Imagine being the Dodgers...
All that money and all those prospects for a year of Mookie Betts and some expensive years of David Price. Season gets delayed, shortened, and jeopordized by Covid, then Price opts out of playing.
I mean, I don't feel bad for them, they've won their division like 7 years in a row, but they seem like the team that was most "all in" on this season.
The passing of time is neither positive nor negative( aside from the whole ‘getting older’ problem.) What matters is what we do with it. I wonder if anyone is prepared to offer an in-depth evaluation of whether this will benefit the Orioles and how?
Philosophy: I don't know. We were in the middle of that strange era where it seemed like half the teams in baseball had a (or several) little middle infielders who hit .241 with a .298 OBP and 33 steals and led off 150 times. Possibly the wholesale acceptance of little guys who stole bases but didn't really hit at all had an impact. They were probably mostly contact hitters.
Expansion: Maybe. Although I don't usually buy that there is an imbalanced impact to expansion, only a slight, short-term overall decline in quality of play. We used to hear that "expansion killed pitching". I never bought into that idea, and we don't hear that so much any more now that every team has 14 guys who can throw 98 mph.
This is a great point. From a business/PR perspective, they definitely avoid some of the "ugh, not again" factor among the fanbase that accompanies the tear-it-down-to-build-back-up strategy they're pursuing.