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Friday, October 04, 2019

Orioles players send handwritten thank you notes to fans after disappointing 108-loss season

It’s safe to say that the 2019 season wasn’t exactly what the Baltimore Orioles had in mind. They compiled a 54-108 record, which only trailed the Detroit Tigers for the MLB’s worst record. With that in mind, Orioles director of public relations Kristen Hudak had an idea of how the team could still show the fanbase that they appreciated their support all season.

Hudak had several of the team’s players write messages to season ticket holders, but only mentioned that the players should write a brief “thank you.” Many players, though, wrote a little bit more than “thank you.”

For instance, pitcher Tanner Scott wrote this message to a season ticket holder named Bill, admitting that the team has work to do moving forward: “We thank you for the support this year. This season has been a growing year for all of us and we are going to continue to work hard to achieve success for us as a team and for you as the fans who support us. #Birdland. Thank you, Tanner Scott.”

Prior to handing out the cards to write the messages on, Hudak did speak with veteran first baseman Chris Davis about the idea. Davis was in full support of the gesture and the team’s fan services department selected random season ticket holders that would receive the thank you notes.

All eight of them thank the Orioles for their kind thoughts.

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, season ticket holders, thanksgiving

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

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Brady Anderson: Matusz is ‘a different human’

HALF-MAN, HALF-BEAST…BUT ALL ORIOLE!

Half

Orioles Hall of Famer Brady Anderson, making his first appearance since being appointed special assistant to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, said today at FanFest that the difference between Brian Matusz a year ago at this time and Brian Matusz today is the difference between night and day.

“He’s like a different human as far as his mentality and his dedication and the raw numbers, what type of athlete he is, he’s not the same,’’ Anderson said of the left-hander.

...Also, if you’re not strong mechanically, you’re going to break down. Think about what they do for a living. Think about what pro athletes do for a living. You can’t do average things and expect to be extraordinary.”
“You’re asking a guy who’s 6-2, 190 pounds who throws the ball 190 miles per hour. You’re talking about very, very elite people and you train like an elite athlete.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, orioles

Friday, January 20, 2012

Camden Depot: Rick Peterson Breaks Fewer Pitchers?

Jon Shepherd takes a first look at Rick Peterson’s record in keeping pitchers off the disabled list.

Rick Peterson and his pitching lab will apparently be in full effect for the Orioles in 2012.  His analytical technique has been hailed as a major prevention tool against injuries.  I have disabled list numbers of starting pitchers from part of his tenure with the A’s and all of his tenure with the Mets, giving us a time line from 2001 to 2007.  I also have disabled numbers of Orioles’ starting pitchers in 2009 and 2010.

Mr Dashwood Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mets, orioles

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Kiwi teen signs with Orioles

Makes sense, the O’s can’t fly either.

Walt Davis Posted: January 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, orioles

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

[Wei-Yin] Chen gives Orioles left-handed starter

I didn’t see an NMA animation for this, unfortunately :-(

In the latest move of the ongoing effort to stabilize their starting rotation, the Orioles officially signed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen out of Taiwan on Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year contract that includes a club option for 2015…

“It’s a unique situation based upon his age, the fact that he’s left-handed, our need and the acquisition cost was really [just] the cost of the contract,” Duquette said of Chen, who was not subject to a posting fee because he was released by the Chunichi Dragons…

Chen spent the past four years with the Dragons in Japan’s Central League, going 38-30 with a 2.48 ERA in 117 games (88 starts). The lefty posted a 2.68 ERA in 25 appearances last season and will be the first Taiwanese-born player in Orioles history, as Duquette, who also signed Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada earlier this offseason, continues to ramp up the organization’s international efforts.

Chen works off a fastball that routinely clocks in between 92-94 mph, and he is lauded for his exceptional command and use of a “slurve-like” breaking ball for his out pitch. His signing, coupled with Wada and the club’s trade for Dana Eveland, gives the O’s depth at the starting pitching position, fostering competition among their young hurlers and ensuring that setup man Jim Johnson will remain in the bullpen… While Wada could also be moved to the bullpen depending on what happens in camp, Chen figures to be solely used as a starter.

The District Attorney Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:28 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Former Oriole Luke Scott signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay

Luke Scott: Rebirtherr.

Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option, according to an industry source.

Exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Scott, 33, was in his final year of arbitration after making $6.4 million in an injury-marred 2011 that ended in July, when he decided to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. In December, the Orioles decided not to tender him a contract—he would have made at least $6 million and likely more—and allowed him to become a free agent.

There was talk that the club wanted him back on a lesser deal, but the Orioles never made a push this offseason to re-sign him.

Repoz Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays

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