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Jordan talks about his 2008 draft class


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Good read. I have the same view as Mr. Jordan in that I think skill sets are more exciting than anything else in the draft. It allows for more versatility in how you potentially use the draftees, and often times gives more room for development and potentially a higher ceiling.

I think it was a strong class and look forward to how it shapes up.

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That's a top-notch article, Tony. I'm looking forward to hearing what Jordan had to say about some of our picks. I'd love to know (now that the draft is over) how Jordan would have ranked the top 8-10 guys in the draft.

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Excellent work Tony! Let's hope this Jordan draft produces as well as some of the other's have. Interesting picks early on, but good second day picks (and signings already) may be where the success of this draft will come from. Jordan's really showing through this draft how this club is in rebuilding mode.

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In other words, a once in a lifetime pitcher and SS.

Right, let's judge him on that. :rolleyestf:

Well, eventually, he should be judged on that. About 2 players a year eventually become hall of famers. That means an average personnel guy should get one every 15 years. An outstanding personnel guy ought to be able to pick one a bit more often.

I'll be at Wieters' induction in 2033 and Matusz's in 2034....and at Jordan's, whenever that will be! ;)

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Thanks for getting this up so quickly.

I must say I wish the light he shed on the specifics of the evaluation process came from a higher wattage bulb. After reading this article, I remain mostly baffled by his actual choices although confirmation that AM lets him do his job without interference is very welcome news.

I look forward to more draft news in the future. I'm beginning to get excited by the prospects of future Orioles teams.

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Great stuff, Tony.

Always great to get this first-hand info straight from JJ.

I liked our draft last week and it is growing on me. Jordan planted several seeds with this class. Not sure which ones will come to fruition, but there's some confidence that we'll get our share of major leaguers out it.

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Fine article. (I didn't know they taught writing in the Army ;-)

My favorite parts:

One of the lingering questions going into the draft was whether Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail had influenced Jordan in any way to pick a college pitcher over a hitter. Jordan quickly put that to rest.

"This was my call all the way. No one influenced me. I was told repeatedly 'take who you want, we'll support you.' People need to understand I made the call. Good, bad or indifferent, it was mine."

"I always say, be happier with what you get, don't worry about with what you didn't get."
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