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Saturday, October 18, 2014

ESPN: Brian Roberts retires

Second baseman Brian Roberts, who played all but one season of his 14-year major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, confirmed Friday that he is retiring.

Brian Roberts never played a postseason game in his 14-year career, most of which was spent as a second baseman for the Orioles. “It was just kind of my time,” Roberts told the Baltimore Sun. “There were numerous reasons that I felt like I couldn’t play at a level that I was accustomed to and wanted to play at if I continued to play. I always said that I wasn’t going to be the guy that tried to hang on as long as I could.”

Roberts signed with the New York Yankees in 2014, but was released in August after hitting .237 in 91 games. He told the Sun that several teams had expressed interest in signing him, but he decided against a deal.

He still put up 1.5 WAR in that final season with the Yankees. A worthy player, it’s unfortunate that he never got to play in the postseason.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 18, 2014 at 03:41 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brian roberts, orioles

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Royals sweep Orioles to earn shot at crown | MLB.com

Congratulations to the Royals and their fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 07:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals - October 14, 2014 | MLB.com Box

The Orioles are in deep doo-doo.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ESPN MLB Chaotic week for new father Britton

That’s the Monarch Notes version of Britton’s game; he relied on a sinking fastball and a slider to induce a staggeringly high ground-ball percentage of 75.3 percent during the regular season. But when the games are this big and the ground balls lead to baserunners, ill-fated timing and BABIP woes can smell suspiciously like failure on a grand stage. Fans and the media tend to see it that way, although pitchers try to keep the phenomenon in context.

“One of the biggest things for us as pitchers is knowing that once the ball leaves your hand, you can’t do anything about that,” said Orioles reliever Andrew Miller. “Sometimes ground balls find holes. They find the 4-hole or the 6-hole, or you give up infield hits. That’s the reality of the game, and you have to move on. Zach’s stuff is unquestionable. He’s the least of my concerns.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Royals win powerful ALCS opener - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Yes they did.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Midnight magic: Alex Gordon’s blast powers the Royals to another thrilling extra-inning win | The Kansas City Star

The personification of this Royals team is a busted prospect who made himself into a star turning a fastball that catches too much of the plate into a trophy for the right-field seats.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, orioles, playoffs, royals

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Orioles Reach Extension with J.J. Hardy

Today’s workout at Camden Yards will include an announcement that the Orioles have reached agreement with shortstop J.J. Hardy on a contract extension, according to an industry source.

Hardy, 32, was a pending free agent. Expected negotiations weren’t held during spring training and the sides agreed to hold off discussions during the regular season.

Hardy’s extension covers the next three seasons. FOX Sports is reporting that the value is north of $40 million.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fox Sports (Robothal): Sick of Red Sox-Yankees? Then watch the Orioles-Royals ALCS

Well, SugarBear Blanks begs to differ, for one:

I mean, this is what many of you want, right? People tell me all the time, “The networks need to show teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox.” Well, thanks to the outcomes of the two American League Division Series, fans no longer will be bound and gagged and forced to watch the despicable Northeast monsters against their collective will.

So, will you be glued to your televisions? I mean, it’s put up or shut up time, right? The Orioles and Royals in the ALCS is a dream matchup for those who want fresh faces, fresh stories, fresh cities – and in the Royals’ case, a fresh (if retro) brand of baseball.  But I’m betting TBS and baseball executives are nervous, fearing ratings will be low.

I’ve actually waited years to write this column, holding off because I did not want to come off as a shill for FOX. Now that the Orioles and Royals will be on TBS, I’m more comfortable making my case. Because honestly, I do not think you’re going to watch, at least not in the numbers that this matchup deserves.


Dave Wallace thrives with the Orioles - Sports - The Boston Globe

It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody.

That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave wallace, general, orioles, pitching coaches

Cruz, Orioles Beat Tigers 2-1 for ALDS Sweep - NYTimes.com

O’s sweep and close the Tigers playoff window.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, tigers

Sunday, October 05, 2014


Friday, October 03, 2014

Passan: Orioles’ ALDS win shows why Buck Showalter is the playoffs’ best manager

It’ll be hilarious if Yost or McClendon wins the award.

Perhaps the worst trend of modern relief pitching is the intractability of bullpen roles. Their very existence is manicured. At some point, when baseball recognized that, yeah, it probably is a good idea to exploit platoon splits, managers started slotting relievers in specific situations. Seventh inning for one guy, eighth for another, ninth and only ninth for the closer. And even if the heart of the order was up in the eighth and Scrub Jones, Slappy Jackson and Pipsqueak Fontana in the ninth, roles are roles, and roles must be adhered to.

Then there is Buck Showalter, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. On Thursday, he took a tire iron to roles. He threw arguably his best reliever in the sixth inning – and let him pitch another for good measure. He went to his closer for an out in the eighth inning, fully intending to use him for a four-out save. He managed like he always does: with a keen sense of the moment, a singular ability to suss out the right thing for the right time…

“I was ready, and I’ll be ready throughout the postseason if he needs to use me in the eighth, seventh, wherever it is,” [closer Zach] Britton said. “I don’t think people feel like they’re entitled to throw a certain inning. That’s a lot of it. Some guys maybe feel like if you’re the closer you only throw the ninth. It’s not our mindset here. We’re team guys. If he needs to throw us in the fifth, we’re going to throw the fifth.

“He’s going to throw the best guy for the situation. If that’s you, you’re going into the game.”...

“I wouldn’t have signed on for six more years if I didn’t like him,” said Orioles star Adam Jones, he of the six-year, $85.5 million deal.

The District Attorney Posted: October 03, 2014 at 11:49 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles, strategy

Thursday, October 02, 2014


Giants Win Should Aid Favored Nationals

Hey, all. I’m back with my (crude, i.e., doesn’t take into account lineups) postseason projections for you all to tear apart. Below is a summary of my data as the LDS round begins.

Overall WS Win Likelihoods:
* WSN 19%
* LAA 19%
* LAD 18%
* BAL 14%
* DET 9%
* SFG 8%
* KCR 7%
* STL 6%

Most likely WS outcome: LAA over WSN in 7 (2.04%)

Interesting WS match-ups:
* All-Cali Series 18%
* Beltway Battle 10%
* Show Me State Showdown 2%

Check out the full link for more analysis and pretty charts.

J-Doug Posted: October 02, 2014 at 11:59 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, dodgers, giants, nationals, orioles, projections, royals, tigers, world series

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Dog eats baseball playoff tickets

the Royals’ ticket delivery system.

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“I went outside and I found basically this, scattered all over the place,” he said holing up shredded cardboard and papers.

Breslaw’s seven-month-old 80 pound Burmese mountain dog names Fezzik got to the tickets first, chewing at them like they were a T-bone steak.

“I guess when that friendly man in the blue shirt put this new toy over the railing, it was irresistible,” Bredlaw said.

On the bright side, it’s still better than the Royals’ ticket delivery system.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jays pitcher Stroman suspended 6 games

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games for throwing behind the head of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph on Monday night.

The rookie right-hander is appealing the suspension and with the Jays headed to New York for a four-game weekend set against the Yankees, it is expected that the hearing will be at major league baseball headquarters on Thursday or Friday. Stroman’s next scheduled start is Saturday in the Bronx. The 23-year-old Long Island native was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Paul D(uda) Posted: September 17, 2014 at 07:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, suspensions

With 8-2 win Tuesday, Orioles clinch first American League East title since 1997

“...Even though this was the Orioles’ ninth division title in franchise history, it was a first for the city of Baltimore. In this 60th anniversary season of Orioles baseball, it marked the first time in club history that they celebrated a division title at home while needing a win to clinch. Back in 1969, the Orioles won the AL East on a day in which they won, but had already sealed the division before their game ended…

 

NattyBoh Posted: September 17, 2014 at 04:35 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: al east, orioles, playoffs

Chris Davis Rescues Man Pinned Under Truck

Chris Davis was on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, heading toward the airport, when a pickup truck ahead of him overturned. One passenger was thrown from the truck, but another was stuck underneath the vehicle. Davis pulled over and, with the help of some other Good Samaritans, was able to lift up the truck, enabling the rescue of the accident victim.

Word has it that he was really planning his route for the upcoming Baltimore-Washington World Series run.

boteman Posted: September 17, 2014 at 01:34 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, heroes, orioles

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman gets no defence from his manager after nearly hitting a batter in the head

Gibbons is like school on Saturday: no class.

Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles

Monday, September 15, 2014

Calcaterra: Derek Jeter got a bucket of crabs and a captain’s hat from the Orioles

Crabs, huh? Got to be more careful with the gift baskets, Derek.

We haven’t checked in on Derek Jeter gifts for a while. But this past weekend marked his last visit to Camden Yards as a player, and here was his haul:

   A U.S. Navy Captain’s hat;
   A bucket of crabs, presented by Boog Powell; and
   a $10,000 check in his name for the Miracle League of Manasota, which is a charity that helps kids with special needs play baseball.

JE (Jason) Posted: September 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, orioles, yankees

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamine Use

Wow, really committing to this “Maris has the real record” bit.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis‘ season is over as he has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun… The suspension will cover eight postseason games, should Baltimore advance that far, as the team has 17 regular season contests remaining.

The District Attorney Posted: September 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles, ped, suspensions

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Buck Showalter Orders On-Deck Circle Mats Removed

The animated .gif in the article explains why.

Chasing a foul ball off the bat of Ryan Ludwick in the fifth inning, Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph slipped on the rubber on-deck circle and skidded into the camera well next to the Baltimore dugout.

boteman Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, orioles, safety

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Orioles Acquire Kelly Johnson

Needs to go to Tampa and Toronto and complete the circuit. By the end of the day tomorrow, I mean. He’s played for them already.

The Orioles have announced that they’ve acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus…

Johnson… [has] hit .212/.290/.354 for the season. With the Orioles, he’ll likely play mostly at third base in the wake of the team’s loss of Manny Machado for the rest of the season.

The Orioles selected Almanzar from the Red Sox in the Rule 5 Draft last offseason, but returned him in early July. Since then, he’s hit .280/.360/.427 in 186 plate appearances for Double-A Portland.

The District Attorney Posted: August 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: kelly johnson, orioles, red sox, trades, transactions

Orioles Acquire Alejandro De Aza

A “why not?” deal for the O’s.

The Orioles have announced that they’ve acquired left-handed outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, has hit .246/.312/.358 this season… He’s making $4.25MM this season in his second year of arbitration, and he can become eligible for free agency after 2015.

The Orioles already have a strong starting outfield of Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but they can surely use De Aza as a backup…

Chalas, 22, has pitched most of the season with Class A+ Frederick, where he posted a 4.80 ERA, 6.4 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 69 1/3 innings of relief… Blackmar, also 22, has pitched 130 1/3 innings for Frederick, with a 3.18 ERA, 5.7 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9, pitching mostly has a starter. MLB.com does not rank either of them in its list of the top 20 Orioles prospects.


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