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Monday, September 11, 2017

Indians sweep Orioles, win 18th straight | MLB.com

Indians still can’t lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 06:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, orioles

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Indians shut out Orioles, up win streak to 16 | MLB.com

Indians still can’t lose.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, orioles

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Starting Hays makes sense; Aquino’s designation; Wright’s return - BaltimoreBaseball.com

How will manager Buck Showalter use Hays, who hit .329 with 32 homers between Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie this year in his first full season as a pro?

“I think I have some speed so possibly in pinch-running situations,” said Hays, the Orioles’ third-round pick out of Jacksonville University in 2016. “I feel like I play pretty good defense, so maybe a defensive situation or, if they need my bat in the lineup, I’m ready to be in the lineup, too. Any situation they need me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, September 03, 2017

SI | The Orioles Are Hot, Hot, Hot, but Can They Sustain Their Run at the AL Wild Card?

But before discussing what, exactly, about the Orioles has helped them get here, maybe the initial question is best asked another way: How bad is the rest of the AL wild-card field? It has been an odd baseball season in so many ways, and as September arrives no oddity seems quite as substantial as the stubborn parity on the junior circuit.

With the Yankees losers of three of four, the Mariners losers of five in a row, and the Orioles, Twins, and Angels streaking in the other direction, the eight teams with credible shots at the wild-card game are separated by five and a half games in total. The Rays are still hanging around; so are the Rangers. Overall, more teams are in the hunt than out of it.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2017 at 12:11 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, wild card

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Gregg Olson: Orioles’ emphasis on talented, structured bullpens is nothing new - Baltimore Sun

“I’m a firm believer in people knowing what their jobs are and what they’re roles are,” Olson said, “and the times that I really struggled were times when I was in bullpens and I didn’t know when the phone rang that it was me. So, I wasn’t spending the 30 minutes before that preparing for who’s coming up, how I want to face them, what situations I’m walking into.

“My five years here, I knew what the situation was when the phone rang and I took off my coat.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, orioles

Saturday, August 19, 2017

MLB.com: O’s/Angels hit 10 home runs; Manny caps it off with Walk-Off Grand Slam

After an early five-run deficit, Machado—who had already homered twice—came up with the bases loaded and did the unthinkable: blasting a grand slam to catapult Baltimore to a 9-7 walkoff win over the Angels.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 19, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, grand slam, manny machado, mike trout, orioles, walk-off

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy

Late in Palmer’s career, in 1982, he remembers how rookie Cal Ripken—whose father was a longtime player and coach in the Orioles’ organization—batted in the first inning against Britt Burns of the White Sox in a July game. A pitch in that at-bat prompted Ripken to say out loud, “When is somebody going to protect somebody around here?”

Palmer wasn’t thrilled about Ripken’s tone, which was unusual for a rookie, but he noticed that Carlton Fisk was due to lead off the next inning. Palmer disliked how Fisk wore his uniform and, fixated on that, he hit Fisk on purpose. The score was 0-0 at the time, as the box score shows, and Palmer noted that in conversation. He hit the leadoff hitter in a 0-0 game. The issue of winning or losing the game had become secondary to the retaliation.

Palmer paused, and added: “My one moment of stupidity in 20 years.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 16, 2017 at 05:42 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, cal ripken jr, orioles, unwritten rules

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Will Duquette make an August trade? Probably. Will it make a difference? Most likely not - BaltimoreBaseball.com

How long can Duquette keep the Orioles viable?

Both of Duquette’s deals this July fit into that same category, and received a collective ho-hum from me and much of the fan base, Of course, acquiring shortstop Tim Beckham looks so far like a stroke of Duquette genius, and Jeremy Hellickson has been solid in two of his three starts.

And, so, I suppose it’s no harm, no foul if Duquette makes another deal this month to acquire a player that can be eligible for a potential playoff roster (trades can be made in September, too, but the players acquired in those can’t appear in the postseason). And I do expect it to happen (so does Rich Dubroff, Orioles writer for pressboxonline.com. He was my guest on my weekly WOYK radio show, which can be heard here.)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Don Baylor - Toughest and Gentlest of Giants

He was celebrated for once throwing a temper tantrum and tipping over the food table with the postgame spread. Why? A young Angels rookie had a bad game in the field, in a bad loss, and was surrounded by the media. Don wanted, needed to pull the media to him. He told me that’s what veterans, team leaders do. So he stagecrafted his way into an impromptu state-of-the-team scrum with reporters, pulling attention away from the kid.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, orioles, red sox, rockies, twins

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Heyman: Winners and non-winners from MLB trade deadline

The Houston Astros are getting considerable heat for doing next to nothing at the deadline, and according to sources it’s true that a deadline-day agreement they had with just the sort of left-handed bullpen star they need – with Baltimore for star closer Zach Britton – was cancelled by the Orioles, as is their right.

While Orioles higherups are staying quiet and making no alibis about their quirky calls to buy rather than sell when they don’t appear to be a clear contender, Astros owner Jim Crane took to the airwaves to push back. Crane told a Houston radio station (97.5 ESPN Radio), without naming the team or player, that there was “an agreement in principle, medicals were exchanged and then (it) got vetoed at the top,” before going on to make clear where he thought the deal died by volunteering that it’s not his way to call out “another owner.”

Crane actually said at one point, “We thought we had a couple deals done. And they got vetoed.”

He didn’t say whether there was another pitcher they thought they had, too, or it was two separate deals for Britton. But in any case, people connected to the Orioles didn’t agree with the suggestion that Orioles owner Peter Angelos (whether he’s named or not) had anything to do with the death of that blockbuster deal, nor were they especially thrilled about the suggestion he did. Angelos takes a lot of hits for things he has done while running his team, but people associated with the team say that while he never seemed especially thrilled to trade Britton he doesn’t deserve this particular hit.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 12:32 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, orioles, zach britton

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Orioles’ core mission: Make the playoffs - Baltimore Sun

de·lu·sion·al
dəˈlo͞oZH(ə)nəl
adjective

characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.
“hospitalization for schizophrenia and delusional paranoia”
based on or having faulty judgment; mistaken.
“their delusional belief in the project’s merits never wavers”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, July 31, 2017

Orioles trade for infielder Tim Beckham | MLB.com

Why, why, why??

Infielder Tim Beckham has been traded by the Rays to the Orioles for young right-hander Tobia Myers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 05:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays, tim beckham

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Former MLB All-Star Lee May dies at 74

Lee May, a three-time All-Star with 354 career home runs, passed away on July 29 at the age of 74.

Details of his passing are not known.

May, known as the Big Bopper, was a fierce hitter who hit 20 or more home runs and 80 or more RBI in 11 consecutive seasons. In 1976, he led the American League in RBI (109).

The slugging first baseman and designated hitter played 18-seasons for the Cincinnati Reds (1965–71), Houston Astros (1972–74), Baltimore Orioles (1975–80) and Kansas City Royals (1981–82).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 01:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, lee may, obituaries, orioles, reds, royals

Olney: Madison Bumgarner might not rediscover his velocity - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Bumgarner’s velocity has also been down to some of the lowest readings of his career. In his final outing before the accident, he averaged 92.1 mph with his fastball (April 19 vs. Royals). Here are his average readings in the three starts since he returned, per FanGraphs:
July 15: 89.7 mph
July 20: 90.4 mph
July 25: 90.4 mph

It’s too early to interpret the diminishment in velocity. It could be that, much like a pitcher working his way through spring training, Bumgarner is still in the process of building velocity. That’s something that the Giants saw from him in March, when sluggish readings early in the month eventually got better.

Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti also acknowledged another possibility Saturday: The 27-year-old, who has logged more than 1,500 innings in his career, is simply not going to throw as hard as he used to—maybe because of natural wear and tear, maybe partly because of the April accident.

“It was a serious injury,” Righetti said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, notes, orioles, pace of play

Saturday, July 29, 2017

3 trades highlight busy Friday near Deadline | MLB.com

I guess the Orioles aren’t selling.

The Phillies were active on the trade front Friday night, sending infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Nationals, and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles. With Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, the Marlins and Mets also completed a deal that sent Miami closer AJ Ramos to New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, phillies, trades

Phillies trade Jeremy Hellickson to Baltimore Orioles

That last start proved to be unnecessary as the Phillies, according to a report by MLB.com, traded Hellickson and cash considerations to Baltimore in exchange for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, lefthanded pitching prospect Garrett Cleavinger and international signing bonus pool space. The trade occurred a few hours after he was scratched just 30 minutes before he was set to take the mound, signaling the likelihood that a deal was near. Hellickson was replaced by Jake Thompson, who pitched five scoreless innings in his first action since being promoted Tuesday from triple A.

Hellickson had a 4.73 ERA this season in 20 starts. He allowed six runs last Saturday in five innings in what proved to be his final start with the Phillies. The 30-year-old had a 1.80 ERA in April but has a 5.79 ERA since. He reached the seventh inning just twice in 15 starts since May 1. Hellickson may not be an ace, but can give a contender a reliable pitcher every fifth day.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2017 at 12:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy hellickson, orioles, phillies

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tap-In Question: Should the Orioles be sellers no matter how they fare against the Astros? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

It’s pretty amazing how well Duquette has done in Baltimore working under the constraints of Angelos.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, July 17, 2017

One year removed from his first start, Dylan Bundy still building identity in starting rotation - Baltimore Sun

Aces don’t usually throw 92 MPH.

In 32 starts since joining the rotation this time last year, Bundy is 16-13 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.269 WHIP while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. This year, 12 of his 18 starts qualify as quality ones, and his 4.33 ERA leads the team. His peripheral stats indicate the 4.41 ERA could be flattering — his fielding-independent pitching (FIP), which calculates ERA based on factors in a pitcher’s control, is 5.02 as a starter.
...
When he worked as a reliever last year, and even after he transitioned into the rotation, he was pitching without his slider to relieve possible pressure on his arm. But his fastball last year averaged 95 mph and exploded out of his hand. This year, the average is down to 92 mph on his fastball, but he’s added the slider back to his repertoire and dominated with it early in the season.

He believes what he’ll ultimately be is somewhere between those two pitchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 12:18 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Orioles’ Trey Mancini looks to extend his rookie roll by continuing to learn and adapt - Baltimore Sun

How’s those Trumbo and Davis contracts looking now? Maybe the Orioles should have made signing Manny Machado a bigger priority.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trey mancini

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Excerpt: Comparing Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Gehrig streaks | SI.com

An excerpt from John Eisenberg’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, lou gehrig, orioles, yankees

Saturday, July 01, 2017

ESPN: Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! His annual $1.19 million payday is here

Might as well get it over with…

With seven payments now in, Bonilla has now collected $8,352,737.40. There are 18 more payments due to Bonilla through 2035. When all the payments are made, Bonilla will have turned that $5.9 million into $29.8 million.

But that’s not all.

Bonilla also has deferred money that is being paid by the Mets and the Baltimore Orioles, who took Bonilla for the final year and a half (1995 and 1996) of his first Mets contract, a five-year deal signed in December 1991 for $29 million.

The two teams split a $12.5 million payment which comes in 25 installments. That deal started in 2004, so Bonilla has received 14 payments worth a total of $7 million, and he will receive another $5.5 million through 2028.

So to recap, Bonilla has already received $15.3 million in deferred money. Over the next 18 years, he has another $27 million to go.

bobm Posted: July 01, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby bonilla, madoff, mets, orioles

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles should ‘quit whining’ about rainout

“Their GM [Dan Duquette] was nowhere to be found for three, four hours. We wanted to play the next day. They refused to play then, so the next [open] day was [Thursday]. They drove 32 miles to get there. We flew 3,000 [expletive] miles, and we beat their [behinds]. So quit your whining. Quit whining.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, mike rizzo, nationals, orioles

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Longtime Orioles Radio Broadcaster Fred Manfra Cherishes Memories

No more mistake-a-minute Manfra in Baltimore.

Bote Man Posted: June 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Little Birds: How Baltimore’s Best Hitting and Pitching Prospects Finally Came Good

Five years after they were both top-10 prospects, Machado and Bundy are now 24 years old, the best position player and pitcher, respectively, on a contending Orioles team. They’ve made good on the hype, and while Bundy’s lost years will keep him from reaching free agency until after 2021, Machado’s already deep into arbitration, making $11.5 million this year, with a chance for a couple hundred million more when he hits free agency after next season. So if someone from the future had visited them on draft day and offered them their current careers, what would they have said?

“I would’ve thought you’d been wrong,” Bundy said. “When I was 18 or 19 years old I wouldn’t have thought my arm would ever get hurt.”

Machado was equivocal until I rephrased the question: Is he happy with how his career’s turned out?
“Wouldn’t you be? I’m in the big leagues for six years and I’m enjoying every moment of it. I’m playing the game I’ve always dreamed of playing, and I’m beyond excited.”

villageidiom Posted: May 31, 2017 at 12:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, dylan bundy, manny machado, orioles, prospects

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Well said: Orioles are ‘swinging at a lot of pitches we probably can’t do much with’ - Baltimore Sun

“It’s kind of hard to pinpoint,” outfielder Mark Trumbo said. “I think everybody’s probably got something different going on, but I think we’re swinging at a lot of pitches we probably can’t do much with. We need to do a better job capitalizing on the good pitches and laying off some of the ones that are in the dirt and so forth.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

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