Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Baltimore Orioles Newsbeat

Monday, February 16, 2015

ESPN: Maier’s Glove Is Up For Auction

Unique memorabilia opportunity:

The glove Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter’s tying home run against Baltimore in the eighth inning of the 1996 American League Championship Series opener at the original Yankee Stadium will be auctioned. Heritage Auctions said Monday the glove will be put up for bids on Saturday in New York. The company did not identify the current owner, who it said had purchased the glove from Maier.

 

 


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

ESPN: Manfred Predicts Resolution Of MASN Dispute

How long did Jarndyce v. Jarndyce take?

“I’m not going to say a lot about MASN because it is in litigation,” said Manfred, who took over from Bud Selig on Jan. 25. “I will say this much. I think in reasonably short order, there will be a resolution of MASN, either by the litigation being done or some other mechanism.”

When the teams couldn’t agree on what the Nats’ rights fees should be, they appeared before MLB’s Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee: Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg.

The committee ruled last June 30 that MASN should pay the Nationals about $298 million from 2012-16, an average of just under $60 million—or approximately $20 million a year more than the current rights fee. When MASN didn’t comply with the arbitration award, the Nationals attempted to end the rights agreement.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Toronto Sun: The inside story on how Ed Rogers tried to replace Jays President Paul Beeston

If this is all true, Ed Rogers (Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays) has an enormous amount to answer for, both in the court of public opinion AND to Major League Baseball.

We’re not sure if this is the way Harvard Business School teaches Forbes 500 companies on how to make upper management changes.

Or the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, for that matter.

Yet, here is how Rogers Communications went about the dirty business of replacing Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and trying to hire executive vice-president Kenny Williams from the Chicago White Sox.

You can easily sub Dan Duquette’s name for each mention of Williams.

And you can replace White Sox with the Baltimore Orioles and see how Rogers Communications handled — or rather bungled — the business of replacing the president of the Blue Jays.

Esoteric Posted: January 24, 2015 at 12:45 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, chicago white sox, tampering, toronto blue jays

Monday, January 19, 2015

Orioles have list of high-profile ex-GMs in case Duquette leaves

... the Orioles have compiled a list of Plan B options in case Duquette departs.

According to an industry source, that list—compiled in the past month—includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager…

NattyBoh Posted: January 19, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, dan duquette, general managers, toronto blue jays

Friday, January 16, 2015

Arthur Rhodes officially retires

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.

Rhodes hasn’t pitched since 2011, but I think he still deserves a proper sendoff. 20 years, 900 games, 1,152 strikeouts, one All-Star berth, and two of the biggest earrings you ever saw.


Friday, January 02, 2015

Draw your own conclusions on what’s keeping Orioles from hosting All-Star Game

It certainly would have been nice to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Camden Yards in July 2016, but Baltimore has reportedly fallen out of contention for the Midsummer Classic and all the economic benefits that make it a highly coveted civic event.

No one is saying exactly why the city has gone from being called a “very, very viable candidate” by baseball commissioner Bud Selig in May to being all-but-officially out of the picture, but you can draw your own conclusions…

This year’s All-Star Game will be held in Cincinnati and MLB has — with very few exceptions over the past 82 years — scheduled the game at American League and National League stadiums on an alternating basis.

So, it’s curious that San Diego’s Petco Park now appears to be the most likely 2016 All-Star host and Camden Yards is being overlooked.

NattyBoh Posted: January 02, 2015 at 12:59 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, baltimore orioles, cabal, masn

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Poz: Going all the way back to 1977

Jack Brett raged at his nice boy son. And George Brett learned to fear failure. He learned to fear embarrassment. He learned to fear that voice, the rumbling voice of his father, tearing him apart over an error he made in the third or a swing out of the strike zone. After one such conversation, George tore the phone off the wall in the clubhouse. After more than one, he headed out into the night to find relief.

George Brett did not grow up to be a nice boy. He took a bat to the toilets in Minnesota. He broke a players’ leg in a collision. He leaped up to punch Graig Nettles. He struck a photographer with his crutch. He got into a fight with Willie Wilson. Nice? No. He became like Jack Brett, the essence of fury.

“Maybe I was too tough on George,” Jack would say after Brett had secured his Hall of Fame career.

Fathers. Sons. Such a riddle. When Jack Brett found out he was dying of cancer, he implored his family to not tell George.

“He’s in the middle of a slump,” Jack Brett said. “Wait until he turns it around.”


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MASNSports (Kubatko): Orioles remember Monica Barlow on the day they clinch

Basically impossible not to read this without getting choked up:

I was collecting mental snapshots in the clubhouse following last night’s clincher. Better than exposing my iPhone to the champagne being sprayed.

The moment that probably meant the most occurred when Zach Britton walked over to me with two beers, handed one to me, tapped them together and said, “This is for Monica.”

I needed a few minutes to compose myself. Just a beautiful, heartfelt gesture, and more evidence that Monica Barlow, the former PR director who passed away on Feb. 28, remains close to this ballclub. [...]

“I just doused [Monica’s husband Ben]. I just got him,” said reliever Tommy Hunter. “He came in here and I gave him a big hug. Chris (Davis) had her picture up the whole year, Buck’s got her picture up over there. She’s finally smiling. She’s a special person.

“Man, it’s awesome. It’s not awesome, but it’s awesome. I don’t know how to explain it. It brings a tear to your eye. I mean, I wish she was here. I do. Everyone does.

“To see her husband in here and be able to throw a beer on his head and give him a big hug right afterward, it meant a lot. I’m glad I got to do it. She was special.”

No matter who I talked to about Monica over the past few days, they all had the same reaction. Such a coincidence that I brought up her name, since they were just thinking or talking about her.

Esoteric Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, f--k cancer

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
James Kannengieser
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(278 - 2:51am, Mar 05)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogCrane Kenney: Cubs Considered Playing A Season In Milwaukee
(11 - 2:47am, Mar 05)
Last: TerpNats

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(598 - 2:46am, Mar 05)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogRosenthal wants to avoid creating jams : Sports
(14 - 2:03am, Mar 05)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1903 Discussion
(6 - 1:47am, Mar 05)
Last: bjhanke

NewsblogMets ask Billy Bean to suit up, but how do players feel about gay player in baseball?
(133 - 1:40am, Mar 05)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogIs Charlie Brown the Worst Manager Ever? – The Hardball Times
(197 - 1:17am, Mar 05)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(672 - 12:28am, Mar 05)
Last: my ignorance is just as good as your STEAGLES

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-4-2015
(19 - 12:10am, Mar 05)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogCurt Schilling outs Yankees worker who allegedly posted vulgar tweets about daughter | NJ.com
(139 - 11:41pm, Mar 04)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogYankees Rookie Nervously Tells A-Rod How Much He Used To Hate Him As A Kid
(14 - 11:35pm, Mar 04)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(40 - 11:30pm, Mar 04)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogPositive Howard looking forward, not behind
(29 - 10:38pm, Mar 04)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogOpening up about Mets visit, Murphy comments | MLB.com
(8 - 9:29pm, Mar 04)
Last: What's the realistic upside, RMc?

NewsblogKlapisch: It's time to give Alex Rodriguez a chance - Sports - NorthJersey.com
(7 - 8:01pm, Mar 04)
Last: AT-AT at bat@AT&T

Page rendered in 1.0931 seconds
82 querie(s) executed