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Friday, July 18, 2014

Dave Cameron: 2014 Trade Value: The Top 10

7. Salvador Perez

If there’s one piece of feedback I got more clearly than any other last year, it was that I was too low on Salvador Perez. I had one friend in the game tell me should have been in the top five, and I had him at 36. My bad, Kansas City. Consider this a mea culpa.

Perez might not yet be the best catcher in baseball, but there are a lot of people convinced that he’s going to be in the near future. He’s basically a power spike away from being Jonathan Lucroy, only he’s four years younger than Milwaukee’s backstop, and at a point where many catchers are still honing their craft in the minors. And while framing metrics don’t love him the same way they do Lucroy, his defensive reputation is still stellar, as he shuts down the running game as well as anyone.

And then there’s the contract. Because the Royals locked up Perez after just 39 big league games, he’s set to make $2 million each of the next two years, and then they have team options for three additional years at $4 million, $5 million, and $6 million respectively. It’s $19 million over five seasons, or an average of $4 million per year. The best catcher in the American league is signed to the kind of deal you give a decent middle reliever.

Perez doesn’t even have to get any better to be one of the biggest steals in baseball. If he does improve, though, he might eventually challenge for the top spot on this list.

BUT WHO IS #6????


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hitting just .201, Chris Davis is having an unprecedented slump

Jeez…I haven’t seen a Davis go this silent since Lillian Hall-Davis!

What’s wrong with Chris Davis?

The Orioles first baseman goes into Sunday’s game hitting just .201, floating just above the dubious Mendoza Line.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, Davis was 0-for-8 with six strikeouts and one walk, including one span over the two games in which he struck out in six consecutive plate appearances.

Over his past 10 games, dating back to the Orioles’ doubleheader against Tampa Bay on June 27 Davis is just 2-for-34 with 15 strikeouts. Both of his hits in that span are singles.

Davis’ slump goes back further. His average has dropped 67 points over his last 40 games. Since May 22, Davis is 22-for-147 (a .149 average) with 61 strikeouts.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been persistent in keeping Davis in the starting lineup. He’s gone out of his way to compliment Davis’ work ethic and his defense, but it will be interesting to see if he gives Davis a day off on Sunday in an afternoon game following a doubleheader.

This is an unprecedented slump for Davis as an Oriole. When Davis was traded to Baltimore from the Rangers at the trade deadline in 2011, he arrived with a .237 batting average, but he raised it to .266 by the end of the year. In 2012, he average never got before .250 and he hovered around .300 the entire season.

Davis has tried to take early work, but it’s obviously not working. Showalter wants to let Davis work through his struggles, but we’ll see how long the Orioles can hang in there.

Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

John Lackey on Nelson Cruz: ‘There are things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to’

Lackey: Unnatural Tissue.

Saturday night left a bitter and disgusting taste in the mouth of John Lackey.

It wasn’t so much the 10 hits, five runs and 120 pitches over just 5 2/3 innings. It wasn’t even taking the 7-4 loss to the Orioles on his record, dropping him to 9-6 on the season.

It was the man who did the most damage against him, including a laser beam homer to left in the fifth. John Lackey clearly hasn’t forgotten or forgiven Nelson Cruz.

“I’m not even going to comment on him,” Lackey said. “I’ve got nothing to say about him. There are things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to. You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff.”

Lackey was clearly referring to Cruz’ suspension for 50 games for PED violations in 2013, which he believes has been overlooked by the media in general. Cruz, now with 27 homers on the season, also went yard off Lackey in second game of this season back on April 2 in Baltimore. Cruz finished the night with the first five-hit night of his career, including two doubles, two singles and a home run. Seeking the cycle, he was thrown out at third base in the eighth inning trying to stretch a double into a triple.

...There was nothing funny, though, about Cruz’ night to Lackey, who has expressed distaste in his comments towards the Orioles’ slugger in the past. After his first start of the season in Baltimore on April 2, Lackey expressed displeasure towards giving up a home run to Cruz due to the hitter’s history with performance enhancing drugs. Cruz was suspended for 50 games at the end of the 2013 season after being linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami. Lackey’s feelings towards Cruz seemingly carried over into his postgame comments Saturday night.

“Multiple things,” Lackey said in April when asked if his frustration regarding a two-run home run he allowed to Cruz was due to a pitch or the shallow left field in Camden Yards. “More than that, probably.”

Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 12:56 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox

Monday, June 30, 2014

Melewski: The scoop on Schoop: Showalter on his rookie second baseman

Jezus, how do you defend a 65 OPS+‘er…Buck Showalter finds a way.

“Think it’s more a challenge mentally and emotionally than anything,” Showalter said. “The thing I like (is) his defense hasn’t suffered. He knows, it gets harped on, bring something every game. How are you going to impact this game?

“You don’t get frustrated with them, you get frustrated for them. Because we feel like Jon is going to be a good hitter up here and there are things you go through. You know Manny (Machado), maybe moreso this year than last year, you go through them.”

Schoop has a .262 on-base percentage, a .333 slugging percentage and a .595 OPS. He has walked just seven times with 51 strikeouts.

“The game will, I don’t want to say humble you because Jon is a very humble guy to start with. It’s reality around every corner. The biggest jump is the pitching. Huge jump in the pitching between the past level and this one,” Showalter said.

...Showalter said teams now promote young talent even before they’ve mastered a level behind them.

“You look at all these guys on the field today, look back through and see how many dominated a level behind them. Doesn’t happen much more in today’s game. Back when I played, I hate saying that, but guys dominated a level and left it. Then they dominated another level. There is not a four-A league. That has changed about the game. Guys are flying through systems.”

As Schoop tries to find his way against the best pitchers in the world, does he have the right makeup to handle that?

“Well, who knows?” Showalter said. “We all think we know somebody. Until you really ... Jon has faced adversity in his life before. Frustrated for him. I know how hard he tries and how much he wants to. I know the ability is there. Sometimes it is tough to get out of your own way.

 

Repoz Posted: June 30, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Friday, June 20, 2014

Orioles starters can’t fool hitters

Orioles starters have trouble getting batters to swing at pitches out of the zone, particularly Ubaldo Jimenez:

“Hitters swing at only 24.5% of Jimenez’s pitches out of the zone, fewer than one out of four. This is great, because he throws out of the zone so rarel—err, no, wait, he throws out of the zone 53.6% of the time. Dang.”

rpollack Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:02 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pitchfx, pitching, strike zone

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Orioles’ Matt Wieters to undergo Tommy John surgery on right elbow Tuesday - baltimoresun.com

If only his manager did a better job watching his pitch counts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Celebrating 60: Boog Powell was big part of Orioles’ dominance in 1960s, 1970s

The 1971 season was Powell’s last All-Star season. He played three more for the Orioles and then after the 1974 season, he was traded to Cleveland in a deal that brought Dave Duncan to Baltimore.

“I felt awful, disappointed,’’ Powell says. “I had deep roots in Baltimore.’‘

Powell had injury issues with his shoulder in his final seasons in Baltimore, but in 1975, he was healthy, leading to 27 home runs with 86 RBIs for the Indians. The Orioles won 90 games, but finished second in the AL East to Boston. The Orioles were seventh in run production and seventh in home-run production in the 12-team American League.

One time after the trade, Powell met Orioles manager Earl Weaver in an Anaheim bar as the two teams played back-to-back series versus the Angels.

“I told him, ‘You pulled the trigger on me too quickly; you could have had one more if you had kept me,’ ‘’ Powell says. “Earl didn’t say a word.’‘

Chances are Weaver knew Powell was correct.

Wuh, Earl was too polluted to say Lee May?

Repoz Posted: June 15, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Friday, June 13, 2014

PressBox: 1960-69 All-Baltimore Amateur Baseball Team

Things Of Jauschnegg & Krimmelbein…and Greg Arnold.

And then there’s Arnold, who went to Southern and lives now in Glen Burnie.

“Greg Arnold is the hardest thrower I’ve ever seen in the city of Baltimore,” O’Malley said. “I was hosting a show for the old Caltech Cable Company, and we were interviewing Jim Palmer at his house. He said Greg had the best arm he’s ever seen.”

But Arnold’s arm often did not jive with his personality.

“If there had been radar guns back then, he easily would’ve thrown in the high 90s,” O’Malley said. “He had a great arm, but he could also sing. He was an entertainer, and that often got in the way of his baseball career.”

When the hit movie “Bull Durham” came out in 1988, director Ron Shelton conceded that part of Tim Robbins’ character, Nuke Laloosh, was based on Arnold. The Orioles picked Shelton during the 1967 draft, and he spent five years in the Orioles’ farm system. In 1970, he played for manager Cal Ripken Sr. in Dallas, Texas. One of his teammates was Arnold.

“Greg was a great singer,” O’Malley said. “He would sing Tom Jones songs, Elvis. [Local businessman] Lou Grasmick took him to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks to perform, and he tore them up. He always wanted to be like Denny McClain of the Tigers, who was a very successful major league pitcher and then became an entertainer. Greg did it the opposite way and screwed up his baseball career.”

 

Repoz Posted: June 13, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Perry: Manny Machado appears to throw bat at A’s, needs to grow up

Let’s just say that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hasn’t covered himself in glory this weekend. What happened Sunday traces back at least to Friday night, when Machado—for reasons sufficient unto himself—took robust exception to what looked like a fairly routine tag from Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson. In the interim, both Donaldson and Machado have been buzzed a couple of times (which, let it be said, is also stupid given how silly the initial casus belli was).

So during Sunday’s game (OAK 11, BAL 1) Machado did this moments after being pitched far inside—albeit below the waist—by Fernando Abad ...

That was almost certainly intentional, and, as such, it’s pretty damnable. The Orioles broadcasters surmised that Machado was trying to helicopter his bat toward the mound, based on his lingering glare. Yet he missed. He could’ve hit an umpire or Alberto Callaspo at third, whirled the bat into the dugout or even into the stands. You can’t do that. You can’t do that because it’s stupid and dangerous. It would seem that this needs to be explained to Mr. Machado.

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: June 08, 2014 at 06:00 PM | 197 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland, orioles

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

TSL: Adam Jones is chillin’ as an African-American All-Star. He’s a throwback to MLB’s future.

Ha! Some street smarts…even Glassey was joshin’ with you.

Gamble: Rumor has it you were a freak of nature in high school and baseball just came naturally.

Jones: “Up throughout high school it was just pure athleticism that made me good in baseball. It wasn’t coached or necessarily taught. Once I got into pro ball I began learning a lot, but before that everything else was just raw skills. I had some people around me like a guy that I don’t mention a lot but he played major league baseball – Josh Glassey. He’s from the San Diego area but he’s about seven or eight years older than me. He had an idea and knew what to expect so he gave me a little bit of a heads up a year before I experienced it. I remember when I’m starting to get into my junior and senior year; he gave me a lot of advice about the next level. Like what to expect, how to start training your body, how to be mentally prepared…just teaching me the game. Like I said, I was very raw. I wish I worked a little bit harder in high school, but I think it all worked out.”

Gamble: What’s your greatest weapon as a five-tool player?

Jones: “ It’s my passion and my respect. I respect the hell out of this game. I respect the history. I respect the veterans. I respect the chain of command. (For instance), someone who has 10-year service time, I recognize that he’s earned every day of those 10 years. They just don’t hand out service time in the big leagues. I’ve been big into respecting those aspects of the game and knowing that I will exhaust whatever I have in my tank for my teammates and the game. That’s my greatest weapon. “

Gamble: Isn’t street smarts the foundation and a weapon in the arsenal of most successful black Americans these days?

Jones: “The real world doesn’t care about street smarts. There’s no money in street smarts. Your nickel and diming it. These kids need an education. To me that’s where it all starts. If you hand in a resume and they see you went to a prestigious school, then that right there is going to get you some cool points in the job market. Saying someone is street savvy means nothing. No one cares about that stuff no more. It’s good to have street smarts once you understand how to gain success in the real world. I’m not naïve to the fact of what’s going on in the streets.”

Repoz Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gallardo wins it for Brewers—as a hitter

MILWAUKEE—As he was about to be intentionally walked, Brewers infielder Mark Reynolds was chuckling in the batter’s box, knowing that his team needed a starting pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, to get a big hit to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

It turns out that Gallardo got the last laugh.

With the Brewers out of position players, Gallardo’s pinch-hit double off T.J. McFarland scored Reynolds from first with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Orioles at Miller Park.

“I kind of made eye contact with Yo and said, ‘Let’s go, man,’” Reynolds said. “He’s a good hitter. He threw a fastball and Yo put a good swing on it and it was fun.”

Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, orioles

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Anft: The New Balance For MLB Executives, Fans

As Triandos of Clap said…“The WAR ain’t ovah!”

Among front-office types, it’s not just the numbers, but also how you balance them that is important. If, for example, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a high RF (range factor: a formula that is nine times a player’s putouts and assists divided by innings played) and UZR (ultimate zone rating), showing that he saves runs with his defense, how important is it to watch him play? Do those numbers make him more valuable than, say, former Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson?

“It’s important to remember that these numbers are just another tool scouts can use,” said a longtime big league scout, who requested to remain anonymous. “When you size up a player, you have to look beyond the obvious athletics. Brooks was slower than the typical player, but he had a great first step and terrific hands. You need more than numbers to see that, particularly early on in his career.”

But the old scouts-versus-numbers dichotomy no longer applies, the scout said.

“Ninety percent of the time, the analytics support a scout’s report,” he said. “When I started, we had no radar guns or computers, yet we could still zero in on the right players. There are no absolutes in baseball. You can’t make a definitive statement about much of anything. You’re dealing with human beings.”

Sabermetrics is hardly a hard and fast measuring tool, he said. A player is a moving target.

“Guys change from month to month,” he said. “Eighty percent might be the same player at any given time, but 10 percent are on the way up, and 10 percent are on the way down. You have to know which is which.”

Joe Klein, formerly a front-office executive for four major league teams and now the executive director of the independent Atlantic League, said statistics alone weren’t enough to evaluate a player.

“You can’t equate 200 at bats to an answer to a question,” Klein said. “How a guy is going to perform—if you use nothing but numbers, you’re going to get beat. I’d rather trust [Orioles manager] Buck Showalter’s instincts than rely purely on numbers.”

But if the stats and formulae support a scout’s judgment, Klein said, they might help him find the right players and put his role players in a better position to win.

Repoz Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, sabermetrics

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Connolly: As Buck Showalter’s right-hand man, John Russell helps Orioles in many ways

Russell’s paradox: O’s/P’s

On Tuesday night, Russell returns to PNC Park as the Orioles begin a two-game interleague series in Pittsburgh. It’s his second time back since being fired, but the first since the Pirates, indeed, turned things around, making the 2013 playoffs and breaking a 20-season losing skid.

“I can’t treat it, job-wise, any differently. I can’t go in there and sulk and mope around [and say], ‘Shoot, I wish I was still here and look what they’ve done. I wish they had done that when I was here,’ ” Russell said. “It’s all water under the bridge. I will go in there and do my job and help the Orioles try to kick their butt a little bit.”

Russell may choose his words carefully, but he speaks his mind when asked direct questions. It’s one of the reasons he and Showalter have become close, even though they really didn’t know each other personally when Russell first was hired.

So when asked about his feelings concerning the Pirates’ situation, Russell, who was hired and fired by current Pittsburgh general manager Neil Huntington, doesn’t sugarcoat things.

“It hurt. It did. Because I felt like I gave everything I had for three years,” Russell said. “It is something I took a lot of pride in, and to get it taken away was something that hurt a little bit. But it’s four years later, and it’s time to move on.”

...Said Showalter: “Are you looking for substance or style? I think John’s substance is his style. … I think he is very charismatic, but I look for different qualities that are attractive to me as opposed to someone who is doing handstands and saying, ‘Look at me.’ “

Russell has heard it all before. As the losses mounted in Pittsburgh, he was criticized for his stoic nature. While he was winning games in the minor leagues and named Baseball America’s top managerial prospect in 2002, though, there were no concerns about his personality.

“If we had won 90 games … or whatever [in Pittsburgh], then I would have been a calming effect, I would have been what the players needed,” Russell said. “I know I’m not a real talkative guy, but if people ask me questions, I have no problem talking to anybody. But to say, ‘He is stoic or has no personality or no charisma,’ what is that?

“If you win games, nobody really gives a crap what your personality is, as long as you’re doing the right thing.”

Repoz Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pirates

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Danny Duffy flirts with perfection as Royals shut out Orioles 1-0

The Duff-Man says, “OH YEA!”

He was some kind of special tonight,” Yost said after Duffy strung together a perfect-game bid that lasted 20 batters, long enough to remind the 24,064 in attendance of his tantalizing talent.

His chance at a franchise-first had ended the inning before. But his achievement was still worth celebrating. Duffy handed the baseball to his manager after giving up an eighth-inning single, just his second hit allowed. He slapped a hand across the chests of the five teammates surrounding him. Then a wave of adulation washed over him from the stands at Kauffman Stadium and from inside his own dugout.

Duffy, 2-3, 1.42 ERA, pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his professional career on Saturday. He finished seven batters shy of the fifth no-hitter in franchise history. Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones wrecked Duffy’s night by grounding a single up the middle with two outs in the seventh. Duffy walked none, and in the process, appeared to cement his place in the team’s starting rotation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: danny duffy, no-hitters, orioles, perfect games, royals

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Matt Wieters Injury: Updates on Orioles Star’s Elbow and Recovery | Bleacher Report

UPDATE 05/07/2014 5:16 PM EDT: Wieters will not need surgery

It’s never good when that happens.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, matt wieters, orioles

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Orioles launch D.C. invasion with billboard near Nationals Park

Hey, at least they’re not the Baltimore Rabbits.

Have you heard?! Have you heard?! There’s a billboard promoting Orioles tickets near the D.C.-Maryland border and it’s rubbing some Nationals fans the wrong way.

...Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier spent a segment discussing the billboard, which is located seven miles from Nationals Park, yesterday on 106.7 The Fan. On the LaVar and Dukes Show, Chad Dukes conceded that the billboard makes good business sense before going on a rant against the Orioles and their D.C.-based fans.

  “If you’re from Baltimore, fine, I don’t care, root for them until your lungs turn orange,” he said. “It doesn’t make no nevermind to me.”

LaVar then interrupted to ask about fans who live outside of Baltimore but still root for the Orioles because there was no team in the District. Fans like me. I grew up a Redskins and Orioles fan while living in Cheverly and Arlington. I still root for the Orioles. I also root for the Nationals. I don’t root for the Ravens, despite John Harbaugh’s best efforts. Direct your ire here.

Back to Dukes:

  “That’s fine, you have a team now. My family has a lot of family in Illinois. I was a Cubs fan because we didn’t have a team. I still check in on them. I like to see them. I went to see them in spring training this year. I am a Nationals fan, because now we finally have a team, and I’m going to support that team because it was a long, arduous process, and many failed attempts, to make it happen. You’re spitting in the face of your own market here, so as a fan, this irritates the hell out of me. And it irritates the hell out of me when I tune into our midday show, and I hear people calling in saying, ‘Well, I’m from Reston, should I just turn my back on my team?’ They’re not your team. They’re Baltimore’s team. They’re not yours. They’re Baltimore, Maryland’s team.

Repoz Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: nats, orioles

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones vocal about fans running onto the field

Don’t tase me br"O”!

As two fans who ran onto to the field interrupting Tuesday’s Orioles game against the New York Yankees were escorted off through the outfield fence at Yankee Stadium, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones had some choice words for them.

And after the game, Jones was just as vocal in expressing his disdain for fans who run onto the field, saying that they should be subject to harsher penalties.

“I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid,” Jones said. “You look like an [idiot] when you run on the field.”

...Jones didn’t find the humor in the incident.

“We don’t go to any other events,” Jones said. “We don’t go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark.

“I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the [hell] out of them. I wish that.”

Repoz Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:15 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

Friday, March 28, 2014

WSJ: Deee-fense: Baseball’s Big Shift Playing the field suddenly is becoming a sophisticated science

Baseball’s approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams “shifted” 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. [...]

Last season, the Pirates “shifted,” meaning they had three infielders on one side of second base or in significantly nontraditional positions, 494 times, compared with 105 in 2012. [...]

The Pirates defense “saved” 77 runs in all, or 77 runs better than an average defense, third-most in Major League Baseball.The Pirates also finished above .500 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Boston Red Sox shifted 478 times in 2013, compared with 199 in 2012. Those shifts saved the Red Sox 15 runs during the course of the season, second-most in baseball. They won the World Series. (The Rays were first in runs saved by shifts.) [...]

Still, not everyone is on board. The St. Louis Cardinals, the game’s model franchise of late, shifted infielders just 107 times last season, about 50% more than 2012, but nothing on the scale of the Orioles (595 shifts), Rays (556 shifts) or Brewers (538 shifts).

 

bobm Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, orioles, pirates, rays, red sox, shift

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Still quiet on the contract talk front for the Orioles Chris Davis

The Orioles and their slugging first baseman Chris Davis, still have yet to get too far in any talks of a new contract for the player who led the majors in homers, RBIs and extra-base hits in 2013.

Davis said this morning there is not much happening on that front right now.

“Not that I know of and you guys are pretty good about finding things out. I’m sure if anything is said we’ll be talking about it, but those are for Scott (Boras) and Dan (Duquette). I have way too much to focus on here,” he said this morning in the O’s clubhouse.

Is Davis disappointed that talks haven’t gotten very far to this point?

“Not really,” he said. “They took care of me this offseason. That was the biggest thing. Not having to go to arbitration. They have a lot of good problems to have. They have a lot of young talent. A lot of guys that are just coming into their prime at the right time in their career. With the moves that we’re making, I hope that’s a sign of things to come but, at the same time, you have to focus on your day-to-day job.”

Davis hit .286 with 42 doubles, one triple, 53 homers and 138 RBIs last season, setting the team record for homers. Davis’ 96 extra-base hits were 21 more than anyone else in baseball.

Maybe the Orioles want to see if Davis’ can put up big numbers for a third year in a row on offense.

“Yeah. That’s understandable. That is how you make your mark in this game is being able to do it consistently. I think the biggest thing for me is to stay healthy. As long as I give myself a chance to play 160, 162 games, the numbers will be there.”

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: March 16, 2014 at 09:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Manny Machado has not yet been able to run; not cleared to play in games

ElAttrache My Eye!

Third baseman Manny Machado will not make the re-evaluation appointment for his surgically repaired left knee that was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, as he’s been unable to run for the past few days, further questioning whether the 21-year-old will be ready to start the season.

“There’s no sense in doing that [appointment] until he can really show them what he can do running,” manager Buck Showalter said of Machado’s final evaluation, which would give him the green light to play spring games. “So, that’s got to get cleared up first, where he’s back running again. And then [surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache] can completely clear [Machado] again.

Showalter said that Machado had mentioned that ElAttrache has a vacation home in Naples, Fla., and the club his attempting to set up a meeting in Florida rather than ElAttrache’s office in California.

“Anything to avoid having to go to the West Coast,” said Showalter. “But if that’s what we have to do, then that’s what we have to do.

Machado has been dealing with some scar tissue in his left knee, which has caused expected soreness. But with no timetable on when he will resume running, it’s becoming increasingly less likely that Machado will be ready to suit up for Opening Day on March 31.

“I wouldn’t say, ‘Very, very difficult,’” Showalter said of Machado’s chances to break camp. “Nolan Reimold is going to have 22 at-bats in two days [in Minor League camp]. In four days we can get Manny more plate appearances than guys over here are going to break camp with.

“So, certainly it looks like [Machado won’t be ready]. [But] I’m not there yet. I’m not going to throw that wet blanket over that yet. I know Manny’s not.”

Showalter said there’s no firm date by which Machado must be cleared to remain an option for Opening Day, and the skipper is taking the situation day by day at this point.

“I look at the medical boards, and at some point, I’ll say to [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells], ‘Is this a pipedream or not?’,” Showalter said.

 

Repoz Posted: March 15, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, March 10, 2014

Camden Depot: Suk-min Yoon’s Korean Comic (translated)

Sung-min Kim is a mother, father, gentleman.

Suk-min Yoon has inspired a comics writer in Korea to compose this comicSung-min Kim was kind enough to provide a translation for us.

The District Attorney Posted: March 10, 2014 at 03:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: international, korea, orioles, suk-min yoon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Baltimore Sun: Monica Pence Barlow, Orioles PR director, dies at 36

Orioles public relations director Monica Pence Barlow died early Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 36.

Barlow worked full-time in the Orioles front office since 2001. She started out with the club as a front office intern in 1999 and returned as a public relations assistant in 2001 before being named to replace former PR director Bill Stetka in 2008.

She was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in September 2009 but continued to lead the department until taking a leave of absence earlier this month. Throughout her illness, she campaigned on behalf of lung cancer research as a speaker and fundraiser for LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit organization focused on the disease.

Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 28, 2014 at 03:06 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, orioles, public relations

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Buck Showalter asks prospect who didn’t recognize Frank Robinson to write paper on him

And stop wearing your shirttails backwards…and tuck in those caps in your pants!

On Monday, Robinson was in Sarasota, Florida to speak with Oriole players at spring training. Among those in attendance was Josh Hart, who was selected by the team in last year’s amateur draft. As Robinson made his way around the facilities, Hart had the opportunity to meet the former All-Star. The minor problem was, the 19-year-old had no idea about the man with whom he had come face-to-face.

Eduardo A. Encina

Buck asked O’s farmhand Josh Hart if he knew who Frank was. He didnt, so Buck told him he wanted a one-page report on him by tmrw.

Given his place in the history of the game, there are sure to be more than a few — especially around Baltimore and Cincinnati — who will wonder how it’s possible to not know who Frank Robinson is. Fortunately, Buck Showalter made sure Josh Hart knows who he is now.

Repoz Posted: February 25, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Saturday, February 22, 2014

DJ Short: Report: Orioles closing in on a deal with Nelson Cruz

No word yet on the terms involved and Heyman writes that a couple of issues still need to be resolved, but a deal is seen as “extremely likely.” The Orioles would surrender their second-round pick (and the corresponding draft pool money) in order to sign Cruz, as they already gave up their first-rounder for Jimenez. It’s unclear whether signing Cruz officially takes the Orioles out of the mix for Ervin Santana, but it’s safe to say that they fully intend to contend this season.

The Orioles are unsettled in the DH spot, so given Cruz’s poor reputation on defense, he should be a good fit there. It could also help keep him healthy, which has been an issue for him in previous since and should be a consideration as he moves toward his mid-30s.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: February 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitters, jon heyman, orioles

Monday, February 17, 2014

Orioles To Sign Ubaldo Jiminez

Can he pass the physical? Can anyone?

Brian Posted: February 17, 2014 at 08:35 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, orioles

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