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  1. I would have recognized that name when he said it. Said he tried to throw 94 past everybody and it worked for a year.
  2. You too guy. Can’t wait to talk minor league progression upwards with you starting this season. And a neat coincidence that we got to a game where the GCL Champs were honored.
  3. I searched online extensively and couldn’t figure it or match a pic to re-ring a bell. Right-handed pitcher who is at least 6-2 but probably 6-4 looks like the wrestler Goldberg. Big and broad and also tall.
  4. Good morning from Sarasota. As I checked in this morning and picked up a roster for Hangout poster @Legend_Of_Joey, I noticed the photographers and their cameras set up. It’s picture day at the Orioles Twin Lakes complex and that can only help as far as ID’ing each and every player. I haven’t talked to anyone about the schedule for today but the parking lot is full and the field crews have cages on all the fields and are finishing as they set up outside net cages and finalize the mounds. To me it looks like there will be lots going on and I’m glad to be here for all of it. I have been sent notice about the team/MLB policy as far as proximity to players and staff due to corona virus concerns so it may be difficult to interact and get solid shots/videos. I’ll still be able to observe plenty of action. The players should be exiting any minute now so I’ll check out the day and be back soon. 4:30pm Update- Busy day out at the complex and yes, @Legend_Of_Joey and I were able to connect and watch baseball action. Every big name was there and there was a simulated game, at least a few innings after lunch. The vans rolling in and out, fans watching and cheering, the players’ intensity growing, coaches instructing; it’s finally a real camp! I have notes, some video, a cool story about meeting an O’s farmhand from my youth and an important current employee too but now I have to go and play with my dog. Probably my best bet for coordinating this info and organizing it will happen at the O’s game but I might be distracted. It starts in 2 hours and I plan on being there. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love seeing kids start to appreciate the game and a family that had come from Texas to watch Grayson (wouldn’t you?) got a gift for their boy Tatum from Daniel Fajardo. I also can’t begin to tell you how good of a guy Fajardo is. Maybe my picture can, but what a start to Tatum’s day! 6:00pmUpdate- I tried in vain to remember and used google to help me but couldn’t recall the name of the former O’s minors pitcher I met. He talked about Ponson, Steve Bechler and his own reliance on a 94mph fastball. He had a beautiful wife and family and probably didn’t notice his gleam as he walked down the pavement getting closer to the fields he used to throw on. I did point out his smirk, and he finished my thought, with initials as the pitchers marched out for PFP. He sighed. The hugely important employee I met was Director of Education in Player Development Anaíma Garcia as I thought she was a reporter taking notes on my level. I was mistaken, she’s a recent hire and is in sponge mode learning her new players and her own responsibilities. Alway watching with a note pad and writing, she seems like she’s taking in a lot but not overwhelmed. The latest example of the O’s hiring people who are hungry and ready to grow. All this in addition to Keys catcher Daniel Fajardo giving away a bat. Minor league camp is just a great place to be and take in the sport. Now I’ll have to give to the action I saw in note form or I’ll never make the O’s game....I tried for a while to look up the pitchers name/ pic -rookie level outfielder Lamar Sparks was dressed and looks considerably larger than last summer. Big shoulders, filling out the jersey -starter Dean Kremer looked to be a little more fluid and quicker with his legs in his delivery and especially initiating the motion than I’d seen him at the outset of big league camp. Maybe warming up? Looked limber. Curve came out slow but he was working on it, it was working for him -Adley Rutschman was back and in a rotation of catchers getting regular work/use as I predicted. He didn’t get a hit in the sim action I saw, but caught DL Hall, made good solid contact to right and threw out a runner at second -starter Michael Baumann was really solid and had every pitch available in sim action. He got outfielder Kyle Stowers on hip level heat swinging. I was happy to see Stowers turn on a hitter’s pitch, it was just 95+. Next up corner JC Escarra, he took the count to 3 balls and did his thing, eyeing a high pitch all the way back to the glove as he dropped the bat walking to first. -I noticed the umpire giving Cody Sedlock the corners with breaking stuff when he didn’t hit actually them, and not rewarding him with strikes when he did, Blue=mid-season form. Also Cody had the change working as hitters swung through his stuff early twice. He was up before Kyle Bradish who I didn’t focus on but really looked clean and string with stuff the 4-5 pitches I saw.
  5. Good morning from Sarasota. I’m eager to get back if minor league camp but stuck in traffic on the highway on the way. The same thing happened last week. Last night, leaving the stadium I bumped into a guy I’ve been calling since 1987, begging the O’s to trade for Ruben Sierra-broadcaster Stan the Fan. We’ve been trying to meet but I’m at Twin Lakes and he’s at the O’s so he said let’s go to dinner in an hour. So on to eat with some media giants from then and now including Peter Schmuck, Ron Matz and new O’s voice Scott Garceau. After a short prayer and well wishes for Trey Mancini, we reminisced and began talking Birds. Wow do these guys have some stories! All of us with our own perspectives are eager for Orioles success. I got to discuss what I see at Twin Lakes, make a couple points and listen. Now I’m at Twin Lakes joined by @Weams and justD so time to watch some O’s. Be back soon 2:45pm Update- The roster is now different and includes the names of everyone in the organization. However there was only a few players outside doing work and the ‘early camp’ players mostly gone or left early. However we watched starter lefty Alexander Wells show some stuff vs the catchers group in a live setting. @weams and I go back and forth on Wells and it was good to watch him a little. He was working inside half to righties and he hit his spot several times dropping breaking balls in with some precision and causing high foul balls and little other contact. The arms race isn’t just being run at the MLB level so the minor leagues bring in free agents and try out guys and we watched a sinkerballer from the Toronto system named Danny Barnes and he had the low stuff working well. When he went high with a rising fastball, he shocked the hitters into a swinging strike and a late foul pop as a pair of different catchers, Chris Burgess and Harris Yett left frustrated. My notes say that Barnes pitches drop slightly but obviously before a ‘sail’ action away from righties barrel zone. There’s so many more names to know but now maybe I can link Daniel Barnes and low. His number is high, 68-that won’t help. In came broad shouldered righty relief option Jay Flaa to face 3 catchers. He threw some heat and didn’t move it but located it and got one bad swinging strikeout. Lefty Brian Gonzalez finished up the session and he was middle of the road with his work throwing at least two that hit an inside/high slot. He gave up a hit, ended on a k and then took a rest as he was barely warmed up. The grounds crew packed up the field and the Orioles took their bags inside. Some items of note today other than the huge group on paper was the fact that the music had changed and I noticed some upbeat Latin/Caribbean selections mixed in with the country. Also somebody dropped in some Pearl Jam. @justD recognized some Led Zeppelin Cashmere so it’s apparent that the soundtrack has been updated. Appropriately enough, the earliest group stretching this am was all Latin American players-about 8-10 new faces for me. I recognized GCL corner/OF Davis Tavarez the second he turned around. He has a happy, hoppy baseball demeanor and talks a lot. Last year he batted .314 in 86 AB with 16 strikeouts, 11BB 6SBs and 2HR. Tavarez is righty and most of his plate appearances were as a 4-hitter where he hit .255 so he comes to camp like lots of others with work to do. Exciting. There were a handful or two of guys on the bullpen mounds staying with their regular work or showing their stuff to coaches and analysts. We got to turn from the bleachers and see Ok St Cowboys Jake Lyons and Jensen Elliott next to each other in orange 53 jerseys. @weams got to see some players for the first time or the first time in a while and we attempted to hustle together some teamwork of our own to figure out a few faces. An educational environment for all of us. Tomorrow I’ll be back out hoping for more action so I’ll let you know what I see and also what I write or film.
  6. That In this brief showing he was having solid down action and maybe the sail was his slider. It seemed like the best tool in his arsenal was setting guys eye level down and having them unprepared for rising stuff. If the Orioles are fortunate, maybe he found that out pitch, so perhaps Chris Holt and company can prepare him for situational usage. Maybe a specialist with this role (he went vs all RHB)
  7. Good morning from Sarasota. I’m eager to get back to minor league camp but stuck in traffic on the highway on the way. The same thing happened last week. Last night, leaving the stadium I bumped into a guy I’ve been calling since 1987, begging the O’s to trade for Ruben Sierra-broadcaster Stan the Fan. We’ve been trying to meet but I’m at Twin Lakes and he’s at the O’s so he said let’s go to dinner in an hour. So on to eat with some media giants from then and now including Peter Schmuck, Ron Matz and new O’s voice Scott Garceau. After a short prayer and well wishes for Trey Mancini, we reminisced and began talking Birds. Wow do these guys have some stories! All of us with our own perspectives are eager for Orioles success. I got to discuss what I see at Twin Lakes, make a couple points and listen. Now I’m at Twin Lakes joined by @Weams and justD so time to watch some O’s. Be back soon 2:45pm Update- The roster is now different and includes the names of everyone in the organization. However there was only a few players outside doing work and the ‘early camp’ players mostly gone or left early. However we watched starter lefty Alexander Wells show some stuff vs the catchers group in a live setting. @weams and I go back and forth on Wells and it was good to watch him a little. He was working inside half to righties and he hit his spot several times dropping breaking balls in with some precision and causing high foul balls and little other contact. The arms race isn’t just being run at the MLB level so the minor leagues bring in free agents and try out guys and we watched a sinkerballer from the Toronto system named Danny Barnes and he had the low stuff working well. When he went high with a rising fastball, he shocked the hitters into a swinging strike and a late foul pop as a pair of different catchers, Chris Burgess and Harris Yett left frustrated. My notes say that Barnes pitches drop slightly but obviously before a ‘sail’ action away from righties barrel zone. There’s so many more names to know but now maybe I can link Daniel Barnes and low. His number is high, 68-that won’t help. In came broad shouldered righty relief option Jay Flaa to face 3 catchers. He threw some heat and didn’t move it but located it and got one bad swinging strikeout. Lefty Brian Gonzalez finished up the session and he was middle of the road with his work throwing at least two that hit an inside/high slot. He gave up a hit, ended on a k and then took a rest as he was barely warmed up. The grounds crew packed up the field and the Orioles took their bags inside. Some items of note today other than the huge group on paper was the fact that the music had changed and I noticed some upbeat Latin/Caribbean selections mixed in with the country. Also somebody dropped in some Pearl Jam. @justD recognized some Led Zeppelin Kashmir so it’s apparent that the soundtrack has been updated. Appropriately enough, the earliest group stretching this am was all Latin American players-about 8-10 new faces for me. I recognized GCL corner/OF Davis Tavarez the second he turned around. He has a happy, hoppy baseball demeanor and talks a lot. Last year he batted .314 in 86 AB with 16 strikeouts, 11BB 6SBs and 2HR. Tavarez is righty and most of his plate appearances were as a 4-hitter where he hit .255 so he comes to camp like lots of others with work to do. Exciting. There were a handful or two of guys on the bullpen mounds staying with their regular work or showing their stuff to coaches and analysts. We got to turn from the bleachers and see Ok St Cowboys Jake Lyons and Jensen Elliott next to each other in orange 53 jerseys. @weams got to see some players for the first time or the first time in a while and we attempted to hustle together some teamwork of our own to figure out a few faces. An educational environment for all of us. Tomorrow I’ll be back out hoping for more action so I’ll let you know what I see and also what I write or film.
  8. Good morning from Sarasota. I’m eager to get back if minor league camp but stuck in traffic on the highway on the way. The same thing happened last week. Last night, leaving the stadium I bumped into a guy I’ve been calling since 1987, begging the O’s to trade for Ruben Sierra-broadcaster Stan the Fan. We’ve been trying to meet but I’m at Twin Lakes and he’s at the O’s so he said let’s go to dinner in an hour. So on to eat with some media giants from then and now including Peter Schmuck, Ron Matz and new O’s voice Scott Garceau. After a short prayer and well wishes for Trey Mancini, we reminisced and began talking Birds. Wow do these guys have some stories! All of us with our own perspectives are eager for Orioles success. I got to discuss what I see at Twin Lakes, make a couple points and listen. Now I’m at Twin Lakes joined by @Weams and justD so time to watch some O’s. Be back soon
  9. Janvrin is now 1-1 in MLB stolen bases taking his first in a spring training game off a good defensive catcher, TB’s Michael Perez who nailed 33% of base stealers in 2018 and 2019. Mase on base will be a problem once he gets to first. Congrats on steal number one. I hope the O’s fans I told about this guy are ready for an big season. He’s highly focused on improvement every day.
  10. I don’t have a conductor‘s hat, I have an iPhone pointed at the fields. Choo choo!
  11. I appreciate that. It’s not me, it’s him. If you came and watched him play and noted his improvement from months ago, you’d see the same things. There’s no debating he’s a special athlete. I’m proud to let you know, but it’s his skills much much more than my words. There are ups and downs ahead of him, no doubt. If he seizes the future I see ahead of him, O’s fans at the very least will have a good player with a baseball name to root for. I estimate there will be more. The videos I get are meant to help you make your own evaluations. This minor league season will be so much fun I don’t even know how I’m going to concentrate on the big club.
  12. Good morning from Sarasota. I got a late start to this Sunday and am not going to the minor league complex today. It’s a check in day for the remainder of the offensive players and by this afternoon the whole organization will be together. By tomorrow, they’ll be just about through with intakes, physicals and meetings. Plus today is O’s/Yanks right around the corner from my house. I’ll be at Ed Smith stadium soon and it should be crowded with ‘longtime baseball fans’ including a few friends I haven’t seen in a while so I’ll let you know what and who I see. 2:00pm Update- Chris Davis is up now and I’ve been in the house for about an hour. He walked. In my hour I’ve met a nice couple who taught me how to keep score. I’ve never known but in the second inning, Anthony Santander grounded out and she wrote a 4-3. Also I saw Yanks prospect outfielder Estevan Florial hit an RBI double off Kohl Stewart. I’ve always liked Florial. Later, Richie Martin had a double play gifted to him standing at second on a perfect assist from Núñez at third. Martin took his foot off of the bag early and my mind took a nano-second to revert back to Twin Lakes and the first drill I saw with the infielders and coaches about foot placement. Martin can learn on the job too and his game will be raised by a coach at Norfolk or by watching José Iglesias daily in an O’s uniform. Slight migraine. Martin was involved again as Dwight Smith had a runner pegged at second perhaps but his throw was more than a foot high, Martin jumped and no play. Back to the game. 5:45pm Update- I watched the game and it included some great bullpen work as Hunter Harvey started the good before even harder throwing Tanner Scott finished it off to the tune of 101mph. Mixing in Bleier, Armstrong and Sulser showed their experience against the Yankees B squad allowing only one base runner as a group. The highlight for me was outfield prospect Kyle Stowers batting in the 9th with a chance to win the game after a Stevie Wilkerson walk. Unfortunately he didn’t maximize the chances he had during the at-bat and my seat mate @Weams highlighted that he guessed wrong on a slow curve that broke into his hot zone as he stayed standing for strike 3. Another opportunity to learn. And just like Kyle, I’ll be there tomorrow as the entire minor league group is assembled and on campus.
  13. I looked him up on baseballreference.com earlier and you’re right on both counts. He knew some of the lifetime totals and had let me know upon meeting him. All player. Miller is an intelligent baseball mind to pick and another perspective to learn more baseball info from. He compares eras seamlessly but doesn’t knock the new style of the game. It seems like he truly loves the sport and teaching it is his favorite part.
  14. I’m glad I asked. Now we have our answer at least for Jannis.
  15. I respect your optimism. You laid out more than a few ‘ifs’. I’d hope that you’re wrong on all of them and the priority is higher picks in the near term. The talent level is pointed upward and as much as I was really surprised by Rucker and Bailey being shown out, I can understand the rationale. It’s probably not because any position to contend is expected sooner. The rebuild still has to start from the bottom. Flexibility and being realistic aren’t just buzzwords with this new regime, they are keystones. Bailey and Rucker being difference makers in that near term is not realistic. Elias used the word ‘slog’ to describe the outlook for 2020 pitching so if they could a)help and b)be maneuvered than they’d probably have stuck. One out of those two proved to not be enough. I hesitate to call this tanking because it’s not that. Any objective other than high picks in the near term (next two seasons)would be a mistake. Staying the course and prioritizing talent at each and every level could have much better results for a slightly sustained period.
  16. It’s brisk and sunny this morning at the Minor League complex and the neon green Nanday Parakeets are circling the fields. There are pitchers on the exercise bike and ball and players exiting to start their day around 9:30. It will warm up but I see some guys sorry they’re wearing short sleeves right about now. I’ll be around trying to take notes and get video for you guys but I do have a radio interview on Pressbox Live at 11:11. I’ll be back soon 5:30pm Update- Sorry for the long delay, there was some significant stuff going on until late in the afternoon and I stayed as long as I could. Today was a day with a few fans and a few more players/staff present too. One pitcher went on a mound to get his work in this morning, starter Brenan Hanifee. He faced the catchers group and there was no contact to be had. One foul tip resulted in one sore right palm. That was it as Hanifee had his ‘wiffle ball stuff’ with a little slider working but a change up that hit the plate’s back edge more than it hit a bat. Good sign. Other arms had a bullpen session and I got some video to review and post. Mickey Jannis’ uncle Nick was there and I talked to him about Mickey’s arsenal and recent history. I always wondered about knucklers and if they fatigue differently. Nick confirmed that I was right and Mickey starts to get tired at 90 pitches and can go much longer if he’s on. Mickey tossed the ball to his nephew who can throw 50 as a 9year old lefty and I went to watch defense. On the way in I saw infield coach Tim DeJohn alone with infielder Darell Hernaiz doing some defensive footwork so I asked what was I seeing. Coach told me that Hernaiz fields ‘too narrow’ on occasion and a wider base will enable Darell to speed up the fielding process and eliminate any possibility of posture mistakes. Seeing this, and learning about it so I can tell you is exactly why I’m doing this. I love this stuff and being a witness to the process of baseball education. Not every baseball guy is thrilled by this but I am. Coach DJ gets pumped up from the teaching too. Fans are going to like him. Over my shoulder I see the offense coming back on the field and Head of Player Development Matt Blood was taking the idea of being hands on a little further. Blood was at the front of one of the lines doing stretches and leg warm ups and it makes sense that he needs to be limber, he is the best qb in camp and that’s saying something. There are some throwers but he shows them all that accuracy counts. Then out of this they started baserunning drills. I’ll let you know when he stops improving. I did not get a shot of Zach Watson running but he has a quicker than fast first few steps and honestly gets to a speed where it’s almost like he’s on a skateboard. Outfielder Robert Neustrom and catcher Maverick Handley also really accelerate down the third base line. Next was an outfield to the plate relay drill where the infielders get to catch, turn and fire a throw to home. A thrilling play in real life and a great play to watch in practice too. So far infielder Joey Ortiz has been the best. Hernaiz caught one in short center, turned and hit the mitt with a one-bounce rocket that brought out a ‘dang Darell’ from an instructor. Today however the champ was Gunnar, his didn’t hit the ground once. After that it was Baysox infielder Willy Yahn who does something good every day and Toby Welk. Welk went from one bad throw to 3-4 absolute missles plateward. Coaching and taking to coaching. Welk also got a sales pitch walking right into the batting cage which was out of place for me. He was ok with it. To end my day at camp, I had another chance to talk to pitching consultant and former MLB reliever Dyar Miller again. We talked pitches, broadcasters and old St Louis Cardinals. This guy is helping the pitchers review grips and film but still is more than happy to talk Musial and Bob Gibson with someone not lucky enough to have seen them. Miller has been part of 12 organizations and swears by Tony LaRussa as a baseball mind. Being around his level of baseball brilliance is a privilege and anyone can learn things from just one chat. I recommend it.
  17. I don’t know this....it sounds like something I would have had!
  18. It’s definitely a priority for the season so I’ll be sure to let everybody know. That sounds like a good idea and something to look forward to, thanks.
  19. With this system and the 2020 season these teams could have I think it’s a great idea for fans. The whole organization is laid out in Maryland and Virginia. Most people are jealous of Floridians because our climate but for Birdwatchers being local pays off that way.
  20. Thanks for the support. It’s been fun and educational. This is my first time here at all this year. I’ve never been to minor league camp so I have more in common with some of the new coaches than the players. The coaches the O’s hire are now younger than me, I’m 41 so that’s also an indicator of their growth mentality. Last year I started with the GCL. This year the plan is to do the same and have an eye on extended spring training and then most every minor league game on video from FL. I actually hope to travel up the coast if possible during the season and maybe do an affiliate tour or see a couple teams on the road-to see how the stuff they started here or earlier is showing through in tough competition as I’m confident that there will be lots of elements worth pointing out once things get started. I look forward to watching as cleanup hitting Andrew Daschbach and his selective swing do a series to a nice 5-8 with 6 RBI and a sweep and I get to tell you about it.
  21. Just found out for you. Not yet, they’ll be coming to fill out the GCL roster in early April. They’ve notified the players, fans will know close to but probably after they arrive. I’ll do my best to find out more for you as we get closer. It is in the plans for this season to move Dominican league talent stateside.
  22. Good morning from Sarasota. It’s cloudy, chilly and I’m wearing a hooded sweatshirt to start the morning. There’s a large group of pitchers out stretching, I’ve counted 25 and they’re all new faces. I see reliever Johnathan Pendergast who I celebrated the GCL clinching win with back in July. I think his dad was happier and gave me a high five that still stings. I see Adam Stauffer-he looks thicker with muscle a little bit. I see a few guys that I recognize and know by stats but can’t place the name to them. Give me a day of watching. Most of the early camp group I’ve been watching isn’t even here today, I can tell by the cars in the lot. There’s more catchers to check out too. I’m going to make my way around and see what I can see. Be back soon. 12:00 pm Update- I’ve waited over half a year to see reliever Nick Roth throw and today my wait is over. He’s here along with a bunch of new hurlers. I’m taking pictures and trying to memorize guys as they warm up and go to fielding practice. I see tall righty Morgan McSweeney, taller righty Dallas Lichter, tallest righty Leandro Rodriguez. Lefty fire baller Dalton Stambaugh is here with his heat. Low working lefty Zach Matson on the end of the bullpen mounds along with righties Shelton Perkins, Hector Guance and dozens more. The early camp’s position players checked in about an hour ago around 11 and have normal work in the afternoon. The coaches and some developmental staff are all out watching the new guys move and there’s plenty of smiles early on as ball players hop back into their routine. It feels like a beginning. 5:00pmUpdate- There was an afternoon session with both old and just checked in guys mixed together. A lot of minor league ball players, coaches and instructors are here and the rest of the offense arrives next week. There are also quite a few fans and the mood is relaxed but now aimed towards a goal as they finalize their organizational group in Sarasota. A lot of pitchers did long toss, a handful of them hit the mounds afterwards and at that point my pen ran out of ink. So my notes are minimal. Again there were people who had no clue about who any of the players in front of them were. I told a guy why he needs to follow and support Brenan Hanifee and Toby Welk. I told another family that their son could learn from watching Willy Yahn and Cadyn Grenier. That looks like it’ll be an everyday thing. After the mounds there was a exit velocity contest intertwined with a one-pitch BP home run contest. If you like sports at all, watching these will give you your fix. The winners were both JCE’s. Young Cornerman Jean Carlos Encarnacion won to left field and his uppercut is helping him lots. Slightly older Lefty corner JC Escarra won to right field and the cheers were loud enough that they interrupted Warrant’s Sweet Cherry Pie. .At some point, I will have a discussion with the DJ. Brett Cumberland May have hit them to right faster but not farther than big Escarra who likes the 💪🏼 emoji and pose. The catchers then went to another field and that group swelled by about 5-7. They were back to the flat palm mitt to bring the bal up to their chest quickly and softly. They also affixed a timer to the glove to time themselves. Serious faces and focus under baseball caps is slowly starting to replace the eager smiles and relaxed postures of 2 weeks ago. The climb upward is starting in earnest and I see small elements of competition. Players are in a good mood though and I sense it’s because baseball isn’t just their life, it’s their job and now they get to show his well they do it. After not working for over a year I can understand that desire. Starter Josh Rogers and I talked about the baseballs on a paved path between fields. I told him I feel bad throwing them back in the bucket for them to use because they’re dented or scuffed or damp. He acknowledged but said clean, brand new baseballs are actually worse and much harder to grip. The hitters get a little advantage with the camp balls (mostly recycled from 2019 MLB Spring Training, NY-Penn League 2019 or MLB ‘Practice’ balls) but he said ‘if a guy pops one of these out, he’s a strong hitter’. Also Grayson Rodriguez was ready to chat as he clipped his resistance band in right in front of me. He said he’s ready to start ‘real baseball stuff’ and ‘make some noise’. Ok. He seems like a guy who’s prepped for the season. Toby Welk helped me figure out a couple of faces and pointed to outfielder Doran Turchin. ‘And the one who looks like Trout, that’s Turch’. He does look strikingly like the Angels number 27 in person. I took pictures of players and will match up tonight online. I have a feeling that the direction they’re moving as a group will become more clear as the days go. However, I also have a feeling that it’s toward success. It will be a little while before the guys in front of me are ready for major league competition (not you Michael Baumann) but they’re nearing ready for minor league level improvement. That’s getting the Orioles closer. I’m here (in Sarasota) to tell you and film for you the steps taken in that process and this ‘gathering’ isn’t a big one but it’s a milestone marker. There’s a few stars, a couple of regulars a bust or two and an out-of-nowhere stud who nobody has ever thought of in this group. The time to fill those roles is coming and the talent will help it happen. To me that is so much progress already. But it also leaves even more room to get to first in the East, then the AL and eventually the sport. If it starts at then I’m there at that bottom and you should be too, hungry to follow the stories and success much more than the stats as they climb levels. Tomorrow morning I’ll be on Stan the Fan’s Saturday radio show in the 10am hour. To shock you all I’ll be talking about the Hangout and also the minor league system and what I’ve seen. If you’re awake and available give a listen in to my old buddy who I used to call after 1980’s O’s games and maybe learn a new guy or two. Here’s some clips of the action in front of me today:
  23. I haven’t seen him yet. Today’s pitchers out to stretch were a much bigger group. Maybe they’ll have a new roster when guys are all checked in by next week with updates like that.
  24. Thanks. I’m glad to be in their environment and watch the steps that lead to bigger steps.
  25. Yep. I think most of the guys know what I’m trying to report on and they’re ok with me being there. It’s to express how much hunger and optimism there is, I see plenty. The players and staff have a work environment going on and progress is being made. I’m happy to not interrupt and have a front row seat and just as glad to share it with Hangout readers.
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