Orioles draft Lakewood Ranch's Ohlman...

Orioles draft Lakewood Ranch's Ohlman in 11th round

There are 29 comments on the Bradenton Herald story from Jun 10, 2009, titled Orioles draft Lakewood Ranch's Ohlman in 11th round. In it, Bradenton Herald reports that:

Lakewood Ranch star catcher Michael Ohlman was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 326th overall pick of the Major League Baseball 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

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Laurie Carlo

Tampa, FL

#1 Jun 11, 2009
This is good news for Mike except, who will keep the books and make up stats for him when he arrives in Baltimore? Our team books were kept by his parents. We all witnessed his errors and then some. We all read the articles about the perfect games he played, oh yeah? Really? Mike is a very good player and time will tell. But the numbers are so wrong. Shame on the parents and coach Mike Mullen. Several parents through out Mikes varsity years at Lakewood Ranch kept their books updated. 550? Really?
Bob

Saint Petersburg, FL

#2 Jun 16, 2009
You really think he was drafted based on High school numbers you are wacked lady
Bob

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 Jun 23, 2009
I guess Laurie's little boy wasn't too good
Laurie Carlo

Tampa, FL

#4 Aug 18, 2009
Mike Ohlman is a good player who was not served well by those who played with his numbers. A real shame. I know people inside baseball who came to see Mike and were disappointed because he could not live up to the hype created by his inflated stats. Had they let his play speak for itself, he might have been drafted higher. Olhman versus Murphy? Pretty close, really as far as ability. But, who signed with a bonus? It was Murphy. Who's to blame? For one, Ohlman's high school coach is an ill-tempered bigot who is a disgrace to the game and who will hurt the careers of far more players than he helps before the school board faces a lawsuit and he is run out of town.
Stu

Valdosta, GA

#5 Sep 26, 2009
Laurie, it must be horrible to be filled with such envy! And, just to set the record straight and probably add to your envy, Ohlman too, received a bonus.
Ron

Tampa, FL

#6 Sep 26, 2009
I doubt the Orioles gave Ohlman $995,000 because the high school stat book looked nice.
Tom

Tampa, FL

#7 Sep 28, 2009
It's amazing his parents & coaches were able to manipulate his stats and pull this over on 30 professional teams and some of the best division one college programs in the country. Heck, who needs scouts, cross-checkers, scouting directors, recruiting coordinators & coaches when all you have to do is check with some of the psychopathic, jealous parents to get the real story. It boggles the mind none of these baseball professionals could see what you did. I feel for the Orioles because you could have saved them $1 million dollars if only they had realized just how smart, baseball savvy and objective you are. How could these professionals fail to recognize what you saw in those 30 games out of the year and how insignificant the other 335 days of playing with other teams, practices, lifting weights, running, hours in the batting cages, catching drills, batting practice, private work-outs, interviews, evaluations, background checks, personality tests, pre-draft workouts and constant monitoring & oversight really were? Stupid professionals! Youíre obviously a very learned and insightful person to be able to vet these facts out where no one else could. Thank you for doing mankind an even bigger service than just pointing out this fraud. Itís amazing that some people think success actually comes from a combination of hard work and talent. It takes a brilliant mind such as yours to point out the only way you get ahead in life is through deceit, fraud, manipulation & lies. Hopefully you have instilled these attitudes and virtues in your kids so they can get ahead in life. What a shame it would be for someone to actually think focus, hard work, talent, perseverance, sacrifice, attitude, good decisions and good choices actually make a difference. I for one understand the subtle brilliance of your thinking. Some people think you should be ashamed of your attacks on a young man who has worked so hard to get where he is today and to diminish his accomplishments. They think there are legitimate reasons why he is where he is today. Some think you are pathetic to harbor such jealousy and anger. Others actually expect you to teach respect, accountability and discipline to your children rather than trying to blame everyone and everything for their shortcomings. Why canít these stupid people realize it really is someone elseís fault? Why canít they understand your child would have been an incredible success if had not been for the fact that (fill in your excuse here) and the reason they did not attain the success someone else did was because (fill in the person you want to blame here) prevented them from being successful. These neophytes are so stupid they fail to realize the job of a HS coach is to get everyone of their players a full scholarship or a professional contract regardless of the talent, attitude or work ethic of the player. When that doesnít happen, of course itís the coachís fault. I feel sorry for those folks for they obviously donít understand what you do. Itís these mental midgets who think being in bed by 10 on a Friday or Saturday night because you have a game or workout the next day, rather than being out partying with your buddies actually benefits you. They think that lifting weights, running, hitting hundreds of balls in the cages, doing catching drills, watching your nutrition, and training, rather than going to the beach with your friends makes a difference. How naÔve! They think following these habits day in and day out for years is actually a good and positive thing. These people obviously do not have a clue what it takes to reach a goal. Thank you so much for setting everyone straight here: not only on this particularly egregious situation where a fraud was perpetrated on the entire baseball world, but for showing everyone the philosophies and attitudes necessary to be a success both on the field and in life. Your willingness to share your wisdom and objectivity for the benefit of all is truly overwhelming.
soul rosenberg

Tampa, FL

#8 Oct 2, 2009
jealousy is a terrible thing.
congrats michael ohlman :-)
BradenRvr

Wesley Chapel, FL

#9 Oct 4, 2009
Im not a big sports fan anymore. I actualy think that zero school tax dollars should be spent on sports. Here's the perfect example. One student has a shot at a professional team out of how many students in the Manatee County school system. What we got here, 1 draftee in the last few years?

My tax dollars should be better spent teaching Math, science, & technical engineering. More students would benefit from my tax dollars.

Good luck in Baltimore if you make it.
carlo

Bradenton, FL

#10 Jan 4, 2010
Ron wrote:
I doubt the Orioles gave Ohlman $995,000 because the high school stat book looked nice.
Apparently, Mike is receiving $66,000 plus education cost and J.R. Murphy $3,000,000.
carlo

Bradenton, FL

#11 Jan 4, 2010
Stu wrote:
Laurie, it must be horrible to be filled with such envy! And, just to set the record straight and probably add to your envy, Ohlman too, received a bonus.
With a 189 average, it's $66,000 and I guess the bonus is paid education... J.R. Murphy is getting $3,000,000.
carlo

Bradenton, FL

#12 Jan 4, 2010
soul rosenberg wrote:
jealousy is a terrible thing.
congrats michael ohlman :-)
so is cheating
carlo

Bradenton, FL

#13 Jan 4, 2010
Bob wrote:
I guess Laurie's little boy wasn't too good
You mean, "good enough"??...as a starting pitcher in college with good grades?...
Tom

Tampa, FL

#14 Jan 9, 2010
carlo wrote:
<quoted text>Apparently, Mike is receiving $66,000 plus education cost and J.R. Murphy $3,000,000.
Wrong on both Accounts [email protected]@[email protected]:
Jim Callis / Baseball America:
Orioles Sign Ohlman For $995,000 ó The Orioles have signed 11th-round pick Michael Ohlman for $995,000. With Ohlman and 22nd-rounder Cameron Coffey (who got $990,000), Baltimore has paid the two highest bonuses known after the 10th round this year.ó A catcher from Lakewood Ranch High Ö

Jim Callis / Baseball America:
Yankees Sign Murphy For $1.25 Million ó The Yankees have signed J.R. Murphy, and BA's Aaron Fitt has confirmed that his bonus is $1.25 million. That's the highest bonus in the second round this year, and more than double MLB's $477,900 guideline for his draft slot (No. 76).

Everyone wants to know why you have it out for Michael Ohlman. What did he or his family ever do to you to warrant being in your cross-hairs? Or are you just one of those people who isn't happy unless you are wasting time trying to make someone else miserable?
Bob

Tampa, FL

#15 Jan 9, 2010
carlo wrote:
<quoted text>You mean, "good enough"??...as a starting pitcher in college with good grades?...
A starting pitcher in college??? Isn't baseball a spring sport in college? How can he be a starting pitcher when his season hasn't even started yet?
Bob

Tampa, FL

#16 Jan 9, 2010
carlo wrote:
<quoted text>You mean, "good enough"??...as a starting pitcher in college with good grades?...
Starting Pitcher in college? Isn't baseball a spring sport in college? How do you become a starting pitcher when your season hasn't even started yet?
Bob

Tampa, FL

#17 Jan 9, 2010
carlo wrote:
<quoted text>so is cheating
Please expand on your libelous comments. What exactly do you mean by cheating?
Ron

Tampa, FL

#18 Jan 10, 2010
carlo wrote:
<quoted text>Apparently, Mike is receiving $66,000 plus education cost and J.R. Murphy $3,000,000.
In todayís internet world, it is way too easy to find out the truth:
Orioles Draft Report Card

We analyze Baltimore's 2009 draft class
By John Manuel
October 22, 2009
QUICK TAKE
The Hobgood choice may determine how this draft is remembered, but taking him allowed the O's to take chances on Ohlman and Coffey. By diversifying, Baltimore got the impact up-the-middle talent it wanted in Ohlman and Givens while also getting power arms.
POSITION PLAYERS:
BEST POWER HITTER: With his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, C Michael Ohlman (11) resembles Jayson Werth, whom the Orioles drafted in the first round in 1997. Ohlman has similar 25-30-homer power potential. Townsend also has plus power.
BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Ohlman, who got a round-record $995,000 bonus, and Coffey ($990,000) are being counted on to be the best of this bunch. Also, in the December issue of Baseball American Michael Ohlman was named the #1 late round (after the 10th) pick in the draft.
Its one thing to render nasty, malicious, bitter, spiteful and vindictive opinions based on a subjective outlook Ė it is quite another to take a stance based on total and complete lies which are easily refuted with a little knowledge and research. So it begs the question: how and why would someone embark on a diatribe like this? Is it drugs and/or alcohol? Are you simply a sociopath, hell-bent on spewing your hatred with absolutely no conscience as to your actions, and total disregard for the truth? Are you bipolar, transitioning back and forth between fantasy and reality, with no concept of the difference? Either way, you are a sad and pathetic person as your attitude and behavior cannot be reasonably explained or understood.

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#19 Jan 12, 2010
carlo wrote:
<quoted text>Apparently, Mike is receiving $66,000 plus education cost and J.R. Murphy $3,000,000.
Minor leagues do sign up with some kind of a bonus, but once it is done each person is paid the same across the board (1400 month rookie 1, 1300 month rookie 2, etc...), or else it would get out of control. Making the Major league is years down the road, USUALLY...

Since: Jan 10

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#20 Jan 12, 2010
Bob wrote:
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A starting pitcher in college??? Isn't baseball a spring sport in college? How can he be a starting pitcher when his season hasn't even started yet?
College coaches can position any player bob if they know their skills...

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