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About WillyM

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  • Birthday 2/2/1949

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    York County, PA
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Willy Miranda

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. And there was one other player who got his 3,000th hit in his home town - Alex Rodriguez, born in New York City, who collected his 3,000th hit at Yankee Stadium. It is arguable that Dave Winfield should also be included on the list. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and collected his 3,000th hit as a Twin at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Technically, Minneapolis and St. Paul are separate cities, so he didn't get the hit in his home town. On the other hand, the Twins' team name recognizes the fact that Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
  10. In 1954, the Orioles' Bullet Bob Turley struck out 185 batters to lead the American League in strikeouts. He struck out even more the next season (210), but he did it for the Yankees, as he was part of the famous 17-player trade between the Orioles and Yankees between the 1954 and 1955 seasons. No Oriole pitcher has led the league in strikeouts since.
  11. Yes, Pete Rose did get his 3,000th hit at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. It was a single off Montreal's Steve Rogers, May 5, 1978.
  12. As the trade deadline approached in 2020, the Orioles made it clear that they would be sellers, not buyers. They were looking to build a winner years down the road, not in 2020. That being the case, it's not surprising that the won-lost percentage dropped in the second half of the season, and they are now watching, for example, someone like Richard Bleier helping a team like the Miami Marlins win a playoff series. I would dearly like to think that the Orioles will do so well in the first half that the front office won't trade players off the major league roster for prospects to be named later, who might, possibly, be useful four or five years down the road. But I'm not sure that's going to be the case.
  13. One of the closer 11-3 games you'll ever see. 😉
  14. I'm wondering about audio for the Division Series. With no fans in the stands, it pretty quickly became universal practice for each team to generate its own stadium audio for home games. There would be an ongoing crowd noise buzz, with the audio man turning the appropriate dials to bring the noise up every time the home team did something good. The audio man would also generate special effects noises. For example, at Camden Yards we would hear the Orioles' bugle "Charge" call that they've been using since Memorial Stadium days, or the siren that would sound when an Oriole hit a home run. The same practice was followed during the Wild Card series, all of which were played in the home park of the higher-seeded team. But the Division Series games will all be played at neutral sites. Will the audio man at the neutral stadiums be instructed to bring the noise up when the team designated as the home team for that game does something good? Will he bring the noise up when either team scores, regardless of whether it's the home team or the visiting team? Will he be instructed to be completely neutral and just play a steady crowd buzz, no matter what happens on the field? Or will they import the audio man from each team's home stadium for those games when his team is the designated home team? For example, would the Rays' audio man sit in the Petco Park audio booth and do his thing for games 1, 2, and 5, while the Yankees' audio man would take over for games 3 and 4? I hope it's not the latter. I have no desire, for the rest of this year, to hear that infernal whistle the Yankees sound every time one of their pitchers strikes someone out.
  15. I guess the Braves will play the Cubs-Marlins winner in the NLDS. If the Atlanta pitchers throw another shutout in the first game of that series, they'll be within striking distance of the Orioles' record of 33 consecutive shutout innings in a single postseason.
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