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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 | 49 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

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Pitcher Dan Straily agrees to $575,000 deal with Orioles

BALTIMORE—Seeking to boost a thin starting rotation, the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a $575,000, one-year contact with Dan Straily.

The 30-year-old right-hander’s deal was announced Friday. He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if traded.

Baltimore rotation includes Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy and David Hess, and Nate Karns has been used twice as an opener. Cobb strained a groin late in spring training and was activated from the injured list on Thursday.

I don’t know- I’d rather take $575,000 to not pitch for the Orioles.

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dan straily, orioles

Thursday, April 04, 2019

LEADING OFF: Surprising O’s, Tigers, Mets play home openers

Coming off winning road trips, the surprising Orioles, Tigers and Mets play their home openers. Sellouts are expected at Camden Yards, Comerica Park and Citi Field to greet teams trying to bounce back from losing seasons.

Alex Cobb will be activated off the 10-day injured list to start for the 4-2 Orioles against the Yankees. Spencer Turnbull pitches for the 4-3 Tigers vs. Kansas City and, in a matchup of aces, Noah Syndergaard starts for the 5-1 Mets against Stephen Strasburg and Washington.

The Angels also play their home opener. Mike Trout’s team is 1-5 going into its game against Texas.

Well, where better to discuss goings-on in baseball that haven’t already received a thread?

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: home openers, mets, orioles, tigers

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Orioles win 4 straight on road for first time since 2016

TORONTO (AP) — It’s taken the 2019 Orioles just five games to match the team’s longest winning streak from last season.

Andrew Cashner pitched six shutout innings and the Orioles extended a road winning streak to four for the first time since 2016 with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night before another small crowd at Rogers Centre.

Baltimore had one four-game winning streak overall last year, when the Orioles finished with a big league-worst 115 losses.

Somewhere, a bunch of the bookies MLB has been cozying with are in deep panic mode….

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, road trip, winning

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Orioles Pull David Hess Despite No-Hitter, Only 82 Pitches

Righthanded pitcher David Hess was pulled in the seventh inning of the Orioles’ game against the Blue Jays on Monday depsite having a no-hitter intact and having thrown only 82 pitches.

Hess was removed with one out in the inning with Baltimore ahead 6–0. According to reporters, the 25-year-old looked as if he tried talking manager Brandon Hyde out of the decision, but he was still pulled in his first start of the 2019 season. Pedro Araujo replaced Hess and gave up a two-run home run to Randal Grichuk for Toronto’s first hit of the night.

If you’re going to be that push-button, why bother actually hiring a manager?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:38 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, david hess, orioles, pitch counts

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Chris Davis benched by Orioles after 3 strikeouts in opener

NEW YORK (AP) It didn’t take long for Chris Davis’ first benching of the season.

The first baseman with the $161 million contract was out of the Baltimore Orioles’ starting lineup against the New York Yankees on Saturday, two days after going 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in the opener.

Rookie manager Brandon Hyde started right-handed-hitting Trey Mancini at first base against left-hander James Paxton rather than the left-handed-hitting Davis.

At the rate it’s going, there’s a good chance that he won’t be suitable for our annual softball game….

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:29 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: bench, chris davis, orioles

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

MLB notebook: Orioles’ Cobb (groin) lands on IL

The Baltimore Orioles placed scheduled Opening Day starter Alex Cobb on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin, the club announced Monday.

Cobb departed his final spring training outing after one inning Saturday due to the injury.

Fellow right-hander Andrew Cashner likely will draw the season-opening assignment for Baltimore on Thursday against the host New York Yankees.

The Cleveland Spiders could use a good challenge….

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 02:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, groin, opening day, orioles

Monday, March 25, 2019

Orioles DH Trumbo to begin season on injured list

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo will open the season on the injured list, manager Brandon Hyde confirmed Sunday.

Trumbo, who led the majors with 47 home runs in 2016, has batted .167 in 13 plate appearances this spring as he recovers from offseason surgery on his right knee.

“We’re going to let him continue to do his rehab down here,” Hyde told reporters in Sarasota, Fla., according to MLB.com. “I give him so much credit for everything he’s done during his whole rehab process. Give him a ton of credit for trying to come back from a tough injury earlier than anybody has.”

Mark Got His Bat seems to be well-liked among a certain set, but I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone.

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, injuries, knee, mark trumbo, orioles

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Franchise Bids Farewell

“It shouldn’t have been so easy: Seaver was maybe a little too handsome, maybe a little too eloquent, maybe a little too “California” to earn the trust of a jaded, twice-bitten, hometown faithful. He was a little too… soft to make it big in the Big City.”

gehrig97 Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, cincinnati reds, mets, orioles, tom seaver

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The 2019 Orioles Are One Of The Most Anonymous Teams In MLB History

The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were so bad that we questioned whether they belonged in the major leagues at all. They were our runaway pick for worst pro team of the year, going far beyond the many wannabe Astros and Cubs who’ve jumped on the tanking fad in recent seasons.

Amazingly, things might get even worse this year. Since the middle of last season, Baltimore has traded away established veterans Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, and watched as others such as Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones departed in free agency as well. Now there are only three remaining members of the Orioles’ lineup with even two years of MLB service time heading into 2019: Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini — both average players at best — and Chris Davis, who had arguably the worst individual season in MLB history in 2018 when he hit .168 (in 470 at-bats!) with a .539 on-base plus slugging and -2.9 wins above replacement (WAR).1 Davis’ untradeable contract means the Orioles are stuck with him, so they’ll pencil his name in on opening day no matter how bad he was last season.

And those are the guys in the starting lineup who can be remotely labeled as household names. The rest is filled out with either youngish players who are past “prospect” status or journeymen plucked off the scrap heap. Taken as a whole, the 2019 Orioles’ roster basically recalls this scene from “Major League”

QLE Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, March 04, 2019

Hays making good impression early in camp

Orioles fans need some good news. Right? Right?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hays, orioles

Friday, March 01, 2019

Davis seeks to give Orioles their money’s worth in 2019

Few players in major league history delivered less bang for the big bucks than Chris Davis in 2018.

The two-time home run champion batted .168 with 192 strikeouts for the Baltimore Orioles before being benched in September following a 1-for-37 skid. His 16 homers and 49 RBIs were his fewest since 2011, and his .296 slugging percentage ranked last among 141 qualifiers.

Entering the fourth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, Davis knows there likely is nowhere to go but up.

Mind you, it would be something if he found a way to go lower….

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

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