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  1. They fixed up the video a little. It was worse with no interaction from the players at all when they showed it at stadium. Used to have the players singing or holding up signs and the manager thanking the fans personally on the video.Not much effort put in.
  2. Wasdin also gone per Dan Connolly. Heard that Brocail is 75 % safe but things change.
  3. MLB has to have at least access to one. Nationals have one who they can talk to in the dugout. But these days, mental coaches are the norm in baseball. The collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the league and the Major League Baseball Players’ Union requires all teams provide access to one. And more players are realizing what Adams recognized at the beginning of his first spring training with the Nationals. “Time to go get right,” he would say, and the big, burly, tattooed man would lumber out of the room and into the dugout, where Mark Campbell, the team’s director of mental conditioning, awaited him. Then came a chat on the top of the bench, or a slow walk around the warning track, a private conversation as important to Adams’s day as the ones he had with hitting coach Kevin Long or working in the unfamiliar outfield with coach Bobby Henley. Dave Martinez remembers that day in an office in Chicago, when he was Joe Maddon’s bench coach with the Cubs and having a bad day. He couldn’t stop staring at the floor, the safest place to look in times of hardship. Ceilings only serve as a reminder of the heights not yet reached. Ken Ravizza, the Cubs’ longtime mental coach, dropped onto the floor to intercept Martinez’s gaze. He looked up at him, receiving reluctant eye contact from a man determined not to give it. At that point, Martinez had to talk. So he did. "I really believed he's a big part of why I'm managing today,” Martinez said then. “He's helped me throughout many different obstacles, as a player, as a young player, as a coach. He's helped me understand players. He was an unbelievable person and a greater friend.” Ravizza died during the 2018 season. Martinez found a permanent marker and wrote his initials on his cap in tribute. “Kenny,” as Martinez called him, was a pioneer in the mental coaching field along with Rick Ankiel’s confidant Harvey Dorfman and a few others. Lester is one of several high-profile stars that make mental coaching a part of their routines. When the All-Star Game was at Nationals Park this summer, several all-stars on both sides lauded the effect mental coaching can have on their performance and work-life balance. Now-Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley said he utilized the Cleveland Indians’ mental coach regularly during his all-star season. Now-St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who owns the eighth-highest OPS in baseball over the last three seasons, said he began using a mental coach regularly four years ago, too. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/12/26/baseball-mental-coaches-were-once-seen-weak-minded-now-theyre-essential/
  4. The more things change . Maybe they can get the test from Ritterpusch to give to the two Oriole minor league teams. But as a yearlong window for signing Loewen, the team's No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft, was about to close in May, the front office used Loewen's high score on a psychological test to help persuade Angelos to sign him. Loewen, a 19-year-old pitcher, signed a $4 million contract and is now one of the jewels of the Orioles' farm system. Angelos "would not have let us sign him without that test result," said Dave Ritterpusch, the Orioles' director of baseball information systems. Angelos confirmed that, calling Loewen's test score "helpful." Psychological evaluations have become a critical component of the Orioles' personnel decision-making since Mike Flanagan and Jim Beattie took over for Syd Thrift, who was fired after the 2002 season. The team often relies on test scores such as Loewen's before acquiring players via the draft, trades or free agency. "It's an important part of everything we do," said Flanagan, the team's vice president of baseball operations. The team isn't so dependent that it is basing all acquisitions on the test scores; in some cases, the scores aren't deemed as important as players' physical attributes, the team's needs or doing what is needed to complete a trade. An ally of Flanagan's, he was the Orioles' director of scouting for three years in the 1970s. At that time, he was among the first in baseball personnel to believe in psychological testing, and retained the interest during a varied career in the military and government. Since returning to the Orioles in January 2003, he has worked with an assistant across the hall from Flanagan and Beattie, studying the results of almost 10,000 psychological tests. (Most players are tested once when they are eligible for the draft.) The Orioles purchased a majority of the results from the California company that administers the test, enabling Ritterpusch to analyze players' scores and performances over a 30-year span. His labor was fruitful. He said he has "cracked the code" for identifying psychological profiles of prospects likely to blossom as well as those destined to fail. Distinct patterns exist for starting pitchers, closers and position players. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-2004-02-22-0402230917-story.html
  5. Someone said Howie Clark would not be back next year.Also Brocali would probably be back but not definite. .
  6. Elias stole his Oriole stapler? It was not even out of the packaging yet. Not even that they even took his pens. Shame on Mike.
  7. Brady was basically gone when they took him off the online organization chart. That lists the main receptionist and others. Paying him for this year,they said he was doing something till the season ended. He basically was gone way before this.When some people asked why he was no longer listed they basically gave a cover story. i remember the love for Brady with the MASN folks. He did so many good things by running people up a hill. The last few years Brady was here to basically keep an eye on Dan for the Angelos family. So no Dan then no point to have Brady.
  8. Down 416,800 with 5 games to go. Also only played 80 games at home in 2018.Should be down over 250,000 or a little more. By later on in the year,maybe he meant for the Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Market. https://www.mlb.com/nationals/tickets/specials/enchant#enchant-at-nationals-park
  9. I agree Surhoff should have been let go with a new regime.Just saying Orioles gave Duquette no freedom.No money for international players.Basically had Brady keep an eye on him ,especially after the Blue Jay mess.I was just talking about Duquette making a phone call to Surhoff.I think we agree more then disagree.
  10. I would be happy.Fan favorite and helping the community. He still is way better then the other choices in center.No Stevie or the rest.
  11. Yes,his first two years in the minors were really good.We shall see.We have seen the adjustments with Satander and he seems to keep trying to hit homers on every pitch.
  12. Also only has 20 doubles.Looks like the least amount of extra base hits for Manny in a full season ever.
  13. But will he hit better in the majors? Last two years has not been great offensively in the minors. I know he has had injury issues. .235 average in 2017 and .248 this year. OBP in 2018 was .266 and this year was .304. His K rate was about 1 out of 4 times at bat at Norfolk this year. Do you think he was also walk more in the majors? 68 walks in 1324 AB's.
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