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  1. 9 minutes ago, survivedc said:

    How has it not worked? One team was irresponsible and as of now we have 2 others that have tested positive. This isn’t some crazy widespread thing. Let’s relax and let this play out, more players are wearing masks, as they should and hopefully will be more responsible. 

    Aside from artificial crowd sounds, starting a runner on 2nd in extra innings, where more than half the teams make the playoffs, and the home run champ might hit all of 20 bombs? Yeah, I guess it’s been just fine. 

  2. The only upshot of this is getting to hear Ben some more. 

    Look, everything about this year is a Dumpster fire. Not just this baseball year, but 2020 as a whole. There isn’t much bad news that really surprises me at this point, so when we hear next month that Kjerstad has quit baseball to dedicate his life to engineering a more potent form of glysophate, I doubt I’ll even blink. 

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  3. I think I like the idea of fake crowd noise even less than no crowd noise. 

    All I know is that I’m going to kill it this year during “Guess The Attendance”

  4. 23 hours ago, billw76 said:

    😂😂 it definitely does, but it's really easy to use so it's not a PIA

    I’m also a long-time customer of PIA and can recommend its efficacy and value. 

  5. 5 hours ago, Ripken said:

    I chatted with his wife briefly last year at a baseball tournament Nick's son and my son were playing in.  Let's just say, I know where some of Nick's money went...  :leaving:

    Lip sync lessons while he trained for the “We Won’t Stop” video?

  6. Here’s my problem with this season — if you can play some games, and keep the players safe, then sure, I welcome the distraction and would love to see some baseball. But what I dread is that charade of a postseason. Seriously, just skip it this year. Play an extra 15 games or so, but I would never want playoffs beginning in mid-June in a normal season, and no drama surrounds any team’s formidable two-month climb to victory. The only thing dumber would be an All-Star Game shoehorned in four weeks into the season. 

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  7. On 6/18/2020 at 10:23 PM, cboemmeljr said:


    On this day in 1970 the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Orioles 5-1.

    Orioles hitters managed eight hits off of the combination of Gene Brabender and Bob Humphreys.  The lone run for the Birds came off the bat of Frank Robinson; his 3rd inning RBI single allowed Don Buford to score.

    Dave McNally surrendered all 5 of the Brewers runs over 7.0 innings pitched.  He allowed 5 hits while walking 5 and striking out 8; McNally allowed 2 homeruns as well.


    I was born on this day. Figures that the O’s took a hard loss... it was a good life lesson for what awaited as an Orioles from 1984 onward (a/k/a “Wayne Gross And Then Even Grosser”). 

  8. 11 hours ago, DrungoHazewood said:

    Details tend to get lost over time.  People advocate for Dick Allen to go in the Hall because he was basically the Albert Belle of the 60s and while stat lines are forever on bb-ref, even the most egregious behavior gets washed away as "there's a lot of jerks in Cooperstown!"

    True, stats are dispassionate in that sense, so unless they create the JAR stat (Jerk Adjustment Ratio), even the likes of Mel Hall or John Rocker can have a decent looking year or two. 

  9. 2 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

    Let's be clear here, Jaime Moyer wasn't really JAIME MOYER yet.  When they got him in '93, he was a journeyman type.  And he had a good season that year but he regressed each year after.  No one would have ever believed after the Orioles let him go after '95 that he'd go on to win 208 games with a 4.13 ERA.  It's easy to look at that name now and remember what a great career he had and how long he lasted but no would have had a clue then.  

    Kind of similar with Kevin Brown...Kevin Brown was a good pitcher but he really wasn't KEVIN BROWN yet.  He really started to dominate in '96.  Don't get me wrong, he was pretty damn good for his one season in Baltimore but his season ended early when he tried to field a chopper back up the middle with his pitching hand and he broke a finger.  

    Two guys that...if the Orioles held onto them, would they have reached the heights they did?  Hard to know.  

    What about our most extreme example, Dennis Martinez? Pretty weird career arc to be worth less than 11 WAR combined in his first ten seasons for the O’s (even demonstrably our worst starter on the ‘83 championship team), but then his age 32-39 years for the Expos are worth nearly three times as much. I know he had alcohol dependency issues with Baltimore that he beat, and I was always glad to see him develop into an excellent pitcher... but it was like night and day. Heck, he was worth more in the three years he pitched for Cleveland age 39-42 than he was in his whole Baltimore career. I can’t imagine there are many stories like that. (Although if there are, I’m sure Drungo will enlighten us!)

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  10. 5 hours ago, BRobinsonfan said:

    You beat me to it.  Rich looked like the real deal in 1973.  

    I never saw him play, I just knew his basic numbers from the ‘74 and ‘75 Topps cards I used to study as a kid. I assume they “put a book together” on how to pitch him after one year... or did he get hurt? 

  11. 11 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

    This is definitely something the Orioles and other organizations need to look into and rectify. 

    I get the feeling that very few MLB owners make freewheeling decisions without the approval of the herd, but this is one situation where one of them should really step up and announce they're covering their entire organization from top to bottom. If they did that, the others might hate them for it, but they would probably be forced into doing the same. 

  12. That’s rough. Earning an average of $8,400 a year, not eligible for unemployment, and this $1 million that each team pledged (or were forced to pledge) to cover stadium workers, etc obviously doesn’t reach any of them. It seems like another million (if that) would probably cover the entire minor league players and MiLB stadium workers too, is that really so much to ask? 

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  13. Just since there’s some confusing info out there, a report from abroad. Here in Germany they closed all the schools countrywide as of Monday, along with clubs/venues, bars, sporting events, shopping malls, etc. until further notice. Restaurants don’t have to close but are pretty barren. Police are allowed to break up and send home any larger social groups they see for the sake of public safety. 

    Many companies have told their staff to work from home until further notice. A lot of us think this could extend 4-8 weeks. Borders have been closed to several countries. The area I live in (Nordrhein-Westfalen) is one of the two worst regions in Germany for new cases but the mood is OK. Yes, toilet paper and canned goods are harder to find. Also cereal and oat milk were cleaned out tonight, I noticed. (But fret not; beer is still in abundant supply)

    Despite the precautions, yesterday was the worst yet for Germany (over 1,500 new cases) and they have not declared a national emergency but are nearly there. And yes, it’s really, really bad in Italy and Iran; Spain is struggling and France is also having a hard time and they’re not alone. I can only hope the preventative measures here have a positive effect within a few weeks.The overall mood is serious and a bit scared but not panicked.

    And I really, *really* can’t wait for baseball to come back. Let me just reiterate that. Be well, everyone. 

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