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About Oriole1940

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  • Birthday 1/1/1940

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    Chris Davis
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    Eddie Murray

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  1. Yes, Character, as in the best quality of a human being. He is a throw back to the way most, not all, ball players were in the middle of the 20th century, when I first started to follow baseball. I know his ways must seem very unusual to most of you folks, with the ways of pro athletes of today and the last many years. He is the kind of person that we parents and grandparents pray our families turn out into the world. I find Trey a very easy person to root for.
  2. This is a case of a Yankee decision, as usual, from MLB. Quite a unique way of getting the Astros off their necks for a few years, Maybe or Maybe Not..
  3. What is being described is LIFE, and a part of most peoples life where they are not in nearly as good a shape in many ways, to deal with it. These people have lived the Super Good life, many for years, and when they are required to live a Good life compared to almost all of humanity, they should be grown up enough to cope. Some unhappiness at their turn of events, sure, but for goodness sake, they get no tears from me. f
  4. So all they have to do is plug in the new plan, put it on auto, and go play golf. I believe there will be decisions and details to make each and every day to execute the overall plan. And these have to be figured out continually until the rebuild is either successful or a failure. It is far from certain that all aspects of the plan will go perfectly as you insinuate. The world does not work that way.
  5. When a franchise has been let be ground into the ground as completely as this one, there are almost too many elements of risk to make a reasonable prediction as to what should be done to fix it, and to guess as to how many years it will or should take. And then there is always the Wildcard, sometimes called Fate or Luck. But being dealt this Hand, we can only hope and trust that the new management will figure it out sooner rather than later.
  6. Amen. My first thought was ALL OF THE ABOVE.
  7. I have not studied this topic, so I cannot get specific. However, after having watched MLB operate for many years, it just might be a perceived short term solution to a perceived problem, but I would bet that in the long run it will not help the players. Sure some players salaries MIGHT rise slightly, but there will be fewer players, fewer teams, and less help to local economies as the result of this proposal. Remember. minor leagues are the life blood of MLB.
  8. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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