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    Willy Miranda

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  1. I want him to play - somewhere. Give him as many innings and at bats as possible. The option I would have voted for, if it had been listed, was "if the minor league season is cancelled again, he should join the major league club immediately." Since that option wasn't available, I voted for the September callup option.
  2. I'd like somebody to take a can of yellow paint and paint the bottoms of the foul poles yellow instead of black. Every time I've passed by the right field foul pole at Camden Yards, I've been struck by the fact that the first foot or two of the pole that extends above the top of the wall is painted black. I haven't inspected the foul poles at all other major league parks as closely, of course, but from what I can see on TV, the poles are yellow all the way from the top of the pole down to the top of the wall, so that the distinction between a fair and a foul ball is as clear as it can be. To the best of my knowledge, Camden Yards is the only place where it is this difficult for the umps to see where the foul pole meets the top of the wall. I can remember a play some years back where a visiting player hit one down the right field line. The ball bounced back onto the playing field and the umps ruled that it had hit the wall and was in play. The Oriole right fielder got the ball back to the infield and the batter pulled up at second for an apparent double. Buck Showalter challenged the ruling. He said it had been a foul ball. Replay review showed that not only was it a fair ball, but it had actually hit the black portion of the foul pole above the top of the wall. Buck had challenged his way out of a double into a home run.
  3. Seems my question has been answered. Until March 13, spring training games may be shortened to five-inning or seven-inning games if agreed upon by both managers. Maybe six-inning games would be another option, but Bob Nightengale's USA Today article didn't say.
  4. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has announced harsher coronavirus travel restrictions for Canada. Anyone coming into the country via air must take a pre-boarding COVID-19 test, take another PCR test after arriving at the airport in Canada, and must then quarantine at a hotel for three days. Doesn't sound like any major league baseball teams are going to be able to play in Toronto any time soon. Are the Jays going to scout around, as they did last year, to see if they can make arrangements to play their home games in an assortment of major league parks? Or are they going to go back to Sahlen Field in Buffalo? (And if they do that, where will Buffalo's AAA team play, assuming the International League plays this season?) I guess this also puts an end to any hopes the Rays had for playing half their games in Montreal this year.
  5. I believe I heard that only players expected to be on the major league or AAA roster will be invited to the regular spring training. Out of an abundance of caution, the clubs will delay the start of spring training for those players ticketed for AA or lower levels. Those guys will not be allowed to start spring training until after the ML and AAA guys have left the facility. Normally, during spring training games, the last couple of innings feature appearances by lots of guys that don't figure to play above the AA level in the coming season. This is especially true on days when there are split-squad games. If those guys aren't going to be in camp, who is going to take the field in the eighth and ninth innings of spring training games? Or is MLB figuring on simply limiting spring training games to seven innings, and just hasn't gotten around to telling everybody about it yet?
  6. I can think of an Oriole announcer who, it always seemed to me, would lose all enthusiasm any time the Orioles fell behind in a game. If Hunter's career with the Orioles lasted 24 years, that means he was there for the entirety of the 14-year streak from 1998 through 2011 when the Orioles finished with a less than .500 winning percentage every single year. And Hunter maintained his enthusiasm throughout that whole period. That's what I'll remember about him.
  7. I don't remember Carlton making such a statement, either. He had a reputation for not talking to reporters, so it seems as though it would have been big news if he'd talked to a reporter about anything, let alone experimenting with pitching right-handed. He did his talking on the field. It's hard to think of any pitcher who ever had a better season than Carlton in 1972, when he went 27-10 for a Phillies' team that was 32-87 in games where he didn't figure in the decision..
  8. I've heard that MLB is considering contraction of minor leagues, but very little in the way of specifics. How many minor league teams are to be contracted? Has an edict come down from MLB's head office that every major league team must eliminate one and only one of its minor league affiliates? Might some teams eliminate more than one, while other teams keep their entire minor league system intact? Given the number of prospects the Orioles have acquired in trades over the past couple of seasons, I would think they'd prefer to keep their minor league system intact so that all those prospects have places to play and develop. I don't understand why the Orioles would be thinking about contracting either Delmarva or Frederick, unless MLB is giving them no choice but to contract one or the other.
  9. Good to hear that Dick is still around. It was said that as Hall goes, so go the Orioles. He was on the Orioles' pennant-winning team in 1966, though he did not participate in the World Series that year. He was traded to Philadelphia following that season, then returned to the Orioles in 1969 and played in the World Series in 1969, 70, and 71, after which he retired. I think I'm on safe ground in saying he's the only person who played on pennant winners during each of his last four seasons as an Oriole.
  10. For me, it brought back memories of Sam Perlozzo and the 2007 Mother's Day Massacre in Boston. On the other hand, if we say Cash was an idiot to start bringing in a stream of relief pitchers starting in the sixth inning, we must also acknowledge that Dave Roberts started bringing in a stream of relief pitchers starting in the second inning, and the strategy worked out great for him.
  11. 60, again, with the Blue Jays still playing their home games in Buffalo because Canada still won't be allowing anybody in from the United States.
  12. You recognize that my username here is based on my boyhood hero. ☺️ I was 5 years old in 1954 and hadn't chosen a favorite baseball team yet. Either in 1955 or 1956, Sports Illustrated's baseball issue included color photographs of the uniforms of every major league team. I decided now was the time to choose a favorite team, and my favorite color was orange, so I chose the Orioles. Then I decided it was time to choose a favorite player and I chose Willy Miranda because he was on my favorite team and I liked his name. (Some sources call him Willy and some call him Willie - he probably didn't care, since his given name was Guillermo.) Don't know who might have been my favorite player if the Turley trade hadn't happened and Miranda had stayed with the Yankees.
  13. I was at that game in 1993. I was seated in the lower deck of Yankee Stadium on the third-base side, looking out toward right field. I saw the play from pretty much the same angle that the umpire would have seen it. And I didn't know, until I read about it in the paper the next day, what had happened, because I completely lost track of the ball as it descended against the backdrop of three decks of seats filled with fans. I assumed, since Mattingly jogged around the bases, that it had landed in the seats beyond the wall. Perhaps the umpire, from his vantage point on the field, should have been close enough to see the play better than I could. But I could understand why it could have been tough for him.
  14. I remember it now, especially with the video clip that SteveA provided. I remember watching replay after replay and never feeling sure about whether it had hit the pole or not. There was a play this past season where Santander hit one that barely grazed the right field foul pole at Philadelphia. The first base ump initially called it foul, but with no fans in the stands, you could hear a metallic sound as the ball touched the pole, and Ben McDonald immediately said "What'd that hit?" The play was reviewed and eventually ruled to be a home run. I'm not sure whether the replay officials in New York made their ruling because they had access to audio and could hear the ball hit the pole, or because they were able to detect a deflection in the ball's path. Too bad there were 50,000 fans yelling at Yankee Stadium in 2012 and nobody could hear whether McLouth's ball hit the pole.
  15. I don't remember the Orioles losing an ALDS Game 5 (I guess you're talking about 2012) because a ball did or did not hit the foul pole. Can you describe the incident in more detail, so that maybe I can remember it?
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