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Monday, April 24, 2017


Manny Machado at center of another incident | MLB.com

Some clear thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, manny machado, orioles, red sox

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Watch Matt Barnes Get Ejected For Throwing At Manny Machado Despite Foul Ball

The Boston Red Sox’s payback on Manny Machado took bizarre form Sunday. The Baltimore Orioles third baseman drew the ire of the Red Sox on Friday for his hard slide on Dustin Pedroia, which injured the veteran second baseman. Boston didn’t retaliate Saturday, but the issue finally came to a head late in Sunday’s series finale. With one out in the eighth inning, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes appeared to throw at Machado’s head — although the ball ended up hitting Machado’s bat for a foul ball.

Barnes immediately was ejected by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher despite the ball hitting Machado’s bat. And if you’re wondering if a pitcher can be tossed while technically dealing a strike, the answer is “yes,” as it was pretty clear Barnes was targeting Machado.


Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Bullpen dominance; Tillman starts; roster crunch - BaltimoreBaseball.com

This year is shaping up to a very interesting race in the AL East this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hunting for upgrades, Orioles show willingness to turn over 40-man roster - Baltimore Sun

Dan Duquette remains creative.

“You know, there’s the whole thing about sifting through [for gold],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You shake [the tray], you shake it. You get a nugget here and a nugget there, rocks there. Now let’s go get some more and sift through them. It’s through trades, it’s through waivers, it’s through the draft.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

Monday, April 17, 2017

Orioles Trey Mancini ties home run record | MLB.com

“I’m more impressed with his bat,” joked Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “So Trey hits his second home run and Gentry grabs his bat and says, ‘I’m going to give that bat a try’ [and he] hits a home run. Manny says, ‘You know what? Give me that bat’ and Manny hit a home run so all of them with Mancini’s bat—I’ve never seen that before.

“When you’re ahead like that, you’re trying to be respectful of the opposition and not have too much fun, but that one was. I just went, ‘Really?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trey mancini

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stats All, Folks: WAR, what it is, what it’s good for and the absolute best WAR Orioles - BaltimoreBaseball.com

fWAR and bWAR, it’s no wonder people get confused.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, sabermetrics, war

Monday, April 10, 2017

Could Manny Machado be one of the all-time great third basemen? | FOX Sports

Manny moving to shortstop seems like a fanciful idea to me.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Monday, March 20, 2017

Brady Anderson’s role with Orioles a topic of debate

I think it was a poor move when Brady brought along Drake LaRoche.

Some players, too, are uncomfortable with Anderson’s presence.

Anderson last played for the Orioles in 2001, but he has a locker inside the team’s clubhouse at Camden Yards, where he gets into uniform to coach.

“A baseball clubhouse is always going to be something that players want to keep locked down as much as possible. That’s where it’s a fine line,” said former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who recently ended his eight-year tenure with the club by signing a free-agent contract with the Nationals.

“Brady was a great player for a long time. He was a member of that clubhouse. At the same time, when you get into the season, the 25 guys in that clubhouse are who you want in that clubhouse.

“It’s just a different situation there. It’s a former player who wants to be on the performance side as well as on the front-office side. It’s tough balancing the two.”

Some player agents have expressed concern to the Major League Baseball Players Association about Anderson’s role, and also have reported to the union that Duquette and Anderson sometimes communicate different messages to agents, sources said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 12:47 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brady anderson, ken rosenthal, orioles

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Each year, projections are down on Buck Showalter’s Orioles. Each year, they outperform

The first week of February is one of Buck Showalter’s favorite times of the year, and not only because sprig training is right around the corner. It’s usually around then that the top sabermetric websites release their win projections for the upcoming season, and Showalter, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, takes perverse pleasure in finding out how awful his team is going to be. The projections rarely disappoint.

His favorite is PECOTA, Baseball Prospectus’s projection model….

By now, a pattern has been established: In 2012, Showalter’s second season in Baltimore, PECOTA had the Orioles winning 71 games; they won 93. In 2013, PECOTA projected 75 wins; the Orioles won 85. In 2014, it was 75 and 96. In 2015, 78 and 81. And in 2016, 72 and 89.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 15, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pecota

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Heyman: Pagan Had Agreement With Orioles Before Issue With Physical

The O’s and their pesky physicals.

Free agent outfielder Angel Pagan had an agreement with the Orioles before an issue with the physical scuttled‎ the deal, sources tell FanRag Sports.

It isn‎’t known when the physical took place or what issue came up, but Pagan is obviously well enough to play the outfield for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose pagan, orioles

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Orioles’ Kevin Gausman shines against an All-Star lineup - Baltimore Sun

“It’s basically an All-Star team. It really is. You’ve got to be on top of your game. You’ve got to be able to throw strikes, and against a lineup like that, you can’t throw too many strikes. If you just live in the zone against those guys, they’re the best in the world and the best from the Dominican Republic. They’re very good.”

Gausman was, too. And he had to be.

The top of the visiting team’s lineup read like a who’s who of the game’s brightest stars. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Gausman’s own teammate Manny Machado, and Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano occupied the first three spots. The next three featured sluggers Jose Bautista, Carlos Santana, and Nelson Cruz.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican baseball, kevin gausman, orioles, wbc

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ESPN’s Glanville Says Playing Deeper In Center Field Would “Make A Difference” For Adam Jones

ESPN analyst/former MLB outfielder Doug Glanville was a guest on Glenn Clark Radio Tuesday. 

Among the topics he discussed were: 
-Would Adam Jones benefit defensively from playing deeper in center field?
-Is there any way that playing deeper could actually hurt him as Buck Showalter suggested?
-Even if he’s right in his comments, was Jones wrong to call out his teammates’ defensive abilities publicly?
-Do teams need to start treating outfield defense similarly to how they treat infield shifts?
-His thoughts on the Orioles in general at the beginning of Spring Training

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, doug glanville, orioles, podcast

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Roger McDowell’s reputation as a prankster has given way to seriousness as a coach - Baltimore Sun

McDowell now makes it clear that that time is behind him, that as a coach – he first became a pitching coach in 2002 in the Dodgers’ minor league system – it demands a seriousness to command the respect of his players. But he still knows there are times to be serious and times to loosen the mood.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, roger mcdowell

Friday, February 03, 2017

Fred Manfra to Step Back

Sorry to read about Fred’s health problems catching up with him, but at least Orioles fans will now be able to get accurate descriptions of plays. Without waiting, to boot!

Bote Man Posted: February 03, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

Orioles’ new pitching coach Roger McDowell is in mold of predecessor Dave Wallace-(AUTOPLAY WARNING)

The article was interesting but I hesitated a little before posting it because it autoplays video. I wish sites wouldn’t do this.

Should I post articles which autoplay with a warning or should I just ignore them? What do you think? 

When new Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell was introduced in a conference call earlier this offseason, it didn’t take long for him to recite a commonly used phrase he learned from his predecessor and mentor, Dave Wallace.

“They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” he said.

It’s a quote Wallace used early on to describe his approach to developing young pitchers. And many Orioles pitchers – closer Zach Britton, right-hander Chris Tillman, and young arms Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy – have credited Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti for playing a major role in the strides they made.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Fadeaway: Episode 7: The Big Drabowski

This is a few months old, published around the World Series, but still a good listen. The latest from Primate Eric Enders’  baseball history podcast.

Born in Ozanna, Poland, at the start of the Third Reich, Moe Drabowsky escaped from Hitler and came to America as a toddler. He embraced life in America, becoming first the hardest-throwing young prospect in baseball, then its most notorious prankster. And in 1966, after arm injuries had caused everyone to write him off for good, he resurrected his career and authored the most spectacular relief pitching performance in World Series history.

Also features some comments from Gene Larkin about this moment.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Adam Jones: Orioles haven’t done enough this offseason to improve defense, athleticism in outfield - Baltimore Sun

Getting another CF and moving him to RF would have been a good start.

“We don’t need more offense,” Jones said. “I think we need to improve the outfield defense. And people are always going to say pitching, pitching, pitching, but I think we’ve got some damn good pitchers right now. They’re young, but they’re maturing. [Kevin] Gausman turned a page. [Dylan] Bundy increased his innings. I think we’ve got pretty good starting pitching. I think we just need to improve defensively in the outfield, just get more speed, more athleticism out there. …

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2017 at 05:11 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Friday, January 27, 2017

If the ‘lost’ Wieters’ market is down, it’s time to bring him home again - BaltimoreBaseball.com

It’s tough to re-establish your value if you are a part-time player. At this point, Wieters, at best, would be sharing the job in Baltimore.

When talking to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette earlier this week, he said something that really struck me.

It wasn’t the sentiment conveyed, but the wording he used that that made me pause.

Here was the exact quote:

“We lost Matt Wieters, who had been a big part of our operation for a while. But we’ve been able to sign Welington Castillo, who I think is going to do a pretty good job at catcher for us. He shows good power. He’s shown good defensive capability, especially throwing, so I think we’re gonna be strong there.”

This isn’t about Castillo, who was a pretty solid acquisition, I think.

It’s the “we lost Matt Wieters” part that I’m hung up on.
...
The thought now is that Wieters may have to re-establish himself as one of baseball’s best all-around catchers and hit the market again next year. So, he might be looking for a one-year, pillow deal.

And where do offensive players often end up when a one-year agreement is the best option? Camden Yards, of course.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Trumbo agreement, the ripple effect and what’s next - School of Roch

I’ve been asked how Trumbo’s signing impacts rookie Trey Mancini. Good question. The Orioles have indicated that there’s no reason to return Mancini to the minors. There’s no 4A and he deserves to break camp with the team. They’ve also shown no concerns over having him sit on the bench rather than play every day at Triple-A Norfolk, insisting that it won’t stunt his development.

That said, they could decide this spring that there simply aren’t enough at-bats for him with Trumbo also able to back up Chris Davis at first base.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2017 at 11:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Orioles, Mark Trumbo agree to deal | MLB.com

The Orioles and free-agent first baseman/right fielder Mark Trumbo have agreed to a three-year deal for the slugger to return to Baltimore pending a physical, a Major League source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the deal is for approximately $37 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2017 at 07:06 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, mark trumbo, orioles

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Bautista and Saunders news - and what it means for the Orioles’ RF pursuit - BaltimoreBaseball.com

When does Trumbo come back?

So, I don’t view the news from Monday involving Bautista or Saunders as particularly damaging for the Orioles. But I do see the Saunders signing as an indication that the number of free-agent outfielders who can truly help the Orioles, is starting to wane.

That’s key, because adding Welington Castillo and Seth Smith has to be the start of the club’s plan to be better than it was in 2016 and not the full plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles

Friday, January 13, 2017

Orioles to use ‘file-and-trial’ arbitration approach; will it hurt relations with core players? - Baltimore Sun

The team is now employing a “file-and-trial” approach with all of its arbitration-eligible players, meaning they will only negotiate with those players up until Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline for exchanging salary figures. If a deal isn’t reached by then, players will go to an arbitration hearing.
...
But the Orioles’ top arbitration-eligible players remain in negotiations – including third baseman Manny Machado, right-hander Chris Tillman and closer Zach Britton. And at this point, they appear headed to trial.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

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