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About ThomasTomasz

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  1. I expect sweeping changes through the minor league system after their seasons wrap up. Elias was hired late and is behind the 8-ball first, and second, you can't get rid of everyone, and they've all had a year to adapt to new bosses and new systems. I'm excited for the changes that lay ahead because, like the scouting department, they are past due. I agree on offering that to Villar, or going for Iglesias.
  2. These guys being 55 or older goes the way of payroll, as well as their own experience. Can they mold traditional scouting with the analytics now at their fingertips? To me, it certainly sounds like they had the year to do their job and adapt, and quite simply, it just didn't happen. And honestly, I hate to see guys lose their jobs, but I've posted this before- there was a rot all through the Orioles organization. If most of the people are purged, yeah I hate to see it, but these people were also all here for terrible drafts, terrible player development and terrible years all around. Change is constant, and it was long overdue in all of the front office departments.
  3. You figure that Richie Martin is spending the year in AAA, and that leaves Villar as the only person with SS experience (not counting Peterson, I think he's out.) Alberto hasn't played SS with us, but I believe I read where he has had innings there with other teams. So he's a potential backup. Villar is making $4.82 million this season, and I've heard potentially $7 million or more for next year. They could sign Jordy Mercer or Freddy Galvas at this year's value slightly over $5 million. Or Jose Iglesias, making $2.5 million this year, or Adeiny Hechavarria making $1 million. All options except Mercer would be an upgrade defensively over Villar at SS. I would say keep Villar as I agree with you. But I'm not the one making the decision, and I could easily see a glove-first option being brought in as a low value FA signing or via trade.
  4. $35.1 million tied up in Davis and Cobb. $60 million sounds about right.
  5. Also, if MASN actually had other programing besides Orioles and Nationals games that were worth tuning into, that would help make up some of the gap that you mentioned. I have talked to a few fans about that at the game tonight, and all agreed on it. No one watches MASN if they aren't watching the Orioles or Nationals.
  6. I looked up payrolls for a post in a forum a few years ago and during that timeframe you mention, the Orioles payroll actually was top 10-12 at least 75% of the time. Of course, outside of the big spending years for Tejada and others, the team spent a ton of money on average relievers just to say they did something. Part of this rebuild and what I like is trying to cut as much payroll as possible, and reinvest that money into other departments, as well as banking it for future years when the club is competitive. I know Trumbo comes off the books after this season, and they don't have to worry about Cashner's option vesting. Villar could be out because his arbitration number might go too high. I wouldnt expect any of that payroll to be replaced.
  7. Another top exec out, and some other guys along the way. I can't say I'm surprised. Norton has been a part of the rot here as long as anyone else. However, it's hard to make sweeping changes in one year, especially when Mike Elias was hired so late in the off-season. I expect you will see some more changes before we get to the winter meetings. People will be hired to fill these spots, and other positions that may not even exist yet. A couple other guys are likely going to be out of jobs. The minor league staffs are likely in for an overhaul. This season was all about getting a barometer reading on a variety of things, and then making changes at the start of the off-season. That includes, coaching, scouting and other player development. So far, this rebuild is tracking on the right path.
  8. I work on Saturdays and a 1 pm or even 4 pm start time is out of the question. I traded all of those tickets earlier in the year in for other games during the week. And that's with me setting my own schedule to try and be off by 3 pm or 4 pm on Saturday. I'd be OK with a 6 pm start though. That at least clears everyone out hopefully between 9 pm-9:20 pm.
  9. I know it was one of my must attend games.
  10. The number of people who don't get the end goal about acquiring more talent really bothers me. It's like they've completely ignored how inefficient our drafting and development was over the years (especially for pitching) aside from our disdain of analytics. The teams that have prolonged successes have talent pipelines that keep infusing talent every year. The Astros got there with three seasons of high draft picks. Their roster is a combination of a few players who were there for the rebuild, prospects who were called up and free agents. What is missed is that they have furthered their roster with trades by using more prospect capital. The more you develop, the more you can trade. They've added three ace starting pitchers over the past two seasons via trade, without giving up their top two prospects. That is how deep their farm and development system run. That's what we need, and it's not built overnight. I'm frustrated about having a losing club again as well, but we finally have a guy in here who is making the changes we've all wanted for a decade, maybe more, and there are still people not happy.
  11. With the MLB ball being used at AAA this year, offensive numbers are up, so ERA's are up. It may be the worst stat to use for pitchers currently at that level.
  12. How did you know about social media night? I didn't see any ads for it, and I've been at each one for the past 3-4 years.
  13. This gameplan is all about acquiring talent. They aren't going to spend any money to bring in guys unless they are on bargain deals and look like bounceback candidates. Maybe 1-2 signings, a few waiver claims and that's it. Houston had a couple years of drafting near the top to get all of the talent they needed for the main roster, and prospect capital for trades. Wins and losses are meaningless right now. Hyde is primarily being judged on his abilities, as well as his staff's abilities, to develop players, using information given to them in a meaningful way, and motivating them outside of wins and losses. We've got a long way to go, but some of the early results are looking good in the minors, and I expect the money we are not spending right now is either being banked for the future, or else being put into the development pipeline at some point along the way.
  14. They tested his vision between the 2017-18 off-season and made corrections. He finally started to see the ball better in 2018.
  15. He's helped by the fact that he's had a full season, whereas VGJ and Jimenez were called up late, and Jimenez has been hurt. Michael Chavis has cooled off since a hot April. The one player who concerns me is Yordan Alvarez, but since he's primarily a DH, he's going to have to carry an extremely hot bat (which he is doing) to make up for that, and the time he's been up.
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