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    The Hangout in 2008

    The Hangout in 2008


    Happy New Years everyone! I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has made the Hangout a success as we head into our 13th year of covering the Orioles and their minor league affiliates. It’s been a long ride over the years, but the great part is we’re just getting started. We’ve got big plans for the site over the next year or so and we hope you will continue to be a part of our online community.


    Really, the community is the power of the Hangout. Sure, we provide our own major and minor league news, scouting reports and game summaries, but it’s the power of our online community that propels this site above others. For years we have been told by people “in the know” that they read the Hangout not only for our original content, but because of the amount of information and ideas that come from our posters on the message boards. So we have to thank you for making this your online home and we hope over the next year or so you will enjoy the changes and improvements we have in store.


    One of the changes will be my little blog here. The goal in 2008 is for me to update the blog much more often with thoughts, quips, and information about the Baltimore sports scene. Although I certainly will not try to top Roch Kubatko’s great blog at the Sun, I’m hoping to add another top-notch blog within the Baltimore sports media.


    Now I know this is an Orioles site, but the goal here is to talk about all sports, although obviously my takes will have a heavy Orioles tilt most of the time. Either way, I plan on giving my take on most of the major things going on in the Baltimore area sports scene and occasionally the National Sports scene when warranted. Hopefully you will enjoy the additional thoughts and if not, you can ignore when I’m talking about the Ravens and you happen to be a Redskins fan.


    So what else can you expect in 2008? First off, Paul Folkemer will be returning for his 8th year writing his one-of-a-kind game recaps. If you haven’t read these reports, take the time to check them out and I think you’ll be hooked like the rest of us. Next, our daily minor league game summaries will return with local game reporters like Mike Miller (Bowie Mike) giving you first hand accounts and quotes straight from our minor league players, coaches and managers. Also, don’t forget to read articles from John Domen, Scott Hoffman, and statistical analysis from Jon Wilt.


    As always we have special content prepared for our Plus Members. Not only do our Plus Members get complete access and posting privileges on the message board, but they also will be able to view and post their own thoughts and scouting reports in our interactive Prospect Tracker in the Minor League Forum. As always, we will be putting the latest updates and personal scouting reports on the top thirty prospects in the tracker as well. Additionally, plus members will get minor league player profiles as well as additional minor league news and features.


    Before I go, please take the time to look around the Hangout and see all the things available. In the history section there are profiles on past Orioles major and minor league players that are constantly being updated. Additionally, old news and articles, top prospects lists, draft information, bios, and minor league recaps from the 2006 and 2007 seasons can be found as well. Take a look around, you never know what you might find.


    Well, that’s about it for now. I hope you will continue to enjoy the Hangout in 2008 and we look forward to seeing you at one of our soon to be announced Hangout nights at the Yard and get togethers around the Baltimore area.


    Thanks again for your support and we appreciate everyone who spreads the word about Orioleshangout.com. See you on the boards and at the Yard in 2008.


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Tony Pente

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.