Is anyone else tired of all the leftovers in the fridge? Of checking to make certain that nothing is growing on them before popping them in the microwave?
Of wondering who brought the spinach dip before realizing that, brother, that ain’t spinach?
Well, it’s only food that comes with an expiration date. Not the Orioles-related notes and quotes that didn’t make it into previous holiday articles.
I’ve written about pitcher David Hess’ new offseason workout program, based on a visit to the P3 Premier Pitching & Performance modern development facility in St. Louis. I’ve written about Chris Holt’s promotion from minor league pitching coordinator to director of pitching and how he envisions working with pitching coach Doug Brocail.
I asked Hess about the Holt-and-Brocail union at the major league level.
“I think it’s going to be a really good combination. I think they both bring a lot of similar things to the table,” Hess said.
“Obviously Broc has years and years of experience. I feel like the guy’s pretty much been playing baseball as long as I’ve been alive, it seems. And so to just be able to take some of the stuff and the experiences that he’s had and build off what we had last year with the group of guys and incorporate Holt.
“I feel like (Holt) seems like a wizard when it comes to figuring out ways to improve guys based on what the analytic stuff is saying. So I think bringing those two together will really be good and I think it’s going to benefit the organization as a whole in a really, really big way.”
* The rebuild won’t go easy on the won-loss record. The Orioles will be again be picked to finish last in the American League East and again challenge for the first-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
None of it is going to destroy morale in the clubhouse, as third baseman Rio Ruiz stated in an interview on the “Orioles Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan.
“That may be the term people see and use, but the vibe in the clubhouse and the camaraderie that we built throughout the whole year was something you don’t get every day,” Ruiz said.
“Nobody went into that clubhouse with their head down or anything like that. It was always positive. It was a positive mindset. And we put up runs. We really did. Our pitching staff did well, too. It’s just that some guys are getting paid really well to put balls in the seats and we don’t have those guys yet. They’re going to come, but we just don’t have those guys yet and sometimes there’s nothing you can do there. But we held our own. We really did.
“We’re a solid club, we’re a solid group of guys. I think last year was a lot of experience for a lot of us young guys and first-time full-year guys, and we feel like it’s going to get better from there.”
* A scout from a team that made the playoffs this year, with a farm system always rated among the best in baseball, gives extremely high marks to former Orioles first-rounder Grayson Rodriguez.
“I would give anything for that guy,” he said. “He’d be the No. 1 guy in our system.”
What about Double-A Bowie outfielder Yusniel Díaz, one of the top position prospects in the organization?
“Díaz has a long way to go for me,” the scout said. “A lot depends on how much he grows up. At least he’s got the athleticism and power to be something.”