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Friday, October 04, 2019

Orioles players send handwritten thank you notes to fans after disappointing 108-loss season

It’s safe to say that the 2019 season wasn’t exactly what the Baltimore Orioles had in mind. They compiled a 54-108 record, which only trailed the Detroit Tigers for the MLB’s worst record. With that in mind, Orioles director of public relations Kristen Hudak had an idea of how the team could still show the fanbase that they appreciated their support all season.

Hudak had several of the team’s players write messages to season ticket holders, but only mentioned that the players should write a brief “thank you.” Many players, though, wrote a little bit more than “thank you.”

For instance, pitcher Tanner Scott wrote this message to a season ticket holder named Bill, admitting that the team has work to do moving forward: “We thank you for the support this year. This season has been a growing year for all of us and we are going to continue to work hard to achieve success for us as a team and for you as the fans who support us. #Birdland. Thank you, Tanner Scott.”

Prior to handing out the cards to write the messages on, Hudak did speak with veteran first baseman Chris Davis about the idea. Davis was in full support of the gesture and the team’s fan services department selected random season ticket holders that would receive the thank you notes.

All eight of them thank the Orioles for their kind thoughts.

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:01 AM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:43 AM (#5886336)
Written in invisble ink on the letter signed by Chris Davis:

"I hereby announce my retirement from Major League Baseball and forfeit all monies owed me by the Baltimore American League Ball Club."
   2. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 04, 2019 at 08:22 AM (#5886347)
It’s safe to say that the 2019 season wasn’t exactly what the Baltimore Orioles had in mind.

How far off, really, was this from what reasonably could have been expected from this particular group of players? This seemed like a 100-loss team from the start.
   3. Greg Pope Posted: October 04, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5886353)
How far off, really, was this from what reasonably could have been expected from this particular group of players? This seemed like a 100-loss team from the start.

It's not what they had in mind. They expected to be the worst team and get the #1 pick. They didn't think the Tigers could outdo them.
   4. Qufini Posted: October 04, 2019 at 09:20 AM (#5886357)
Next year will be pretty much the same. The line-up is still half AAAA players and washed-up vets while the top prospects aren't MLB ready yet. The rotation is even worse. They should easily lose 100 games next year and challenge for another #1 pick before attempting to follow the Astros' example back to the top.
   5. The Duke Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:02 AM (#5886368)
They ought to keep selling any good players they can for draft choices and delay their return as long as they can. They already have a good farm and a couple more years of building it out to create some sustainability
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:04 AM (#5886369)
They ought to keep selling any good players they can for draft choice

You can't really do that in baseball. Except for a very few competitive balance picks, draft picks are not tradeable.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:18 AM (#5886375)
They ought to keep selling any good players they can
I've spotted a fatal flaw in this plan.
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:52 AM (#5886384)
It's not what they had in mind. They expected to be the worst team and get the #1 pick. They didn't think the Tigers could outdo them.


This is correct. No way was this a disappointing season! They won 7 more games than they did last year, doing it without all those solid players from last year!

As far as selling good players, they have two. Trey Mancini definitely wants to stay and be a leader of the team as it gets better, he is a fan favorite (the only fan favorite?), and they can start paying him a real salary or trade him. We'll see. Jonathan Villar has one more year before free agency (they traded Schoop for him, although he's the same age as Schoop) and is a pretty solid player, but had a career year this year. As an offense-first middle infielder it would be nice to see him stay around, in the J.J. Hardy tradition.

The only pitcher they have who had a good 2019 is John Means, who was a 26-year-old rookie. Drafted in the 11th round in 2014 from West Virginia. I was thinking WVU produced some good baseball players but the only ones since Paul Popovich 50 years ago are Steve Kline and David Carpenter.
   9. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:11 PM (#5886421)
It's a nice gesture, but I can't get over how one of the players used a #hashtag in a handwritten note.
   10. donlock Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:23 PM (#5886426)
Pretty good lineup for a last place team.

In 2018 Birds were AL 15th in Runs Scored(622) and 15th in Runs Allowed (892). In 2019 Birds were 11th in Runs Scored (729) and 15th in Runs Allowed (981).

Really no improvement in pitching. 2019 was a league-wide big year for Runs Scored and Allowed and O's were relatively better offensively but still dead last in pitching.Some good arms in farm system but probably 2-3 years away.

Haven't heard any any good suggestions on how a "rebuilding" team finds major league pitchers. There appear to be a fair amount of position players who can be found who needed at bats and maybe some swing tinkering. (Renato Nunes, Anthony Santander, Pedro Severino, Rio Ruiz, Hanser Alberto). Mancini, Villar and Nunes played all or second half of 2018.
   11. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:24 PM (#5886427)
It's a nice gesture, but I can't get over how one of the players used a #hashtag in a handwritten note.


Is it any weirder than using CC (for carbon-copy) in an email?
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:14 PM (#5886466)
Did the Orioles send a note to Alice Sweet? She’s overdue for an apology.
   13. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:25 PM (#5886480)
Is it any weirder than using CC (for carbon-copy) in an email?

Yes. The point of the carbon copy is to distribute a duplicate to another recipient, which the cc line does. The "carbon" part of cc simply refers to a prior technology, but the end result of distributing a carbon copy or cc'ing someone on an email is the same.

The hashtag serves no purpose other than being able to see other tweets using the same hashtag. There is no equivalent of that in a handwritten note. And yes, I'm aware that the use of the hashtag has gone beyond simple categorization, and yes, please stay off of my lawn.
   14. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:25 PM (#5886521)
I think you mean #stayoffmylawn.
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:30 PM (#5886526)
Yes. The point of the carbon copy is to distribute a duplicate to another recipient, which the cc line does. The "carbon" part of cc simply refers to a prior technology, but the end result of distributing a carbon copy or cc'ing someone on an email is the same.
Kind of. The purpose of a CC in an email is strictly a social thing, in that people can sometimes infer that they are not the primary recipient of the message. Otherwise, there is no difference between listing someone in the To: field and the CC: field.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:35 PM (#5886529)
Kind of. The purpose of a CC in an email is strictly a social thing, in that people can sometimes infer that they are not the primary recipient of the message. Otherwise, there is no difference between listing someone in the To: field and the CC: field.

I think it's pretty clear. If I'm cc'd I don't need to respond, or read with any urgency.
   17. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:02 PM (#5886548)
CC is incredibly useful in a work or business situation. If you CC the boss it can be a way of lighting a fire under someone else, or of creating a "paper" trail demonstrating that you've done your bit. Your boss doesn't need to actually read the email, but it's there in her inbox if something becomes an issue. It's very useful for keeping people in the loop on topics tangentially related to them. And so on.
   18. Nasty Nate Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:08 PM (#5886553)
Out of curiosity, can you guys see whether you are a CC recipient or a regular recipient before you open an e-mail?
   19. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:14 PM (#5886554)
I can because I keep open the reading pane (in Outlook). If I didn't and just saw the list of emails, I don't think I could tell whether I was the direct recipient or CC recipient.
   20. PreservedFish Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5886556)
The hashtag serves no purpose other than being able to see other tweets using the same hashtag. There is no equivalent of that in a handwritten note.


The hashtag could also refer to a social media phenomenon. For example, if I were to hand write you a note regarding my wish to move into a camper van full-time, I might reasonably employ the term "#vanlife."
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:30 PM (#5886560)
The hashtag serves no purpose other than being able to see other tweets using the same hashtag. There is no equivalent of that in a handwritten note.

The hashtag could also refer to a social media phenomenon. For example, if I were to hand write you a note regarding my wish to move into a camper van full-time, I might reasonably employ the term "#vanlife."
Uh, "could be?" What else could it possibly be except a carry-over from social mediaspeak.
   22. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:33 PM (#5886585)

Yes. The point of the carbon copy is to distribute a duplicate to another recipient, which the cc line does.


I wasn't just referring to the line, but the expression, such as "If you are able to do this, please CC Bob so that he knows about it also."
   23. donlock Posted: October 04, 2019 at 06:01 PM (#5886613)
This site is called the Baseball Think Factory, not the Online Grammar Nit-Picker group. I believe they have a huge following, far away from here.
   24. Greg Pope Posted: October 04, 2019 at 07:49 PM (#5886651)
The "carbon" part of cc simply refers to a prior technology

I'm thinking there are a lot of things like this but I can't come up with examples. I will still say "I taped the game today", but just as often I will say "I recorded the game today". And I'm guessing that the use of "tape" to mean "record" won't outlast my generation. It's just something I'm used to saying but my kids do not. Whereas "carbon copy" completely predates me but it still widely used.

What are other examples?
   25. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 04, 2019 at 07:55 PM (#5886653)
People use expressions that refer to obsolete technology. Stop the presses. Film at 11.
   26. QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 08:07 PM (#5886656)
Kind of. The purpose of a CC in an email is strictly a social thing, in that people can sometimes infer that they are not the primary recipient of the message. Otherwise, there is no difference between listing someone in the To: field and the CC: field.


Then there's the BCC function, which has practical functions in cases where one person is sending an email to a large number of people, both in terms of making the communication networks clear and in serving as a way to limit the dreaded "reply all".
   27. strong silence Posted: October 05, 2019 at 12:56 AM (#5886725)
Sometimes I type EC at the end of my emails to show that some people have been Electronic Copied.
   28. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 05, 2019 at 01:53 AM (#5886735)
This site is called the Baseball Think Factory, not the Online Grammar Nit-Picker group. I believe they have a huge following, far away from here.
Where threads are hijacked by asshats asking how the Orioles intend to rebuild.
   29. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 05, 2019 at 02:22 AM (#5886739)
People still use the phrase “hang up the phone” even though the vast majority of people are talking on phones where you don’t “hang up” the receiver to end the call. And if you ask most kids why they call it “hanging up”, they probably don’t know.
   30. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 05, 2019 at 08:54 AM (#5886747)
People have been writing books on computers and typewriters for eons.
   31. PreservedFish Posted: October 05, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5886749)
Uh, "could be?" What else could it possibly be except a carry-over from social mediaspeak.


What I mean is that the hashtag is now meaningful outside of its original "click to learn more" functionality. So yes, you can reasonably use a hashtag in a magazine or letter.
   32. PreservedFish Posted: October 05, 2019 at 09:35 AM (#5886751)
I guess that's obvious and nobody cares.
   33. Greg Pope Posted: October 05, 2019 at 09:58 AM (#5886755)
People still use the phrase “hang up the phone” even though the vast majority of people are talking on phones where you don’t “hang up” the receiver to end the call.

That's a good one. In fact, we use echo devices as intercoms in our house. And when you're done, you say "Alexa, hang up" to end the discussion. So we're using it when it's not even a receiver. I have never thought about it. I don't even know what other phrase you'd use. "End call" or something?
   34. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 05, 2019 at 10:34 AM (#5886762)

What are other examples?


We also 'dial 911'.

We still talk about video 'footage', as if we are filming on celluloid. People still go on like broken records, or get 'in the groove', though I guess vinyl has made a comeback.

Do we include Shakespearean expressions? Because I don't think anyone's used a petard recently, either.

   35. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 05, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5886764)
People still use the phrase “hang up the phone” even though the vast majority of people are talking on phones where you don’t “hang up” the receiver to end the call. And if you ask most kids why they call it “hanging up”, they probably don’t know.

Similarly, "dial" may be fading out now, but it was regularly used long after rotary phones disappeared.
   36. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 05, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5886767)
People still go on like broken records, or get 'in the groove', though I guess vinyl has made a comeback.

As I understand, the first "record albums" were in fact sets of multiple records bound together in album fashion. When the technology got to the point where they could put 45-60 minutes of music on a single piece of vinyl, they kept calling them "albums." Now the term is still used even when there's no packaging at all.
   37. Greg Pope Posted: October 05, 2019 at 11:47 AM (#5886786)
People still go on like broken records, or get 'in the groove', though I guess vinyl has made a comeback.

Do we include Shakespearean expressions? Because I don't think anyone's used a petard recently, either.


I guess expressions seem a little different to me, although it's probably a subtle difference. An expression like "broken record" is meant to invoke something else, so it's a reference. "Carbon copy" or "hang up the phone" is an actual action that you take, but you're just calling it by the outdated name.
   38. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 05, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5886899)
I think people also “rewind” songs and videos when they want to go back a bit, even though the media are digital and there’s no tape reel being wound. That usage may be fading though.

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