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  1. Not now, but at the time, yes. I was never so sure about a decision in my life. For years I had admired Cruz and considered him a Home Run machine with a real decent BA. And it proved another point that I have learned in life. A mistake, even a small one, when trying to correct it, oft times leads to a snowballing effect of mistakes , which are way more damaging that the first one. I do not know if anyone else has noticed this real life truism.. . Had Cruz been kept, Trumbo would not have been necessary. And the rest is history as they say.
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    The Balls

    I wonder what it would take to get MLB to leave things alone when they are working. I guess to flex their muscle and let everyone know that they still run things is why they do unnecessary things. You know when changes are made to anything, 2 out of 3 choices do not work out . They are either positive, neutral or negative. There is a 1/3 chance of success.
  3. The Bundy trade I hope is not quantity vs quality. We will not know for sure till the prospects prove it one way or the other. However, it brought back unpleasant memories of the dark days when we tried that tactic, but it did not seem to work out. If it would have been close to successful, the farm system would have been in better shape when Elias got here, than it was. Hopefully out of four prospects, we get some real ML value. But it just brought back memories I have tried to forget.
  4. The Cole contract will almost surely become an albatross. For sure if the Orioles had signed him. I would not give ANYBODY a 9 year contract, certainly not a Pitcher, even if his name was Cy Young. Every pitch is asking his arm to do something that is terribly stressful for it, not to mention the other parts of the body that take a pounding with each pitch.
  5. Bundy was one of the smarter pitchers in the league. He had to be after arm injuries reduced his fastball velocity by so much. I hope nothing but the best for him, wherever his career takes him from here.
  6. I intended to vote, but my answer is I know nothing about the players we got, and if they are longshots as some have led me to believe, probably will not know for some years.
  7. What this decision tells me is that contrary to pie in the sky reports, it shows no desire to bring a WC team to Baltimore, unless there is more to this than we presently know.
  8. Good for Ryan. The qualities he possessed as the #1 Utility man for such a long while, namely persistence, determination and the team player he was, should serve him well in his new endeavor. If some of the prima donnas I can think of in the game of baseball had a smidgen of Ryan's qualities, they would help their teams much more than they currently do. Goes to show that a person though not blessed with HoF talent for the game of baseball, never the less can carve out for himself a relatively long career and make a good amount of money as well as gaining teammates respect. No, he did not come through every time he was called upon, especially in the latter days of his career, but when he came to bat I always felt he was giving his best at that point in time.
  9. Anyone who has ever walked on this planet is Biased about multiple things. So not surprising sports writers bias shows in voting of this kind. Either we accept their biases or ignore them completely. I am just real glad that Means had a great year, that he is on the Orioles, and hope he has a wonderful, long career with the Orioles. As far as sports writers are concerned, since he is not on the Yankees, to most of them, he is not material. And I am glad to keep it that way.
  10. Now that Harvey is no longer the skeleton that he once was, and is being handled by people who know what they are doing( I hope they do), let us see if he really is a backend reliever or something different. The skeleton body he had a few yrs. ago was totally different than what he has now. Let us see how far the new body takes Harvey now. Plz do not check the grammar too closely, as it has been a Tennessee Fire afternoon.
  11. Another glaring example of MLB flexing their muscles and trying to fix something, namely the great game of baseball, when it is working fine. If they want to do something meaningful they should start by standardizing both leagues concerning the DH. ie., correct a previous mistake. Either have it or not have it. I do not care, but they should make both leagues play under the same set of rules. What other Sport has different rules like that?
  12. Because he would be pitching 1/2 of his games there and opposing pitchers would not be an exact wash as to Bundy. Sometime ago I posted he might show better in a NL park and that is what I still think. He has had his tour of duty with the TJ team.and do not know for sure, but a hunch says he is ready to have a better second half career than first half in the right park with the right defensive team. . Again, cannot prove it, just an educated guess.
  13. MLB raises its ugly head every so often to prove just how powerful they are, and the results are that they screw up the grand old game of baseball more every time.
  14. Good, as I am impatiently awaiting the arrival in town of some of the young SP.
  15. Whatever ties to the hospital is supposed to mean. He and Jill certainly have precious ties to the hospital now, and as long as the hospital is there. They learned what the truism, it is more blessed to give than to receive, really means.
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