Wednesday’s O’s Links: Should Mark Trumbo Hit Leadoff?

Mark Trumbo swings.
GulfBird Photo/Craig Landefeld

The O’s have had a rocky couple of days in Grapefruit League play, dropping back-to-back games to the Yankees and Phillies. They’ll take on the Red Sox today before splitting the squad for two tomorrow. You can listen on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore both today and tomorrow at 1:05.

Let’s hit the links. You’ll want to plug in your headphones for today’s set.

Around the Beat Podcast: Matt Wieters

Baltimore Baseball’s Dan Connolly grabbed former Birds backstop Matt Wieters for a phone interview earlier this week. Matt talks about joining the Gnats, his time with the O’s, and those pitch-framing metrics that hate him.

The Marketing of Baseball

Not specifically an Orioles link, but a baseball one in general. Kate Morrison, writing for Baseball Prospectus, talks about MLB’s marketing failures. For those of us who love the game, it’s extremely frustrating to see the league bumble around in efforts to appeal to a younger audience. The GIF thing is particularly infuriating for those of us tasked with creating #content around the game, especially when we gaze longingly at the NBA’s contrasting approach. Get it together, Manfred.

Mark Trumbo is the Ideal Orioles Leadoff Hitter

This isn’t the hot take you think it is – Camden Depot’s Jon Shepherd took to the computers to try to optimize the Birds lineup, and the result was…surprising.

I am unsure whether I truly believe this, but, after several days of hammering it, I am at a loss as to what I might not be considering.  Have we really neglected the importance of lineup construction because of a simple overly normalized lineup tool presented over a decade ago? – Jon

Also, unlike 99.99% of articles on the internet, it’s well worth your time to scroll down and read the comments on this one, should you wish to dive deeper.

Bird’s Eye View Episode 190: Camden Couch

Jake and Scott welcome Camden Chat’s Mark Brown to the show, and the guys talk about the O’s Top Games list, Jonathan Schoop’s dong potential, and plenty more. Jake also rants about MLB’s stupid rule changes (again, GET IT TOGETHER, MANFRED!)

What Position Should Manny Machado Really Play?

Audio clip number three comin’ atcha – Rob Long & Ed Norris debate with Robbie of Robbie’s First Base about whether Manny should stick around at third base or eventually move to shortstop.

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