Jump to content
SilentJames

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Recommended Posts

What the hell is anyone at MASN supposed to say? How idiotic. The people who try to stir things up with no regard to logic or intelligence are amazing. Roch was right, there IS nothing for him or anyone to respond to. He wasn't indicted in anything. Hell I don't think MASN was even mentioned in the article.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So let's get this straight, AM's plan is to build through drafting and developing, yet HIS (not PA's) policies are:

1. Less amateur scouts domestically

2. Less amateur scouts dedicated to the DR

3. Typically slow movement in reaching an agreement in VZ

4. No particular focus on the rest of the world

5. A riskier Rule 4 draft spend which doesn't exceed the Red Sox

6. A vastly under funded int'l player spend

AND, since we don't have the same resources, our direct to the majors spending includes:

1. Less pro scouting for things like advanced scouting (which, you know, would help the young guys perform better) and player acquisition

2. Lower payroll

3. Less of an ability to complete deals due to his deliberate nature and small circle of people who have any authority to do anything.

This article was written very professionally, but it clearly laid out how feeble AM's plan is, IMO.

That's what i took from it. Oh, but he did put in a new computer system.

One question you wonder is why - is it Mcaphail being too cheap to put up the expenses or would more scouts threaten the favored people in the organization?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tony, quick question for you.

One thing I was wondering as I read this article was were you able to ask follow up questions to AM?

I noticed that you provided quotes from AM and then after, you would insert your opinion a few times. Was he willing to answer follow ups or did you just choose to not ask them?

A lot of the follow up responses I used in different sections or within the same paragraph depending on what he said. I wasn't trying to depict a question and answers session.

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As far as the reaction to it, I don't understand all the fuss about international

player scouting/signing. The Orioles can't scout, sign and develop players right here in the U.S.A., and haven't for many years. I have zero confidence

they could do any better at all overseas. I think they need to fix the domestic

side of this issue, and prove that its fixed, before they dump a bunch of money into the international bucket.

I live in Danville Virginia and go to rookie league games, bluefield is in the league. They suck. All of the other teams have good international players on it. The Mariners got a guy from the DR who is hitting 10 homer runs already signed as a free agent. Never have I seen the O's have a good international player on this bluefield team and I've been going to these games for 10 years. Bluefield is in last place, every year they are in last place.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tony-

Can you tell us how many off the record conversations were had with AM? No details, just if there were that changed your mind about things, or added more fuel to your fire? For a lack of a better term.

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I live in Danville Virginia and go to rookie league games, bluefield is in the league. They suck. All of the other teams have good international players on it. The Mariners got a guy from the DR who is hitting 10 homer runs already signed as a free agent. Never have I seen the O's have a good international player on this bluefield team and I've been going to these games for 10 years. Bluefield is in last place, every year they are in last place.

Rep to you. So glaring is this problem....it overwhelms any lack of FA signings IMHO.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice summary Tony and thanks for writing it.

Nothing I hadn't heard before, except for the Stockstill Dominican thing. Still rather depressing to see it all in one place.

I think overall the O's are creeping in the right direction. but Tony is right actions do speak louder.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I live in Danville Virginia and go to rookie league games, bluefield is in the league. They suck. All of the other teams have good international players on it. The Mariners got a guy from the DR who is hitting 10 homer runs already signed as a free agent. Never have I seen the O's have a good international player on this bluefield team and I've been going to these games for 10 years. Bluefield is in last place, every year they are in last place.

Actually, going back 10 years the Bluefield O's have only finished last once. And that was due to a strange divisional fluke, where they finished 4th but were only four games under .500.

The Baby Birds haven't been great for a number of years, and they haven't won the league since 2002. But in the 2000s they've finished first as often as last.

(Please don't take any of this as evidence they don't need better players - I think they do.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tony-

Can you tell us how many off the record conversations were had with AM? No details, just if there were that changed your mind about things, or added more fuel to your fire? For a lack of a better term.

Thanks.

I had one interview with him and it was on the record with the PR Director in the room.

It was a little tense in the beginning but in the end I felt like he answered most of the questions I wanted to ask him. He had a meeting so I had to rush at the end so a few things did not get asked. Overall though, it was professional on all accounts.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I had one interview with him and it was on the record with the PR Director in the room.

It was a little tense in the beginning but in the end I felt like he answered most of the questions I wanted to ask him. He had a meeting so I had to rush at the end so a few things did not get asked. Overall though, it was professional on all accounts.

Of course he did. :laughlol: I can hear the secretary buzzing in..."Mr. MacPhail your two o'clock is here."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I had one interview with him and it was on the record with the PR Director in the room.

It was a little tense in the beginning but in the end I felt like he answered most of the questions I wanted to ask him. He had a meeting so I had to rush at the end so a few things did not get asked. Overall though, it was professional on all accounts.

Excellent work Tony, a really great read.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tony, I think you gave excellent insight in the constraints that MacPhail is working under in budgets and the ability to hire and fire key people. The information about David Stockstill's personality and his relationship with Jordan are eye opening.

Questions:

What do you think the impact of John Stockstill is as Director of Player Development. He does hold that position now, right? That is not the way it is listed on Orioles.com. Does John have a good relationship with Jordan? The one difference I have seen between David and John is the that John has done in season promotions of several players were David kept that to a minumim.

What is Melvin Mora standing with Angelos and MacPhail? Is he someone that can help in Venezuela after he retires as a player. He always bleed Black and Orange. I think he credits the O's with being a big part of the success with his career. I also hear he is thought well of in Venezuela.

What do you expect to happen of the next 10 days with player movement? You verified that exploring trades is MacPhail's priority for the next 10 days. Do you think he will be able to get anyone of value in trade for any of veterans?

Most people in the organization that I've talked to like and respect John Stockstill. I haven't had a ton of interaction with hi over the years but when I have, he's impressed me a knowledgeable guy with some good ideas. I haven't talked to John or Joe in awhile but I know they had a decent relationship.

I have no idea about Mora and your guess is as good as mine on the next ten days, but I do think MacPhail is focusing on the trade deadline right now and not the managerial search.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I had one interview with him and it was on the record with the PR Director in the room.

It was a little tense in the beginning but in the end I felt like he answered most of the questions I wanted to ask him. He had a meeting so I had to rush at the end so a few things did not get asked. Overall though, it was professional on all accounts.

Did you get a sense that he was well aware what Orioleshangout.com is?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I think the Oriole Way had been dead a good long while before PA got his hands on the team. But I agree he's done nothing to revive it.

Nah its not gone.. its just got left in Florida somewhere and has been renamed the Rays Way

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


Orioles Information


Orioles News and Information

Daily Organizational Boxscores
News

Tony's Takes

Orioles Roster Resource

Orioles Prospect Information

2020 Top 30 Prospects List

Prospect Scouting Reports

Statistics

2020 Orioles Stats

2019 Orioles Minor League Stats

Baseball Savant Stats






  • Posts

    • Currently, the pitching staff is 14th in WAR (in the majors), 10th best in walk rate, 17th in total ERA and 7th in BP ERA. Nice numbers considering we apparently have the worst catchers in baseball.  I’m shocked that they could be this awful defensively, game calling, framing, etc...and yet we are finding some early success after building on last year, which wasn’t as bad as suspected. It’s almost as if the catchers defense can be overcome by other factors! (Or people are just clueless as to how to actually judge a C defense)
    • The issue is that you are intentionally taking the GMs statement that the Os are not measuring success by wins as meaning something else....that the Orioles are not trying to win games. And then extrapolating that into the Orioles are trying to lose games.    That simply isn’t what is going on. And I think you know that. I think in general folks are on board with the rebuild. We are also at the point where we are about as far from being competitive as we have been in a long time.      I don’t know how much the pandemic has effected the rebuild, but minor leagues have been shut down for a loooong time.  I can’t help but think it probably cost us a full year.    I don’t know if Hyde will be the manager in 2 months or 2 years.  I really don’t worry about that at all. Right now, I just want to see the Os get better and develop talent.    I would say this is the last year the Os can continue with a mindset of we are not measuring success with wins. I think it is likely that success next year will be marked by small improvement to something along the lines of 75-80 wins.    I am trying to enjoy the moments.    The moments Mancini reminds us of what he can be. The moments Mountcastle reminds us that he could be in the mix for ROY. The moments John Means looks like a real #1 or #2. And yes the moment we get to see AR, Diaz and others crack the lineup.    It’s not the same as fretting over when Hyde rests Santander or who he pitches in the 8th or 9th. But this ain’t Toronto and whether or not we use our historically good closer in the 6th, 11th or ever. Hyde is gonna learn or he won’t. In the end, of the GM gets the talent part, getting someone to manage will be a breeze. 
    • Personally, I'm surprised Sisco didn't get charged with a PB.  He has looked bad this year.
    • Yea, to think some people actually bought the idea that no outside food had to do with covid.
    • I’m not going until I don’t have to wear a mask outside. MASN will do just fine until this mess is over and people aren’t ratting others out for mask vs. no mask.
    • Yeah, hard to see how there could be an instinct (in any useful definition of the term) for a heavily rule-regulated game like baseball. I think the "feel," "knack," etc. for a sport arises from early inculcation and many years of repetition, coaching, and emulation. Even "tools," though necessary and closer to what one might consider innate abilities, can't provide that. In fact, I think that there are just as many times that a "hunch" (the closest I can come at the moment to defining instinct) leads to bad results as good ones, e.g. trying to take an extra base or steal one at the wrong time or in the wrong game situation or all sorts of guesses, such as what type of pitch will be thrown or where a ball is going to be hit, when not based in study or prep. Sometimes a manager's role is to rein in what the player's "instinct" is, such as when a pitcher is convinced they can go longer, but actually should be taken out.
    • April 18, following series win vs Ranger: Win Div: 0.0% Win Wild Card 0.0% Make Playoffs 0.0% It was fun while it lasted, there is now zero chance.
  • Popular Contributors

×
×
  • Create New...