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Barnaby Graves

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Barnaby Graves last won the day on October 6 2019

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  1. Boy 2020 really sucks. I'm 29 but mildly freaked out by this whole thing because I got pneumonia in 2009 when I caught swine flu. If I die, I just want you guys to know two things. 1) I love you and 2) robot umpires now.
  2. I genuinely don't understand why people like this guy or feel sorry for him at this point. His best moments were a long time ago and he's got Derek Bell-like levels of arrogance and entitlement.
  3. I love it. It makes me imagine some horrifying science experiment gone wrong. Imagine a 20 foot tall cartoon Oriole Bird, 90% head and 10% thin, deformed limbs, rampaging through Baltimore, destroying buildings with his gigantic bat. Get me John Waters on the phone and let's make a movie dammit. You would cancel Christmas if you could.
  4. Look at the passion in this thread, that's why Shawn Armstrong is here. Look at the time real human beings are expending discussing the baseball career of Shawn Armstrong. Now I'm doing it too. It's contagious. We have Shawn Armstrong fever.
  5. For the record, I am not getting at a PED angle. It's just funny to hear him say... oh yeah, I'm gonna try doing the weight lifting thing again, lol Yeah maybe. Ever since he got the idea I never had the impression there was a plan, or work ethic to execute it. That's a view from 50,000 feet but it's pretty damning when you implicate your batting coach in a lie and he doesn't cover for you.
  6. Why the hell was he not strong the last few years?
  7. I think it was a pathetic penalty and if there was any justice, their entire year should've been somehow voided, including the players' statistics, and the World Series victory. Wanted to see bans on execs, coaches, and players handed out like candy, and didn't get it. It was a coordinated and complex attack on the integrity of the game. Same goes for any other teams doing this.
  8. Rofl that contract is bonkers.
  9. This is exactly correct and it speaks to the screwed-up contract regulations that see good, young players get jerked around by their teams, making the least and producing the most, while bums like Davis are guaranteed roster spots while their teams try to get them out of the mud. We have players in Delmarva who'd probably be more productive than Davis and this guy is still on the roster. MLB is best served by having the best players spend as much time as possible in front of the crowds. My idea, service time clocks should start immediately as soon as guys are 20 years old, and free agency should be reachable in something like half the time it currently is. Get more money into the hands of young studs, basically, and once guys start getting mediocre, let them be paid accordingly.
  10. I don't want to put such expectations on a kid but wow he is too impressive. I have always been the most casual of Ravens fans but he is bringing me back into the church. His games are must-watch TV and if that wasn't enough he seems supremely self-confident and a good citizen without the cockiness. How can you not love Lamar Jackson. Teams and fans pray for this kind of player. As much of a pessimist as I am and prone to say "it's early" whenever things look good... man. Wow.
  11. Orioles fans HATE him! See how one Baltimore-area first baseman wasted $161 million with one simple trick (it's genius). edit: ah damnit glenn_davis beat me to it
  12. Great post and you're right, very comparable situation. Ray's less innocent in that, he's a pitcher, he should've been expected to pull that off. Or, pulling that off was at least in the job description. Buckner was like a fish out of water.
  13. We are the sum of our positives and negatives my friend. Wasn't his fault anyway, he was in the pen on his fifth Bloody Mary thinking it was a vacation day when Sam Perlozzo said, what in the wild world o' sports is going on here, I can't allow Jeremy Guthrie to toss a shutout in under 100 pitches. We found a lot of creative ways to lose.
  14. To be fair I don't think it's ever a certainty you're drafting a starter vs. a bullpen guy. There's always guys who profile more strongly as one or the other, but once they get to double A and you see how their secondary stuff plays, all bets are off. We've seen LOTS of apparent starters who became completely different pitchers in the bullpen. Zack (née Zach) Britton and Tommy Hunter are perfect examples. It takes a special player to become even a mediocre starter, and the game is responding accordingly, with bullpens taking on evermore innings and becoming evermore intricate and complicated. And I think that argues for Can of Corn's approach. It's more economical and tactically advantageous to try to grow a bunch of pen arms rather than shoot for one Justin Verlander and four Jeremy Bondermans (if you're lucky to get four Jeremy Bondermans).
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