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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. I neglected to mention Ray's involvement in the Mother's Day Massacre (with an assist from Danys Baez).
  5. Didn't he save Frank Robinson from drowning at a pool party? Might be misremembering some detail there but I thought that was the story. RIP to a great Oriole.
  6. Hope ya'll will pardon me, we're in the long winter between season end and season begin and I just felt like talking about one of my favorite all-time Orioles, Chris Ray. And there's nothing important I'm gonna kick off the forum's front page so here I go. Ray never got any glory and was never on a team anyone really cared about. He never pitched in a postseason. He came up young and threw some big innings and got anointed with heir-apparent closer status over such stalwarts as Jorge Julio, partially because he threw hard, and partially because his hard throwings didn't necessarily immediately end up in a bullpen somewhere. And we all rejoiced for that. As a kid I was transfixed by his hideously violent delivery, contrasting with the boyish smile of his first MLB profile picture, which always seemed at odds. Case in point: Look at this guy! You'd buy insurance off him, he's so innocent and handsome. Then he does this to you: Granted this video was well after his first MLB photo but he never really changed his delivery. It was always some kind of cringe-inducing, shoulder-breaking, wrenching delivery. As far as I remember he was a fastball, splitter, slider guy, and they all looked max effort. I cannot remember a delivery that ever looked so intense, and I don't have access to the kind of biomechanical analytics that are now available, but to me it looked punishing. Maybe that had something to do with his Tommy John surgery in August 2007. I couldn't tell you. But as a baseball fan I really loved watching him pitch and was glad to do so in person. Just the way he cocked his body, hands brought together off himself at the middle, and let the whole thing unwind until he twisted himself into a throw. Chris had a particularly gutsy outing on April 21, 2006, at the Yankees. With the Orioles leading 6-5, he loaded the bases, only to get Hideki Matusi called out on strikes on a very borderline called strike 3. He threw a ballsy slider in a 3-2 count that was called a looking strike and ended the game. I vividly remember watching it, and no one else does, and that's part of why I love it. All these moments, like tears in the rain. That's what most of baseball history is, as there's far too much of it to remember. Unfortunately Chris peaked early and never really recovered off his injuries. But not to worry, he landed on his feet, started a brewery, and made it back to the Orioles' media desk to talk about it. And I call that a success story. And that's all she wrote
  7. Hey Weamsy I'm gonna meet you in real life and buy you all of the drinks you want.
  8. Bottom of the 8th, 2 outs. Go find it. I'll post it when it's online. Insane, must-watch baseball.
  9. I hope this forum never changes. The players are dogcrap and people are complaining Hyde has cost us enough wins to take us from last place to last place. The outfield positioning is bad? Buddies, Trey Mancini has played 89 games in the outfield, and he couldn't scrape 0 dWAR if you let him play defense on horseback. Chris Davis sucks so hard he distorts the light around himself like a black hole. Oh I'm sure if Hyde only told him to choke up on the bat we would be a playoff team. Tell me what coaching you'd have given Dylan Bundy to properly back up the plate so as not to allow 2 runs to score on a passed ball.
  10. Now there's felony perseverance on two counts.
  11. Kinda resenting your insinuation Mondale/Ferraro '84 is a meme. You best consider your abilities at fisticuffs when attacking a man's bumperstickers.
  12. Can you please translate this into millennial for me or at least reference an election 1980 or later.
  13. Yeah, if they were winning, it'd have to change the equation (at this point they're playing televised funerals). But even so I find the K-K-BB-HR-K style of baseball to be really, really boring. Even if sac bunts and stealing and other bygone strategy is *stupid*, it's far more exciting. And I also hate the changes in bullpen management, too many pitchers, starters being handled the way they are. There was an aspect of excitement in seeing if a guy could pull off a shutout, no-hitter, or at least push himself. Again, won't fault teams for executing strategies based on data; I'd expect nothing less. But when Hess was cruising through several no-hit innings and they pulled him because it was time to do that, part of me died. I hated it. Didn't help that his replacement (Araujo I think?) came in and allowed a 3 run HR, and then that the Orioles almost lost the game. It was like, I was watching something really cool, and then the MATLAB program that runs this and every other baseball team said it was time for it to be over. I really don't care what the argument is for doing that, you're never going to get me to like it, and it's never going to make me want to watch more baseball. And enjoyment is the only reason I watch the game.
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