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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


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

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