The plan includes David Hess, who could be a starter or reliever on the club. His role is pending.
“We’re going to see how the first three or four appearances go and giving him multiple innings and make a decision from there,” Hyde said.
Hess threw in the bullpen earlier today and has been impressive since taking home an offseason program from the Premier Pitching & Performance center in St. Louis.
“I think that the offseason was huge for him,” Hyde said. “He did have a tough year and it’s one of those adversity moments that a lot of guys have in their career and hopefully he can use that as a learning experience and know what he needs to work on.
“I think they got after it this winter. I know our pitching guys are really happy with the progress he’s made, the shape on all of his pitches. Made a couple tweaks mechanically in his delivery and so far the results have been really good. So we’re going to get a good look at him the next five, six weeks.”
I think Diaz’ best skill will be turning on pitches, that’s not to say he’s immobile or near it but my eye sees hitter more than fielder if one has to win. I don’t have any evidence of his throwing arm as of yet but am pretty eager to see those drills.
You have decided because he didn't want to work on his swing he has no work ethic or discipline. I would say that points to ego/stubbornness or something else, not necessarily work ethic. If you say "I'm not doing that because I don't think it will help" that may be delusional but it doesn't mean poor work ethic. In any case, you can have work ethic in one thing and not another. Maybe he likes to lift and doesn't like hitting all that much anymore. If so it wouldn't be hard, with no job, to lift 5-7 times a week. It doesn't take 8 hours.
Tell you what, the one thing that is clear from reading this thread is that announcers are certainly "personal taste" for the viewer/listener. Some people love a guy/gal, some dislike them. Kudos to the Orioles bring some different perspectives. Personally I hope some of the new announces will delve into the stat cast era of statistics and not worry about how many "steaks" a player has.
Saying that, it must be a balance for there a lot of older fans who don't understand or want to understand these new stats. No offense to anyone, but the fact there is little chance of a Hunter/Bordick booth made my day.
Nothing worse then having our announcers act like you just collected a game winning HR in the bottom of the 9th when it's a meaningless home run down 10-2 in the 8th inning. The appropriate amount of excitement for the moment was a struggle or Hunter.
I also hope none of the new announcers will come from that same "describe everything the TV camera shows" to the TV viewer who is watching the same thing. Also, during replays, don't describe what happened again, provide actual analysis or if there is none to add, allow it to just happen.
Either way, I look forward to the new crews to see what they add.