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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Even Gary Thorne is getting frustrated with the Orioles

With a loss to the Tigers on Saturday, the Orioles lost their 100th game of the season. It’s their second consecutive season with triple-digit losses, and their third straight losing season. The Orioles are frustrating to watch if you’re a fan, but even broadcaster Gary Thorne sounds fed up with the lack of quality baseball.

In the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a foul pop-up. Catcher Chance Sisco and third baseman Rio Ruiz converged on the ball. Ruiz did not call off Cisco. As a result, Cisco continued to pursue the pop-up but both players tried not to collide into each other and the ball dropped onto the ground, giving Gurriel new life.

Following the play, a frustrated Thorne said, “And there again, that can’t happen. 12 games left in the year and you still haven’t decided that a third baseman calls off the catcher? For the love of gracious, come on!”

Meanwhile, Jon Miller has to be thinking that alienating Peter Angelos has to have been one of the best decisions of his broadcasting career….

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, gary thorne, orioles

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Video: Two runs score on passed ball because Dylan Bundy doesn’t cover home plate

The Dodgers defeated the Orioles 4-2 on Thursday evening in Baltimore, taking two of three in the series from one of baseball’s worst teams. The Dodgers’ third and fourth runs were a gift from Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, as he failed to cover home plate following a passed ball with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

A.J. Pollock led off the frame with a double and promptly scored on a Cody Bellinger single. Bundy then walked Corey Seager. After getting two outs, the bases became loaded on a fielding error by third baseman Rio Ruiz, bringing up Russell Martin. Martin worked a full count when Bundy fired a high fastball. Martin foul tipped it into catcher Pedro Severino‘s glove, but Severino couldn’t hang on. The loose ball bounced towards the back wall as Severino gave chase. Bellinger scored and, because Bundy barely got off the pitcher’s mound, Seager scored as well, putting the Dodgers up 4-2.

Feels like the epitome of the Orioles’ year, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:40 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bad fielding, coverups, dylan bundy, orioles

Friday, August 30, 2019

Second Dugout Dust-Up For Orioles: Is Frustration Setting In?

It is easy to understand why frustration might be setting in with the Baltimore Orioles. They’re about to have a second straight 100-loss season — although they’ll do better this year than last — and the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel seems to be quite a ways away.

But what’s a bit troubling is the Orioles had another incident Wednesday where a player and a coach or manager got into a brief disagreement — and worse, it was caught on TV. Pitcher Richard Bleier clearly was unhappy when coming off the mound after allowing three runs in the fifth inning of an 8-4 loss in Washington Wednesday night and made a few comments to coach Jose Flores, who handles defensive positioning.

“I think I just let frustration kind of boil over, some stuff about some balls that I thought maybe … defensive positioning, I guess,” Bleier said to The Baltimore Sun. “I probably could have done better for myself to keep my mouth shut, and unfortunately, I may have said something. You guys saw the rest.”

Bleier said something, Flores clearly was upset and the two needed to be separated a few times. Chris Davis wound up having a similar disagreement with manager Brandon Hyde earlier this month when the first baseman had to be stopped from chasing the skipper down the steps of the dugout in Baltimore and restrained. That also was caught on TV.

Truth be told, if frustration isn’t setting in by now, they’re far better men than me.

 

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fight, fight, fight, jose flores, orioles, richard bleier

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Orioles clean house, fire 11 members of scouting and front office departments

Baltimore Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias is dedicated to altering the direction of the organization and that was reciprocated Friday with the firing of 11 members of the scouting and front office departments. 

“We’re in a period of change right now with the industry and we’re in a period of change right now with the Orioles,” Elias said. “Sometimes to make changes you’ve got to make changes.”

Among those relieved were baseball operations director Tripp Norton, scouts Dean Albany, Jim Howard, John Gillette, Nathan Showalter, and Buck Showalter.

Elias acknowledged the uphill battle ahead of filling numerous voids but insists it’s just a part of the job

And, if you believe those claims, Mike Elias would like to interest you in buying a bridge…..

 

QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 04:07 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, orioles, scouts

Friday, August 23, 2019

Orioles break MLB record for most home runs allowed in a single season

Just one day after tying the MLB record for most home runs allowed in a season, the Orioles have broken the tie with the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for the most homers allowed by a team in a single season.

On Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles gave up their 259th and 260th home run of 2019. Right fielder Austin Meadows took one long off Orioles starter Asher Wojciechowski in the third inning during the four-game series opener. In the fifth inning, shortstop Willy Adames hit a solo homer, also off Wojciechowski.

So, what other disasters could hit the Orioles, at the rate things are going for them?

 

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 02:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, orioles, records

Judge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owed Nationals $296.8 million in MASN TV rights dispute

The Orioles lost the latest round in the long-running MASN television rights dispute Thursday when a New York judge upheld a second arbitration ruling ordering the network to pay the Washington Nationals $296.8 million in additional rights fees for the 2012 to 2016 seasons.

The Associated Press reported that judge Joel M. Cohen refused an Orioles request to reject the award based on a similar conflict-of-interest basis that led to the original award being overturned.

The new arbitration award is almost identical to the one that was thrown out and sent back to a new Major League Baseball arbitration panel, but the gross number is believed to include the reported $197.5 million the network already has paid the Nats for the five seasons covered. That would leave about $100 million still owed to the Nats if the award survives another appeal, and the amount the Nats actually would receive likely would be reduced once MASN restates its profits from that period to reflect the higher rights fee.

The ruling did not come as a surprise. The Baltimore Sun reported in May that the arbitration had made its decision in favor of the Nationals, but the ruling had been sealed until Thursday. In that article, The Sun, citing people familiar with the case, reported that the Nats would net from $60 million to $70 million when all adjustments were made.

I’ll leave this for the lawyers and experts on broadcasting here to argue for the most part, but I do wonder what long-term consequences will come from this ruling.

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 02:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles

Thursday, August 22, 2019

LEADING OFF: Mad Max and Gerrit Cole return, Fenway freebie

WELCOME BACK, MAD MAX

Nationals ace Max Scherzer comes off the injured list to start at last-place Pittsburgh. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 20 starts but has pitched only once over the past six weeks because of a strained muscle in his back. His 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings lead the NL. Washington holds the league’s top wild-card spot.

FENWAY FREEBIE

The Boston Red Sox are offering free admission to fans under the age of 18 for the 1:05 p.m. EDT conclusion of a game against Kansas City that was suspended on Aug. 7 because of rain. An admission fee of $5 for adults will be donated to the Jimmy Fund. Play will resume in the top of the 10th inning with the score tied 4-all and Josh Taylor working with a 2-1 count on Royals catcher Meibrys Viloria.

What, no Blue Max?

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, max muncy, max scherzer, orioles, suspended games

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Athletic (Paywall) - Another Door Opens for Matt Hobgood

This story could have gone in so many directions.

Deep depression. Extreme bitterness. Uncontrollable addiction.

That it stopped at the intersection of self-realization and normalcy is a credit to Hobgood.

...

Still, he’ll never turn away from the game. He had a batting cage installed in his backyard. He can’t wait to pass his passion for the national pastime onto his four kids — all age 4 or younger. He looks forward to the time when he can coach all of them.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 16, 2019 at 05:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, retired players

Monday, August 12, 2019

Nashville Orioles? Baltimore needs a local buyer to step up to the plate

If the family were to sell, that means another complication: Would they sell to local investors, or to out-of-town owners who might move the team? The lease on Oriole Park, which helps tie the team to Baltimore, ends in 2021.

One rumor has the family retaining ownership but the club moving to Nashville, where John Angelos and his wife have one of their homes. That rumor takes on legitimacy mainly because of sinking attendance at Oriole Park.

But knowledgeable sources say the family would much rather sell – and keep the club in Baltimore, if a local buyer can be found.

Among potential Baltimore buyers whose names have surfaced: David Smith, executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group; Raymond “Chip” Mason, founder and former chairman and CEO of the Legg Mason investment group; Jim Davis, founder of the Allegis Group staffing company, whose cousin is Ravens owner Steve Biscotti.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 03:30 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

The Orioles pulled off an astronomical upset over the Astros

The Houston Astros are a very good baseball team. The Baltimore Orioles are ... not a very good baseball team.

Still, over the course of a 162-game season, every blind squirrel finds an acorn. And even the Orioles (39-78) can beat the Astros (77-41). Sunday’s comeback win by the Orioles marked one of the biggest upsets in MLB history

According to ESPN, the Orioles were listed as +420 underdogs by some sportsbooks. Some of it might have had to do with Houston’s 23-3 rout on Saturday and the fact that ace Justin Verlander was starting for the Astros.

The next sound you hear is that of a group of bookies trying to welsh on their debts.

 

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds, orioles

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Orioles Outfielder Bonked On The Head By Badly Misjudged Pop Fly

If you were looking for one single moment to represent the bottomless misery of the last, oh, two years of Orioles baseball, you could do a lot worse than D.J. Stewart’s ill-fated play on a fourth-inning fly ball in Tuesday’s game against the Yankees in Baltimore. Stewart, chugging in on the play, appeared to badly misjudge the ball’s trajectory, or brutally mistime his sliding attempt, or simply slip and fall—instead of making a heroic highlight catch, Stewart wiped out pretty badly and then had a baseball ricochet off the side of his head.

At this point, the Orioles seem to exist largely as a challenge to any potential satirists of baseball as conditions are now.

 

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. stewart, head injuries, orioles

Friday, June 14, 2019

‘I gave them blood’: Adam Jones opens up on industry perceptions, blocking trades and learning to embrace change – The Athletic

The headline doesn’t mean what you might think.

In an age of cliched quotes and players who are polished PR-machines, Jones is as authentic as they come. On a European vacation after one of his first years, he collected addresses on Twitter to send fans personal postcards. He hosted random giveaways. When he inked a six-year, $85.5 million extension with the O’s in 2012, he gave more of himself. Literally.

“I cut my finger signing that contract,” Jones said. “I gave them blood.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 11:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks, orioles

Tuesday, June 04, 2019


Monday, May 27, 2019

Orioles have no answer for Torres, Yankees

Gary Thorne could probably use a break from the New York Yankees.

Thorne, announcing for Baltimore fans on MASN, provided one of the week’s more amusing moments with his incredulous reaction to yet another home run by New York’s Gleyber Torres against the Orioles. Torres has hit 13 home runs this season, and 10 of them have been against Baltimore.

When Torres went deep in the third inning Wednesday night, Thorne’s reaction felt appropriate.

“That’s to left-center field. Wilkerson back — I, I don’t know,” he said with a mixture of resignation and bewilderment.

And thus an ELO album received its American title….

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, gary thorne, gleyber torres, home runs, orioles

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Mets trade Keon Broxton to the Orioles

The other day the New York Mets designated the ineffective — and frustrated — Keon Broxton for assignment. I would’ve bet a decent sum that Broxton would just be released at the end of all of that but they found a trade partner: the Orioles, who just acquired Broxton from the Mets for $500,000 in international bonus money.

Not a bad haul, really, all things considered. Broxton was batting .143/.208/.163 in 53 plate appearances. Getting half a million extra bucks to spend on an international free agent is worth more than that production, that’s for sure.

As for the Orioles: they have nothing to lose. Why not see if a chance of scenery and a better fit gives them something — anything — out of Broxton.

Operation Shutdown II takes a surreal turn.

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: keon broxton, orioles, trades

MLB roundup: Yankees continue to punish Orioles

Gleyber Torres continued his homer barrage against Baltimore with two more on Wednesday night, and the visiting New York Yankees finished with five long balls in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles.

Torres now has 12 homers this season, with 10 off Orioles pitching. Gary Sanchez, Thairo Estrada and DJ LeMahieu also homered for the Yankees, who have hit 11 round-trippers while winning each of the first three games of the four-game series.

Nine of Sanchez’s 15 homers have come against the Orioles this season, including blasts in each of the first three games of this series. New York now has banged out 34 homers as a team against Baltimore in 2019.

The Yankees hit three or more homers in six straight games at Camden Yards. According to STATS, that’s the longest streak by any team in any major league stadium — ever. The Baltimore pitching staff now has allowed 105 homers this season. The Orioles on Tuesday became the fastest to allow 100 in a year.

If memory serves, you can obtain videos on this subject from men in dirty raincoats in the vicinity of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Orioles’ pitching crosses 100 homers allowed mark in 48th game

The Orioles’ pitching staff is on pace to obliterate the Reds’ record of 258 homers allowed in the season. When O’s starter David Hess yielded a three-run home run to Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game, that marked the 100th homer given up by a Baltimore pitcher this season. They have played 48 games so far, putting them on pace to allow 338.

The homer was Frazier’s second of the night. He had also gone yard with a runner on in the third inning. Gary Sánchez opened the scoring in the first inning with a three-run blast of his own. As of this writing, the Yankees are leading 11-3.

On the bright side, they all have a promising future in pitching batting practice….

 

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bad pitchers, home run derby, orioles

Friday, May 17, 2019

Will there be a worse MLB play this season than this Orioles blunder?

It doesn’t get much more O’s than this.

The American League’s worst team put on a clinic in defensive incompetence Thursday in a 14-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Trailing 9-7 in the seventh inning, Baltimore Orioles reliever Richard Bleier took the mound with the bases loaded and one out.

He induced a ground ball from Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis that bounced directly to Orioles second baseman Hanser Alberto, a perfect situation for an inning-ending double play.

I’m trying to remember- headlines that seem designed to get you to say no are an exception to Betteridge’s Law, aren’t they?

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:32 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: errors, orioles

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Deadspin: Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s latest insane feat is robbing a walk-off dong.

By that point the damage was done, and the Orioles had tied the Red Sox at a run apiece. That score held up through nine innings, and into extra innings. Five-plus innings of no-hit pitching plus an immaculate inning is a lot to cast away in a loss to the ####### Orioles, but that’s what the Red Sox were staring down in the bottom of the 11th inning, when Baltimore’s Trey Mancini lifted a Ryan Brasier 0–2 fastball deep to left center—a walk-off loss to the worst team in the American League.

But balls hit to center against the Red Sox have to make it past Jackie Bradley Jr., and that is a lot to ask of any inanimate object. Get a load of this ridiculous play


Sunday, May 05, 2019

MASN Must Pay Nationals Tens of Millions More

The Washington team won’t actually receive almost $100 million. That’s because MASN must restate its financial results for those five years, reducing its profit in order to pay the higher TV rights fees. The more money MASN pays in rights fees, the less it has available for profits.

After those and other adjustments are made, the Nationals would net somewhere between $60 million and $70 million from the decision, according to people familiar with the case.

On top of that, Governor Larry Hogan wrote to Manfred that he has paused negotiations on renovations and the ballpark lease which expires in a couple years because the MASN dispute clouds the future of the Orioles. Could the Orioles be moving back to St. Louis??

Bote Man Posted: May 05, 2019 at 03:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, money, nationals, orioles, television rights

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it’s because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don’t want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

Wondering who this is more telling about- the Orioles, or relievers….

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, position players pitching

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Orioles’ Chris Davis hits home run vs. Red Sox

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally ended his hitless streak over the weekend, hitting an RBI single on Saturday for his first base hit in 55 at bats. Today he did one better: he hit a homer. It was his first round-tripper since August 24 of last season.

[Insert jokes concerning state of Red Sox pitching here.]

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, home runs, orioles

Sunday, April 14, 2019

O’ Yeah! Chris Davis Ends Record Hitless Streak, Smacks First Hit Of Season

BOSTON (WJZ) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ historic streak is finally behind him.  The struggling slugger smacked a two-RBI single off of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game at Fenway Park,  ending a brutal string of 54 hitless at-bats that stretched back to September 14th of last season.

Players in the Orioles dugout gave Davis a rousing ovation after the hit as he stood smiling on first base, and the Boston crowd also gave him a warm reception. To celebrate the moment himself, he even asked to keep the baseball.

Davis had surpassed the record held by former Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Eugenio Velez (46 ABs) set back in 2011.

It isn’t all sunshine for Davis quite yet though as he now must work to get on base with his bat more frequently, particularly if he wants to win back the support of frustrated Orioles fans. He’s certainly on his way though. Davis led all batters in the game, going 3 for 5, including two doubles, and knocking in four runs. The breakout game lifted his average for the season to .079.

So, how do we celebrate the end of this streak?

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, hits, orioles, streaks

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Orioles’ Chris Davis Sets MLB Mark For Longest Hitless Streak

BALTIMORE (WJZ)- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis entered the Major League Baseball record books on Monday night yet again after his 0-for-5 performance against the Oakland Athletics pushed his hitless streak to 49 at-bats, setting the longest such streak ever recorded in baseball history.

Davis lined out to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning for the record-breaking out. In his second at-bat, Davis popped an easy foul ball that was dropped, giving him a potential gift-wrapped opportunity to avoid history. But he would then go on to hit a hard line drive to left field that was also caught.

Later, Davis would strike out looking in the bottom half of the seventh inning, then strike out again swinging in the eighth.

Former Giants and Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez’s previously set the mark of 46 straight at bats without a hit that was set during the 2011 season.

So, how do we celebrate such a momentous occasion?

 

QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 03:48 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, hitless, orioles

MASN Has Stopped Paying the Nationals

Now comes a new dispute with some stink from the last one — specifically, the $25 million that MLB secretly advanced to the Nationals to soothe team owner Ted Lerner’s problems with being forced to license its games at a discount.

According to documents filed Monday in New York, MASN has made cash flow payments to both teams every year early in the season. By June 2018, though, the Nationals hadn’t received their payout and accordingly inquired about the missing money. Thus began months of correspondence between the two clubs and the MLB Commissioner without resolution. The Nationals apparently went into this offseason without TV money.

Bote Man Posted: April 09, 2019 at 01:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, money, nationals, orioles, peter angelos

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