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  1. If I was Steve Cohen, I would specifically have that money as a line item on the contract deducted from the final sale cost when buying from the Wilpons. Let them pay the entirety of that mistake.
  2. To points 1 and 3, Nationals Park has the booth at the top of the stadium, and behind home plate are the diamond seats, which are the most expensive seats and those holders have their own private lounge with food served before the game. That kind of thing doesn't fit the Baltimore vibe/atmosphere that we have, but I get where it works for somewhere like DC. Delivery is a great option. I went to Turner Field the last year it was open in 2015, and they were doing delivery then if you were in the sections that were between the dugouts. Hell, they had two huge Chick-fil-A stands there, and they had their own employees running around the aisles with hot bags full of sandwiches. I'd like to see delivery, and it can be done through an app easily enough.
  3. It depends on the angle of the sun and where the seats are located. In my seats at OPACY in section 56, I am good by 2:30-3:00 from direct sun. At Fed Ex Field, I have the sun on me until 3:00 or so for a 1 pm game. Some of the folks on the extreme side have sun all game, and if it's sunny and 32, are still taking off layers because of the sun. Some of our club seats are out of direct sun even for a 1:30 game, and I try to get those if I can.
  4. I actually really like the party decks they put into Fed Ex Field behind the goal posts. They took out some of the seats and made an open patio, with a large bar in the center that extends from the wall back into the concourse. If you are standing and aren't at the railing to look out, they have RedZone and the live game playing on TVs around the bar. That would be pretty cool to have.
  5. Whoever said better concessions hit the one for me. I know it's not really facility per se, but a lot of the food is underwhelming for me. I get either Boogs or Roma sausage, and I'll go get one of the rolled pretzels. Other than that, the food to me is pretty meh. The waffle fries got better as they adjusted fryer settings, because some of the stands were barely cooking them at the start of the year. I hate a lot of the aesthetics of Nationals Park, but the one thing they've got right is the food. Aside from this, I think the sound system and the TVs under the club level need an upgrade. Someone mentioned a recliner section which would be pretty cool, and really upgrade the area behind home plate. A season-ticket holder-only room would be nice to have- that used to be the club level but we no longer have that access pre-game.
  6. A lot can be said of watching a professional like him prepare for work every fifth day, as well as the insight he may have in addition to Holt. If we have Kremer and Akin getting starts this year, it will be a good thing from that perspective.
  7. The $50 million Colorado is sending St Louis for Arenado has to be the highest, or damn near close to it
  8. He's got a bug for dissing the Orioles at every turn. Gotta admit, as surprised I was to see AR outside the top 5, he's got Hall ranked above the consensus which surprised me more. And he wouldn't even rank Mountcastle.
  9. Some teams disclosed reports on how players performed at their camps, and some didn't. A lot of projection is taking place in these rankings, and the writers are issuing quite a few disclaimers even on an individual prospect level.
  10. In regards to the bolded, while this is true, the same is true for other offers we were rumored to have received. One was from the Dodgers for Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp. Another was from the Reds for Joey Votto and our choice of Johnny Cueto or Homer Bailey.
  11. You're going to believe what you believe, just like the folks who believe this rebuild should be taking less time. And hey, on this you could be right. But I remember reading these stories around the time that Duquette came in, but the chances of finding those right now is slim-to-none. I'm sure that he didn't believe in spending money that way, but again, ask yourself why. If Angelos was willing to lose his franchise to stick up for the players in 1994, it is not far-fetched to believe that he would not be getting into the Latin American market which is still pretty cutthroat and dealing with 14 year olds like commodities. Honestly, we need an international draft in the worst way, and not have these guys able to go until the same age as high school seniors.
  12. As someone who employs minors at work, there are a lot of specific laws we have to follow, especially here in Maryland. They are limited with what they can do, they are limited to the hours they can work, they have to have a certain length of "break" after a certain amount of hours, etc. It's even worse with someone who is 15 years old, so as an organization, we do not hire anyone who is 15 and unless they are a family member of someone who works with us already, we tell them to reapply when they turn 16. Now, I am probably presuming things, but knowing what we do about Angelos, it is safe to say that he didn't believe in hiring child labor in this sport. By setting up an academy in Latin America, that means you are training and negotiating contracts with 12-14 year olds. We have to remember, Angelos was willing to lose his franchise sticking up for the players in 1994. We have never seen an owner in the four major sports who is as pro-labor as Peter Angelos, and once he passes away, I don't think we will ever see it again. So yes, if I take my fan glasses off, and look at it from the perspective of a businessman who is seeing a labor attorney here, I completely understand why Angelos was not in that market. As a fan, I don't agree with it, because you have to do what you have to do to keep up with everyone else and win. By not going into the Latin American market, we essentially tied both arms behind our back trying to compete, and we are still operating with one arm tied behind our backs now.
  13. Juan Soto signed with the Nationals in July 2015, and made his debut in May 2018. So less than three years for someone that was the equivalent of Adley as far as a prospect goes. A better example of a mid-range top 100 prospect is Keibert Ruiz. He signed with the Dodgers in July 2014, and was called up in August 2020, so six years, and being 22 years old. Using our own Jonathan Schoop, he signed un July 2008, and debuted in September 2013. So 5-6 years is probably a good timeframe to work with, unless you are a top of the game talent. Also, this is why Angelos hardly ever dipped a toe in this water, being the labor guy that he is. Ruiz signed at age 16, Soto at age 17, even Schoop was 17. I can't say that I agree with his stance, but I understand it.
  14. I was referring to the state of the franchise when Elias was hired. And no, it doesn't take four years to ramp up analytics as far as purchasing equipment and hiring the team goes, but it's certainly not done overnight, and organizationally, you have to have buy-in to believe in that department and begin using the data. I believe after 2019 ended and we saw quite a few people released or reassigned, those were the guys who weren't buying into the new vision. You want this thing to be turned around as quick as possible so we can start winning again. I get it. But that's not how the blueprint works. You have to have an abundance of talent in the pipeline, and the franchises who have done this also didn't have to rebuild the development systems, as well as build the infrastructure for the pipeline itself.
  15. I mean, the Astros did it, as well as the Cubs and Nationals. If it gets us a World Series title, why not do it? The point is, we have to be patient while the organization is essentially rebuilt from the ground up, because Elias was not given much. A lot had to be implemented, and a lot was changed. All of it for the better.
  16. Bingo. No amateurs, and no analytics to help turn around a player like Charlie Morton really puts a lot into hitting via the draft. Great organizations invest in every area. We're on our way there, but we can't cash out now.
  17. Look at the Dodgers and how versatile some of their guys are. Chris Taylor played at 2B, SS, LF and CF last year. Edwin Rios plays 1B and 3B. Kike Hernandez played everywhere but C and 3B. Bellinger even plays 1B and CF. The more teams are digging into analytics and seeing data on certain splits, the more versatile they want their players to be so they can create the best lineup to go after certain pitchers.
  18. Darvish is an oft-injured pitcher who is 34, and has $60 million left on his contract. This is a salary dump with some lottery tickets added for the Cubs.
  19. When you factor in what exactly needed to be rebuilt in Baltimore, yes, you do. Consistently one of the worst farm systems out there. A complete lack of ability to develop a "top of the rotation" starting pitcher- the only ones in my lifetime are Mike Mussina and Erik Bedard, and really, Bedard is stretching that definition a bit. Hardly any analytics department to speak of, and a lack of infrastructure in Latin America. If you want a two year rebuild, you might get what we had from 2012-2016. But look at the Padres and what they were able to do with their collection of talent- some of it came up the ranks. They signed Machado and Hosmer. They are now trading Wave 2 prospects for legitimate players and going all-in. Our teams in 2012-16 didn't have that kind of prospect capital to trade, and those that we did trade away ended up biting us. Considering the state of the Orioles when Elias took over, he deserves all of the time in the world to get this right. We're making inroads in Latin America, something Duquette promised to do but never could. Elias has revamped the development system, including firing/reassigning some long-term guys who I have to think were solely employed because they were "former Orioles." We've seen investments into the analytics department. All of that goes into rebuilding the talent pipeline which is now breaking into top 10 rankings from anyone not named Keith Law. I want the Orioles to get the kind of pipeline that the Dodgers have. I want to be able to always have the next guy up in the minors and have extension roots in Latin America. I want a deep analytics department like Elias and Mejdal built in Houston. But that doesn't happen overnight, and we need to be patient while this whole process plays out.
  20. Look at how the Cubs, Astros and Nationals were built. With that kind of plan, we are right where we need to be.
  21. It’s been that way with Peter Angelos since he broke from the owners in the 1994 labor dispute. MLB and the owners tried to get him removed from the stories you can find. fault Angelos for a lot of things over the years, but he’s likely the only owner in the four major sports who is pro-labor, and to the detriment of his own club in many cases.
  22. See, I view the summer music series as more of an event than a giveaway or promotion. It doesn't move the needle for me at all, but I can see where it appeals to people. I just hate that they got rid of the social media days. Those were pretty fun.
  23. They usually wait until February to announce the giveaways, even in a normal year, so I am surprised as well
  24. I don't want to see us break the bank too early, but I have to admit, if we've got another couple years of "stockpiling talent" at least Schwarber is worth the price of admission for batting practice (if you're into that) and it will be fun watching his at-bats to see if we can finally have someone hit the warehouse.
  25. The idea that I gave them in my STH survey was do one for the five players whose numbers are retired, and have an augmented reality program set up at the monument park. That would cover five. Or do bobbleheads for the players that they decide to celebrate for an anniversary team. In 2019, they celebrated the "why not" team. Instead of giving them one day, celebrate the whole season. Do bobbleheads for Cal (ASG), Frank Robinson (Mgr of the year), Gregg Olson (ROY) and then pick a couple others (I would've picked Mickey Tettleton and Elrod Hendricks personally.). We have such a rich history that we don't need to rely on current player bobbleheads.
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