The inappropriate ones are saved for later.
OK, seriously, I’ll want to know their feelings on the changes rippling throughout the organization. How Bundy feels about the possibility of a new pitching coach and Mancini a new hitting coach.
Do they have a preference for manager? Do they know any other candidates, since only four names have been leaked?
I’ll pause while the dead air plays out.
Does it bother Mancini when he hears some industry and media types insist that he needs to play first base next season, with Chris Davis moving to the outfield or serving as designated hitter? Why the terrible first half and an August that included a .291/.319/.555 slash line, seven home runs and 20 RBIs?
Did having Cedric Mullins in center field make life easier for him in left? Did the knee injury make everything more difficult for him?
I’ll also want to know whether Bundy is doing the interview from a tree stand. And whether he goes into camp thinking he should have first crack at the opening day assignment.
How does he explain the 41 home runs allowed and how exactly does a pitcher work to improve on it? Looking back, was the ankle sprain sustained while running the bases in Atlanta responsible for his decline? For the 7.11 ERA and 1.566 WHIP in the second half?
How concerning was the .319/.385/.553 slash line crafted against him by left-handed hitters and what can he do to improve it?
Did any of the young pitchers stand out to him as potential rotation pieces?
I’m open to suggestions.
* While we wait to find out whether Mark Trumbo could be ready for opening day following knee surgery, we can reflect on how he led the Orioles and ranked 10th in baseball this year with an average exit velocity of 92.8 mph.
Or not. I won’t dictate how you should reflect.
The power is there. He just needs to be able to summon it. To make more consistent contact. And to stay healthy after starting the season on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps and being felled later by the knee injury.
Trumbo’s longest home run was a 444-foot shot off the Angels’ Eduardo Paredes on July 1 at Camden Yards, his second homer of the night.
Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias is extremely busy while trying to find a manager and build the various scouting staffs and a first-rate analytics department. He also will need to make certain that the roster includes someone who could replace Trumbo as the designated hitter if the veteran isn’t ready.
The Orioles broke camp last spring with Danny Valencia and Pedro Álvarez - the latter signing a minor league deal earlier this week with the Marlins.
Davis or Mancini could serve as the designated hitter, of course, with someone needed to play left field.
* A scout from outside the organization refers to Double-A Bowie infielder Ryan Mountcastle as “tall, lanky Ichabod Crane.” And he means it in a good way.
The scout says Mountcastle will hit and believes the power will play at every level. But defense remains an issue and the scout is convinced that Mountcastle eventually will move to first base.
The downside, of course, is the surplus of first basemen already on the major league roster.
Mountcastle is only 21 and he can rake. That sound you hear next summer could be the kid beating on the door.
He’ll be using his bat.
* The auctioned Braille jerseys worn by the Orioles during National Federation of the Blind Night at Camden Yards on Sept. 18 raised more than $16,000 to support NFB’s ongoing efforts in promoting Braille literacy, educational programs and providing free resources to blind Americans.
The Orioles became the first team to incorporate Braille lettering into their uniforms. The jerseys were autographed, authenticated and auctioned.