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Monday, May 04, 2015


Friday, May 01, 2015

Brian Auld, Rays plan a neutral environment for Baltimore

I wonder if they’ll play “Seven Nation Army” every five minutes to make Orioles players feel at home.

Moving the series was a monumental task, but one the Rays have been able to execute under the leadership of VP of Operations Rick Nage, team President Brian Auld, and VP of Sales Brian Richeson. Nafe said the air has been like post season play, with sudden mobilization to make the series happen.

Tickets are general admission for the weekend, lower-bowl only, and according to Brian Auld the Rays will not make any profit off the series. There are no fees to purchase online for this series.

All revenue for the 18,000 tickets made available per game will first pay off the 700 staff it will take to run the series, then all profits will be given to the Orioles. Special offers have also been made to season ticket holders to the O’s Spring Training facility in Sarasota. Ticket prices were set by the Orioles in cooperation with Richeson.

Each team will have their mascots on hand this weekend, supposedly to create a more neutral environment, but I smell shenanigans!

“You’ll see us being really respectful of the fact that these games belong to Baltimore,” said Auld.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore riots, orioles, rays

Brady Anderson on Analytics | FanGraphs Baseball

Well worth reading.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, brady anderson, orioles, sabermetrics

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Buck Showalter had some wise words about what’s happening in Baltimore

One of the worst things that comes out of civil unrest like we’ve seen in Baltimore are the armchair civic leaders, lecturing people from the comfort of their homes and lives which have absolutely no connection to the unrest in question about what they should or should not be doing.

You’ve seen them on your Facebook feed. Quoting Martin Luther King under the delusion that they have more to say about being, for example, a black person or a poor person in a place where black and poor people are being repressed. Not realizing, even for a moment, that maybe they don’t know what in the hell they’re talking about and that their rosy abstractions have zero relation to what is actually going on. Maybe they mean well and maybe the impulse to be disapproving of violence is a good one, but really, there are some things — a lot of things — people don’t know and shouldn’t presume to know better than the people who are living it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2015 at 05:24 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore riots, buck showalter, orioles

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MLB is making the best out of a bad situation in Baltimore | HardballTalk

Craig talks a lot of sense in this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Monday, April 27, 2015

Orioles game postponed amid violence, series could be moved

Far, far, FAR down on the list of priorities of what is happening in Baltimore now, but…

Monday night’s Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards was postponed due to escalating unrest throughout the city stemming from the death of Freddie Gray last week, and new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred suggested the series could be played elsewhere.

Manfred, who was visiting Camden Yards by coincidence while making the rounds to visit to all 30 teams, acknowledged that Nationals Park in Washington could be an option. Manfred said the decision to postpone the game was made to ensure everyone’s safety.

Gamingboy Posted: April 27, 2015 at 09:42 PM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, white sox

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Angelos the Younger: We Got Bigger Problems than a Inconvenience at Camden Yards

“The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the bill of rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights and this is makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”

Shibal Posted: April 26, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, April 20, 2015

WEEI: O’s rip Buchholz for ‘forever’ pace on mound

Good things come…

Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t believe that the two half innings by Buchholz took nearly 40 minutes of the three hours, 24 minutes it took to complete the game. More annoying to Showalter was the impact it had on his starter Chris Tillman.

...

“I wouldn’t say it’s mentally tough,” added Tillman. “It’s more physically challenging. I’ve been in that situation enough to prepare myself in the dugout to go back out to make pitches from the get-go. First couple of times it was tough.”


Saturday, April 18, 2015



Thursday, April 09, 2015

Dodgers acquire reliever Ryan Webb

The Dodgers also got Ward and a competitive-balance draft pick, No. 74 overall, in exchange for pitcher Ben Rowen and catcher Chris O’Brien. That pick, which falls between the second and third rounds, has a slot value of $827,000, according to Baseball America.

So it looks like the Orioles gave up the 74th pick so they could save $2.75m on Webb’s salary. Rowen was a pre-arb player released by the Rangers in December. O’Brien’s upside is a potential future third string catcher. Brian Ward is organizational filler at best.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, orioles

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Posnanski: How do you solve a problem like Dalkowski?

One July 10, 1962, a minor miracle happened — though only a few people witnessed it. That was the day that Andy Warhol unveiled his odd Campbell Soup Cans work of art, though that wasn’t the miracle. A company called Telstar launched into space the first privately owned satellite. That wasn’t the miracle either.

No, that day, a somewhat clunky and generally unimposing young man with thick glasses took the mound for a minor-league baseball game in Elmira, N.Y. There were, by official count, 494 people in the stands.

By this point, everyone in the stands knew about the young man on the mound. He had, as they say, a reputation. He was dangerous. But something about him that day was different. He seemed calmer somehow. Which it to say: He did not throw a pitch 20 feet over the catcher’s head. He did not knock out an umpire with some crazy rising fastball. He did not throw a pitch through a wall. He simply … pitched. Every now and again, if people listened closely, they could hear something coming out of the Elmira dugout where manager Earl Weaver sat. It was the sound of someone whistling.

The young man pitched a five-hit shutout and — more to the point — he did not walk a single batter. When the game ended a reporter asked what he had done differently. Steve Dalkowski shrugged.

“I wish I knew,” he said.

The District Attorney Posted: April 07, 2015 at 07:58 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver, history, joe posnanski, orioles, steve dalkowski

Monday, April 06, 2015

Os await roster deadline « Britt’s Bird Watch

The Orioles have to set their Opening Day roster by 3 p.m. ET today and they’re still trying to make a trade to give them some flexibility.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grantland: 2015 AL East Preview

Welcome to Grantland’s 2015 MLB division previews. From now through next week, Jonah Keri and I will analyze each team in each division, focusing on offseason triumphs and failures, roster strengths and weaknesses, telling projections, revealing stats, and off-field story lines, and wrapping up with our over/under verdicts on each team’s projected record. As always, all overly pessimistic opinions should be blamed on the well-known grudge we bear your team, and only your team, because of that thing it did to us that one time that we’re still extremely bitter about.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, rays, red sox, yankees

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mets feared elbow would scuttle offseason Wheeler trade | New York Post

Teams such as the Giants would inquire about the availability of Zack Wheeler during the offseason, and the Mets would not even entertain discussions.

The perception they gave to the industry was Wheeler was part of a group of protected players who were not going to be dealt.

In reality, the Mets did not talk about Wheeler because they thought a swap never would go through, The Post has learned.

As part of any trade medical information is exchanged between teams, and there was enough troubling details already about the condition of Wheeler’s elbow — the need for MRI exams, a torn tendon, the eventual use of a platelet enrichment shot — that the Mets believed any club that looked at the portfolio would rescind the trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, orioles, rangers, zack wheeler

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wieters shut down from catching due to elbow tendinitis | MLB.com

“He took infield. He had ups, downs, he had throws between innings. That was challenging and it was at a different speed,” Showalter said. “I don’t care what you do on back fields, where there’s just a different adrenaline flow, a different arm speed. There’s throwing the ball down between innings. He said he felt a little .. achy-ness, with a couple, maybe two out of seven throws. I think we don’t want it—and Matt doesn’t want it—to mushroom into something bigger than hopefully it is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 04:54 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Defensive shifts leading to a shift in philosophy - Yahoo Sports

Chris Davis, bunting fool.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 02:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bunts, chris davis, orioles, shifts

Sunday baseball notes: Veteran Phillies await possible trades - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.

According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Jeff McKnight dies of leukemia at 52

Jeff McKnight, a versatile player who spent six seasons with the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 52.

McKnight’s family told the Mets that McKnight died Sunday after battling leukemia for 10 years. His father, Jim, who played for the Chicago Cubs briefly in the early 1960s, was born in Bee Branch, Arkansas.

Jeff McKnight made his big league debut with the Mets in 1989 and hit .233 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 218 games. He singled in his final at-bat for the Mets in August 1994, on the final day before a players’ strike wiped out the rest of the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff mcknight, mets, obituary, orioles

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gay Minor League pitcher Jason Burch was just waiting for the right question

Still, through his Minor League career that stretched across six seasons and four Major League Baseball franchises, Burch kept to that mantra: No one asked, no need to tell. During a game for the BaySox in 2008, a rare opportunity presented itself. Sitting in the bullpen, one of his teammates, a pitcher from Latin America, asked him if he had a girlfriend with whom to spend their upcoming break. The door opened and Burch strode right through it.

“I’m not interested in girls. I’m gay. And I don’t have a boyfriend.”..

That wasn’t the only time he shared his sexual orientation with teammates. He opened up to people he trusted, men he had known for a while and people he considered true friends. That list of trusted teammates simply wasn’t very long, as the life of a Minor League player is full of change. He played for five different A+ and AA teams, and two Major League spring trainings, in just his final two seasons in baseball. Players are traded, moved up, dropped down and sent to other teams all season long. Opportunities to build deep, trusting relationships with teammates are few and far between.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, coming out, gay rights, jason burch, orioles, rockies

Monday, February 16, 2015

With 2017 All-Star Game in Miami, Baltimore’s conspiracy theories need re-examining

...So I’m not buying what MLB is selling: the idea that the Orioles’ legal entanglement over Mid-Atlantic Sports Network TV-rights fees with the Washington Nationals and MLB is not at least a contributing factor to their wait to host the All-Star Game again. That just doesn’t ring completely true to me…

 

NattyBoh Posted: February 16, 2015 at 12:49 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, masn, mlb, orioles

Saturday, February 14, 2015

School of Roch: Which Orioles bring the most spring curiosity?

Orioles questions that need answering.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Adam Jones and When an Aggressive Approach Goes Too Far - GammonsDaily.com

So when Jones gets into pitchers counts, he’s not being patient enough to get his pitch.

Last season, Jones offered at 73.9% of all pitches thrown to him in three-ball counts, which was third-highest in baseball. His ability to remain deliberate within the boundaries of the strike zone was even more appalling, as his 62.7% chase rate with three balls in the count led all of baseball in 2014. The result: Jones got on base much less frequently than he should have, posting a .400 on-base percentage in three-ball counts, which was third lowest in the majors and significantly lower than the .565 league mark.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Monday, February 09, 2015

THE TOP 10 MLB LINEUPS FOR 2015

2. Blue Jays: Were Dalton Pompey more established, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak more reliable and second base not such a worry, I’d strongly consider the Blue Jays for the top spot on this list. Alas, those are, of course, all big questions.

Still, there is a lot to like about a lineup that begins with Jose Reyes, Russell Martin, Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. Those are five steady on-base presences and a middle of the order that can straight-up mash.

There are big questions to be answered in Toronto, but you’d be hard-pressed to find (on paper, at least) a lineup with a better top five.


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