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  1. So here's a question: If MLB has prevented major league teams from signing LMB players, I assume (guessing here) that means the teams can't sign them to play for affiliated Minor League teams as well. But, given the law of supply and demand, the value of the LMB players must have gone waaay down because their biggest "buyer" just said it isn't buying anymore. So, is there anything preventing an Independent Minor League Team, like the York Revolution or the Lincoln Saltdogs, from ponying up $100,000.00 for a guy who might 6 months ago have required a $400,000.00 or $600,000.00 si
  2. Not to hijack the thread but: Memorial Stadium was eliminated because it didn't have skyboxes to sell. It wasn't a money maker. That said, along with a ton of history as a plus for keeping and a lack of money-making potential as the main reason for tearing down, I'm sure I'm not the only one who realized that Memorial Stadium was a mess, and they did every baseball fan a favor when they tore it down. And I'm sure that played a part in its removal as well. Do you remember that place? Terrible seating all over the bowl - those tiny blue aluminum seats were the good ones. Remember
  3. I was listening to 105.7 The Fan this morning to the Bruce Cunningham show. Bruce does Saturday morning radio for 105.7, is the Weekday sports anchor for Fox 45 news here in Baltimore, and is the stadium announcer for the Ravens. While talking to a caller about new young players in the O's system and Victor Victor Mesa in particular, Bruce said that he heard last night (didn't say who told him) that the Orioles have had discussions with Victor Victor Mesa and that once he has been given Free Agent status by MLB the O's are going to sign Victor Victor Mesa.
  4. I was listening to the Scott Garceau Show on 105.7 FM today and they had Roch Kubatko on as a guest. Roch said that he has been told (he didn't say by whom) that the O's took the Dodger deal because Yusniel Diaz was the best player any team offered as part of a trade for Manny.
  5. I don't see the Orioles sending Davis to the Minors if things work the way I believe that they do. He has no options, so he would have to be designated for assignment and then released. Since his salary is guaranteed, they'd still have to pay him that. Then they would have to sign him to a minor league contract if they want him to face live competition. Assuming he ever does well enough to try him back up in Baltimore, they would have to resign him to a (I would think) minimum major league salary contract, which in 2018 is $545,000.00, prorated for games. Does anyone here think that
  6. Interesting bit: I was listening to Tom Davis and Dave Johnson do their hour-long postgame show on 105.7 The Fan (I listen all the time) and Tom Davis brought up that the line-up was very late coming out today, and that on the pregame show on tv Gary Thorne said that Davis was originally in the line-up for today but that Davis asked to be taken out of the line-up. Then Roch Kubatko during the post-game Manager's presser specifically asked Buck if Davis had been taken out of the line-up because Davis requested it, and Buck replied that Davis had been taken out, but it had been "a Manager's
  7. What makes the season bad isn't just the stats, although they kind of speak for themselves. What makes it really bad is his apparent lack of effort in trying to turn things around. Clearly, I don't know what he's doing behind the scenes. But I do know just from being human, and being on teams, and working with other people, and working with paying clients, that you have to show people that you're trying. It isn't enough to silently anguish over your position. Everyone does that. But, when you're on the bottom, you have to show you're trying to improve: work late, talk with others abo
  8. I'm not a big one to comment about individual at-bats and the like, but Davis just looks completely lost. He's shaking his head like strikes down the middle aren't strikes. I don't think he's turning this around here. He needs to go to the minors, like AA, where guys can't throw like they can in the majors, and get acquainted with getting his bat on the ball again. It is "injury" time if he'll accept it.
  9. Don't take this as absolute truth, but I think I remember hearing on a sports talk radio show that yes, catcher visits count as mound visits. That anyone visiting the mound not the pitcher counts as a mound visit unless it is for injury or something like that. That lead to the talk show hosts to muse about what would be considered a mound visit, and they made good points. For instance, if the whole infield goes to the mound to talk strategy about one batter, that's a mound visit. But what if the second baseman calls time out, meets with all the infielders, and just shouts at the pi
  10. Yep. I meant Cobb. Good pick up. BTW, there's a new column on the scoreboard now to the right of LOB, MVR, which I assume means Mound Visits Remaining. Also, below the Jumbotron there's always been a strip where they display Ks for the number of strikeouts the O's pitchers have garnered. Now, it also displays text, including at the end of the game they interviewed Adam Jones and text was scrolling (my eyes are bad and I couldn't read it) which I assume was his words being displayed as text. They went back to the Hot Dog Race (which everyone at the stadium al
  11. If I go to Opening Day I always do a review here. I don't talk about on field stuff too much, because you all see that on tv and such. Later on tonight or tomorrow I will post pictures for general public viewing on Facebook. My name on Facebook is Carllamy. I'm the Carl Lamy who has an Avatar wearing Orioles gear. Got there at 12:30. Gates were open, there were lots of people but they were all hanging around the out-of-stadium events, like at Pickles and Sliders and such. Not a lot of people were going in that early. The Budweiser Clydesdales were outside of the stadium. They were
  12. The important thing about Lefty O'Doul is that Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco makes a pretty good sandwich. Frankly, if I had never walked in there just on the spur of the moment, I never would have never even heard of Lefty O'Doul. Neat baseball memorabilia in there, too, as I recall (it has been a while). Any other decent restaurants around named after baseball players? I mean, other than Dempsey's at the stadium, which is a reasonably decent place. His food could use a little "oomph" to it, but not bad, all in all.
  13. Then you, my friend, don't remember watching Floyd Rayford play 3rd base for the O's. I, however, remember that. Boy, just think about that. A team so good that somebody actually said "Man, we need Floyd Rayford's bat in this lineup to make it better. Let's play him at 3rd."
  14. Listened to the Scott and Jeremy show on 105.7 The Fan today. They had Keith Law on. Scott Garceau has been mentioning for several days on his show that he doesn't understand how Odorizzi could be traded by the Rays for a minor leaguer who wasn't even in the top 30 of The Twins' prospect list. So, he asked Keith Law straight out about it. Law said he had talked to a number of the people in the Rays' organization, and while he couldn't talk about everything they said, what he could say was that Odorizzi had a back problem last year, and there is a concern that he might n
  15. My Fanfest experience: Got there around 10:45 A.M. Line was extremely long, one of the longest I've ever seen and I've been going every year for over a decade. That said, some years they actually had 2 lines to enter, one that stretched left away from the front door and one that stretched right, so if those years there had been only one line those lines might have been longer. Went in and it was a mob scene. As many people there was there was last year, and as many as the year before. I was expecting far fewer people. Only real difference is the old Rag Time band they u
  16. I believe Frobby and Weams to be correct. I was listening to the Hot Stove show on The Fan 105.7 last Thursday and the people on there specifically said that once the O's tendered Britton a contract they were on the hook for the full amount, even if they cut him. So, cutting his would not benefit the O's economically.
  17. You know how it is. Soooo subjective. I think Joe Angel is great. But, I went to a game a couple of months ago, and talked to a guy while watching the game from the flag court in right field at OPACY. He said he doesn't listen to O's games on the radio because of how terrible Joe Angel is. That Joe doesn't talk about the game enough and always rambles off topic about all sorts of stuff. You never know. I don't agree with the guy, but he has a right to his opinion (even if it is terribly misguided).
  18. It is clear that the O's can't win on Friday because Dave Trembley rests his starters and plays his backup catcher, every Sunday. I mean Friday. Sorry, 2008 discussion flashback.
  19. And there you have it: Status: Traded Full Name: Brallan Andres Perez Age: 21 (January 27, 1996) Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 5' 10" Wt: 165 The man is from Cartegena, Colombia, and was acquired with International Bonus Slot money. So, we can all just stop saying that the O's won't acquire International players with International Bonus Slot money. They will. They will just use an MLB intermediary to do so.
  20. My thoughts and notions about Opening Day: Got there at 1:30. I'm a big lapel pin guy. Last year I got there at 2:00 and all the Opening Day lapel pins were sold out. This year at 1:30 the lower level stores were sold out. I went to the upper deck and got one (very nice), but 15 minutes later I was talking to a vendor and she said they had just been told that all Team Stores were sold out of Opening Day lapel pins. Apparently they go fast. Big crowd. The right field flag court was packed the whole game. Viewing was 4 people deep starting in the 1st inning. I met two g
  21. Felix Pie. Opening Day outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, 2010. Other Opening Day starters of note during the Camden Yards era: Tony Tarasco, 1996 Delino DeShields, 2000 Deivi Cruz, 2003 Paul Bako, 2007 Corey Patterson, 2007 BTW, Cesar Izturis started 2 years in a row, 2008 and 2009 David Segui started as a 1B in 2001, and as DH in 2002
  22. I went to baseball reference for the opening day lineups. You are correct. Garrett Atkins started at 1B for us in 2010. I must have blotted that out of my mind. He immediately takes place as my worst Camden Yards era opening day first basemen, easily displacing Kevin Millar. Bud Norris, according to Baseball Reference, was not an opening day starter (maybe he started opening day at Camden Yards some year we started on the road? I don't know). According to them, the opening day starters for the O's since 1992 have been: Sutcliff, Sutcliff, Mussina, Mussina
  23. As Monday starts the Camden Yards 25th Anniversary, I thought it would be a hoot to look through the Opening Day lineups and put together a Camden Yards Opening Day all-bad team. While it is possible to do (see below) the one thing that jumped out at me was that, during their tenure at Camden Yards, the O's really haven't fielded (at least in terms of Opening Day starters) a lot of truly bad players/lineups. There have been some, but I compared lineups with some from before Camden Yards, and was surprised. It isn't that these teams were bad, per se, at least in my opinion. The pro
  24. I heard an interview on the radio 105.7 the Fan in Baltimore, with Rich Dubroff who writes for Pressbox (formerly with CSN Mid Atlantic) who said that Wieters has had several offers so far this year, but they've all been for one year, so he hasn't accepted any of them. So, there's you answer. He is looking for a multi-year deal.
  25. By the way, I went to the Orioles store in the Convention Center, and they were selling stuff like used jerseys and used hats. I saw some awesome signed green O's hats, and there was one my size for $40, with a scribbled, unreadable signature on the brim in black and the number 15 below the signature. I bought it. I looked and found out the O's auctioned these hats off in 2015 to benefit the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Florida, so I looked at a 2015 Spring Training roster, and discovered that I am now the proud owner of a game used, signed J.P. Arencibia green O's hat.
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