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I am really glad to see Don put this up as I think many folks who follow the O's fail to realize how important this message is.
1. Acquire as much talent as possible - Recently said to a fellow O's fan that I would let anyone who we would be compensated with a pick for that we would not even being discussing signing them in the off season. The O's need to focus on stockpiling as many additional picks as possible (if any). Stop spending money on the bullpen while letting potential relievers (Beato) go for nothing. Use that money to sign talented picks and international players. This was a great leadoff point.
2. Better training and diet - I read an article published in the Boston Globe recently that talked about the challenges of eating healthy in the minors. Even for someone who spends a lot of time around the minors, it was eye opening.
3. Conditioning for pitchers - I know nothing about this, but have seen Don write about it enough that I believe it must be true.
4. Conditioning for position players - It seems to me that O's minor league strength and conditioning coaches often win the award as the best in their respective minor leagues. I've never understood how when we always seem to have more injuries than other teams.
5. Increase the number of instructors - Not sure if this is the answer or if we only need to improve the current quality. I don't attend enough games outside of Delmarva to speak to, but here, it is clear that their is a lack of quality leadership.
I've said before that I clearly assign blame for some of the injuries to pitchers the last couple seasons on the leadership. They simply do not understand how to manage a pitching staff. I think this fits several of the factors listed above add up to these injuries (diet, conditioning, instruction). But in the end to me it all boils down to leadership.
Great article Don. Enjoy reading a guy who knows his stuff.