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  1. On 9/16/2021 at 2:35 PM, NCRaven said:

    I agree.  Personally, I think that baseball is generally more difficult than basketball or football.  There's a greater variety of skills that have to be mastered before you're competent at the major league level.

    The game would most likely suffer in every way imaginable.  I think if a player is heads and shoulders ahead of the competition they're facing, teams are going to promote regardless of service time.  

    Machado was 20 years old, two years out of high school when the Orioles brought him up.  They had seen enough, plus they were in a position to succeed.  They had plenty of incentive to promote him. 

    I think the style of basketball has changed dramatically today, and it's probably not too far fetched to assume that's because of so many one and done's.  No one has time to teach the fundamentals. It's become an isolation game.  

  2. 4 hours ago, Sports Guy said:

    If the rule was, a player drafted out of HS is eligible for FA after 9 pro seasons, he would be up.

    And sure, he has development to do..which can be done in the majors.

    Im going to go back to what I said…this is just how things have been done, so it’s what you are used to.  If service time was different and guys became free agents sooner, you would see teams developing players more in the majors and you wouldn’t think much of it.

    And you are right, we are only talking about a few guys…the players that actually matter.

    I totally disagree with this take.  I think a player's confidence is a key component of their success.  I'm no scout, I don't pretend to be, but if Gunnar was in the Majors right now he'd be overmatched.  Learning different parts of the game, studying pitchers, what to do in different pitch counts, and then being exposed gradually to increased talent along the way is crucial for 99% of professional baseball players.  

  3. On 7/13/2021 at 12:28 AM, OBE said:

    I’m a Southern Miss Alum.  Huge baseball fan.  We are a mid-major with a proud baseball history.  We are top 15 in attendance in the country, a top 25 baseball team every year, and go toe to toe with the SEC.  We do this with having about 5% of the budget that the big boys have.  
    Reed was the last guy we signed.  65th ranked player in MS and was heading to Pearl River Community College.  We had a guy opt out and signed Reed.  Thank god we did.  We were his only D-1 offer.

    We tossed him in center as a true fresh and he just hit. Going 5-5 in his last game of the covid shortened season.  2021 he was back in center and hitting in the 2 hole.  He showed flashes at the plate early but struggled defensively.  Took really bad paths toward balls.  Then it clicked.  Dude looked like T Hunter in center and Albaes (Braves star, not sure how to spell the name) at the plate.  Kid can do anything at the plate and I think he can play CF in the bigs.  But this isn’t it.  The best part is he plays the best in the biggest games.  His stat line from the regional is crazy.  He hit like .700 with 4 bombs and 16 RBI.  Damn near willed us to victory. When he hit his 2nd dinger of the day he mouthed “you should have signed me” to the Ole Miss dugout.  Why?  He wanted to go there but he was “to small”.  He is a future bug leaguer.  He has a chip.  Also, he is a great kid.  I wish I could if had him in black and hold for 1 more year.

    what are the odds y’all screw this up and can’t get him signed?

    also, I apologize for the grammar.  My phone is cracked, I have a college degree but I am from MS.

    The last player we signed that nobody else offered was Brian Dozier.  Look out now!


    Thanks for the report.  Sounds like an easy guy to root for!

  4. Paul Blair!  I was working at the Jacksonville Kennel Club in the late 80s up in the announcer booth area.  A good buddy of mine was the track handicapper, he knew I was a life-long Orioles fan and Paul Blair happened to be at the track that night taking in some races.  My friend brought up Paul to the booth and introduced me and he sat up there for about 3-4 races and we talked Orioles baseball.  It was a really cool experience!  

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  5. 3 hours ago, Frobby said:

    That’s an interesting question - if you could pick a player to be our “fan ambassador” from the 2010’s, who would it be?    Adam Jones is the obvious answer, but after him, who would be your pick?   Seems to me the obvious candidates would be (in no particular order) Davis, Wieters, Hardy, Schoop, Markakis, Tillman and Britton.   I’m leaving Manny out of this since he won’t be retired for another decade and will have spent the majority of his career elsewhere.    

    Caleb Joseph would want the job.  I don't know if the others would.  

  6. On 10/27/2018 at 1:25 AM, Papeete said:

    Nick will stay where he is if they want him, because no other team will want a non-power-hitter in RF. Regarding Analytics, nick played for a team that did not go downhill, and Nick never improved . . . Free Agent/Walk Year  Stats don't equate a big or long-term contract.

    AJ playing on a team in which everyone produced low production, but his stats are not bad compared to the other Oriole players.  

    AJ will get a better contract because he offers more versatility (a CF can play all OF positions; Nick can only play RF), more offense (HR, RBIs; Nick can hit but no speed). Nick's skills are generic. You are down by 2 runs and you have 2 men on base, who would you prefer at the plate in the 9th, AJ or Nick?

    That's easy...Nick.  Better plate discipline, smarter approach at the plate.  Better chance he'll keep the inning alive opposed to Adam.  (I like both of them too). 

    On 10/27/2018 at 1:25 AM, Papeete said:



  7. On 8/20/2018 at 7:36 PM, Moose Milligan said:

    I understand why you guys would think Jones goes to SD but if we've learned one thing about him this year, he wants to be close to this area for his wife, kids, charity.  SD makes sense for Jones cause he grew up there but if he doesn't wanna get traded out of Baltimore for those reasons he mentioned earlier this year, I don't see him going to a west coast team.

    Man...I like Adam and I want to see him do well, but as sincere as Adam's commitment to those things might be...that was more about control than anything else.  Plain and simple.

    He was upset about the reality that the Orioles weren't going to bring him back.  He in turn didn't want to help the franchise; whether that be cutting salary for the rest of the season or the benefit of getting a fringe prospect in return.  And he was entitled to that as a 10/5 guy. 

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if he goes to San Diego.  He's basically going to go to whatever franchise he feels is going to offer him the best opportunity to get ABs, make an impact as a veteran presence.  Maybe Philadelphia, Milwaukee?  I wish him the best.   

  8. I like Adam a great deal...I think he's been one of my favorite Orioles for awhile now.  It's certainly his right as a 10/5 guy and he's earned it.  No hard feelings here at all.

    My take on it...he probably realizes the jig is up and he might be hurt by it.  Understandable.  Duquette isn't going to try to re-sign him for next year.  He probably knows some of his playing time is going to be chewed up my Mullins in a month or so too.  Maybe he even thinks the Orioles just want to toss him away so they don't have to pay him his $7.2 million for the rest of the year and this is his way of literally making them pay.  It could be so many things, ego, pride, doesn't want to see his role diminished somewhere else, etc.

    I'll always be a huge fan and appreciate all the good things he's meant to this franchise.   


  9. On 4/4/2018 at 6:45 PM, allquixotic said:

    The problem is our coaches can’t develop even the best draft picks into legitimate elite players. So while we might get someone with HOF talent, we will waste their talent while they’re on our team, then the instant they get traded they’ll become much better.

    Yeah....that's not really true.  But umm sure. 

  10. 1 hour ago, Tony-OH said:

    I'm more concerned with the fact that Orioles feel they are "going for it" with a roster that includes three Rule 5 picks, 4 non-roster players, and two starters who haven't been good at starting major league baseball games since 2016. Then add in a $23 million year player who hasn't been good since he signed that massive boat anchor of a contract (you could argue he was decent in 2016 but not worth the money) leading off, a defensive outfield that is two steps short of having even decent range, and a bullpen that is short on shutdown relievers and you have a team to be concerned about.

    Am I worried about starting 1-4? Nope. I'm worried that this roster doesn't even look close to being able to compete for a playoff spot this year. This is the last year of this core group so things most likely aren't getting better next year. This is what i'm worried about.

    That's actually what I'm excited about.  I wouldn't mind at all if the Orioles were horrendous this year (yes a fan since 1969 can say that), trade off Manny, Adam, and whoever else), get a great draft pick and then start to build with new players coming up Hays, Mullins, etc. 

  11. 9 hours ago, foxfield said:

    If The board will pardon my lack of sensitivity, if John Angelos would be interested beyond folly, in what the boards opinion of Buck and or Dan would be. Well one can only hope that when the time comes, the Orioles are sold to responsible people. 

    Thank you!

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