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Monday, July 25, 2016

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

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.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Baltimore Orioles, So Consistent, Crave Another Measure of Success - The New York Times

Thank Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter.

The Baltimore Orioles have the most victories in the American League in the last five seasons. Let that sink in for a moment.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, July 17, 2016

For Orioles’ young pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, the future is now - Baltimore Sun

Bundy goes into the rotation.

And now, after pitching the first half of the season in relief, Bundy, 23, will join Gausman, 25, in the starting rotation, making his first major league start on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field – a ‘hallelujah’ moment for Orioles fans who have been waiting for the team’s top young pitchers to reach their mark.

Down the stretch, the Orioles will lean on their prized young arms to help them get to the postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MASN Dispute Won’t Be Resolved by MLB Panel

Just another baby step toward the (non) resolution of the MASN dispute between the Orioles and Nationals.

A New York Supreme Court justice ruled Monday that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won’t have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: legal, masn, nationals, orioles, tv rights

Monday, June 27, 2016

Trumbo on All-Star support: “It makes you feel pretty special” - School of Roch

Trumbo began last week trailing the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts by only 27,023 votes for third place in All-Star balloting, which will be updated again today before teams are announced on July 5 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. He’s batting .279/.330/.554 with 22 home runs that lead the majors and match his 2015 total. His 55 RBIs lead the Orioles.
Mark-Trumbo-back-on-deck-white.png“I don’t actively check it,” Trumbo said. “I have updates that come in from time to time. I guess it’s a nice situation to be in, but it’s also kind of a distraction, too. It’s inevitable you’re going to think about it a little bit, but there’s more important stuff going on out there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars, mark trumbo, orioles

Friday, June 24, 2016

Say what you will, but the Orioles are doing something right | FOX Sports

Can they really get much for him with his injury history?

Which raises the question: How far would the Orioles go to upgrade? Would they trade right-hander Dylan Bundy, whom they drafted fourth overall in 2011 and who is finally healthy and contributing as a reliever after missing most of the previous three seasons with injuries?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Baltimore Sun: Ubaldo Out, Gallardo In Orioles Rotation

Buck gives Ubaldo the boot to the bullpen as Gallardo returns from the DL.

As Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struggled through May and slumped to the status of, statistically, the worst starting pitcher in the majors, his job remained his because the answer to any questions about a replacement was a question of its own: “Who else?”

Manager Buck Showalter on Tuesday finally had an answer. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will return from the disabled list Saturday and start in Jimenez’s place in the Orioles rotation. Jimenez, for the second time in his three seasons with the Orioles, has been banished to the bullpen.

Chris Fluit Posted: June 15, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dumpster fire, orioles, ubaldo jimenez, yovani gallardo

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The reason why the Royals have considered trading Yordano Ventura - Yahoo Sports

Another stupid skirmish.

Yordano Ventura, petulant child, roared back to life Tuesday night, when after missing Manny Machado twice with brushback pitches during his second at-bat he planted a 99-mph fastball in Machado’s ribs in the third. Were this some other pitcher, maybe any other, Machado would’ve shaken off the pain and hobbled to first base. That it happened to be someone who in three consecutive starts last season incited benches to clear provided the tinder, kindling and logs for a Machado spark that otherwise would’ve idly died.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, royals, yordano ventura

Friday, June 03, 2016

Orioles outslug Red Sox to cap wild series | MLB.com

Seven homers are a big deal.

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones both went deep twice and Manny Machado blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Junichi Tazawa to break a 5-5 tie. The O’s homered in five straight innings, including Francisco Pena’s first career long ball in his Baltimore debut, to overcome a rocky sixth from starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who surrendered five runs in the frame after allowing just one hit in the first five innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Need a wedding song? O’s reliever Brad Brach (and wife) has you covered - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Posted as a public service for engaged Primates.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brad brach, orioles

Sunday, May 29, 2016

How are you liking the decision to keep Matt Wieters now? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Things can change in a hurry. Yesterday, the Indians stole five bases on Wieters (Jimenez 4, Givens 1), including SB by the speedy Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Napoli, and Carlos Santana. So, I guess respect only goes so far.

Flash forward to now: Thanks to a torrid recent run, Wieters headed into Saturday slashing .292/.333/.451 with four homers and 16 RBIs. More important, he’s playing more often behind the plate and his defense has been noteworthy. His catcher’s ERA is 3.28, which is 13th overall in the majors and third among players with at least 25 starts at catcher.

Perhaps what’s more impressive is that Wieters is 4-for-8 in throwing out would-be basestealers. What stands out to me are the eight attempts. Teams are respecting his arm again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Braves trade minor leaguers for draft pick (and Matusz)

The Braves made another trade Monday that underscores the importance they place on the June draft in their rebuilding plan.

They traded minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed reliever Brian Matusz and the No. 76 pick in next month’s draft. That brings to five the number of picks the Braves hold among the first 80 picks in the June 9-11 draft, Nos. 3, 40, 44, 76 and 80.

The Braves immediately designated for assignment the contract of Matusz, who could traded or released.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian matusz, draft picks, orioles, trade

Monday, May 02, 2016

J.J. Hardy foot injury could lead to hot-hitting Pedro Alvarez and others in the Orioles lineup - Baltimore Sun

Things might get interesting on the left side of the infield if Hardy will be out for a while.

Showalter touts the work Alvarez has put in at third base and first base as he prepares for an opportunity like the one that’s staring at him. There’s definitely going to be a place for whichever infielder gets summoned from the minors, and who knows if Reimold will hold up with more playing time or Kim can keep up the strides he made over his month in the batting cage.

Losing Hardy for any length of time will be a real blow to the Orioles, and this scenario really suffers defensively. Showalter wasn’t going to make a problem out of their glut of hot bats, so the universe did for him. This is one of many ways to accommodate them.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pedro alvarez

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Record Setting Five Koreans Debut in Major League Baseball

When most fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) think of players from the Pacific Rim, players imported from Japan’s professional league tend to come to mind. Whether it be Ichiro or for a period Dice K Matsuzaka, there have been a string of high profile players coming from Japan to the United States. That perception may be about to change. While more Japanese professionals have played in the major leagues, players from Korea are increasingly making their mark in MLB as well.

Because of the thriving professional leagues in Korea and Japan, a posting system remains in place that limits the flow of talent to the majors from Korea and Japan relative to what the overall level of talent in either country would warrant than in comparison from Latin America. This has begun to change somewhat in the last decade or so thanks in part to the success of players such as Ichiro and more recently to Koreans such as Choo Shin-soo with the Rangers and Ryu Hyun-jin with the Dodgers.

In the case of Korea, this all began with Park Chan-ho. Park became the first Korean to play in the major leagues when he briefly made his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994, but would go on to become a star once he had established himself in the majors by 1996. Park’s success helped to pave the way for other players from Korea to come to the United States, with a peak of 8 Koreans playing in the majors in 2005.

While the number of Koreans playing in MLB tailed off after 2005, the 2016 season has seen a resurgence in Koreans playing in the majors. Five Korean-born players have already made their debut this season and the number of Korean-born players on MLB rosters is again at an all-time high of eight. However, if prospects such as Lee Hak-ju of the San Francisco Giants make their debut this season, 2016 could represent a high-water mark for Koreans in Major League Baseball.

The following is a brief look at the five Korean-born players to have made their debut this season in the majors:


With ‘no changes’ in MRI, Orioles hope Yovani Gallardo returns in about 4 weeks - Baltimore Sun

A new MRI on Gallardo’s ailing right shoulder Sunday showed “no changes” from the MRI taken two months ago during Gallardo’s club physical, before the Orioles signed him in February, according to an industry source.

Gallardo left Friday’s game in Kansas City after just two innings after feeling discomfort in his shoulder and was placed on the DL before Saturday’s game against the Royals, marking the first time in parts of 10 major league seasons that he has gone on the DL with an arm-related injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yovani gallardo

Orioles notes: Hyun Soo Kim more aggressive at plate; Tyler Wilson to start Thursday - Baltimore Sun

“This is a guy who walked 100-plus times in Korea last year, and I think he’s kind of seeing that there’s a little more attack mode here,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He was telling me that six or seven out of 10 pitches he sees over there are breaking balls. And because of his reputation over there, guys pitched him kind of like how you see them pitch some of our guys when they’re swinging the bats. So it was tough for him initially when guys were really attacking him with a really more consistent velocity fastball early. But he’s made the adjustment. He’s smart. He’s studying and watching. That’s one of the good things about him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun soo kim, orioles

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Players Honor Prince by Changing Walkup Music.

Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.

As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM | 676 comment(s)
  Beats: death, music, orioles, rangers, reds, twins, yankees

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


The Rise and Fall of Rafael Palmeiro

At the far end of the Mexican restaurant just off the highway in a Dallas suburb, he slides into a booth.

“I could still do it,” Rafael Palmeiro says. “If I had to play a full season, I could probably hit .270, with 25 home runs. It’s between the ears, man.”

The restaurant is half-full for lunch, and the pop music on the speakers drowns out any noise. A lanky, 30-something waiter comes by every five minutes, pauses and asks if he wants water, or if he’s OK. Each time the waiter leaves, he glances back at Palmeiro.

It’s awkward, but it’s not quite celebrity gawking—he doesn’t want a photo. His curiosity is more academic. He studies him. He knows this man, of course. We all do. He was once a sure-fire baseball Hall of Famer. Now the waiter is attempting to fold together the two defining points in this man’s life and make sense of it—the 500th home run followed by his name stamped onto the wall in what was then called the Ballpark in Arlington a few miles down the road, and the announcement he was a cheater two years later.

Palmeiro smiles politely. For nearly 11 years, besides the occasional phone interview and a documentary produced about his college baseball team, he’s disappeared from public life. But now he wants to empty his soul. When the waiter leaves he turns his shoulders to face me.

“This isn’t how I envisioned my life to be.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, peds, rafael palmeiro, rangers

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Inside the record-setting seventh inning for Mark Trumbo and the homer-happy Orioles - Baltimore Sun

“There’s no doubt. This is where the fun is. The speculation — the preseason — is one thing,” Trumbo said. “But to go and actually see it with your own eyes, in season, this was a really, really fun game for us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, orioles

Monday, April 11, 2016

Orioles understand but dislike the tobacco ban they’re about to face - Baltimore Sun

Reliever Darren O’Day, the Orioles’ union representative, said players have been briefed on the laws during spring training. He believes it’s “reasonable” to reduce the visibility of the tobacco use so as to not influence children, but said the ban is “a bit of a government overreach.”

“There’s a triple-bacon cheeseburger,” O’Day said. “Do you really need that? No, you don’t, but the government’s not going to outlaw it.

“I get it,” O’Day said. “We get it. But as I said before, there’s some personal liberties that I just don’t think should be infringed upon. I don’t dip. I don’t smoke. I smoke a cigar once in a while. My dad lives in a community in Florida where you can’t smoke a cigar on your own back porch. To me, that just blows my mind.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Friday, April 08, 2016

Joe-eey Rickard: A man of growing legend (Dylan Bundy, Twins notes) - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Joey Rickard, Cinderella story or the real deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey rickard, orioles

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Orioles closer Zach Britton rises only after he embraced the sinker - Baltimore Sun

“If anyone’s ever told you they thought this was going to happen, I’d think they’d be crazy,” Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace said. “None of us knew really. It was an opportunity, a guy with great stuff and makeup. He’s found a role, or a role has found him, however way you want to put it. He’s embraced it. There’s a lot disappointments in our end of the game, but once in a while something like this comes along and it’s tremendous.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Friday, April 01, 2016

Jonathan Schoop proving power is for real | MLB.com

You can probably still buy low.

All of this is important because a roster that also contains slugging stars like Jones, Chris Davis and Manny Machado makes it easy for Schoop to be overlooked, but there’s an argument to be made that if healthy, he’ll be baseball’s best power-hitting second baseman in 2016. After all, his 484.5 foot homer off of Johnny Cueto on Aug. 26 was the third-longest home run measured by Statcast™ all season long, and one of the two ahead required help from Coors Field.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan schoop, orioles

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