Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Rick Maese Gets It

Joe Morgan does not. While Morgan is right that the minor leagues are there to help the big league team win, he seems to ignore the fact that the Orioles have a time horizon beyond September 30, 2008. I'm glad we have Andy MacPhail running the team, and not Joe Morgan.

Perhaps the most astute observation Maese makes is that the Orioles have finally figured out that you can't contend with quick fixes and interim patches:
What's some what refreshing about Morgan's comments is that finally this season such lunacy isn't validated by the Orioles' front office. In years past, the Orioles did exactly what Morgan prescribed. They fooled themselves into believing they were on the verge of being relevant. Thankfully, for the first time in a decade, Morgan might subscribe to the absurdity, but the Orioles do not.

The Orioles have finally begun the long, painful process of rebuilding; the last decade was just long and painful with no rebuilding. While this year's team has enjoyed some surprising success at the big league level, let's not lose sight of the fact that a .500 record in 2008 won't be nearly as sweet as a playoff bid in 2010 or 2011. Let the rebuilding continue.

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