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  1. I got an e-mail from the Orioles today, informing me that fans will be permitted to attend games at Camden Yards, up to a limit of 25% of capacity. I looked at that and I realized how much I would want to go to a game again. Maybe not until I'd had a chance to be vaccinated, but perhaps later in the season, if I could get a ticket. Then I read farther into the details and realized that the Orioles apparently will not sell me a ticket that I can use. They are going to use contactless digital ticketing exclusively. As far as I can understand, that means the only way people can get into the park is by showing a digital image from an app on a smartphone. I don't own a smartphone. I refuse to spend the obscene amount of money it would cost to obtain one of those things. I've been an Oriole fan for more than 60 years. I guess they don't want old geezers like me coming around Camden Yards any more.
  2. #12 Terps take on #11 Buckeyes at XFinity Center. Jalen Smith vs. Kaleb Wesson will be an interesting matchup to watch. Kyle Young might be out for Ohio State, their fourth leading scorer. Maryland is 2.5 point favorites. Let's go.
  3. Wow. When he's right.
  4. Might just be me, but seems like in post game quotes, Hyde is running tired on excuses with Davis. In the Baltimore Sun article after the Arizona series, he was quoted as saying about Chris something to the effect of "you've got to make changes to your approach." He was positive about Villar getting out of slump but didn't appear to offer same positivity about Davis. Thoughts? Could Elias/Hyde convince the Angelos brothers to cut their losses? Honest question, I'm familiar with contracts, but not MLB contracts, can we DFA Davis to Triple A and if he refuses the assignment, void the contract and not owe him any guaranteed money?
  5. Just a little update on what the Fifteen Oriole prospects back in return for Machado, Schoop, Britton, Gausman, Brach and O'Day. Bannon ,273 avg 4 hrs 27 rbi .362 obp Diaz .245 avg 6 hrs 30 rbi .322 obp Kremer 2 - 4 3.32 era 43 innings back to Frederick Pop Tommy John Surgery Valera Now with Yankees Scranton AAA .336 avg 10 hrs 35 rbi .430 obp Tate 1 - 3 4.38 era 24 innings Carroll Injured list - Back Rogers UCL injury probable Tommy John Cumberland .239 avg 2 hrs 15 rbi .369 obp Encarnacion .231 avg 7 hrs 34 rbi .286 obp Zimmerman 2 - 2 2.72 era 72 innings Phillips 0 - 0 3.53 era 12 innings Carmona .259 avg 0 hrs 0 rbi 27 abs at Aberdeen Ortiz 2 - 6 7.19 era 56 innings Villar .252 avg 10 hrs 33 rbi .315 obp Hmmmm.
  6. Before July 31st, I think there could be markets for the following 10 players. Some will obviously bring more return than others, but if this team wants to be competitive (or competent) in the next five years, they need to consider making these moves now to maximize the value of the return. 1. Manny Machado - For obvious reasons. Needs to be the creamiest of the return crop. 2. Jonathan Schoop - Hasn't heated up yet, but I'm still shopping him bc he has that extra year of control and he's a premium position. If we sell on him this year, we might be able to get a return similar to the one we can get for Machado. 3. Kevin Gausman - This is the best he has looked in years, and if he can keep it up for another month, we need to sell high. The rest of the league knows he has stuff. Let someone think he's figured it out, and maybe he does, but even if he becomes an ace, he wouldn't have been around the next time we're good anyway. 4. Michael Givens - I used to debate against trading him, thinking he was the closer of the future, but after watching how star relievers have been moved, shopped, and signed around the league the last few seasons, I'm sold on selling high and early on relievers that are destined for high arbitration settlements. These top 4 trade candidates could really bolster our farm system with quality returns. 5. Adam Jones - I see one quality piece in return for him as he will make a decent corner OF for a playoff contender. I think his name power is strong enough to gain interest and get us that one solid prospect back, but it may only be a team's #5-10 prospect. 6. Brad Brach - Sort of like Jones in name power, but really hasn't been "shutdown" like he was in the past. I think he gets one quality piece back if he remains in the closer role and stays at least slightly above average. Similar value to Jones in return. 7. Richard Blier - Has quietly dominated the past couple of seasons, he's left-handed, affordable, and controllable. Not as valued as Givens, but like Givens, sell high. Might actually get a stronger return than we think depending on the LOOGY market. 8. Danny Valencia - Killing lefties as usual. But that's it. Someone will need his bat. Won't get much, but could get something. Maybe a low A RP prospect? 9. Perdo Alvarez - LH version of Valencia. Similar market and outcome essentially. 10. Darren O'day - Has performed well when healthy. The key is keeping him healthy for a few weeks and swinging him quickly. The extra year on the contract could be attractive or scary depending on the next two months of health and performance. Influences the potential return as well. I'm willing to give away for low return to save money. BONUS: Zach Britton - It's hard to make commentary on someone that hasn't thrown a pitch this year. Maybe he won't. If he does, and he's even slightly above average, I say swing him for something. I wouldn't extend the qualifying offer after the season unless he absolutely destroyed the competition and reestablished himself to the point he was guaranteed a mega contract. Probability seems to suggest that outcome as unlikely, so at this point we risk getting nothing at all in return if we don't trade a healthy Britton. A return from these 10 (potentially 11) moves would revamp a farm system that is currently in the middle of the pack as far as talent, yet staring down the road at a couple of opportune draft positions over the next couple of seasons. Of course we know what is standing in the way of these moves.
  7. Here is a link to Tony's appearance on Inside Press Box the other day. https://www.pressboxonline.com/films/title/inside-pressbox-6-17-18-pt-2-orioles-talk-with-tony-pente
  8. He hasn’t been on since the Tampa series at the Trop a few weeks back. I figured he would certainly call the Yankees series with Thorne and they usually do the Jays in Toronto if I’m not mistaken. Maybe he is simply doing fewer games these days? Or is his absence due to his critical comments on...someone we won’t mention...
  9. I think Harvey was just here in case of extras and only guy available that could give length. I think he goes back down tomorrow and they add another position play. Maybe Rickard? Buck has 8 in pen for next two games with Wright out there and only 4 in rotation.
  10. If you are looking for Opening Day tickets without a season ticket package, I noticed that they are available on the Orioles site right now...I just searched for groups of 2 and 4, and found tickets in Section 330 behind home plate.
  11. Think Wright has it locked up pretty solidly, Castro isn't even going to be considered (correctly), and Cortes might have a shot at it, in my opinion.
  12. I found this buried in an ESPN article. Take it for what it's worth. It might explain the lack of FA action since we all know Brady is in love with in house options. http://www.espn.com/blog/buster-olney/insider/post/_/id/18278/olney-nobody-might-want-an-offseason-do-over-more-than-scott-boras Everybody in baseball is bestowed a job title, and Dan Duquette is the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, while Brady Anderson is the vice president of baseball operations. But the perception of many within the Orioles’ organization is that Anderson holds more practical power right now, built on his long history with the organization. Duquette’s contract runs out after this season.
  13. As per Roch this morning: "The Orioles aren’t done attempting to upgrade their roster, with a source confirming yesterday that they remain in contact with the agents for pitchers Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn and Jake Arrieta. They’re not sitting back and saying they have no interest. There’s a sense within the industry that all three pitchers are coming down from their initial contractual goals, though one person told me yesterday that Arrieta’s is “still high.” And while the ideal scenario for the Orioles is a deal below three years, they aren’t refusing to guarantee that amount, according to a source." After reading Roch's post, I realized that I've been hoping all offseason that the O's sign 1 of Lynn or Cobb, but don't know that much about them. Does anyone have a good scouting report on the two? Like what their stuff is like/what pitches they throw? I'm assuming Arrieta isn't a realistic option to come back. Both pitchers are 30. Lynn has a Career 3.38 ERA, S0/9 of 8.5, and has hit 170+ innings pitched five times. Cobb has a Career 3.50 ERA, S0/9 of 7.3, and hit 179 IP last year, but the other highest innings pitched in a year are: 166 IP, 143 IP, 136 IP. He does have AL East experience though. Between the 2, who would you prefer? Looking forward to hearing what the hangout has to say
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