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  1. Eric-OH

    Eric Davis

    So so good at his best that he made the toughest parts of the sport look easy....
  2. Several opportunities to maximize. It is exciting. Is this the high point of the 2020 baseball ‘season’ for O’s fans?
  3. Eric-OH

    Eric Davis

    I have the 1987 Topps Reds Leaders card that shocks me every time I see that 80! Bill Gullickson led in wins with 15. Davis was an amazing player, he did something athletic and out of the ordinary regularly.
  4. I’ve been looking everywhere since yesterday. As soon as I find it posted I’ll put it up. This feels awful.
  5. I found a decent example of different angles to come at drafted players while looking at mymlbdraft.com. This one with the same prospect. They’ve got University of Miami pitcher Slade Cecconi mocked to the O’s in the initial competitive balance round at pick 30. The O’s drafted him in 2018 in the 38th round. Now he’d be hearing a totally different sales pitch as far as where the rebuild is from the very same people who tried to acquire his services a couple of drafts back. As a job landscape, Sampson is saying that employment for someone like him is now more readily available to get and hold then it is with the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, etc. It’s true today, and when the major league contracts expire, maybe even more. That’s not fast track or posturing, that’s available depth chart positions in high(er) places. Sell the opportunity and hopefully more of the organizational depth becomes like Toby Welk and his draft class. Targeted and maximized talent identification. Cecconi would be intriguing in that now, he probably couldn’t do better opportunity wise and he’d get paid so much more to do it. I wonder if he’s good enough to be picked in that slot.
  6. Hope you’re right. The orange and black part is why we care and always will. Not hard to think this could be painful and extremely beneficial for them as men. City Slickers puts it all in perspective!
  7. No more answering your questions, your pattern of insulting whatever the answers are can stop here. The two fringe roster types were not Diaz or Mountcastle. I took time to clearly outline they’re part of the O’s future. Fringe roster guys=DJ Stewart/Sisco. Whatever my habits are, I’m wide open as far as criticisms or suggestions or support. I don’t have a need to disagree with those who see things differently. You, at least in posts (the only way I know you)seem to do that. We both care about the O’s succeeding, that’s what is important. Interpreting David Sampson’s thoughts or my perspective on them has no value, not even to this thread.
  8. Ok guy. I tried. Base your opinion on one year (you just wrote last season) and two completely fringe roster types if you’d like. I’m allowed to agree anywhere and what I agreed with is that the O’s will be selling and have something to sell. Feel free to see it differently. Your posts are too critical and it seems you don’t always have room to understand people’s different views. You’re the only one. Not cool. It’s a pattern where you try hard to make evidence to fortify your own takes. No hard feelings but we also disagree on Hall, GRod and most certainly Grenier. I like the differing opinions. I’m not going to insult your point of view. Don’t make this stuff not fun for others.
  9. Ok, I hear ya. There’s two guys that have a big role in what the O’s will be. And also two guys who probably don’t and may have missed their window. Mountcastle is definitely one, and it’s obvious what’s going on with him. He’s done all he can do, I fully agree. If you see that as enough evidence to make an assessment I can understand it. I’m looking for lots more and guys who are the meat of the rebuild. If you want to say a GM’s system graduates players slowly because Sisco or DJ Stewart aren’t big leaguers we don’t see it the same way. That’s ok, I’m willing to listen. Maybe I think more 5-7 years ahead than 1-3. Either way there’s better talent on the organizational roster and that’s priority no 1.
  10. Fast? Nope I wouldn’t use that word and now I can’t evaluate under normal circumstances. There are no more normal circumstances. How can we say what Elias’ style is when we have so little to go on? I don’t want to make a generalization but who are players who should have been at other levels that were held down? And, on the other hand has there been even one guy on a fast track? I see no real strong reason to say either....Comparing today’s regime and evaluating them against the style of the ones before it has little value. I trust the new more than the old, but I trusted the old too. No biggie. Also, I would place my agreement with what will be coming from the organization’s side of the table as far as offers or selling points. Opportunity. The major league players and their contact status would probably have very little bearing on these players years and several developmental rungs away from reaching them. Some of these kids will be out for a cash grab, some will want playing time and a chance to prove themselves. That’s one side of the bargaining table. When the O’s offer someone a chance to sign on and rise, there will be competition to fortify that process and there will be spots available at multiple levels. That’s actual. How many innings, at-bats, starts, appearances are truly available and going to be distributed is up for debate. The O’s have smart personnel people in place to determine that.
  11. Awful to have to face that now. I feel for you like these guys, it’s an extended family. Not at all comfortable. Similar to @Tony-OH point from a previous post, hopefully the lessons from being in a challenging profession like this will be there for him. Your support probably means a great deal too.
  12. Think you’ve got it, and you also said it better than he did. He was backwards! I agree with this too. Strangely, I like the Marlins and don’t have too much ill will towards Sampson. He could have said it better.
  13. You’re so right. Lots of experience for you on this, much less for me. You’ve seen some guys that you scouted turn out well and that’s got to mean so much to you. It’s a hard line to balance and for lots of players in the minors a difficult way of life which could be focused elsewhere. In lots of cases that’s definitely for the best when the call to move on is made. Somehow, in some competitive manner the Orioles will be better. This is an uncomfortable part in that process and your perspective is accurate to look at that other side.
  14. Good point. Reviewing the list, there’s prob more than just a handful who wanted to explore other options on their own. Still, any cut or rejection has some sting to it.
  15. Thanks for organizing this. One day it’ll feel better. Today, there’s no way not to feel for em. Very young guys, they still have plenty of life ahead of them.
  16. Thanks @cboemmeljr. Not the best feeling today. Nobody likes people getting fired, released etc. Your support is as beneficial to these guys and this culture as anyone. Hope you’re not feeling too bad swallowing this gulp of reality. 👊🏻
  17. Spend some time in or around minor league baseball and you’ll get the sense that adversity is always right around the corner. It is. In a strange culture, you will have to befriend your direct competition and work as hard to eliminate them as you do to support them and hope that they are not the player that will end your career and take away an exceptional opportunity. In some cases this guy could be your roommate or throwing partner. In no way a regular work environment. Bus trips make guys closer but years of batting cage sessions, drills, rain delays and especially comebacks make players form a unique bond that lasts years. This is not an office or sales center. Support a minor league team or city and you’ll actually get to have some of that family feel extended to you as a fan….it’s one of the best things about baseball. The Orioles made an impossibly difficult call and 37 players at once faced the hard truth of their opportunity being interrupted or even worse, over. It’s a lengthy list and every name has a different background and level of experience. There’s no value in making a sweeping generalization so here is an opportunity to say that watching you guys play and improve the organization is a privilege from my seat. I adjusted my life to observing you and telling fans what I see. One of the reasons I do it is for the chance to do more, the grind is the grind. That’s the way I respect your contribution, by letting fans know about it from a close perspective. Still, I feel like I should say thanks. The decision makers are decent people and are faced now with a different and harsh pressure. That’s unfortunately what the combination of pandemic and lack of success brings about. This is by no means an enjoyable process for anyone involved. It is harsh. If you support the team you have to hold strong to the thinking that success is coming soon and prudent, gut-wrenching calls must be made. Strangely, this process and undertaking will make departments better as they learn from the effects of their cuts just like they would following promotions or trades. Baseball has some shreds of bad in it to make the good seem great and for these players, they’re dealing with the absolute worst right now. There is simply no way to not sympathize with them. Improving the system from the bottom up is a monumental task. Still, lots of humans are involved and now is a time where everyone is understandably sensitive. To the players on that list, I wish you lots of baseball even though it’s not going to be in orange and black. Your competition and contribution will make success happen. Real fans realize that. I hope you land on your cleats and never ever get a real job. Good luck.
  18. Totally with you. It’s something that would have happened anyway on a normal baseball calendar, but 37 at once is pretty significant. They lost a team. It’s pretty sad. I bet we’re eye to eye on the players too. Just stinks......
  19. You’ve got to feel for these guys. They’re all facing a squeeze unlike the one they’re used to....we’re all human and helpless is an awful way to be. Tell them the OH family is thinking of their circumstances.
  20. A rough day. Sorry for that player and the group as a whole. An extremely difficult set of circumstances for any team.
  21. After watching a handful of these guys, I have to say it’s a list without too many guys I disagree with. Absolutely no part of me would be surprised to see Trevor Putzig latch on with a new team and impress people with his skills in the box. Also Carlos Baez and I communicated yesterday and that’s kind of sad. He’s got great baseball energy..... This move has been coming for a while and it’s not less impactful now that it came. How can you not wish the guys well and hope they find a way to keep playing ball.....
  22. It’s hard to disagree with your sentiments, and I don’t. These are highly unique circumstances and I see value in hitting a wall and seeing a strong response to get over it. The choices are made with an eye on the future, perhaps the longer term future and this group is a mix of the sooner and the later. Thanks for the perspective. I wonder who an educated observer would replace them with and why. I had tough decisions and most of them were bullpen pitchers that have proved to be ‘ready’. Tim Naughton and Luis Perez were ones who stood out.
  23. There are lots of factors that could be at play here. No matter what names are on the list it'll be intriguing and I’ll be curious as to the rationale behind the choices.
  24. Living in Sarasota, I’m almost always close to the Orioles Spring Training complex, Ed Smith Stadium. In fact I walk my dog by there at least once a day-most days more. The last few days there’s finally been some action so I thought I’d post it here. Since the sport was put on pause, the players lot has had a handful of cars in one cluster. As of Monday, the cars were moved around the lot and spaced out. There have been Sarasota County vehicles parked in reserved spots and today the one I saw had the label ‘Facilities Management’. From working in the stadium I know that this staff needs to come and inspect the grounds and buildings regularly and be present during large scale events. That’s a sign. On the fields/practice area there were mowers on riding mowers throughout the morning on Tuesday. Also there was some type of grounds crew tending to the dirt on the mound. Today, one day later, the tarp remained on several mounds. The batting cages have also been placed at home plate which usually is a clear indicator. These few changes have been over the last 24-48 hours. Consistently there have been sprinklers but other than that until the last few days it has been totally without action within the fences. Maybe I’m reading too much into what’s really nothing. However I did have the chance to talk to a Stadium employee this past weekend at a community food drive in the parking lot. He indicated that preparations are very slowly being made to have equipment spaced adequately and that they’re waiting with an anticipatory slant that something will happen soon. If there’s any other information I come across in any way I’ll be sure to share it.
  25. The Orioles taxi squad of 20 players gives the organization a blank canvas as far as how to mix a bit of winning and a greater share of development but because of the fact that their 26-man roster isn’t concrete and would have been flexible in a normal season, the team has some room to go in a variety of directions with their choices. Fan interest should be taken into some consideration but the progress of the team’s youthful nucleus is in every way a top priority. Really, the only priority. Winning in 2023 and beyond is by far the Orioles’ singular focus and that should not change due to this particular season. Unfortunately for the purposes of this squad, the players who represent the most upside in the system may be too young (age and experience)and their respective developmental tracks wouldn’t benefit from facing MLB ready players....today. I’d love to see DL Hall and Grayson Rodriguez get some innings in against top level bats but this isn’t the time as I see it. Both are very close, among so many others, but now isn’t the time to rush that window in any way. Fans would get so much out of seeing Gunnar and Hernaiz in the infield and especially in the cage, but they’re about to turn 19. Most of the cuts I made came due to age/experience and that’s not really a bad thing. It’s a difficult factor to balance like most other decisions when making cuts or rounding out a roster. On the other hand, due to the O’s relative non-contending status they can be less rigid, much more future focused and also transparent. Why not have some fun and introduce a few players who have been rehabbing or showing well in the minors for a bit? I think if the list includes names who will be on an Orioles team that contends in the near future then some experience in this setting can be highly beneficial. Remember that every team has the same issues to face and tough calls to make yet some still plan to treat this season as a playoff march and need their taxi squads to have more experience than upside. I like the leeway and lack of pressure, at least for whatever 2020 will (may) represent. The 26-Man Roster I Used: C-Severino/Sisco INF-Iglesias, Alberto, Ruiz, R. Nunez, C. Davis, Velazquez, R. Martin, Valaika, OF-Hays, Santander, Mason Williams=13 PITCHERS-Means, Cobb, Wojo, K. Stewart, LeBlanc//Castro, Fry, Harvey, Givens, Armstrong, Bleier, T. Scott, Tate Plus 4-offense:Mountcastle/McKenna Pitchers: Kremer/Lowther Taxi Squad: Infield-A Hall, Grenier, Mason McCoy, Yahn, Bannon, Escarra Outfield-Neustrom, Jarrett, Janvrin, Yusniel Diaz Catcher-Rutschman, Cumberland Pitchers:Akin, Cody Caroll, Sedlock, Zach Matson, Isaac Mattson, Alexander Wells, Baumann, B Zimmermann. Thoughts: This was not easy list to make and there were several versions before landing on this list. Yes, OF Mason Janvrin was drafted just a year ago and started 2019 in the rookie leagues, but he’s also an excellent athlete whose game begs to be seen. And he played college ball. If a guy’s game is ‘advanced’ then maybe this is an ideal environment to see some of that shine through. At the very least, as a late-inning defensive replacement Hyde could do a lot worse. Also, this squad is a way for the skipper and coaches to learn the abilities and skills of some guys they may not see otherwise. That’s crucial in a fluid roster situation like this one. The team is fortunate to have near MLB ready talent in arms so Wells, Akin, Caroll, Tate, Lowther Zimmermann and Kremer get to measure themselves against some of the game’s best. That’s long been a priority so now it can happen. In spring training these guys were used in multiple situations so this process can continue as the team’s scouts can gather data from more in-game performance. I see that as a net positive and that’s before examining a reduction in innings and the potential effects there. Also the 2021 Orioles can finally start to turn deadline deals from seasons past into players or conclude that’s less than realistic and move on even younger. Zach Matson is a left hander with extreme spin rates and movement. His walk rate is far from ideal and he’s only thrown 147 innings in the minors however he’s 24 and has size and mound presence. He pitches with confidence in his stuff and I’d like to see what happens if he gets off to a good start. I’m optimistic his plane altering movement would frustrate lefties out of the pen now. There were a few other choices, mostly too young. Dalton Stambaugh is a southpaw with ridiculous movement also. A different lefty Zack, this one named Muckenhirn may be about ready too. The other pitcher named Mattson (with 2-T’s) is a righty and he’s ready for a bullpen role today. There was one pitch at minor league camp that had every witness sounding approval and it was a Isaac 12-to-6 curve with immense depth. Fastball with sizzle at 94/breaking ball with drop, Isaac was my choice over David LeBron and this was a close call. LeBron probably ticks higher on the heat, but Mattson mixed it with other offerings a smidge better in the limited chances I saw. If Mattson ended up as a closer it wouldn’t be a surprise. Now we can find out if that’s within reason. Baumann is someone who oozes readiness. His stats, his answers in interviews, his seriousness while working, his aptitude and stuff are all currently present and high level. There is no doubt in my mind that his time is either now or very close to now. A bout with underperformance or adversity would not deter the Baumann I’ve been watching closely for a couple of seasons and he’s a leader as well so let’s get him some experience ASAP. I don’t like to project or speculate, but thinking of a fully mature Baumann leading the Orioles reformed rotation 20-40 months from now is what helps me sleep at night. Agree or disagree, he’s generated some serious momentum and I’d want to see it continue. This is an open and unique time for that. When the idea of ‘taxi squads’ was introduced he was the first name I thought of. The second name I thought of was outfielder Zach Jarrett. When I saw him and fellow outfield pick Robert Neustrom at minor league camp they both stood out immediately due to their size. Both are tall and thick and wouldn’t look out of place in a run producing spot in a lineup. Now, we get to make that happen on some scale. An opportunity to see two minor league sluggers’ swings slightly more often than a late inning spring situation is of value. Maybe not the same value as 400+ABs in a minor league campaign but worth its share in developmental currency. Janvrin and Neustrom both demonstrated with sound and steam the necessary throwing ability in drills. Yusniel Diaz is so close to major league ready. Ryan McKenna represents a question mark to me and I’d like some direction as far as his future. Like many observers I’d love to see him face a full seasons’s worth of tough matchups and respond positively but he needs a chance to compete now and I think he’s earned a spot. Like many other offensive choices on this team, he’s a perfect candidate for an almost MLB version of the O’s. Mountcastle looks to be so advanced that I’d consider a role for him as soon as games start. His bat impresses me that much. Mason McCoy has little else to prove in the minors so he’s deserving too. Grenier’s ability in the field is in doubt by absolutely nobody so he gets the nod as does Adam Hall who in a normal setting would be off to a hot start, getting on base and scoring runs and shooting up the lists of prospect evaluators. Not a bad infield nucleus. Add to it Bannon who has impressed me in person both in games and practice situations, and Willy Yahn who shows well everywhere and gets a reward for that grind. Instant fan favorite with Willy and little kids would start rubbing their hands in the dirt at the plate like the versatile performer who maximizes his abilities everyday. Rounding out the infield for me would be lefty first baseman JC Escarra and he also gets a nod for his hot hitting spring session and development. A 25 yr old power corner with a decent eye got MLB spring ABs for a reason and I can mix that rationale with his impressive cage development and try to see what’s there. This is a setting where that development can be prioritized. Catching is key because so much of what the franchise accomplishes soon is tied to a handful of young pitchers and their respective battery mate Adley Rutschman. So Rutsch gets a head start on a few of them by joining this squad along with Brett Cumberland who I picked over Daniel Fajardo and Bryan Holoday due to his overall skills and Evan Gattis-like no BS mentality at the plate. He certainly carries himself like a big leaguer standing in the lefty box and he’s not waiting out an AB to get a pitch to steer towards that right field corner. I loved it, now let’s get to see more (or at least some instead of none)of it. His numbers were solid but his attitude can rub people the right way. In the limited chances I saw, Cumby got it done so here he gets his nod. Catcher is full of difficult choices for today and the near future. Overall, the group of hitters is probably guys I’ve seen more and know better. It’s hard to not just pick a top 20 prospect list but this is a setting where the words readiness and deserving don’t carry the same weight they normally do. That in itself is very strange. But this represents a group that can both develop and supplement the skills and direction of the big league club while laying down a stronger, more educated foundation for the years that matter most. PS-The last cut was a rough one, they were all difficult choices, and I tried to force a place for Ryan Ripken without being able to find one on this list. It’s not due to him being Cal’s son it’s because he brings a highly intelligent baseball mind to any setting. There’s lots of value in that. If there was one more spot he’d have it.
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