So it looks like the response to the new site has been overwhelmingly positive. So far, we really haven’t seen any major hiccups and besides the one complaint from a guy who thought one additional ad was “in his face,” everyone seems to like the slick new look and interface.
I’m just glad everything is working, and working quickly. The God’s honest truth is that although we had tested the site over and over, we really couldn’t be sure until 300 people were on the message board while others surfed the site. So far so good, but the real test will be on the first big news day. And no, the release of Richard Hidalgo is not that big news story.
Speaking of that, am I the only guy who could care less about this Hidalgo situation? Even after Nick Markakis stops batting .600, I still don’t think the Orioles are going to miss Hidalgo. Maybe if the team didn’t already have Kevin Millar, Jeff Conine and Luis Matos signed to guaranteed contracts for this season, but they do. Besides, Hidalgo hasn’t had a good season since 2003 and the fact that his best major league option was a minor league deal he signed with the Orioles, tells you that 30 major league general managers don’t feel he has a lot left in the tank. Me either.
Although I hate the timing of the WBC, it does give guys a chance to pitch more in spring training then they normally would. Unfortunately, that means rough outings for James Johnson and Brian Finch so far. Mazzone singled out Finch early in camp, but after allowing five runs on six hits in just 1.1 innings yesterday, his ERA sits at 24.00 this spring. Finch had no chance to break camp with the O’s anyways, but the former number two pick will be at Bowie this year so I’m sure everyone hoped for a little better showing this spring. However, the good news it’s nothing anyone will remember if he puts up some good numbers at Bowie this year.
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Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.