysox, describes the jersey as "the size 48 jersey is an official Rawlings manufactured jersey. All the lettering, numbering, club marks and patches are fully sublimated into the fabric of the jersey. There is no player name on this jersey." I'm going to assume that everything is printed on the jersey, because it all doesn't even feel like the pictures you get pressed onto tee shirts down at ocean city. I've never seen a jersey like it before. Also, it smells vaguely like men's cologne, so I'm not sure the jersey was laundered after it was game-worn and before it was shipped to me. Now, if only the O's actually do something in place of Fan Fest, I can get Hunter Harvey to autograph it. I think it would be cool have a game-worn jersey autographed by the player who wore it.
  9. Not a single mention about dropping Fanfest after 30 years. I wrote Roch on Twitter and asked him to ask, and then listened to the radio. Nada. I know that there was only 1 hour of time, and they had a lot to talk about with coaches and players. But Fanfest is a recent event, and people are talking about it. I listen to 105.7 The Fan every day, and some callers and some of the Announcers are talking about it. People are interested. 30 seconds talking about it wouldn't have been out of order.
  10. Well, in my opinion we can probably forget any thoughts about Chris Davis choosing retirement any time soon. I just saw on the Baltimore Sun's Twitter feed that Chris and Jill Davis just promised $3 million to charity. I'm willing to bet that no one gives $3 million to a good cause unless they believe that they are in a pretty secure position of being able to replace that money. I would guess that rules out the idea that in May Chris will up and retire from baseball for lack of productivity.
  11. Anyone else notice the Nats Centerfielder diving for a ball in the outfield, flopping, and then having the ball hit him instead of the ground? Sure, it didn't hit him in the head like with DJ Stewart, but then he actually flopped so hard his glove popped off of his hand. At least DJ kept his glove on. Remember people saying it showed how bad DJ is as a fielder? Anyone saying that about Victor Robles? I'm not saying that DJ is as good a fielder as Victor Robles, but it does show the error of looking at one play, even an embarrassing one, and using it as a reason to point at someone and say "See, I told you he was bad".
  12. I bet, if our pitching coaches are smart enough to do it, we could move him over one inch on the rubber, and suddenly his entire career will turn around, and he'll get a bunch of wins. If only our pitching coaches were smart enough to figure this out...
  13. I'm wondering if this season's O's can get a record for futility. By my memory, which could be wrong, 4 times now this year we've used a non-pitcher as a relief pitcher in a game. And I'm not complaining about that. It was smart to do so every time it happened. But, suppose we don't even lose as many games as last year (that's a possibility, we are ahead of last year's win pace right now) so that we don't get close to being "the worst team ever". Is it still possible for us to get a major league record for most appearances by a position player as a pitcher? Is that a stat somewhere? Baseball reference keep stats on non-pitchers who have appeared in games as pitchers. So that stat is kept. But, that stat is hard stat to define well. Baseball reference mentions the flaw in how they define their non-pitchers pitching stat. They choose players to appear on the list who have at least 5 times as many games not pitching as pitching, and admit that by their own definition Babe Ruth makes the list even though he was definitely a pitcher at one point. Could we end up being able to see this team as "the worst" by having the most times in MLB history that a non-pitcher has come in to pitch? Is that a stat somewhere?
  14. I checked the Rule. In order to keep a Rule 5 guy you have to keep him on the team for 90 days/games. 90 has come and gone for this season. We can take Richie Martin and send him to AAA today if we wanted to. I assume they're not doing it because he is a good defender, the 3 guys at AAA Norfolk probably aren't better when defense and offense are combined, and none of the guys at Norfolk are on the 40 man. But you can't tell me that our 40 man is so stocked with talent that there's no one we could take off, and we could begin Richie Martin's AAA now instead of next year. It really doesn't look like he's getting better at all with the bat in the bigs, so if right now is really all about the future, his future isn't being helped up here and maybe it will be (who knows) with time at AAA. And, they would be able to look at a guy from AAA. If I had to guess I'd say they've already looked at those guys and come to the conclusion that they have to future in the bigs and that's one of the reasons they aren't making a move on Martin. But you never know for sure until you give a guy a chance. Hasn't Hyde said many times this year already that this team is going to give people chances? Send Martin down, bring up Reinheimer or Vincej. Yeah, you're probably hurting the defense, but you're probably helping the offense, and I don't see where losing 10 to 4 is really that much different than losing 8 to 3, and at least we will give another guy a chance, and maybe Martin is better for it by opening day instead of by next June.
  15. I went to the game today. I can assure you, without any fear of contradiction, that we're better than the Tigers. They're next to incompetent if you see them live. They're terrible. That's not to say a good pitching performance from a starter wouldn't hide a lot of that for them. I mean, any team looks good if it's starter is throwing a three hitter. But all things being equal, if we want to have a worse record in the end than the Tigers, we're going to have to trade people off. Especially if one or two young guys come up for us and play like real average MLBers, so instead of us having men on 2nd and 3rd with one out and we can't score because 2 guys hitting .207 come up in a row, 2 guys batting .245 come up instead. Or, instead of us giving up 3 runs in the 9th inning someone comes in and actually holds a lead. Suddenly we won't be going through 6 game losing streaks. Suddenly we might win back to back games two times a month, and we'll suddenly find ourselves with a better record than the Tigers. Even the guy sitting next to me at the stadium said out loud during the game, when we were talking about how the O's having the lead, something along the lines of "if we were playing any other team that was even competent, we'd be losing right now."
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