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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. kthejoker Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:05 PM (#5419944)
I guess this is kind of weird? But baseball in general has a really flat hierarchy.

The most interesting thing is Anderson's sidebar quote: "There are all sorts of people who are known as spies or whatever."

I'd love to know who're known as spies.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:07 PM (#5419948)
I'd love to know who're known as spies.

Moe Berg
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:08 PM (#5419953)
Brady was a great player for a long time. He was a member of that clubhouse.

One of these statements is true.
   4. Batman Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:09 PM (#5419955)
“I made up my mind early on that I’m not going to stop doing what I’m good at,”
Executive vice president of sideburns
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:17 PM (#5419966)
Executive vice president of sideburns

You gotta give the guy credit - he has the hair and sideburns of a man half his age.
   6. TDF, situational idiot Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:38 PM (#5420004)
Brady was a great player for a long time. He was a member of that clubhouse.

One of these statements is true.
Dude accumulated 33 bWAR from '92-00. That's pretty good.
   7. puck Posted: March 20, 2017 at 09:15 PM (#5420326)
Dude accumulated 33 bWAR from '92-00. That's pretty good.

Yeah, but 24 of them came in that one fluke season.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 09:18 PM (#5420328)
There was an article about him a few years ago that mentioned that he challenges all comers to sprints. You see Brady Anderson at a restaurant or whatever, challenge him to a sprint, he will take you up on it.

I remember hearing ~45 year old former backup center John Salley on some radio show where he said - utterly, utterly convinced that it was true - that he was still better than most of the centers in the NBA. Of course that wasn't true even when he was in his 20s. You get the feeling Brady Anderson feels the same way.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 09:29 PM (#5420332)
Also from the article:

Duquette also cited Anderson’s overall impact as one reason the Orioles have won the most games of any American League club in the past five years, reaching the postseason three times.


Wait, what?
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 20, 2017 at 10:10 PM (#5420348)
Interesting article. A few things:

Initially it seems like Duquette and Buck are Vito and Michael Corleone and Brady is the muscle..

Anderson sounds incredibly intense and focused; as expected of most former professional athletes.

I should have, but was surprised to read about the us vs. them attitude of the players.

The statements by Arrieta were insightful, he seems like a decent guy.

I'm not as sold as others on attributing heaps of credit to the O's success on Anderson as it's pretty clear that Duquette and Showalter are pretty clever at this running/managing a team caper, I'm inclined to think they clearly deserve the lion's share of the praise.

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