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Friday, October 02, 2015

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy says he has played entire season with torn labrum in left shoulder - Baltimore Sun

Playing with a torn labrum can’t be fun.

Hardy—who signed a three-year, $40 million extension last October, is signed through the 2017 season with a $14 million vesting option for 2018 based on plate appearances.

Hardy said that if the shoulder ailments persisted next year, it could impact how long he plans to continue playing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2015 at 05:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, j.j. hardy, orioles

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tension building inside Orioles organization | FOX Sports

I can’t see Duquette getting the boot one year after the team prevented him from leaving.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dan duquette, general managers, orioles

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pine Belt Major League Baseball player dies

Walter Young Junior played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005, and since 2011 he worked as a resource officer for the Lamar County School District.
Young was 35 years old.

Much, much too soon.

Young hit the longest home run I’ve ever seen in person. I’ll never forget him.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Biggest offseason questions |

Dan O’Dowd asks some tough questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, free agency, giants, mariners, mets, orioles, white sox

Friday, September 11, 2015

It’s been a fade to oblivion for Baltimore Orioles

“For the Orioles to get back to playing winning baseball, we need to do a lot of things better,” Duquette said. “We need to draft better. We need to develop better. We need to procure players better. We need to coach better, and we need play better. We need to do all of those things better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Shades of 2002, but not quite as dark for Orioles - Baltimore Sun

I bet Orioles fans love being reminded of the 2002 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Buck Showalter still one of the best at running a pitching staff -

Buck Showalter seems to know how to work a bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Duquette: Orioles want to re-sign Davis | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

“We’ve got a number of free agents on this team, and I can tell you this: We’re going to sign some of them, and some of them, we’re not going to be able to sign,” Duquette said.

“We do want to sign some of our key players for the future, and Chris Davis is one of them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Friday, July 24, 2015

Baltimore Brewery Commemorates Cal Ripken Jr.‘s Streak with New Beer

Heavy Seas Beer, a Baltimore-based brewery, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played with a special “Fielder’s Choice” brew featuring Ripken-themed packaging.

Apparently Wade Boggs will try to drink 2,131 of them.

eddieot Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, cal ripken jr, orioles

Orioles’ free fall continues as Yankees complete sweep with 9-3 win - Baltimore Sun

Jones has the right attitude.

The Orioles dropped to 19-30 on the road this season with their ninth loss in their past 12 games away from Camden Yards. They couldn’t leave New York quick enough, looking to salvage their nine-game road trip with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend

“What else are you going to do, dwell on it? No man. That’s not good for sports,” said Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who was 0-for-4 Thursday and 2-for-12 in the series. “It’s not good for your own [mentality]. So hey, we’ve lost three in a row before. Now let’s go down to Tampa and clean it up. … The series is over. That’s the good thing. Let’s get the hell out of New York and go down to Florida.”

Thursday’s loss dropped the Orioles a season-high seven games out of first place in the American League East.

“Nobody in the clubhouse [is] crying,” Jones said. “We got beat. It’s a very good team over there. Go to Tampa and do what we’ve gotta go. There’s [68] games left. Nobody’s crying, man.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Handful of teams a trade from winning it all |

Is Cueto hurt?

But even with so many teams still in contention, there will be impact players changing teams, possibly several of them. Reds ace Johnny Cueto could be the best, but there is a long list of others, including Cueto’s teammate Mike Leake.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, mets, orioles, trade deadline, trade rumors, yankees

Monday, July 20, 2015

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But Cueto’s six-walk performance on Sunday likely renewed concerns for teams already worried about his elbow; his average fastball velocity of 92.68 mph was his second-lowest of the season, according to (the only game in which Cueto’s velocity was lower was on May 19, after which he missed a start due to stiffness in his elbow).

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOVERRO: Frank Robinson slighted during MLB’s ‘Greatest Living Players’ salute - Washington Times

Imagine how Roger Clemens feels.

Frank Robinson used to joke that if he knew it would be such a big deal to have 600 career home runs and 3,000 hits, he would have played a few more games.

Well, Frank, maybe you were right. It turns out that 586 career home runs and 2,943 hits, along with 1,812 runs batted in, Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues, a Triple Crown, five pennants and two World Series titles wasn’t enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 188 comment(s)
  Beats: frank robinson, orioles

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Injuries to Bundy and Harvey hurt Orioles in more ways than one | Baseball Essential

How many teams can afford to see all their young starting pitching prospects not pan out?

The Orioles are a team that cannot afford to see their young starting pitching prospects shrivel up in the minor leagues. This is a team one or two bad years away from beginning the vicious cycle of rushing pitchers to the Majors or being stuck with retreads like Bruce Chen and Kevin Millwood. Offense was never the problem as the losses piled up from 1998 to 2012. It was always pitching, especially the starting variety. Even the current iteration of the rotation appears to be getting by mainly on smoke and mirrors.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, hunter harvey, orioles

Monday, July 13, 2015

Catching up with former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich - Baltimore Sun

A nice article on one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball history.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bobby grich, orioles

Monday, June 29, 2015

Dylan Bundy Shut Down Indefinitely - MLB Trade Rumors

This doesn’t sound good for Bundy. More detail at the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 08:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Orange is the new blast: O’s hit club-record 8 HRs

That’s a lot of homers.

The Orioles set a new franchise record by hitting eight home runs in Tuesday night’s 19-3 victory over the Phillies. Six different Baltimore players clubbed homers as the Orioles became the first team to hit eight or more home runs in a game since the Red Sox did so against Detroit on Sept. 4, 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, phillies

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Francoeur pitches! (game recap)

Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun with him ...

Walt Davis Posted: June 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fish in a barrel, jeff francoeur, orioles, phillies, pigs flying

Wei-Yin Chen is not happy about his demotion and he may have a point

Seems like a strange way to treat your good young front line pitcher.

villainx Posted: June 16, 2015 at 10:57 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, orioles, weird

Sunday, June 14, 2015

For a Catcher Who Had a Pitcher’s Surgery, Recovery From a Different Angle -

My theory is that it’s effort,” Wieters said. “Pitchers are now throwing with 100 percent effort almost every pitch they throw out there. I think back in the day, one, they didn’t have all the M.R.I.s and things to find it, but also those guys would save their 100 percent effort for when they needed it.”

Wieters said that Jim Palmer and Scott McGregor, who starred for the Orioles and retired in the 1980s, had told him that. But today’s pitchers, Wieters said, rarely last as long in games and face more home run threats throughout a lineup.

“Now, you have so many sixth-, seventh- and eighth-inning guys, the starters are just having to get through five innings, so they give everything they have on every pitch,” Wieters said. “With the way bullpens are set up now, one run can lose you the ballgame. So everything’s max effort, and I don’t think the elbow was meant to throw a baseball as hard as some of the guys are throwing it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles, tommy john surgery

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jones’ Gold Glove ‘D’ again on display |

It will be interesting to see (if the data is made available) what the new metrics have to say about Jones’ defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, orioles

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Wieters back in a big way after injury |

It will be interesting to see how well Wieters plays the rest of this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Thursday, May 28, 2015

School of Roch: Updates on Bundy, De Aza and Miranda

Is Bundy a star-crossed pitcher?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

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