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Friday, July 24, 2015

Baltimore Brewery Commemorates Cal Ripken Jr.‘s Streak with New Beer

Heavy Seas Beer, a Baltimore-based brewery, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played with a special “Fielder’s Choice” brew featuring Ripken-themed packaging.

Apparently Wade Boggs will try to drink 2,131 of them.

eddieot Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, cal ripken jr, orioles

Orioles’ free fall continues as Yankees complete sweep with 9-3 win - Baltimore Sun

Jones has the right attitude.

The Orioles dropped to 19-30 on the road this season with their ninth loss in their past 12 games away from Camden Yards. They couldn’t leave New York quick enough, looking to salvage their nine-game road trip with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend

“What else are you going to do, dwell on it? No man. That’s not good for sports,” said Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who was 0-for-4 Thursday and 2-for-12 in the series. “It’s not good for your own [mentality]. So hey, we’ve lost three in a row before. Now let’s go down to Tampa and clean it up. … The series is over. That’s the good thing. Let’s get the hell out of New York and go down to Florida.”

Thursday’s loss dropped the Orioles a season-high seven games out of first place in the American League East.

“Nobody in the clubhouse [is] crying,” Jones said. “We got beat. It’s a very good team over there. Go to Tampa and do what we’ve gotta go. There’s [68] games left. Nobody’s crying, man.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Handful of teams a trade from winning it all | MLB.com

Is Cueto hurt?

But even with so many teams still in contention, there will be impact players changing teams, possibly several of them. Reds ace Johnny Cueto could be the best, but there is a long list of others, including Cueto’s teammate Mike Leake.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, mets, orioles, trade deadline, trade rumors, yankees

Monday, July 20, 2015

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But Cueto’s six-walk performance on Sunday likely renewed concerns for teams already worried about his elbow; his average fastball velocity of 92.68 mph was his second-lowest of the season, according to Brooksbaseball.net (the only game in which Cueto’s velocity was lower was on May 19, after which he missed a start due to stiffness in his elbow).


Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOVERRO: Frank Robinson slighted during MLB’s ‘Greatest Living Players’ salute - Washington Times

Imagine how Roger Clemens feels.

Frank Robinson used to joke that if he knew it would be such a big deal to have 600 career home runs and 3,000 hits, he would have played a few more games.

Well, Frank, maybe you were right. It turns out that 586 career home runs and 2,943 hits, along with 1,812 runs batted in, Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues, a Triple Crown, five pennants and two World Series titles wasn’t enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: frank robinson, orioles

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Injuries to Bundy and Harvey hurt Orioles in more ways than one | Baseball Essential

How many teams can afford to see all their young starting pitching prospects not pan out?

The Orioles are a team that cannot afford to see their young starting pitching prospects shrivel up in the minor leagues. This is a team one or two bad years away from beginning the vicious cycle of rushing pitchers to the Majors or being stuck with retreads like Bruce Chen and Kevin Millwood. Offense was never the problem as the losses piled up from 1998 to 2012. It was always pitching, especially the starting variety. Even the current iteration of the rotation appears to be getting by mainly on smoke and mirrors.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, hunter harvey, orioles

Monday, July 13, 2015

Catching up with former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich - Baltimore Sun

A nice article on one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball history.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bobby grich, orioles

Monday, June 29, 2015

Dylan Bundy Shut Down Indefinitely - MLB Trade Rumors

This doesn’t sound good for Bundy. More detail at the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 08:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Orange is the new blast: O’s hit club-record 8 HRs

That’s a lot of homers.

The Orioles set a new franchise record by hitting eight home runs in Tuesday night’s 19-3 victory over the Phillies. Six different Baltimore players clubbed homers as the Orioles became the first team to hit eight or more home runs in a game since the Red Sox did so against Detroit on Sept. 4, 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, phillies

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Francoeur pitches! (game recap)

Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun with him ...

Walt Davis Posted: June 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fish in a barrel, jeff francoeur, orioles, phillies, pigs flying

Wei-Yin Chen is not happy about his demotion and he may have a point

Seems like a strange way to treat your good young front line pitcher.

villainx Posted: June 16, 2015 at 10:57 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, orioles, weird


Sunday, June 14, 2015

For a Catcher Who Had a Pitcher’s Surgery, Recovery From a Different Angle - NYTimes.com

My theory is that it’s effort,” Wieters said. “Pitchers are now throwing with 100 percent effort almost every pitch they throw out there. I think back in the day, one, they didn’t have all the M.R.I.s and things to find it, but also those guys would save their 100 percent effort for when they needed it.”

Wieters said that Jim Palmer and Scott McGregor, who starred for the Orioles and retired in the 1980s, had told him that. But today’s pitchers, Wieters said, rarely last as long in games and face more home run threats throughout a lineup.

“Now, you have so many sixth-, seventh- and eighth-inning guys, the starters are just having to get through five innings, so they give everything they have on every pitch,” Wieters said. “With the way bullpens are set up now, one run can lose you the ballgame. So everything’s max effort, and I don’t think the elbow was meant to throw a baseball as hard as some of the guys are throwing it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles, tommy john surgery

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jones’ Gold Glove ‘D’ again on display | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see (if the data is made available) what the new metrics have to say about Jones’ defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, orioles

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Wieters back in a big way after injury | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see how well Wieters plays the rest of this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Thursday, May 28, 2015

School of Roch: Updates on Bundy, De Aza and Miranda

Is Bundy a star-crossed pitcher?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brian Matusz of Baltimore Orioles ejected for foreign substance

To show they take these things seriously, MLB needs to suspend Matusz for a quarter of the season!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brian matusz, orioles

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paredes’ HR, 4 RBIs Power Orioles Past Mariners 9-4 - NYTimes.com

You can’t stop Jimmy Paredes, you just hope he doesn’t have to wear a glove!

Jimmy Paredes homered and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a home run by former teammate Nelson Cruz in a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Paredes singled in two runs in the fourth inning and added a two-run drive off Danny Farquhar (0-2) in the sixth. Starting on a regular basis for the first time in his career, Paredes has reached base in 20 straight games and ranks second on the team with 22 RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy paredes, orioles

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

School of Roch: Harvey update and minor league trade

TINSTAAPP.

The Orioles also made a deal.

The Orioles made a minor league trade today, acquiring left-hander Chris Lee from the Astros for two international bonus slots, reportedly the 46th and 76th overall.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, tinstaapp

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Monday, May 18, 2015


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Down and Away: Leo Mazzone might be the best pitching coach in Major League history. And no one will hire him

After the 93-loss season had ended, Mazzone says the Orioles assured him that he would be brought back for 2008. But on Oct. 12, 2007, Mazzone was fired with a year left on his contract.

“I thought we were going to have a little more time to get it done,” says Perlozzo. Connolly says it was less a lack of time than a lack of talent. Mazzone agreed with both of those assessments, but when he left he said all the right things in his statement to the press: “I understand and wish the team great success.” He was 59 years old. With his track record, he felt he’d have no trouble finding a new job. All he had to do was go back to his home in Atlanta and wait for the phone to ring….

Not counting Baltimore, there had been six pitching coach vacancies in the majors that winter. Mazzone did not receive a single call. Instead, he signed on to do color commentary for a few games on Fox. When no coaching offers came the following winter, Mazzone joined the crew of a local sports-talk radio show, voicing his unvarnished opinions to weekday commuters across the Atlanta metro. After the 2010 season, he went on Sirius XM and made his pitch for openings with the Mets and Yankees, to no avail. Instead, he started working with local youths and traveling around to speak to various high school baseball organizations, extolling the virtues of throwing more often while regulating effort, controlling the strike zone — down and away, down and away — and learning how to pitch.

The only major leaguers he talked to were the old friends who still phoned to check in. “When he and I talk about baseball, he still gets fired up,” says Perlozzo, who was hired as a third-base coach by Seattle just months after his firing and today does the same for the Twins. “I’m shocked that somebody hasn’t needed his talents. But he’s firm in his beliefs. Maybe organizations are a little leery of that.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:18 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, leo mazzone, orioles, pitching coach

Camden Yards Workers Screwed Over Yet Again

The other day, the Baltimore Orioles got lots of positive press by announcing that stadium staffers would be compensated for wages lost while a state of emergency was declared in the city. Two home games were canceled, another was played at an empty Camden Yards, and three others were moved to Tampa Bay as anger over the killing of Freddie Gray reigned.

“Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to several canceled or rescheduled games,” read Tuesday’s memo from management, “the Orioles organization will compensate all hourly employees for hours that would have been ordinarily worked the week of April 27.”...

However, the O’s graciousness doesn’t actually cover all hourly stadium workers. Not even close.

“I’m told I’m not getting anything,” says Doreen Hicks, who picks up the trash at Camden Yards at O’s games. She’s an hourly employee, as are all members of game-day cleanup crew—but the team’s edict doesn’t apply to them.

As it turns out, only stadium workers directly on the team’s payroll will get make-up money. That group includes ushers, ticket sellers, and security screeners. Orioles spokesperson Kristen Hudak declined to provide any stats related to the number of employees that fall in this category, but it’s a fraction of the labor force that was put out by the tumult that consumed Baltimore. All food, booze and merchandise vendors, for example, are technically employed by a contractor, Delaware North, and are therefore not eligible for the recompense offered by the O’s for the disappeared games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, labor, orioles

Friday, May 08, 2015

Shoulder tendinitis sending Gausman to DL | orioles.com

So far this year, Gausman hasn’t taken the step to the next level that many, including me, expected. Maybe it’s physical.

“That’s a really driving force in a decision like this,” Showalter said. “That’s why I talk about the nine or 10 guys between Double- and Triple-A that we are excited about—Kevin is one of those guys. You never know what you are going to have next year. These are assets that you can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to do. It would be very easy to continue with him down there and we’d probably be fine, but I and we don’t want to take any chance with it. I’d rather have him, but we’d also rather have him long term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin gausman, orioles

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