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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles should ‘quit whining’ about rainout

“Their GM [Dan Duquette] was nowhere to be found for three, four hours. We wanted to play the next day. They refused to play then, so the next [open] day was [Thursday]. They drove 32 miles to get there. We flew 3,000 [expletive] miles, and we beat their [behinds]. So quit your whining. Quit whining.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, mike rizzo, nationals, orioles

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Longtime Orioles Radio Broadcaster Fred Manfra Cherishes Memories

No more mistake-a-minute Manfra in Baltimore.

Bote Man Posted: June 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Little Birds: How Baltimore’s Best Hitting and Pitching Prospects Finally Came Good

Five years after they were both top-10 prospects, Machado and Bundy are now 24 years old, the best position player and pitcher, respectively, on a contending Orioles team. They’ve made good on the hype, and while Bundy’s lost years will keep him from reaching free agency until after 2021, Machado’s already deep into arbitration, making $11.5 million this year, with a chance for a couple hundred million more when he hits free agency after next season. So if someone from the future had visited them on draft day and offered them their current careers, what would they have said?

“I would’ve thought you’d been wrong,” Bundy said. “When I was 18 or 19 years old I wouldn’t have thought my arm would ever get hurt.”

Machado was equivocal until I rephrased the question: Is he happy with how his career’s turned out?
“Wouldn’t you be? I’m in the big leagues for six years and I’m enjoying every moment of it. I’m playing the game I’ve always dreamed of playing, and I’m beyond excited.”

villageidiom Posted: May 31, 2017 at 12:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, dylan bundy, manny machado, orioles, prospects

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Well said: Orioles are ‘swinging at a lot of pitches we probably can’t do much with’ - Baltimore Sun

“It’s kind of hard to pinpoint,” outfielder Mark Trumbo said. “I think everybody’s probably got something different going on, but I think we’re swinging at a lot of pitches we probably can’t do much with. We need to do a better job capitalizing on the good pitches and laying off some of the ones that are in the dirt and so forth.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, orioles

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Doug DeCinces convicted of insider trading, awaits sentencing

Former All-Star Doug DeCinces was convicted Friday of insider trading for a stock buy that earned him more than $1 million.

The ex-Baltimore Orioles and Angels third baseman was convicted of 14 federal charges. According to the Orange County Register, each count potentially carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Jurors deadlocked on 18 other charges and a judge declared a mistrial for those counts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2017 at 12:13 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, doug decinces, insider trading, legal, orioles

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

O-ver the top: Trumbo HR is above, beyond! | MLB.com

Trumbo tomahawked the high and outside 92-mph fastball from Gio Gonzalez a Statcast-estimated 417 feet. The pitch was also measured at 4.62 feet off the ground, making it the highest pitch hit for a homer in the Pitch Tracking Era (since 2008). The previous highest in pitch tracking history was a Hunter Pence homer on Aug. 23, 2014, at 4.56 feet. (Good Lord). The previous highest in the Statcast Era was 4.38 feet hit by Evan Gattis on July 8, 2015. Honestly, that’s just what strong, baseball behemoths do.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 07:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, orioles

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Curt Schilling calls Fenway racism story ‘bulls—t,’ says Adam Jones is ‘the boy who cried wolf’

On Wednesday night, two days after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones told reporters that Red Sox fans at Fenway had hurled racial slurs (and a bag of peanuts) at him, the former Phillies pitcher tweeted a link to a story from the country’s preeminent sports outlet, turtleboysports.com, titled “Fenway Bleachers Vendor: I Was There And No One Yelled Any Racial Slurs At Adam Jones.”...

On Thursday, the pitcher-turned-conservative-pundit went all-in with his comments prior to his show on the Brietbart Radio Network.


“I don’t believe the story, given the world we live in,” Schilling said on his webcast. “I don’t believe it, for this reason: Everybody is starving and hungry to sit in front of a camera and talk and be social justice warriors. And if a fan yelled loud enough in center field for Adam Jones to hear the N-word, I guarantee you we would’ve heard and seen fans around on CNN on MSNBC, they would’ve found multiple fans to talk about what a racist piece of junk Boston is.

“Since Tuesday night, we’ve had one person come forward who we found out was lying about the fact that they were in the area and heard it, and other than that we’ve had nobody.”  [nydailynews.com]

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:27 PM | 225 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, curt schilling, orioles, racism, red sox

Bogaerts HBP, Gausman ejected | MLB.com

Sam Holbrook was horrible behind the plate last night. This call was the worst example. A pitcher doesn’t try to hit a batter with a 77 MPH slider.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: ejection, orioles, red sox

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Orioles turn bizarre triple play on Red Sox | MLB.com

This is a weird one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox, triple play

Manny Machado Had Strong Words For the Red Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

There is a difference between throwing behind the guys head and throwing behind his legs. Sale threw behind his legs. Still, I’m a little surprised this is lingering.

Here is snapshot of what an angry Machado had to say following the game:

“If you want to (bleep) hit me, hit me. Go ahead. (Bleep) hit me. Don’t let this (bleep) keep lingering (bleep) around, and keep trying to (bleep) hit people. It’s (bleep) bullshit. It’s (bleep) bullshit. MLB should do something about it. (Bleep) pitchers out there with (bleep) balls in their hand, throwing 100 MPH, trying to hit people. I have a (bleep) bat, too. I could go out there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But do you know what? I’ll get suspended for the year, and the pitcher will only get suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

Machado is right. Throwing behind a hitter isn’t cool. Yes, the bad blood began when his late, hard slide injured Dustin Pedroia, but it appeared as the episode was behind both teams, and that cooler heads would prevail. Chris Sale thought otherwise, and Machado didn’t like that too much.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, manny machaco, orioles, red sox

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Chris Sale throws behind Manny Machado in latest edition of Red Sox feud with Orioles

It did not end there, however, as Dylan Bundy drilled Mookie Betts in the hip Monday in the first game of a four-game series at Fenway Park. So naturally, with Chris Sale on the mound Tuesday, this pitch happened in the first inning.

The benches were warned after Sale’s inside pitch to Machado, though Machado and Orioles manager Buck Schowalter appeared to have some choice words for the umpires and the Red Sox dugout after the incident.

The inside pitch did not set Sale back at all, however. Four pitches later, Sale struck Machado out on a 98 mph fastball to strike out the side. He went on to strike out the first five Orioles batters of the game before Jonathan Schoop flied out to center field.


Monday, May 01, 2017

Orioles’ Adam Jones berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park

Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’

Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters this year, said he has been subjected to racist hecklings in the past at Fenway Park, but said this was one of the worst experiences of his 12-year career.

“It’s different,’’ he said. “Very unfortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to report to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.

“It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, racism, red sox

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Caleb Joseph’s Historic RBI Drought Is Finally Over

Last September, we brought you the tale of Orioles backup catcher Caleb Joseph—closing in on the sad feat of becoming the first baseball player ever to finish a season with more than 100 plate appearances and not a single RBI.


Joseph made it through the rest of the year without an RBI, and he started this season the same way. Until today! For the first time since September 11, 2015, Joseph knocked in a runner—courtesy of a two-run shot in the ninth inning of a 12-4 loss to the Yankees.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2017 at 02:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: caleb joseph, orioles

Monday, April 24, 2017


Manny Machado at center of another incident | MLB.com

Some clear thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, manny machado, orioles, red sox

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Watch Matt Barnes Get Ejected For Throwing At Manny Machado Despite Foul Ball

The Boston Red Sox’s payback on Manny Machado took bizarre form Sunday. The Baltimore Orioles third baseman drew the ire of the Red Sox on Friday for his hard slide on Dustin Pedroia, which injured the veteran second baseman. Boston didn’t retaliate Saturday, but the issue finally came to a head late in Sunday’s series finale. With one out in the eighth inning, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes appeared to throw at Machado’s head — although the ball ended up hitting Machado’s bat for a foul ball.

Barnes immediately was ejected by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher despite the ball hitting Machado’s bat. And if you’re wondering if a pitcher can be tossed while technically dealing a strike, the answer is “yes,” as it was pretty clear Barnes was targeting Machado.


Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Bullpen dominance; Tillman starts; roster crunch - BaltimoreBaseball.com

This year is shaping up to a very interesting race in the AL East this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hunting for upgrades, Orioles show willingness to turn over 40-man roster - Baltimore Sun

Dan Duquette remains creative.

“You know, there’s the whole thing about sifting through [for gold],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You shake [the tray], you shake it. You get a nugget here and a nugget there, rocks there. Now let’s go get some more and sift through them. It’s through trades, it’s through waivers, it’s through the draft.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

Monday, April 17, 2017

Orioles Trey Mancini ties home run record | MLB.com

“I’m more impressed with his bat,” joked Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “So Trey hits his second home run and Gentry grabs his bat and says, ‘I’m going to give that bat a try’ [and he] hits a home run. Manny says, ‘You know what? Give me that bat’ and Manny hit a home run so all of them with Mancini’s bat—I’ve never seen that before.

“When you’re ahead like that, you’re trying to be respectful of the opposition and not have too much fun, but that one was. I just went, ‘Really?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trey mancini

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stats All, Folks: WAR, what it is, what it’s good for and the absolute best WAR Orioles - BaltimoreBaseball.com

fWAR and bWAR, it’s no wonder people get confused.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, sabermetrics, war

Monday, April 10, 2017

Could Manny Machado be one of the all-time great third basemen? | FOX Sports

Manny moving to shortstop seems like a fanciful idea to me.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Monday, March 20, 2017

Brady Anderson’s role with Orioles a topic of debate

I think it was a poor move when Brady brought along Drake LaRoche.

Some players, too, are uncomfortable with Anderson’s presence.

Anderson last played for the Orioles in 2001, but he has a locker inside the team’s clubhouse at Camden Yards, where he gets into uniform to coach.

“A baseball clubhouse is always going to be something that players want to keep locked down as much as possible. That’s where it’s a fine line,” said former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who recently ended his eight-year tenure with the club by signing a free-agent contract with the Nationals.

“Brady was a great player for a long time. He was a member of that clubhouse. At the same time, when you get into the season, the 25 guys in that clubhouse are who you want in that clubhouse.

“It’s just a different situation there. It’s a former player who wants to be on the performance side as well as on the front-office side. It’s tough balancing the two.”

Some player agents have expressed concern to the Major League Baseball Players Association about Anderson’s role, and also have reported to the union that Duquette and Anderson sometimes communicate different messages to agents, sources said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 12:47 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brady anderson, ken rosenthal, orioles

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Each year, projections are down on Buck Showalter’s Orioles. Each year, they outperform

The first week of February is one of Buck Showalter’s favorite times of the year, and not only because sprig training is right around the corner. It’s usually around then that the top sabermetric websites release their win projections for the upcoming season, and Showalter, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, takes perverse pleasure in finding out how awful his team is going to be. The projections rarely disappoint.

His favorite is PECOTA, Baseball Prospectus’s projection model….

By now, a pattern has been established: In 2012, Showalter’s second season in Baltimore, PECOTA had the Orioles winning 71 games; they won 93. In 2013, PECOTA projected 75 wins; the Orioles won 85. In 2014, it was 75 and 96. In 2015, 78 and 81. And in 2016, 72 and 89.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 15, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pecota

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