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  1. 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.
  2. Why the hell was he not strong the last few years?
  3. 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.
  4. Rofl that contract is bonkers.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. I neglected to mention Ray's involvement in the Mother's Day Massacre (with an assist from Danys Baez).
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Hey Weamsy I'm gonna meet you in real life and buy you all of the drinks you want.
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