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InsideCoroner

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  1. If Orioles attendance keeps trending down, maybe the team could play half their home games next year at Leidos Field / Ripken Stadium.
  2. Lost Cause helped me get past a toxic relationship some years back. It still stops me cold every time I hear it. Great song.
  3. For as bad as they’re playing, you would think they would have a clear-cut shot at the #1 pick, but several other teams are doing their best to do their worst. Last year only two teams (BAL and KC) had a winning percentage under .370. This year it’s five teams. I guess we need to start Davis more often.
  4. I’m doing my best to judge the new front office from the point they took over, and forgive past trespasses (as best one can), and so far I’m very satisfied with the process. Who would have predicted the Angelos family putting the team in the hands of a young analytics/advanced metrics guy? I certainly didn’t. I do wish last year’s crew had taken a $6M flyer on VVM, but for all we know, no amount of money might have made Baltimore — or many other cities, for that matter — seem like a more appealing destination than Miami.
  5. Seriously? By 2019 standards, this is a very good outing for the club. I would be quite content if every O’s starter could go 5 and only give up 3. So far, Means looks pretty good even on his off days.
  6. Nice move. My sister took her two boys to that game. After they endured the three-hour rain delay, it was announced on the PA that remaining fans could sit wherever they wanted. Then the kids ran the bases after the game with no waiting line.
  7. At least they didn’t introduce the Disabled Hitters List, sponsored by DHL. It could be worse.
  8. Really nice outing. He’s been impressive this year, especially on a pitching staff that give up 5-1/2 runs a game.
  9. The only sports whose matches can be guaranteed within a limited time (like three hours) are those on clocks. I love baseball precisely because there’s no clocks, no timers, no idea at all when each game might be done. It could get rained out in the 6th, it could go 14. You just never know.
  10. That’s my thinking. I want them to play hard and to see some development on the youngest guys, but I don’t necessarily need to see them win many games right now. The difference between the #1 pick and #4 pick next year is a potential long term game changer. Whether Ynoa starts are stays in the bullpen this year, or things like that, makes zero difference.
  11. In town to see my family this week, and had one free evening so I bought tickets for the game earlier tonight. Part of the visit was to see my grandfather as he’s 98 (great guy, built the house he still lives in with his own hands 70 years ago, served in the Navy in WW2), and he coincidentally just went into the final stretch of hospice care when I got here. Which is a good thing, he’s done all he needs to do in this life and I’m glad I’m here for it. As a brief respite, my uncle and I went to the game and shelled out for first row seats in Section 24. And although I wasn’t really in the mood, the game itself was fun — words I seldom uttered during games last year. Means pitched a great game, I’m glad they held the lead so he could get the win. Some timely hits, some hustle, some good defense, some iffy relief pitching working out of a lot of trouble. Sparse crowd, as expected (10,500 announced but it looked like less). And the new safety netting didn’t bother me as much as I expected. But I just liked watching some young guys with few expectations giving their best and working/reacting as a team. They’re still going to lose a ton of games, but I find this team eminently more watchable and less frustrating than what preceded it.
  12. Does anyone know if Davis is using a lighter bat? Just curious as he looks thinner this year and his bat speed looked down in the past year or two, so if he’s turning faster with the same piece of lumber that’s impressive. Either way I like what I’m seeing.
  13. Isn’t there also the issue of using the trademarked “O’s” logo without consent?
  14. Is that a reference to Kim? I was at that OD game, and was annoyed that fans were booing him.
  15. The Hall should give Mussina one of those holographic images for his cap where from the left side you see the Orioles logo and from the right it becomes New York. Problem solved.
  16. It’s ridiculous that a 75% vote is required of about 400 BBWAA members to get into the Hall, but then 75% of the whopping 16 voters on the Today’s Game Era Committee will achieve the same result. As they did with Baines and Lee Smith. But by that token, it’s equally ridiculous that I would even get worked up about who gets elected to the Hall anymore than I would care who gains entrance to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, or wins a Peoples’ Choice Award.
  17. Ah, update — his name is Bill Ballou (which is ironically like “ballot” but finished incorrectly), and he said after fellow writers appealed to him, he’s voting for Rivera... along with Manny Ramirez, Halladay, Clemens and Bonds. Some interesting choices, but... Halladay? Why not write in Thurman Munson while you’re at it.
  18. A writer for the Worcester Telegraph left his ballot blank as he said that saves are the “lowest-hanging fruit on the game’s statistical tree” (ha) but he decided not to mail it in. I’m not sure how much more of a passive protest you could put up than that, except maybe voting for Rivera but pressing very lightly with your pen.
  19. I think if Manny makes the Hall, he’ll probably wear the cap of whoever gave him the biggest deal in his career. So... not Baltimore. I agree with Tony that barring Manny and maybe (but quite possibly not) Mussina, the next HOFs wearing Orioles garb aren’t beknownst to us yet.
  20. He watches pitches in the zone Then whiffs on pitches poorly thrown He watches, whiffs then sadly sits (The other team don’t need their mitts!) A question to be asked of Boras Did you know his bat was porous? One has to think, with all these losses Of mariners and albatrosses
  21. But honest question, will you still be a Manny fan if he plays for the Yanks for the next ten or so years, barring opt-outs? I had hoped he would stay in the NL, but that seems increasingly unlikely.
  22. I've never seen a big guy so frightened of a padded fence. I sometimes wonder if he got attacked by a pack of rabid walls as a kid in California.
  23. I know it's not likely either will be back, and I understand why, but I'll kind of miss not seeing Kirby out by first base.
  24. If the problem with Davis is mental more than anything mechanical (and the jury is out on that), I tend to think the rebuild might be exactly what he needs. It takes a lot of pressure off his shoulders if we’re not even remotely expected to be competitive. Maybe he can loosen up and not overthink everything. You’re going to lose 100 games. Just enjoy playing baseball.
  25. I played my senior year in high school in rural PA, then didn’t play for the longest time aside from softball games, until I moved to Holland about 8 years ago. Unlike in Germany where I had been living, baseball is known by the Dutch, and especially popular with the people from Curacao and Aruba (both are Dutch colonies, so people from there have automatic Dutch citizenship). I joined an all-ages uniformed team, third division (along with two friends), and played 2B for a season. We took it seriously but were pretty bad, although it was also a lot of fun. I then moved back to Germany and would love to find a casual league, but you don’t even see any fields over here. It’s 98% soccer, 1% basketball and 1% handball (yeah...handball).
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