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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 - NYTimes.com

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brian Matusz of Baltimore Orioles ejected for foreign substance

To show they take these things seriously, MLB needs to suspend Matusz for a quarter of the season!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brian matusz, orioles

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paredes’ HR, 4 RBIs Power Orioles Past Mariners 9-4 - NYTimes.com

You can’t stop Jimmy Paredes, you just hope he doesn’t have to wear a glove!

Jimmy Paredes homered and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a home run by former teammate Nelson Cruz in a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Paredes singled in two runs in the fourth inning and added a two-run drive off Danny Farquhar (0-2) in the sixth. Starting on a regular basis for the first time in his career, Paredes has reached base in 20 straight games and ranks second on the team with 22 RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy paredes, orioles

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

School of Roch: Harvey update and minor league trade

TINSTAAPP.

The Orioles also made a deal.

The Orioles made a minor league trade today, acquiring left-hander Chris Lee from the Astros for two international bonus slots, reportedly the 46th and 76th overall.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, tinstaapp

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Monday, May 18, 2015


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Down and Away: Leo Mazzone might be the best pitching coach in Major League history. And no one will hire him

After the 93-loss season had ended, Mazzone says the Orioles assured him that he would be brought back for 2008. But on Oct. 12, 2007, Mazzone was fired with a year left on his contract.

“I thought we were going to have a little more time to get it done,” says Perlozzo. Connolly says it was less a lack of time than a lack of talent. Mazzone agreed with both of those assessments, but when he left he said all the right things in his statement to the press: “I understand and wish the team great success.” He was 59 years old. With his track record, he felt he’d have no trouble finding a new job. All he had to do was go back to his home in Atlanta and wait for the phone to ring….

Not counting Baltimore, there had been six pitching coach vacancies in the majors that winter. Mazzone did not receive a single call. Instead, he signed on to do color commentary for a few games on Fox. When no coaching offers came the following winter, Mazzone joined the crew of a local sports-talk radio show, voicing his unvarnished opinions to weekday commuters across the Atlanta metro. After the 2010 season, he went on Sirius XM and made his pitch for openings with the Mets and Yankees, to no avail. Instead, he started working with local youths and traveling around to speak to various high school baseball organizations, extolling the virtues of throwing more often while regulating effort, controlling the strike zone — down and away, down and away — and learning how to pitch.

The only major leaguers he talked to were the old friends who still phoned to check in. “When he and I talk about baseball, he still gets fired up,” says Perlozzo, who was hired as a third-base coach by Seattle just months after his firing and today does the same for the Twins. “I’m shocked that somebody hasn’t needed his talents. But he’s firm in his beliefs. Maybe organizations are a little leery of that.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:18 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, leo mazzone, orioles, pitching coach

Camden Yards Workers Screwed Over Yet Again

The other day, the Baltimore Orioles got lots of positive press by announcing that stadium staffers would be compensated for wages lost while a state of emergency was declared in the city. Two home games were canceled, another was played at an empty Camden Yards, and three others were moved to Tampa Bay as anger over the killing of Freddie Gray reigned.

“Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to several canceled or rescheduled games,” read Tuesday’s memo from management, “the Orioles organization will compensate all hourly employees for hours that would have been ordinarily worked the week of April 27.”...

However, the O’s graciousness doesn’t actually cover all hourly stadium workers. Not even close.

“I’m told I’m not getting anything,” says Doreen Hicks, who picks up the trash at Camden Yards at O’s games. She’s an hourly employee, as are all members of game-day cleanup crew—but the team’s edict doesn’t apply to them.

As it turns out, only stadium workers directly on the team’s payroll will get make-up money. That group includes ushers, ticket sellers, and security screeners. Orioles spokesperson Kristen Hudak declined to provide any stats related to the number of employees that fall in this category, but it’s a fraction of the labor force that was put out by the tumult that consumed Baltimore. All food, booze and merchandise vendors, for example, are technically employed by a contractor, Delaware North, and are therefore not eligible for the recompense offered by the O’s for the disappeared games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, labor, orioles

Friday, May 08, 2015

Shoulder tendinitis sending Gausman to DL | orioles.com

So far this year, Gausman hasn’t taken the step to the next level that many, including me, expected. Maybe it’s physical.

“That’s a really driving force in a decision like this,” Showalter said. “That’s why I talk about the nine or 10 guys between Double- and Triple-A that we are excited about—Kevin is one of those guys. You never know what you are going to have next year. These are assets that you can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to do. It would be very easy to continue with him down there and we’d probably be fine, but I and we don’t want to take any chance with it. I’d rather have him, but we’d also rather have him long term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin gausman, orioles

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The cost of closing the Baltimore Orioles game during the riots: $7.5 million

“I would guess the cancellations have meaningful implications because of the number of games lost,” said Rodney Paul, a professor of sport management at Syracuse University. Major League Baseball depends more on gate receipts for revenues than does, say, the National Football League, which profits from big television contracts, he said. “For a baseball team, it’s a big loss,” Paul said.

A back-of-the-envelope calculation reveals that the riots that forced a shutdown of Camden Yards for six games could cost the club some $6 million in gate receipts. Add in more than a million in additional revenues from parking fees and concessions, and a price tag of close to $7.5 million for the team and its licensees could be reasonable.

NattyBoh Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:14 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, orioles, riots

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

After bouncing around, Jimmy Paredes gets his chance with the Orioles - Baltimore Sun

The guy has some skills on offense but can’t field. He needs to keep taking advantage of his opportunity if he wants a career, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy paredes, orioles

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


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