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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

School of Roch: This, that and the other

A lot of good Orioles info in this article.

Showalter also preached the importance of kids playing more than one sport. He sees no value in sticking only to baseball.

“I had a pitcher who was a high draft pick,” Showalter recalled, “and I said, ‘What did you play when you weren’t pitching? Did you play first base, did you play the outfield? What did you play?’ And he goes, ‘I didn’t play.’ I said, ‘What? You didn’t hit? You didn’t play another position? You didn’t play another sport?’ And it brought a lot of things into focus about the issues he had.

“The consistency of bios in media guides will tell you that the really good guys played multiple sports and they had their time occupied between sports. They let the joints, the body, the shoulders, the elbows, the growth plates close completely and they had fun as a young kid. I tell that to parents all the time. They say, ‘What should I do with my son?’ I go, ‘Let him have fun, let him be a kid, let him grow up, let him find something that he has a passion about.’

“A lot of really good baseball players and golfers I know pick the game up late, real late. People have to make these decisions as a parents. Don’t put it in the hands of a coach.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, November 12, 2015

School of Roch: Catching up on the catching situation

Saltalamacchia is a switch-hitter with a career .240/.311/.419 slash line in nine seasons. He’s below-average behind the plate, but he did hit 25 home runs with the Red Sox in 2012 and the team signing him would pay only the league minimum. The Marlins are on the hook, so to speak, for the rest of the $8 million he’s owed next season.

It would simply be a depth signing. If not him, someone else. It won’t be presented as a major acquisition. It’s not evidence that Duquette is ignoring more important needs on the roster.

Duquette has been meeting with various executives and agents. He’s plotting ways to acquire two outfielders, along with a starting pitcher. He’s trying to stay in the running for a few of his own free agents, including Chris Davis and Darren O’Day. He isn’t putting 100 percent of his energy and focus into another backup catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, November 09, 2015

Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy scratched from third Arizona Fall League start | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball


The Orioles’ No. 2 prospect has been scratched from his third AFL start for Peoria on Monday. Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reported that the scratch came as a result of “lingering [right] elbow stiffness” and that although nothing appears wrong with the elbow, the problem could bring Bundy’s Fall League campaign to a close.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:49 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Judge rules in favor of Orioles in MASN Court Case

Nearly six months after the trial hearing, and three years after the dispute began between MASN and the Nationals, the verdict is in on the court case involving tens of millions of dollars of rights fees. The thirty-page decision provides the immediate conclusion that the court has thrown out the ruling made by baseball’s panel - a victory for the Orioles - but offers no other resolution to the case.

Page 27 of the ruling is particularly interesting.

Under the circumstances, the Court concludes that this complete inaction objectively demonstrates an utter lack of concern for fairness of the proceeding that is “so inconsistent with basic principles of justice” that the award must be vacated.

birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: November 04, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles

Monday, October 26, 2015

Orioles free agents will be free after World Series - Baltimore Sun

Team building is an incredibly interesting topic. It’s why I’ve loved playing in intricate sim leagues for so long. Who do you sign? Who do you get? How do you balance out long-term vs. short-term?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, orioles

Thursday, October 15, 2015

1971 Orioles: A Record That Will Never Be Broken - The InscriberMag

I remember that season. Too bad it’s impossible for pitchers to go on four-days rest now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

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 | 18 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

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