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Jonathan Villar Newsbeat

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Why did the Orioles, who lost 108 games last year, just waive their most valuable position player?

When you lose 108 games like the 2019 Baltimore Orioles just did, plenty of turnover is expected as the team continues its rebuild.

What is not expected is that turnover reaching a player who was the team’s most valuable position player during the season, according to multiple statistical measures. That would be a truly odd roster move, and also exactly what the Orioles did.

Orioles waive Jonathan Villar

Eyebrows were raised Wednesday when the Orioles reportedly put starting second-baseman Jonathan Villar on waivers after making an effort to trade him. The roster move comes ahead of MLB’s deadline for tending contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

The Orioles are a truly mismanaged team, aren’t they?

 

 

QLE Posted: November 27, 2019 at 09:53 PM | 65 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Juicy stat: MLB sets record for most home runs in a season

Major League Baseball hitters have punctuated a power-packed year by shattering the record for most home runs in a season.

Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles connected Wednesday night for the 6,106th homer. That topped the mark of 6,105 set in 2017.

There are plenty more to come, too — the record was broken with 18 days left in the regular season. The rise in home runs during recent seasons has been tied to changes in the baseballs that have made them fly farther.

Villar’s three-run shot off Caleb Ferguson of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camden Yards was the 22nd home run of the night. It was Villar’s career-high 21st homer.

So, at what point do we think the record will be broken next season?

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
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