I never knew what happened to Hardin...how he died. I thought he had arm trouble the way he faded out.Very good pitcher for that 1 year, though.
I believe the 1969-71 O's held the ML record for highest number of wins over a 3-year span till recently. They also led the all-time series over the M FY till the 80's when they had so many terrible teams. Now I;m sure the Yankees lead us by a hundred games or so.
Coming into '69 they had a rotation of Cuellar, McNally, Phoebus and Hardin, who had won 17 games as a rookie in 1968. Add Palmer who suddenly recovers and becomes the greatest pitcher in Baseball over the next decade. I figured with that rotation they mite not lose a game. And behind them is one of the best farm systems in the Game.Hell, I figured they mite be able to assemble a 12-man rotation. But stuff happens, unfortunately.
I liked Elias' strategy. But they're liable to change rules to have a lottery of the bottom-dwellers for that first pick. The Orioles, under Elias, really gamed the system by running that strategic losing thing into the ground. They PO'd a lot of people. Not me though; I knew what they were doing.If they can improve on the pitching depth in the organization, they might have the best farm system in their history this year and next.
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