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  1. Ya know... for a couple years now, post after post on this board has been dumping on Davis.... precisely because they said he was doing nothing... phoning it in. Refusing to make an effort they said. So he went out an made an effort. He bulked up, worked on his game. And now he's looking pretty good in a few spring games so far. And what does this board do? They dump on him. Kinda sad.
  2. Stick some kids out there and see what happens. Sometimes things just click, and things turn out better than you expect. And if not, you get to see progress if nothing else.
  3. The ascendance of Lamar Jackson seems to have cleansed the sins of Michael Vick. He's making the rounds on most major sports networks providing commentary these days.
  4. This precisely illustrates my point. You seem to measure the "worthiness" of other participants, rather than responding to the posts that they make. I did nothing more than offer a downvote for what I considered to be an unnecessarily obnoxious response to a poster who did nothing but offer an opinion regarding the Orioles. In response to my downvote, you sifted through the archives to find an utterly unrelated (and quite positive) post of mine to downvote in retribution. You've gone on to employ the same bullying tactics with me, that you employed earlier.. that's what earned you that downvote. You can ignore this truth if you wish, but you know yourself that it is true. I very much enjoy the contributions of the knowledgeable people here. The vast majority behave decently to all, and behave in ways that encourage participation and a sense of community. You seem to be working at cross purposes to that goal. I apologize to the board for derailing the thread, and will return to lurking.
  5. I've been a member here since 2014. In my total time here, I have downvoted 3 total posts. I have voted positively on far more posts than I have voted negatively on. (and have had a fair number of my own posts upvoted as well) So either you have a problem with math, or you are attempting to be dishonest, and hoping I won't call you on it. But that's neither here nor there. I downvoted YOUR post because you chose to be obnoxious to another poster whose status you deemed lower than yours. You didn't criticize his position. You questioned his motives for being here, and you suggested that he did not belong here. You are attempting to do exactly that with me now. And dishonestly so. Congratulations. You've managed to drive another potential participant from the board for no reason at all. Best wishes to you, in spite of yourself.
  6. I don't think he was making a mountain out of a molehill at all. You were obnoxious and snobbish in your response, and frankly so much so that I downvoted your comment. (and I was just a bystander) And your response to that downvote, was to go digging through the archives and find a completely innocuous post of mine from the past to downvote in retaliation. Beyond petty if you ask me, but no skin off my nose. It really is kind of sad, because this is the kind of behavior that discourages new posters, and makes it clear to others that you view this place as your personal playground... and that your post count makes you special. Kinda toxic really.
  7. Yes... I understand what the conventional wisdom is.
  8. These guys somehow forgot that they're supposed to be awful. Makes me want to see the organization keep 'em mostly together and add pitching.
  9. Better be careful or these guys could start to believe in themselves.
  10. After careful consideration, I am convinced he is a better hitter than Richie Martin
  11. That was about as serious an answer as I can give. There are worse things than a couple of rebuilding years. We could be in the thick of the pennant race, and in danger of losing the team. A little perspective might be in order.
  12. Tampa Bay (Montreal) Rays.
  13. That change is filthy... 15-17 mph off the fastball and no discernible difference in arm speed.
  14. No... I don't believe that he did. He isn't arrogant, he isn't obnoxious, he isn't willfully under-performing... he didn't stick a gun to the Orioles' head and rob them... He signed a contract that THEY offered him (as any rational human being would have done). And he has failed to live up to the expectations of that contract. But it isn't for lack of effort. He's struggling. And he doesn't know why. Davis has always been a very streaky hitter.. when he's hot... he's been a beast... and when he's cold.. he has been cringe-worthy. It seems like these streaks have been swinging back and forth to wider extremes throughout his career. If the pendulum swings back toward performance this year... good for Chris Davis... if not.. he's probably done. But none of this has anything to do with my point, which is the tendency by some on this forum to personalize their displeasure with Davis' performance, by kicking the man when he's down. I just don't understand that behavior in this case or in any other.
  15. Davis had a bad year... A historically bad year... But the obsession on this forum with continually kicking him in the crotch is something I really don't understand.
  16. Call it chemistry... call it "too young to know that you're not supposed to be flying yet"... call it attitude... call it the psychology of team sports... doesn't really matter. Every now and then the stars align and a team full of young talent comes together and gels.. significantly outperforming expectations. Just as (and perhaps more often) a "dream team" full of prima donas fails to gel, and significantly under-performs. The Orioles have a lot of interesting possibilities if even a few things go right. Chris Davis has always been one of the streakiest bats ever. If he can manage a .250 30HR season, and a few pitchers deliver, and one or two young position players get caught up in the excitement, the Orioles could outperform expectations. Significantly It isn't likely... but I wouldn't be shocked by it at all.
  17. Davis will hit 278 this year, with 28HR and 98 RBI He is the most cyclic hitter in the history of baseball. and the cycle is coming back around...
  18. I sense a great disturbance in the force.... As if thousands of arbitrary criticisms of DD all cried out in unison, and were suddenly silenced.
  19. owknows


    Actually, over the last 30 games (roughly the time he's been in the leadoff spot) his walk rate is up (only slightly), and his strikeout rate is down (only slightly). But his average is up a ton. (hacking restraint, and better contact). I suppose it's possible that it was coincidence that his turnaround immediately followed the change in the order, but it would seem more likely that there was some relation. (whether psychological or otherwise).
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    Yeah... like I said, I'm not advocating Kim for leadoff, nor do I necessarily want to tinker with Jones' position in the order. I was simply answering the question "why would you consider moving him"? And the answer of course, would be to get a little more out of his power, if you think he's cured of his hacking problem. For giggles, I looked at Jones' HR's since the move to the 1 hole. As you would expect, most are solo, and the ones that aren't are driving in low OBP guys like Janish, Flaherty, etc. Was a little surprised by Jones' RBI total though... higher than I thought.
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    I thought this was a pretty bright move on Buck's part. Adam was in an unbreakable "hack at anything" habit. The cure seems to have come from putting him in the 1 hole, and saying "show some discipline, we need base runners". Adam is the ultimate team guy, so he did what was asked, and it worked. But maybe he's over his hacking ways for a bit, and the team can slide him down to turn a few of those solo dingers into two and three run shots.
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    Not that I necessarily advocate Kim for leadoff, but one reason might be to get a little more benefit from Adam's recent power surge.
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