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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Zach Britton talks relief roles, Orioles’ future, Wallace, Chiti and Cy Young Award -

It’s not unreasonable for managers to expect to get 90-100 innings from a reliever. He might have to work in an extra off day once in a while but it’s doable. Limiting your most effective pitcher to 60 innings isn’t maximizing his value.

“If you watch the way (Indians manager Terry) Francona is using Miller, that’s exactly what he is doing. He’s using those off days to his advantage,” Britton said. “But, through the course of a regular season, we just don’t get those off days. It’s just not a feasible thing in the regular season. I’m sure somebody eventually will try to find a way to do it. But it’d be more of a challenge to do it in the regular season. Postseason, you can do it all you want because of the built-in off days.”

Even if elite “short” relievers aren’t being stretched out routinely in the regular season, several national baseball writers have proclaimed that the 2016 postseason will ultimately be credited with changing the way relievers are used – that there will be fewer defined roles and more instances of the best pitcher being asked to get the toughest outs, even if it’s not in the ninth.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Possible activity on the 40-man roster - School of Roch

A look at some Orioles 40-Man options.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Beer can thrown at Orioles’ Hyun Soo Kim the latest example of poor behavior at Rogers Centre - Baltimore Sun

Something needs to be done about all those unruly Canadians!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, wild card

The colossal, inexplicable mistake of Buck Showalter

You have to get the lead before you can protect it. You don’t get the lead by giving up runs using an inferior pitcher.

“Sure, it crosses your mind from about the sixth inning on,” Showalter said. “So there’s a bunch of decisions to make there during the course of the game. Our pitchers pitched real well the whole game to hold that club to two runs at that point. You could make a case, probably other than Zach, Ubaldo is pitching better than anybody we’ve had for the last six or seven starts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, buck showalter, orioles, playoffs, wild card

Orioles don’t use Zach Britton against Toronto |

So he wastes him in the pen instead of pushing him for two innings? That makes no sense at all.

Britton warmed up three times: in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings. But he never got the call, prompting extensive criticism.
“There’s a lot of different ways to look at it, so that’s the way we went,” he said. “It didn’t work out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Baseball Stadium Workers Not Owed Overtime

A baseball stadium concessions operator in Maryland is exempt from paying overtime, a federal appeals court ruled ( Hill v. Del. N. Cos. Sportservice, Inc. , 2d Cir., No. 15-2109, 10/3/16 ).

Delaware North Companies Sportservice Inc., which sells food, beverages and merchandise inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, is covered by a Fair Labor Standards Act exemption for businesses engaged in amusement or recreational activities on a seasonal basis, Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote Oct. 3 for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The company doesn’t directly provide amusement or recreation, but its primary purpose is selling goods and services to enhance spectators’ experience during Baltimore Orioles games.

Delaware North conducts business in Oriole Park through its subsidiary, Maryland Sportservice Inc., and has similar operations at a number of professional and college sports venues. The ruling could affect overtime eligibility for concessions workers at its other locations.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: concession workers, labor, legal, orioles

Friday, September 23, 2016

Adam Jones Wants To Know Where All The Orioles Fans Are

Through these first three games against the Red Sox, a huge series for their playoff hopes and traditionally a big one for fan interest, the crowds at Camden Yards have averaged just 19,903 a night.

“I’d say that it’s just, it’s a little, what’s the right word to say it’s a little, you know, not sad, just like, eerie, a little bit,” said center fielder Adam Jones, the team’s longest-tenured player.
That’s part of a larger trend: the Orioles rank 20th in MLB attendance this season at 26,440 per game, down from more than 29,000 last season and nearly 30,500 in 2014.

There are a whole mess of theories as to why, and this Baltimore Sun article examines some of them: it’s been particularly hot this summer and rainy this spring; ticket prices are higher at Camden Yards, with seats an average of $5 more than last season; suburban fans may be less likely to come to downtown Baltimore in the wake of protests after Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, attendance, orioles

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Scott Boras on Britton’s Cy campaign, Alvarez versus lefties and Jones’ comments -

Alvarez is who he is. A left-handed DH with power.

Alvarez will be a free agent at season’s end and Boras believes he’ll be an attractive free agent coveted by a number of teams. (Yes, he always says that, but more times than not his high-profile clients hit the jackpot in free agency).

Boras says he thinks the Orioles will be in the mix for Alvarez this offseason, especially if they don’t think they can keep pending free agent Mark Trumbo and don’t want to lose their surplus of power.

However, Boras would like to see the left-handed-hitting Alvarez get more playing time against left-handers as this season plays out.

Alvarez has a career slash line of .205/.271/.334 against lefties. But in 2016 he’s slashed .243/.293/.378 in 41 plate appearances against southpaws.

Instead of being moved to the bench against lefties when Trumbo is shifted to the DH role, Boras thinks both should be in there together, lengthening the lineup and keeping it dangerous throughout.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, pedro alvarez, scott boras, zach britton

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Orioles’ Mark Trumbo hits 42nd home run |

A nicely pitched game by both teams. One big blast makes the difference.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pennant race, red sox

Monday, September 12, 2016

Adam Jones on MLB’s lack of Kaepernick protest: ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport’

“We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.

“Baseball is a white man’s sport.’’

Indeed, African Americans comprise 68% of the player population in the NFL, and 74% in the NBA. That number is just 8% in baseball, with only 69 African-Americans on the opening-day rosters and disabled lists this season.

This doesn’t mean that anyone who protests racial inequality or police brutality will be released from their teams, or banished from baseball, never to wear a uniform again. Still, in the conservative world of baseball, whose players stand 162 times for the national anthem, playing in front of more fans than any sport in the country, they could face much more ridicule and ostracization.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:16 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, race

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why the Baltimore Orioles’ outstanding closer should not win the Cy Young | FOX Sports

Mariano Rivera never won a Cy Young Award; he finished second once, third three times. Rivera also never won an MVP, never even finished higher than ninth.

Relievers, on occasion, do win a Cy Young, an MVP, or even both. Eric Gagne captured the Cy in 2003, Dennis Eckersley the Cy and MVP in 1992, Willie Hernandez both in 1984. So, if you want to tell me that Orioles closer Zach Britton is a candidate for both honors this season, I won’t complain. But the argument for Britton is more an argument of convenience than an argument that actually is convincing. And as the discussion builds, both the sabermetric camp and the traditional Baseball Writers Association of America camp are guilty of overreaching.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, orioles, zach britton

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Orioles Chris Tillman headed to disabled list |

Not good.

Orioles ace Chris Tillman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday. Tillman was scheduled to pitch Thursday at Washington, but he felt pain in his shoulder while throwing his bullpen session Tuesday, and he was examined by Dr. Leigh Ann Curl.

“I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing,” Tillman said after the Orioles’ 8-1 win over the Nationals. “Last time, I was pretty sore right after my start, but after feeling it today, I’d much rather just get this behind us and get out in front of it so that way we’re not worried about it for the rest of the year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris tillman, injuries, orioles

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mark Trumbo’s last seven hits have been home runs, as he just can’t stop launching Trum-bombs |


With this, Trumbo became the first Oriole to have home runs on seven straight hits. The MLB record is 11 straight, set by Mark McGwire in 2001, and nobody else has more than eight to his name.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, orioles

Friday, August 19, 2016

MLB Now breaks down Zach Britton |

I’m not sold.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Orioles homer six times against Astros |

The Orioles used six home runs—including two each from J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis—on Thursday to blast their way back into a second-place tie with the Red Sox in the American League East.

Baltimore roughed up red-hot Astros rookie Joe Musgrove, tagging him for eight runs in a 13-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dylan Bundy providing Orioles rotation a lift |

Dylan Bundy is ready to take on the big league challenge.


The fourth player taken in the 2011 Draft, the right-hander from Oklahoma, is healthy.


And the timing couldn’t be better for the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Machado: “Eventually things will turn around” - School of Roch

I’m not ready to write off the Orioles.

Machado agreed that the Orioles (63-50) are facing their biggest challenge and a trip to San Francisco awaits them after Thursday’s game.
“Definitely, hands down, it probably is,” Machado said. “This is going to separate us, hopefully. We’re going to get stronger from this and we’re going to learn from it, too.
“I think everyone is going to get into their groove. We’re squaring balls up, which is the best part about it. It’s just not landing, so we just have to take that as a positive and take it out tomorrow. “

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Believe in Baltimore:  O’s are for real

“I don’t remember a time in the last five years when the Orioles’ success was not belittled and/or dismissed within minutes of it being noted. The Red Sox were about to make a run; the Yankees are hanging on; the Rays have young talent ready to sprout; the Blue Jays are finally having the season we’ve all been waiting for them to have. The Orioles? Well, the Orioles are bound to fade. They’re playing above their heads. They can’t keep this up.

The Orioles have kept this up.”

escabeche Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, August 08, 2016

Manny Machado hits 3 homers in first 3 innings |

The new Manny being Manny.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Dylan Bundy takes another step by completing seven scoreless innings - Baltimore Sun

Orioles fans must be pretty happy today.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Monday, August 01, 2016

Orioles acquire LHP Miley from Mariners

Seattle received left-hander Ariel Miranda in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in one game for Baltimore on July 3 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings.

‘‘Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is major league ready that provides us with flexibility,’’ general manager Jerry Dipoto said in an email. ‘‘We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade deadline, trades, wade miley

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Umpire rushing Matt Wieters into box draws Orioles catcher’s ire in loss to Blue Jays - Baltimore Sun

The pace of play rules are a joke.

“I feel like you have [to take] time and an umpire is more worried about pace of game and the players are more worried about trying to win a game. I’m trying to try to calm down and I needed to step out of the box because I thought the ball was low and he’s trying to rush me back in the box and I just didn’t appreciate that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles, pace of play, rules of the game

Monday, July 25, 2016

Message from weekend sweep: O’s are resilient, but still need to add pitching -

Message from weekend sweep: O’s are resilient, but still need to add pitching

There are two important things that can be gleaned from this weekend’s sweep of the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards.

One: Good teams are resilient. They battle when things don’t look particularly promising. And they do it in a convincing way. This is a good Orioles team.

Two: Don’t be fooled. The Orioles still need starting pitching reinforcements, no matter how well the rotation has pitched recently. Because this game’s outcome is so often decided by quality pitching.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The potential bombshell Cubs trade that never materialized | FOX Sports

The scenario, according to major-league sources, unfolded like this:

The Cubs tried to acquire left-hander Drew Pomeranz before the Padres sent him to the Red Sox for Class A right-hander Anderson Espinoza — simple enough.

The Cubs’ plan, though, wasn’t to keep Pomeranz, who is under club control through 2018. No, the Cubs wanted to spin Pomeranz for a starter who is under even longer team control.

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