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  1. 7 hours ago, Frobby said:

    I think Dusten Knight just became my favorite player on the Tides.   His 1.08 ERA ain’t bad, either.   

    I, naturally, went to check out who the heck that was when I saw the clip....of course, it isn’t some young minor league pitcher, but a 30 year old! Still quite spry...

  2. 21 minutes ago, joelala said:

    Right you are. My apologies. 

    No worries.

    I do agree with you that he doesn’t feel like he’ll be our pick, though I’m definitely intrigued by the guy. Either way, quite an opportunity for him tonight on the biggest stage....former presumptive 1-1 whose stock has taken a mild hit, he’s got the chance to silence some doubters. Obviously big league teams don’t make first round selections based on one game, but it will be interesting to see if he reenters the discussion as a top 3ish pick with a big night tonight. Or what happens if he doesn’t pitch well. 

  3. So I figured it was worth it to start a thread on Zach Jarrett, who is playing CF most nights in Norfolk while OPSing north of 850. Former 28th round pick was old entering the system out of college (he’s 26 now), but maybe a guy who, had he not lost a year in 2020, would be considered a potential thing? Not sure if anyone who has seen him play has any strong opinions, or any thoughts on how he looks defensively in the outfield.

    Recognize I’m probably reaching here, but a guy with that OPS at a premium defensive position in AAA at least deserves a mention....maybe? 

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  4. 1 hour ago, Frobby said:

    I would be interested in reading people’s impressions of Wells.   I didn’t get a chance to see the game.   Looks like he missed the strike zone more than usual, but obviously he survived.   

    Lots of loud outs or foul balls. I don’t think it’s a revelation to say that there are serious doubts about whether his stuff will play at the ML level, but I’m certainly rooting for him and you can’t count him out, of course. 

  5. Agreed with the sentiment....I’ve been home on paternity leave this past month, so I’ve got time and bandwidth. Usually I’ll start watching the games in the evening, but after the first hour or so, things are so out of hand or so ugly that I’ll switch to NHL or NBA playoffs. Or I’ll cede the remote to my wife and suffer through whatever is on Bravo (which, incredibly, is often not as bad as the Orioles...) I very much want to watch and still generally enjoy it, it’s just really a tough sell when we’re getting our doors blown off or, as in the Cleveland series, the quality of play gets so ugly.

    Like others, I definitely derive a lot of baseball happiness from monitoring the minor league box scores and dreaming of better days in Baltimore. 

  6. Exciting to see Mundy pop a bit, especially as an undrafted guy (albeit in only a five round draft), but I would like to see us not be too aggressive with his promotions. He just turned 23, so obviously he’s on the older side, but not egregiously so. He’s only had 116 professional ABs, and less than 50 in his two weeks at high-A. That’s just a healthy hot streak for some guys. I’d like to see him continue to excel at Aberdeen at least through July before moving him up to Bowie for the final month if he’s still taking. Let him continue to develop and his confidence grow. 

  7. 12 hours ago, Sports Guy said:

    Hall is going to miss a few weeks.  Had an MRI and no structural damage but he has some inflammation.

    Not trying to be annoying, but I’ll just note that Elias said “several weeks” before he is able to start throwing again, which to me is different than missing a few weeks. Full quote from the MASN article below:

    ““There was some tendinitis, some inflammation, so we’ll pull him out of the rotation, let him rest for a couple of weeks and in several weeks start to build him back up and return to the Bowie rotation here in good time,” Elias said.”

    I know this is one of these situations where we’ll all hold our collective breath, and not trying to be overly pessimistic. Just want to manage expectations a bit that I’m kind of feeling like it’ll be measured in months (as in 1-2), not weeks, before we’re seeing Hall pitch in Bowie again. That’s the implication I’m getting from Elias. Obviously all good if so, just need to rest the kid up and hopefully get him back to 100%.



  8. 50 minutes ago, Ruzious said:

    So, he's hitting well at Norfolk in a very SSS.  The O's have... nobody really at 2nd base now.  Doesn't it make sense to give Jones a shot in Baltimore and move up one of the infielders from Bowie to Norfolk?  

    I actually think Leyba may get the first crack at the 2B job in Baltimore. More gut feel than anything. That said, I agree with you that I’d like to see one of the two promoted and playing by the end of the month.

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  9. Agree that’s it’s disheartening - and a bit surprising - to see him getting inconsistent work this year. Would like to give him a fair shake given past success.

    He starts tonight in Jacksonville, so hopefully A) he throws well and B) this is the beginning of some consistent starting chances for him. Would be interested in reviews from those who are able to watch. 

  10. My wife and I went to Sunday's game with another couple and had a great time. A couple observations:

    - Bottom line up front is that I'd very much encourage folks to go. We've been relatively cautious during Covid, but really at no point felt cramped or uncomfortable. Certainly some of that is that now most of the folks I was with were fully vaccinated, but there's plenty of space in between seats and really not that many people. Even coming into the stadium and in concession lines, people were generally respectful of distance and it was no issue. I'm sure, anecdotally, there will always be someone messing up, but it wasn't an issue for us. Just wanted to start with that context for those that harbor understandable apprehensions, acknowledging everyone has different circumstances/risk perceptions.

    - Definitely make sure you read the modified regulations before you go - the issue with purses and parking, as some folks noted above, are definitely present. You've just got to be aware of them and plan (my wife switched out her purse just before leaving the house, and my friend's wife had a borderline-sized purse that got waved through after a little negotiation). I can't speak for parking, as we just did a garage on Pratt.

    - Mobile ticketing and electronic payments were all fully in use, so do recommend just coming prepared. If you're comfortable with using them, it's no issue, but understand some people aren't as tech savvy. Just a pretty minor planning factor.

    - Regarding masks, most people were good about wearing them, though clearly some of that slipped when people were sitting at their seats. I did see a few times where ushers enforced the masking at your seat rule, but it didn't seem overly draconian (it wasn't that if your beer left your lips for more than two seconds and your mask wasn't up, ushers would descend on you). Those patrons I observed were mostly compliant when directed (except the stray Phillies fan who decided to be difficult). Although I know some folks aren't crazy about it, to be honest, I've been at work every day for the last year wearing a mask the entire time for 8+ hours, so I'm not especially sympathetic. Little bit of a pain, but won't kill ya for a couple hours.

    - As others have stated, most but not all concessions appeared to be open. Prices did feel a touch on the steep side, but I'd bet they're comparable to what they were in 2019. The O's clearly haven't moved to the Ravens modified pricing.

    - Lastly, the bar scene before the game was of course quite different than normal, but still very workable and pleasant. Pickles, Sliders, etc have taken over huge spaces in front of their buildings, with plentiful tables well-spaced out. We got to Sliders at maybe 11:45 before a 1 o'clock game on a Sunday, and we had no issue getting a table.

    Again, overall would recommend folks go, if you're comfortable. I'll tell you it was absolutely great to get back out there and do something normal after having been cooped up for so long.

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  11. Echo the sentiments of many others that I love Gary Thorne, am thrilled he'll be back in at least some capacity, and hope that will continue next year. I don't mind Scott Garceau, but Gary is truly in another class of broadcaster.

  12. On 8/5/2020 at 3:17 PM, Jammer7 said:

    MLB Pipeline (Callis and Mayo) put out their take on the Orioles top 30. A few mild surprises. 


    My first, knee jerk reaction was incredulity that a reputable(ish) source could still have Luis Ortiz in our top 30. Then I quickly realized it was NOT the Ortiz acquired from Milwaukee in the Schoop trade, but rather the Luis Ortiz that was an international signing last year. Then my blood pressure returned to normal.

    Overall a pretty good list, I think, though I feel like some of this year’s draftees are a touch high for me (Westburg being the most glaring).

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  13. On 6/28/2020 at 10:10 PM, Satyr3206 said:

    Bashing the guy that runs the site? Wow. way to win friends and influence people. Btw, I agree with him so use a few more downvotes.

    Like I care.

    Clearly my intent was not to “make friends”....just calling out something that seemed in pretty poor taste. Kinda surprised to be the only one, but eh 🤷🏼‍♂️

    Not really worried about down votes, lol....

  14. On 6/25/2020 at 10:21 AM, Tony-OH said:

    Yep, I get it you're a close the world down and hide until this is all (maybe never) kind of person. I get it, because I've seen some of the skewed information getting pushed lately by the media.

    We are just going to have to disagree. 

    I think it will be completely fine to have these camps and for the ones that end up getting COVID, few will have any kind of symptoms that will cause any problems past a few weeks. 

    Honestly though, I believe MLB will end up not doing this because almost all corporations are either pandering or taking the least risk as possible right now. 

    I gotta be completely honest though and say I just don't care enough anymore to get upset. You could tell me tomorrow that the MLB season was cancelled once again and I'd be ambivalent. 

    I'd rather see baseball this year, but if it doesn't happen for either COVID or safety reasons (since most cities are violent, unsafe hellholes right now) I'm not going to lose any sleep.


    Really? When is the last time you’ve been to a city? Pretty ignorant from the site’s owner, to be honest....

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  15. 10 minutes ago, LTO's said:

    Wilcox and Kelly are still available to sign. And what Elias said could be posturing, you never know. I'm not going to complain about anything until I see the final haul.

    Right. And just wading into the mix here.... I know it's difficult because we have nothing else to talk about (unless we want to dwell on the slow motion train wreck that is the dwindling prospects for a 2020 season due to yet another labor dispute), but some of the knee jerk stuff at this juncture is absolutely ludicrous. Projections for the baseball draft have always been wrought with uncertainty, especially compared with the NFL and the NBA where players go right into the bigs. And this year is even worse. For a publication to declare "Day One Losers" in an environment such as this one, in a draft such as baseball's (where there is so much opportunity to allocate money creatively across rounds) is really kind of silly.

    Just let the process play out and try not to freak out. I, too, would've preferred we draft Martin but I (like I'm sure countless others on here) have not watched more than a few highlight clips of these guys. Most of us have absolutely no business pretending we can comment intelligently on the relative merits of one of these top prospects vs. another.

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  16. Thanks for posting, that’s a good synopsis. Presumably this is bad for the O’s, right? In that our draft position meant that we had a large and flexible bonus pool that we could’ve deployed creatively across a typical 40 round draft to maximize talent acquisition in various points of the draft? And that now, with just five rounds, the whole strategy has to change substantially.

    I think this also puts us at a comparative disadvantage in non-drafted signees; if there is just a cap (20k per player) on what a player can sign for, but ultimately no regulation on how many players a team can sign (though perhaps that’s still to come), why would a player sign with, say, the Orioles or the Tigers when he could sign with the Yankees or the Dodgers? I think most kids, in a heartbeat, would go to the most prestigious franchises with a better player development track record.

    I’d be interested in takes from folks that are a little better versed in all that than I am. Ultimately, doubt this is good for us or, as is noted in the article and by some posters above, the game.

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  17. This would be a fascinating landing spot for Buck, and as a big fan of the guy (noting his deficiencies), I'd love to see it. From a temperament perspective, as some others have noted, I think he's a great fit as a no-nonsense type, old school guy that can handle the media. He will, in his own way, deflect tough questions about all the scandal around the club and exude an air of competence and professionalism that I think would go pretty well there. It will, of course, be interesting to see how he meshes with the highly analytic culture in Houston, but at least outwardly, I think he's a good fit.

    Regardless, and partially I don't really care either way about whether the Astros win or lose (I guess only so much as they make life tough for the Yankees and Red Sox), I hope he gets the job because I've got a soft spot for ole Buck.

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  18. Thank you for all your contributions, Luke, and best of luck in the new gig. I’m very excited that the Orioles have enlisted your talents to identify and develop talent, though we will all sorely miss your talents here. You and Tony formed a really tremendous team in evaluating and communicating about some of the young players within the system - having two really educated opinions on these players was quite enlightening.

    Thanks for all the work that you have - and the other folks that own and run this site continue to - put in to make this work; it’s a one of a kind community here.

    Hope you’ll check in on occasion, just to say hello. Best of luck. We all expect championships. Plural. But no pressure 😉

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  19. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone here that’s a part of this fantastic community! May we all share many more together, and maybe even some half decent baseball again at some point 🙂

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