Fanfest is an off-season event to get the fans excited about the season. A minor league game played at Camden Yards before or after the season isn't getting anyone excited about the season. Maybe it is a nice thing for the minor league players who will never get to play in Camden Yards otherwise. I don't see it getting fans excited about the season. And it is also free to Season ticket holders. They get to hear from players and management. The free fanfest and the in season q&a for season ticket holders with GM and manager were nice features of being a season ticket holder. While a Bowie vs Norfolk game might be something that appeals to you I doubt it would get anyone to pony up for season tickets or buy more game Oriole game tickets.
While I'll never root for the Yanks, part of me almost wanted them to demolish everyone else and stand astride MLB with a metaphorical spear driven through the league. Cackling maniacally, flaunting their $650M in revenues.
It's not completely a coincidence that the Yanks utterly dominated the 1950s, and in the early 60s we got expansion, the draft, teams moving everywhere... Only when the Evil Empire crushes everyone do we stand a chance of MLB really taking proactive steps to subdue them.
But I'll take them losing the pennant.
WAR is just a framework. And an open source one at that. As better metrics evolve you just plug those in. Right now there's nothing stopping anyone from using Statcast data for outfielder defense in WAR.
Someone may not like how bb-ref or Fangraphs implements some part of WAR. That's fine. They should come up with their own value and use that instead. But they should be prepared to defend it, because like I said, this is all open source.