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  1. Another thing, if the O's moved to Nashville or Charlotte, then look for the Rays to move to Baltimore asap. If the O's moved to the West Coast, then look for the A's to move to Baltimore asap.
  2. That's probably partly because the riots in 2015 started right close to the beginning of the baseball season. Had the riots started in September or October they surely would have affected Ravens attendance. But even when you consider the Nationals have taken a pretty big chunk of the former O's fanbase, the O's still had a better prime time TV rating than the Nationals. In their worst season in recent memory the O's still managed to have a better prime TV rating than more than 10 other teams -- right behind the Rockies. https://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2018/07/19/prime-time-tv-ratings-for-each-team-at-the-mlb-all-star-break/#81cac644c4f2 What city other than Baltimore would sit home at night to watch this franchise on TV on their local cable channel? Nashville? Portland? Montreal? Charlotte? Maybe it would be better if the O's moved -- as long they changed the team name after they relocated. Then Baltimore could draw an expansion franchise ... called the Orioles! Might be better than dealing with this current mess of a team -- gives the city a chance to start fresh with a new Orioles team minus the Angelos legacy.
  3. The Baltimore area has nearly 1 million more people than the Nashville metro area. The Ravens average an attendance of over 70,000. The problem is the Orioles, not the city of Baltimore. Nashville is a pretty nice city but won't support a major league team in my opinion. The fans would pack them in for a couple years and then drift away to something else. If the problem were really the city of Baltimore then it would make more sense for the Ravens to leave than the O's.
  4. I agree, and I'm a Dodger fan -- though an Oriole fan first.
  5. Someone must have mentioned this already but you forgot: Red Sox: Steve Pearce, Eduardo Rodriguez Brewers: Josh Hader Braves: Darren O'Day
  6. Glad the O's are rid of Schoop and Machado. The Schoop trade may be one of the worst in Brewers history. I love Schoop but he's not proving to be a special player. Machado is a great player but let him be a tool on some other team, some other team that'll probably regret signing him. The Gausman trade, however, was a terrible one for the O's. Another trade where the O's undervalue their young, controllable pitching. I'm sick of seeing former Orioles pitch in the postseason for other teams. Now it's Josh Hader.
  7. I wonder if the creator of this thread would say the problem with the Ravens is Baltimore? If so let the ceaseless mockery begin. By the way, thank God for the Baltimore Ravens.
  8. I walked blocks upon blocks with my Dad to the old stadium on 33rd Street, and I grew up in Howard County. And you're afraid of the Inner Harbor? What a pussy
  9. Agreed, but it's not that uncommon. I see it at work every day.
  10. And the Gausman trade return was muted by including O'Day's salary dump.
  11. I think Milwaukee is pretty much the smallest market team in just about every area. If not they're quite close. If so then every other team has a bigger market, more money, bigger cable deals. Could be some teams are smaller in some of those areas. It also wouldn't surprise me if the Brewers are much better run than many larger market teams -- including the O's. If there is a team worse run than the O's it's gotta be the Mets.
  12. Baltimore has a bigger market than Milwaukee by a decent margin. Pretty much every other team in the league does. That alone should give us hope. But the Angelos family is very good at smothering hope I think primarily because Angelos didn't really want to be bothered with the fundamentals of building a strong franchise -- the classic Oriole Way. Angelos had that one year where he decided not to trade David Wells and (I think it was) Roberto Alomar. The O's nearly made it to the WS -- therefore Angelos thought he was a baseball savant. He thought he knew more than all the guys that had been doing it all their career. Everything the O's are going through now is the logical consequence of an arrogant owner who got lucky with a couple winning seasons 20 years ago; therefore he knew as much or more than anyone how to win. He thought he could pick horses by his instinct alone rather than hiring the best scouts and coaches to find, draft and groom the best talent in their teens and find value where other teams did not. Angelos has been the opposite of Moneyball. I'm trying to believe that what's happened with all these trades this past summer is the sign of something new. I guess will just have to wait and see, but I think this season's level of epic failure can only last so much longer -- or the O's will go into a financial tailspin forcing a sale of the team.
  13. Nick Markakis is known for his ability to get on base. He has a .380 OBP this year, and the worst OBP he ever had was .329. On the other hand, the best OBP Adam Jones ever had was .335. To top it off, Markakis leads the NL in hits, which is a pretty stunning achievement at any age. Clearly, next to Markakis, Adam Jones is known for other things than getting on base; but I think in this case the higher OBP and the extraordinary number of hits probably leads to an older player get a better contract than the little bit younger player. Jones' skill set may be perceived to be more in decline than it really is, while with Markakis this is clearly not the case. It all depends on whether teams think Markakis discovered something in his swing and made an adjustment -- or whether he just had an unusually lucky season.
  14. They have the money. It's just not wise to spend it if in the middle of a rebuild or, presumably, if trying to sell the team.
  15. Yeah, in retrospect the Gausman trade looks like the terrible trade for Baltimore. He's controllable until 2021. Why trade him now?
  16. Manny hasn't been that great since he joined the Dodgers. He might not get the contract or the team he wants unless he kicks it up a notch. There's a decent chance the Dodgers don't even make the playoffs -- which might work to his benefit since he's cooled off since the trade. But it makes sense for him wanting to play for the Yankees purely from a hitter's pov. Most hitters would rather play in Yankee Stadium half the year over Dodger Stadium. YS is more of a hitter's park than even Camden, while DS is mainly a pitcher's park.
  17. The Manny and Britton trades had to happen, and they were very good trades according to most everyone in the know. The other trades are more questionable, but so are the players we gave up for them.
  18. Yeah, you're right. The 2014 team was the team that had more injuries, especially to Manny and Wieters. It just seems like the 2015 team had a lot of injuries because it was so mediocre.
  19. I like the shift, and I like replay. I think we'll see more high OBP, base stealing type players over the next several years as the answer to the shift. That will make baseball more exciting. Baseball has its next Mickey Mantle in Mike Trout. What baseball needs is its next Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb and Ichiro Suzuki.
  20. Funny how you called it "American football". 10-15 years ago it would have just been called football. Texas is weird. So many baseball players -- many of the best -- come from Texas. The Rangers were the best team in the AL not that long ago and the Astros won the WS last year! On top of that the Cowboys and Texans are ... not that good. And still it's all about American football down there. But I live in Southern California, and at a sports bar in August I'll have to ask them to change the NFL preseason game to a baseball game -- that is if no one minds. I couldn't care less about football until after the World Series.
  21. I suspect gambling is mostly bad for the business of sports. Even the sports most traditionally associated with gambling -- horse racing and boxing -- are mostly in decline. How much longer will Pimlico stay open?
  22. I was in Austin 12 years ago, and even though it's big it still feels like a college town. Is the university fighting pro teams moving there? I assume it's all about the Longhorns there -- and music and food like you said. Do people in Texas watch soccer? Even in Austin? I can see the Latino community following it.
  23. I disagree western New York can support a team. It's not like Buffalo and Rochester are growing cities -- and Toronto is close by. Yeah, Charlotte probably could -- nearly as big as Baltimore and a growing area. Could maybe see a team like the Brewers or Rays moving there -- but no way the O's. Maybe more like an expansion team moves there. There's a reason a team moved to DC -- top 10 market with fans that make good money. Charlotte isn't even a top 20 market but could be I guess in 10 years.
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