Old Sneakers wrote:The team is simply going to have to realize this is not a perennial contender until it amasses a larger amount of young talent that is pushing it's way into Baltimore instead of being hurried out of desperation.
DocJJ; I feel your pain, but I wonder how you allowed yourself to believe that this might be a playoff or better team. EVERYTHING went right last year, and you honestly can't expect that every year. Some things have gone right this year but others have not. The offense is getting better, but it doesn't know how to manufacture runs with consistency. IMO the three most important skills for any team to be a consistent winner are in the order of importance:
The ability to manufacture runs
I see the pitching as less than I expected and the defense as better; however, we came into the season with a big question mark about manufacturing runs and it's still there.
What may be the best course of action for this team is another trade like we made with the Yankees in 1976. We moved important pieces from a team that had shaky playoff hopes in order to build a consistent winner. Within two years we came within one game of a WS title and four years later we did. The three years in between would have have been good enough for a wildcard spot in today's game.
Trading guys like Hardy and Jim Johnson in order to build a perennial winner may be the best thing we could do this year. Restocking the farm system and becoming more aggressive in the international market MAY allow us to build a farm system like the Rangers or Cardinals. How many post seasons have THOSE teams been in recently?