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  1. Imagine being the Dodgers... All that money and all those prospects for a year of Mookie Betts and some expensive years of David Price. Season gets delayed, shortened, and jeopordized by Covid, then Price opts out of playing. I mean, I don't feel bad for them, they've won their division like 7 years in a row, but they seem like the team that was most "all in" on this season.
  2. Also, its odd that all nine players that have opted out have been from NL teams.
  3. I was sad to hear about Markakis, though I totally understand the decision. He and Adam Jones are my all time favorite Orioles.
  4. I think this looks good, only Davis may have to be dropped down. Not that it really matters for playoffs or anything, but this lineup is sure going to miss Mancini's 35 homer/.899 OPS numbers from last season
  5. Who do you think will outperform expectations the most for the Orioles in 2020 and why? I think for 2019, this honor would have to go to John Means. He had a negative career WAR coming into the season and ended up racking up 5.0 rWAR, an All Star nod, and over 150 IP to the tune of a 3.60 ERA. Honorable mention to Hanser Alberto. He also started the season with a negative career WAR. He hit .305, earned a 2.9 rWAR, and had some ridiculous hot streaks. So, who's your John Means or Hanser Alberto of 2020?
  6. Yea I like Cubs/over on this too.
  7. https://www.mlb.com/news/new-zips-projections-for-shortened-2020-mlb-season I thought this was fascinating. The shortened season creates far more uncertainty when it comes to season projections. A few highlights: In the 162-game model, the Yankees had a 97.7% chance of making the postseason. In the 60-game revised model, they have a 66.5% chance of making the postseason. In the 162-game model, the Orioles had a 0.00% chance of making the postseason. In the 60-game revised model, they have a 1.4% chance of making the postseason. In the 162-game model, the Blue Jays had a 0.6% chance of making the postseason. In the 60-game revised model, they have a 15.1% chance of making the postseason. They also calculate that the Orioles have the most difficult new schedule in baseball...
  8. Geographically there's 4 teams under 150 miles away: Nats Phillies Yankees Mets I know they're not doing it this way, but man, that wouldn't be an easy 5-team division either...
  9. I'm just happy that baseball is back!
  10. I think I'd do it with fan seperation. I'd have my mask, hand sanitizer, and be outside.
  11. So no chance of a post-cancer Mancini extension? I feel like he wants to stay in Baltimore and will be even more of a fan favorite after these next couple of years. He'll be 32 in 2024.
  12. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/06/mlb-rumors-16-teams-playoff-postseason-expansion.html I'm sure some of you saw this yesterday, but one of the components of the League's latest proposal was having a 16-team playoff bracket: "The league asked for 2020 postseason fields to expand even beyond the previously discussed 14 teams, adding another team per league and bringing the total to 16 playoff clubs. The idea behind the league’s latest expansion would see a traditional bracket format play out, with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 8 seed, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc. until each league has played down to one winner to square off in the World Series. The first round of play, Sherman adds, would be just a three-game set. That’s a particularly strong deviation from the norm, where the top teams in each league have long been assured at least a five-game series against the weakest playoff entrant. The prospect of a sub-.500 No. 8 seed upsetting a dominant N0. 1 seed would create some excitement, to be sure, but the watered down playoff field and short early-round formats would undoubtedly be a turnoff for a very vocal set of MLB fans as well." What are your thoughts on this? If this was instituted long term, how would it change organizational strategies? Seems like it'd be much harder to justify a "full rebuild" if all you had to do was get a 78-84 record to make the playoffs, keep your fanbase happy, and roll the dice...
  13. 76 games at 75% prorated pay = 35.2% of original salary 50 games at 100% prorated pay = 30.8% of original salary According to Ravech this equates to about 200 million more in salary paid this year. They also met the player's demands about the draft pick compensation. Not saying the owners are the "good guys" but I hope this gets things back on track towards a quick compromise.
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