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1 minute ago, atomic said:

I hope he can get his average above the Mendoza line even if for one day.

After careful consideration, I am convinced he is a better hitter than Richie Martin

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8 minutes ago, owknows said:

After careful consideration, I am convinced he is a better hitter than Richie Martin

And Broxton.  Although that one armed hitter from the 1940's was probably a better hitter than them.

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Just now, atomic said:

And Broxton.  Although that one armed hitter from the 1940's was probably a better hitter than them.

Maybe we can build on this.

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5 hours ago, accinfo said:

I am wondering if the All-Star break could see a decision on Chris Davis.  He is in the starting line-up today and maybe this weekend could be the last hurrah.  You have DJ Stewart probably ready to come back from his injury.  The probably want to keep Wilkerson has the utility player. 

 

HR tonight by Davis and 2 RBI, they are not going to release him now by the all star break.  He is hitting better lately I never thought he would cross the Mendoza line but he's .175 and rising now,  I could have been wrong. 

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9 minutes ago, Maverick Hiker said:

HR tonight by Davis and 2 RBI, they are not going to release him now by the all star break.  He is hitting better lately I never thought he would cross the Mendoza line but he's .175 and rising now,  I could have been wrong. 

He is hitting .182.  Are you rooting for him to do poorly.  

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Seems like Davis is more able now to let the pitch come in further before swinging. Something has sped up his swing?

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40 minutes ago, LA2 said:

Seems like Davis is more able now to let the pitch come in further before swinging. Something has sped up his swing?

Maybe the analytics are helping and Davis has made an adjustment to his swing? 💻

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1 hour ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

Go out on top like Ted William hitting a home run in his final at bat. 

 

I wonder if the pitcher grooved the pitch, like Denny McClain grooved one to Mickey Mantle near the end of Mantle's career.

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12 minutes ago, Maverick Hiker said:

I wonder if the pitcher grooved the pitch, like Denny McClain grooved one to Mickey Mantle near the end of Mantle's career.

Or to make it Orioles centric, how about Cal Ripken in the 2001 all star game?  😎

 

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13 hours ago, OFFNY said:

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The Yankees and the the Cardinals would be more telling, but I see what you're saying.

 

Drungo would probably know more about this particular aspect, but I believe that one of the reasons that the Cardinals were able to be such a perennial power back in the day is that there was no limit to how many AAA teams that a team could be affiliated with ........ so the Cardinals would have as many as 3 or 4 AAA-teams (AA was essentially AAA prior to 1946) at one time. That would allow them to stock a lot of players who belonged in the Major Leagues down there, and essentially play "keep away" with them by not allowing other teams access to them ........ again, prior to Marvin Miller and company coming along in the mid-to-late 60's, players had absolutely no say in where they would play, how much money they would make, and/or if and when they ever got promoted to the Majors. They (the players) were literally the property of the team that signed them for life. And if they were traded to another team, they then literally became the property of that new team for life.

 

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That was one of the major sources of competitive imbalance in the pre-expansion era.  Some teams like the Cards and Dodgers built up huge, sprawling minor league systems.  Often raising the ire of the powers-that-be who clung to the idea that the minors were like the majors just in smaller towns.  Other teams, usually the ones with fewer resources, often owned by men with fewer business interests outside of baseball, tried to get by under the older model where they'd acquire talent they'd heard about on independent teams.

In 1950 the Senators had a bunch of affiliated (or loosely affiliated) minor league teams.  But more than half were Class D teams, the loose equivalent of rookie or Low A ball today.  Their highest team was Chattanooga in the AA Southern League.  That same year the Dodgers had three AAA teams, two AA teams and scores of teams at lower levels. 

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9 hours ago, LA2 said:

Seems like Davis is more able now to let the pitch come in further before swinging. Something has sped up his swing?

He looks like he's got a better swing path now but it's just to compensate for his bat speed, which is down to complete dogs**t level now.  It's telling that I can't remember the last time one of his HRs went out to RF, his pull side.

Maybe if he made this adjustment in 2017, when he still had a little bit of bat speed, he would have salvaged a bit more time in his career.  At this point it's probably too little too late.

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