Leading Off

With FanFest come and gone, it’s time to settle in and wait for the hot stove to kick into high gear. The Orioles are still waiting to hear back from their number one target, as we hear in the Chris Davis Watch. Meanwhile, Orioles fans simply hope that they won’t end up with a lump of coal in their stockings for Christmas. And yes, we mean David Lough.

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This Week on the  Twitters



FanFest Review


FanFest was last weekend (yes, really), and though the attendance was a little light (~11,500) compared to years past, the atmosphere was still electric. Scott and Jake share their thoughts on the event, including:

  • Attendance
  • The role of Brady Anderson
  • The wisdom of the opt-out contract structure
  • The wisdom of putting all your eggs in Chris Davis’ basket
  • The fate of post-game pies
  • FanFest MVP?


KATOH Projections of Orioles Prospects


Chris Mitchell of Fangraphs stops by to talk to us about the KATOH projection system, which he developed to produce long-term forecasts for players who are still in the minor league phase of their careers. His recent article on Fangraphs details the Orioles minor league system, and tells us where our baby birds rank within the system, and how that compares with other organizations.

Other topics include the benefits/pitfalls of being an Orioles or Yankees fan, and what kind of pizza Alex Rodriguez would eat at 4:00am. It’s Bird’s Eye View: we leave no stone unturned. Check Chris out at Fangraphs and on Twitter @_chris_mitchell.


Blowing the Save


Most podcasts try to end on a high note – the perfect coda to a quality program. That’s just not our style. Each week, we’ll end on a weak note, blowing the save with an item that didn’t quite fit into the episode, or something they simply need to get off their chests. It’s our version of taking the ball and pulling a Kevin Gregg.


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