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Mr. Chewbacca Jr.

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  1. You're joking - but the NBA, NFL, and soccer keep growing. Baseball nationally keeps shrinking in popularity. And the O's are one of the least interesting products in a sport with declining popularity. Something has to change if they want to be sustainable.
  2. The sad part is there's not much else to discuss. People still debate the Ubaldo decision here because the O's have given us so little to even talk about over the last few years. It's sad.
  3. I think this team killed baseball for me. I've been a lifelong baseball and Orioles fanatic - and as much as I hate to admit it, I just don't care anymore. I'm completely indifferent. The passion for the sport is completely gone for me. What is concerning - is basically anyone under the age of 35 was too young to appreciate the 96/97 Orioles and only got a small taste of a winning club from 2012-2016. In a small market, I think it is very understated how much this tank job rebuild is damaging the O's long-term fanbase. Who is even going to care if this team does become good again? A
  4. I think teams are generally way smarter than they were even five years ago. I don't see teams falling over themselves to trade for a guy who doesn't have a very long track record of success. My hunch is that a "sell high" return would be pretty underwhelming at the moment - and in that case, I'd rather bet on Mullins continuing to succeed and hopefully contributing to a winning team or being a more valuable trade chip later on.
  5. 304 PAs is still a small sample size. He's had 418 PAs prior to 2021 where he didn't look very good. I'm happy for Cedric, but its difficult to assess worth when he isn't a proven, stable commodity.
  6. I agree completely. Overall, at the moment, I'd give a C. The progress with the team's international presence, analytics, etc is great - but I'd expect that from any GM in 2021. The Farm System is ranked high by sports journalists - but I feel like those rankings notoriously favor a few top prospects over a deep system. I don't really think those rankings are the end-all-be-all of development-system health. Adley, GrayRod, DL Hall, and Gunnar Henderson are exciting - but beyond that, I'm not quite sure who else is really going to make an impact. And, they all could have been here wit
  7. The farm system and drafting under DD is super underrated. I don't understand all the hate directed toward them. I guess people don't realize GrayRod and DL Hall were drafted by that regime?
  8. I think the bolded is key. A Mancini trade actually needs to return an impact player - not somebody who is going to be a fringe player that could be found relatively easily elsewhere. I don't think Mancini would be terribly expensive to re-sign. So, I wouldn't necessarily look at him as just a one-year-left guy.
  9. Hard for people to steal bases on you when there's no one on the basepaths because you're always serving up meatball pitches for homeruns.
  10. Thanks for posting this Tony - best video I've seen yet explaining it. I've been following it on Twitter for a bit, but this video sums it up nicely. Means is frequently cited on social media as one of the worst offenders as this. He has blatantly been going to his glove all season. He also has added new moves to try and disguise it - he does this weird twist thing now where he turns his body away from the dugout TV camera to load up from his glove. There's a guy on Tik Tok who breaks this down a lot and he cites Means as one of the most egregious cases. Worth browsing if you're inte
  11. I think the Angelos sons can get a little bit of a pass - they hired Elias and committed to an organizational rebuild, moves that were highly praised across the league. It's unfair to condemn them for dumb stuff their dad did. The bigger issue right now is Elias & Co can't find major league talent outside of high draft picks. Any GM should be expected to be able to do that. And many of the Orioles prospects were inherited from DD's regime. The tradeoff for tanking should have results that justify the cost. Right now, that isn't happening. The O's are tanking, really killing thei
  12. In general, I think front offices are way smarter now - and Bedard-type returns in trades are a thing of the past. But I agree with you, Means is a valuable piece and should net a return that is valuable to the long-term fortunes of the organization.
  13. I just came here to say that a "Sal Fasano Mustache Mask" promotional night is a missed opportunity.
  14. I'm not the biggest Hyde fan myself, but what talent? The only players on the team that were nationally ranked prospects are Hays and Mountcastle. Hays has been decent; Mountcastle has been disappointing but he's showing some improvement. Other than that, it's a gaggle of guys who really aren't that talented outside of Means and Mancini. It's more an indictment of Elias than anything.
  15. I think that's an optimistic projection. They're further away than that.
  16. I don't think the ranks really work like that. They define who is closest to the majors, who is the most slam-dunk case to make the majors. It's a pretty fluid scale, so I wouldn't worry about who is #40 compared to #90 or whatever.
  17. https://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb/news/former-mlb-exec-albert-pujols-age/1munpjji15ukb1w1jj1o05kjhc Interesting article from an interview with David Samson, former Marlins President. I think most people suspect Pujols is actually 44 years old. The big quote:
  18. There's not a lot to judge Elias on yet, thanks to the lost year of minor leagues in 2020. Overall though, Elias hasn't really done anything yet that I wouldn't expect any other GM to do in 2021. The young guys at the MLB level who are playing well were all brought in under DD. I think there's a pretty small sample size on Harvey and the bullpen to really crown it as an achievement at this point. His trade record hasn't been particularly inspiring. I'd expect the O's to have a top farm system after having a bunch of top draft picks and emulating the Astros' tanking approach. Not saying El
  19. I've always felt that Buehrle was super underrated. Threw +200 IP of very good baseball for basically 15 years straight, half of which was during some crazy, steroid times in MLB. Pitched for a lot of bad teams. He was never "elite" - but I think his resume holds up to Jim Bunning, Jack Morris, Don Sutton, and that group of HOFs.
  20. I think there's a big difference between having a top Farm System per the offseason Top 100 pundit rankings, having a Farm System stocked with true high-ceiling talent, and having a Farm System that can actually develop players. There's something to be said for all of those things. The Orioles problem for a long time has been they cannot develop pitching, in spite of having high draft picks who were Top 100 prospects. My hope was that Elias would reform the Farm System to create a system that could successfully develop talent into big league success, especially pitchers. I think its stil
  21. The upcoming FA class is loaded. It would be interesting to see if they maybe pounce for someone. I'm not sure if the O's have a true MLB SS on the farm, and this FA class is as plentiful with SS-stars as there has ever been. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/2021-22-mlb-free-agent-power-rankings-2.html
  22. I agree. St. Louis and Baltimore are similar in a lot of ways. I do not see the O's needing to do the Rays' approach. The team can support a moderate payroll and retain their key stars, while having a flow of farm system talent to surround them. Camden Yards gets filled when there's a good team on the field. It's just only happened a few times in the last quarter century. The unbalanced schedule doesn't really bother me much in a league with two wildcard spots. Tampa has proven it can compete consistently in the division. The O's problems have less to do with the purse of the Yanks/Sox/Ja
  23. I think Garceau's show worked well because he had Jeremy Conn to work off of. Classic straight-man/goofball combo that worked well to put together a decent show. Without someone else bringing that dynamic, he doesn't really have the charisma to carry a 3+ hour broadcast of a bad team. MASN's broadcast at the moment is pretty much the perfect example of what I think is holding baseball back from expanding to a younger audience. Boring old guys in the booth, graphics/production from 2005, an app that doesn't work, poor social media outreach, and a blackout that makes it hard to watch the ga
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