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Was his Hr today out on Eutaw St?

I think that you would have to ask somebody who was at the game, and was standing near that big wall in front of Eutaw Street that separates the playing field from the stands.

Because I suspect that every single Oriole fan in the world that was watching the game on television or on their computer IMMEDIATELY jumped for joy and stopped watching (or caring) what happened to the ball the split second that it crossed over the fence for a home run. ;)

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WHY does every thread about Nick have to turn into a commentary about his next contract. Can't we just enjoy what he just accomplished, entirely in an Orioles uniform? By the way, I agree he is unlikely to reach 3,000, despite hitting 1,500 at a relatively young age.

If you want to go and enjoy a quiet sunset, don't choose the spot next the demolition derby.

Nick's double today was a my hit of his for the day for Nick (yes the HR mattered more), but that inside out swing and hustle out of the box was just something to behold. Love watching him play. 3,000? eh...maybe, probably not, but how knows, maybe he hangs on as a .700ish OPS adequate RF for years to come and ends up with 180ish hits a year until it happens....

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That would be a horrible waste of money.

He is getting paid 15 million this year. What is 500k more? He is a solid right fielder with a great arm. Makes opposing pitchers work the count and always has a very good OBP. I don't think there are guys like Nick just sitting around waiting to be signed for peanuts. I think there is pretty small chance that option isn't picked up,

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He is getting paid 15 million this year. What is 500k more? He is a solid right fielder with a great arm. Makes opposing pitchers work the count and always has a very good OBP. I don't think there are guys like Nick just sitting around waiting to be signed for peanuts. I think there is pretty small chance that option isn't picked up,

It's a waste of money this year as well. Give that money to Hardy or to a FA.

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It's a waste of money this year as well. Give that money to Hardy or to a FA.

Markka is is a solid ball player. Sometimes you have to look beyond WAR and use your brain for a change. If we had nine batters like Markakis this team would be much better offensively.

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It's a waste of money this year as well. Give that money to Hardy or to a FA.

Eh...a competent RF and good lead off hitter, who will hit at a .700ish OPS or better, idk...15k a waste, even for this mid budget team?

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Markka is is a solid ball player. Sometimes you have to look beyond WAR and use your brain for a change. If we had nine batters like Markakis this team would be much better offensively.

I'll let you and Hawk Harrelson debate that, cause I have no idea how you quantify the TWTW stat into dollars. All I know is a team filled with guys with no power, no defense, and a good, but not great OBP, isn't really a formula for winning in terms of things you can quantify.

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I'll let you and Hawk Harrelson debate that' date=' cause I have no idea how you quantify the TWTW stat into dollars. All I know is a team filled with guys with no power, [b']no defense, and a good, but not great OBP[/b], isn't really a formula for winning in terms of things you can quantify.

No defense? If the metrics on defense are that bad, than the TWTW may be a better barometer anyway. .345 this year and .359 lifetime is not great, I agree. Is any of that worth 15m, probably not. But a waste? Na...I don't think so...their is plenty of value there.

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I'll let you and Hawk Harrelson debate that' date=' cause I have no idea how you quantify the TWTW stat into dollars. All I know is a team filled with guys with no power, no defense, and a good, but not great OBP, isn't really a formula for winning in terms of things you can quantify.[/quote']

4.598 runs per game. More then the O's are scoring and somewhere around 6th in the league.

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I'll let you

and Hawk Harrelson debate that' date=' cause I have no idea how you quantify the TWTW stat into dollars. All I know is a team filled with guys with no power, no defense, and a good, but not great OBP, isn't really a formula for winning in terms of things you can quantify.[/quote']

Do you even watch the games? You can't as you wouldn't say no defense. How many assists does Nick have? How many times do guys not try to go from first to third or try for the double becaus of Nicks arm. How many errors has Nick made? How many balls has he misplayed? He might not have the top range in the league but he is above average out there. As the gold gloves atest to me not being the only one to think so.

And the team is winning a lot of games. Thanks in part to Nick getting on base and wearing down pitchers with long at bats.

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They will pick up the option at 15.5 million. Why do you care how much he is paid?

Seriously? The Orioles don't have an infinite amount of money, that's just reality. So every time they spend more of not-atomic's money on a player than he's likely to bring back in performance it's that much harder to win baseball games.

So, sure, continue to not care how much of Angelos' money they spend, or how poorly they spend it. But that has to be tied to not caring about how often they win.

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And the team is winning a lot of games. Thanks in part to Nick getting on base and wearing down pitchers with long at bats.

Nick sees 3.89 pitches per plate appearance. Adam Jones, who never saw a pitch he didn't want to swing at, sees 3.63. Per game Nick sees 1.1 pitches more than Adam Jones. One more pitch. If that wears down the opposition that's gotta be one heck of a stressful pitch.

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