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    • If we were to sign Bauer, it would probably make sense to do it a few games into ST for several reasons. It wouldn’t mess with the initial excitement. The desperation for us to make a move starts to hit home more. As in, “ok this is really happening. Irvin is our #5.”  Then I would only let Bauer start home games in front of what should be more “friendly” crowds. 
    • 2024 is the Year of the Pitcher!  The last few years we've had a few hitters pop off.  We're at a bit of a crossroads with the org now.  A ton of talented pitchers (velo and/or stuff) but with question marks were brought in over the last couple of years (especially from the Mancini/Lopez trades and 2023 draft).  I hope/anticipate/expect a couple/few of them to take big steps.   Regarding Johnson:  I'm excited about him, but I have no MLB expectations for him in 2024.  I hope he stays on the SP track of development just based on org need.  He's behind Povich and McD for MLB time IMO but the upside might be higher. Just stay healthy, build arm strength, and hone your craft!
    • 3/12 Ed smith and 3/14 lecom ...  may visit twin lakes on 3/12 also ...
    • Don’t laugh because of what we’re currently doing with the back end of the rotation… but don’t we now have a higher standard for what SP have to be to be able to crack the rotation of a perennial contender?  So instead of letting these guys toil in the minors trying to develop into 5th starter types for 2nd tier teams, why not convert them to relievers once they get to the AA level and have a significant injury history? Basically, just get something out of them. Again, they could always go back to starting. Let them focus on two pitches and only throw 60-70 IP. Let’s be honest, that’s what they’re going to be doing anyway, just in three inning starts. What does that do at this point other than land them on the surgeon’s table and end ticket them to Korea.  Look at Tanner Scott for example. We could be reaping the rewards of his arm, but instead we converted him in AAA and rushed him to the majors to develop as a reliever. The writing was on the wall long before that. 
    • I’ll be at games on the 5th (in Clearwater), 8th, 10th and 13th.   I feel like every year there are some threads with recommendations of things to do and places to eat around Sarasota.  Here’s a recent one:   
    • My lack of Negro League knowledge did me in.   Didn't complete the grid.   But I did fill in the bottom two rows with all Orioles who totalled 1.43%.  
    • Well, shoot….just got offered more days. So, I might try and get in a day during the time I’m in Miami, but now I’m looking at being there through the end of the month.
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