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Saturday, December 03, 2022

Orioles reach 1-year deal with Kyle Gibson, sources say

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with right-handed starter Kyle Gibson, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Saturday.

The deal is pending a physical, sources said.

Gibson had spent the past 1½ seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, who had acquired him in a trade deadline move from the Texas Rangers in July 2021.

In Philadelphia, Gibson was 14-14 in 43 appearances (42 starts) with a 5.06 ERA. He made two scoreless relief appearances in this year’s playoffs as the Phillies reached the World Series for the first time since 2009.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2022 at 04:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 17, 2022

This, that and the other - Blog

Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias has noted the expectation that Rodriguez will break camp next spring in the rotation. Rodriguez is ready for it. 

“It’s full speed ahead,” he said. “Obviously, we’re focused on the big leagues. Of course, the injury kind of derailed it last year, but moving forward that’s definitely in my focus.”

Rodriguez remains healthy after missing three months of the season, saying he’s “100 percent,” and his offseason training, focusing on strengthening the lat, has been good.

“That’s all you can ask for,” he said.

Rodriguez posted a 2.20 ERA and 0.933 WHIP in 14 starts with Norfolk, striking out 97 batters in 69 2/3 innings. He totaled 75 2/3 innings at three affiliates, compared to 103 in 2021.

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, impacting Rodriguez’s ability to build innings before this year’s lat injury. They came in simulated form at the alternate camp site in Bowie.

“I think there’s a good and a bad to both of it,” he said. “The good is saving innings. Obviously, it was a good little reset for pitchers’ arms. And of course, I guess the bad part is missing out on the experience. So, in terms of health, I think we made it through all right, having a full season in 2021. I mean, really, I guess there was a good and bad to both of them.”

The Orioles must determine a comfortable range of innings for Rodriguez in 2023.

“That’s up to them. That’s something that’s out of my control,” he said.

“There’s a lot of important people that we have that work for the Orioles that get to determine that. If it was up to me, it would be as many as I could throw. So, I’ll figure that out when we get to spring training.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: grayson rodriguez, orioles

AFL performances impacting rankings: Pipeline Inbox

Given that he was a Top 100 Prospect before his health issues, does Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad’s solid 2022 season and great AFL performance get him back into the Top 100 conversation?—Chris W., Harrisburg, Pa.

I always caution about reading too much into Fall League performance because it’s a small sample and the hitters are significantly better than the pitchers. In Kjerstad’s case, I’ll make an exception. Because he came down with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, he didn’t make his pro debut until two years after the Orioles made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Kjerstad faced better arms than he ever had before in the AFL and won MVP honors while hitting .357/.385/.622 and leading the developmental circuit in hits (35), doubles (nine), extra-base hits (15) and total bases (61). He offers big left-handed power and while his K/BB ratio was 31/5 in 104 plate appearances, scouts believe that didn’t reflect any flaws with his swing or pitch recognition. He’s not afraid to fall behind in the count while zeroing in on specific pitches and zones early in at-bats, and he can make some refinements to that approach.

One evaluator I spoke to thought Kjerstad was the best prospect in the AFL, ahead of even Cardinals outfielder Jordan Walker, who ranks No. 6 on the Top 100. He was one of the top five prospects in the league and that definitely will put him in the Top 100 conversation when we update the list again in January.


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Heston Kjerstad wins 2022 Arizona Fall League MVP

Kjerstad looks like he can really hit. From what I saw of him in the field, he needs a lot of work out there. Did I just catch him on bad days?

jimfurtado Posted: November 13, 2022 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: heston kjerstad, orioles

Does shortstop depth shift Orioles away from highest-priced free agents? - Blog

With so many top prospects close to the majors, do the Orioles really want to dive into the deep part of the free-agent pool this year? They should be able to compete for the Wild Card this year with a few lower-priced veteran pickups and make bigger splashes in another year or two when it’s clear where their specific needs are.

jimfurtado Posted: November 13, 2022 at 09:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Jim Callis: “I will be absolutely surprised if Jackson Holliday is not a superstar” - Blog

“I have always liked Gunnar Henderson,” said Callis of the player currently ranked No. 1 by Baseball America and No. 2 by MLBPipeline.com. “I mean, I didn’t think he would arguably rank as the best player in the minors. But he has become a great, great prospect and got to the big leagues and played well. But at the same stage of their careers, Jackson Holliday is better than Gunnar Henderson. So, if that continues, think how exciting that would be. Gunnar didn’t really manage the strike zone like that until this year.

“I will be absolutely surprised if Jackson Holliday is not a superstar. Much like we said about Adley Rutschman. Apples and oranges, college and high school. But his tools, his skills, his instincts growing up around the game. I think I mentioned to you on draft day, Jackson Holliday, all five tools got better this spring. That does not happen very often.

“It would not shock me if he was in the big leagues in 2024. Like I think he could just tear up the minors this year and get there in 2024.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 10, 2022 at 06:31 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jackson holliday, orioles

Friday, September 30, 2022

Orioles intend to sign new lease committing team to remaining in Baltimore, document says

The Orioles intend to sign a new lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority committing the ball club to remaining in Baltimore even as the family of ailing owner Peter Angelos battles in court over control of the team, according to a document obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

“As a lifelong Baltimorean I very much look forward to signing on behalf of the Club,” Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos said in a Sept. 1 memorandum to about 250 of the team’s front-office staff members.

He said in the memo that the lease would be part of a broader “memorandum of understanding” underscoring the team’s “special relationship with the State of Maryland and the Greater Baltimore area” and highlighting “our philosophy of what true private-public partnership should be about.”

John Angelos has said previously that the team would stay in Baltimore. The memo was the strongest signal yet of his intention to lock in his commitment to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in a lease.

Mayor Brandon M. Scott, in a written statement Friday, said the team’s “deep commitment to our city is unmatched by any other MLB team” and that he looked forward to seeing “this young gritty team grow at the same time as we renovate the Ballpark that forever changed baseball.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2022 at 04:15 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Orioles hired Goldman to assess sale, source says, but litigation likely to keep team with Angelos for now [$]

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The Baltimore Orioles quietly hired Goldman Sachs months ago to assess the prospects for selling the team, sources told The Athletic, but the future of the team’s ownership is still very much up in the air, given the ongoing bitter lawsuits between members of the Angelos family.

Owner Peter Angelos, 93, is ailing. His son, Louis Angelos, filed a lawsuit four months ago against his brother John and his mother, Georgia, to force a sale of the team. Louis contends in the lawsuit that Georgia, who stands to inherit the team when her husband passes away, wants to sell the team.

It might seem somewhat incongruous that Louis would sue his brother, who is chairman and CEO of the team, to force a sale when the club had already hired Goldman.

The Orioles declined to comment.

As part of Louis’ lawsuit over the Angelos trust and the future of the team, two subpoenas were served on Goldman Sachs, according to the case docket, which confirmed the subpoenas were issued on Aug. 21 and Sept. 21. According to John Angelos’  lawyer, they were issued by Louis Angelo’s side. There is a status conference hearing scheduled for Sept. 28.

In the lawsuit, Louis alleges John has manipulated his mother and restructured his father’s trust to take away co-decision making between the brothers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2022 at 02:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays get heated as benches clear in 7th inning

Benches cleared during the seventh inning of Baltimore’s game against Toronto on Tuesday night after Orioles reliever Bryan Baker appeared to make a hand signal toward the Blue Jays’ dugout.

Baker struck out Matt Chapman to end the top of the seventh, then appeared to make a “chirping” signal with his hand. Players from both benches were quickly on the field, and the bullpens joined them, although order was quickly restored.

The Orioles went on to win 9-6 to pull within 3½ games of Toronto for the last American League wild card.

Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said Baker has made similar gestures to the Jays in the past.

“I didn’t understand why Bryan Baker was looking into our dugout after giving up a run on back-to-back days,” Schneider said. “We were just surprised and unsure of why Bryan was looking in our dugout. Again, it wasn’t the first time he’s done that. So, I think guys were fed up with it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2022 at 09:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

O’s call up top prospect Gunnar Henderson

The wait is over for Gunnar Henderson.

The Orioles called up their top prospect before Wednesday’s game against the Guardians, announcing that the No. 2 prospect in the game, per MLB Pipeline, will wear No. 2.

Henderson, who for much of the season was the youngest player at Triple-A when promoted in June at 20 years old, compiled a .947 OPS with 19 homers in 112 games across Double-A and Triple-A this season. Such performance began to seed curiosity about whether he could beat the expectations and debut in 2022, adding another darling of the top-rated farm system to the Major Leagues.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2022 at 12:21 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: gunnar henderson, orioles

Monday, August 29, 2022

How the Orioles Became the Most Unlikely Playoff Contender in MLB History

Defense typically is behind any leap in win totals. The Orioles have jumped from 24th in defensive runs saved to ninth.

“I thought we were going to improve defensively,” Hyde says. “Jorge Mateo playing Gold Glove defense at shortstop was not something I saw coming.”

Mateo, a waiver claim in August last season from the Padres, earned the job at shortstop with his sparkling defense and improved bat.

And that Baldwin Wall in left accentuates a Baltimore strength.

“I think another thing is we have a plus outfielder in left field,” Hyde says, referring to Austin Hays. “You put Cedric [Mullins] out in center and Hays in left and we feel like we have an advantage. We have guys who can really go get it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2022 at 10:56 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, August 14, 2022

GM Mike Elias: Orioles Will “Significantly Escalate The Payroll” During Offseason

“Our plan for this offseason has always been to significantly escalate the payroll,” GM Mike Elias said in an appearance on The Front Office Show on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.  “I think a lot of that’s going to come through our own guys going into arbitration, but also we plan to explore free agency much more aggressively.  We plan to maybe make some buy trades for some guys that are either on contracts or kind of in the tail-end of their arbitration.”

“The success…has only cemented those plans.  I’m really looking forward to the offseason and kind of a winter meetings environment where we’re buying.  I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for our group and for the organization.”

In a sense, there was nowhere to go but up for Baltimore’s spending considering that the team’s Opening Day was just under $43.8MM.  This was the lowest amount any team was spending on its active roster, marking the fourth straight season that the O’s have been at or near the very bottom of the payroll list.  As Elias noted, several players (Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins, Jorge Mateo, Dillon Tate) are becoming arbitration-eligible for the first time, while Anthony Santander is due a raise for his third trip through the arb process.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 11:54 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

More on Hall’s role, Santander’s hot stretch, Rutschman’s usage, numbers game and Means’ recovery - Blog

I’ve watched a few of his minor league starts online. His stuff was not at its best yesterday. Still, I’m not convinced he’ll end up being a long-term starter because of his poor command. He will definitely be a HUGE weapon out of the pen, though.

The elevation of DL Hall to the majors yesterday isn’t as interesting as his immediate demotion after the game.

Hall made a spot start for the Orioles in an 8-2 loss to the Rays. The exact definition of the term. But he didn’t plug a temporary hole in the rotation, which is the usual excuse.

The Orioles had that spot covered with veteran Jordan Lyles, who’s pushed back to today. Spenser Watkins would have started the series finale, but he worked in relief yesterday and is expected to be on hold until Thursday’s makeup game against the Cubs.

Hall came up to get acclimated to life in the majors, a brief but important taste. To get his feet wet. And they didn’t have time to dry before he was packing for a return trip to Triple-A Norfolk.

I get the sense that Hall knew this was a one-and-done. That the plan was explained to him. He wasn’t blindsided by it.

Join the Orioles in St. Petersburg, make the start, head back down and become a reliever.

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 09:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dl hall, orioles

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Orioles’ advantage is hiding in plain sight

Last year, the Orioles only produced 122 homers of their own, scoring just 176 runs, at Camden Yards. Opponents plated 263 on their 155 blasts. That’s a minus-87 run differential.

This year? The Orioles outhomered the opposition 52-49 entering play Wednesday. Opponents have plated six more runs on their home runs than Baltimore, but that’s still an 81-run swing compared to 2021.

Last season, opposing teams hit .275 and slugged .495 at Camden. This year? .249 and .381.

Mancini noted that the park remains favorable to left-handed hitters. The club’s top four position prospects - Rutschman, Colton Cowser, Gunnar Henderson, and 2022 first-round pick Jackson Holliday - are all left-handed batters. The advantage might have staying power.

“I think in the future, they are probably going to have a pretty heavy left-handed hitting lineup. That’s really going to bode well for them at that park,” Mancini said. “As a right-handed hitter, I didn’t love it. I hit quite a few balls into that area.”

The Yankees built a short porch for Babe Ruth, so why can’t the Orioles tailor a park for Rutschman and future draft picks?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 11:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Monday, August 08, 2022

To challenge their hitters to improve, Orioles minor league coaches go to great lengths to develop ‘nasty stuff’ for batting practice

Challenging hitters became an early focus, and when the minor league season in 2020 was replaced by the alternate site, they began to work in mixed batting practice to the group of prospects at Bowie.

“It was a slow transition,” Britton said. “It’s not like we just said, ‘Hey hitters, here you go–deal with it.’ It was like ‘Hey, first two rounds are fastballs, then let’s try to see if we can’t hit some breaking balls off a coach for a round.’”

As that practice grew, so too did an aspect of it within the coaches who throw mixed batting practice that hasn’t let up — competitiveness. Britton watched Fuller and Villa throwing breaking balls for strikes, and realized he had to up his game. Pitching coach Justin Ramsey taught him an over-the-top knuckle curveball — “a good one,” Britton clarified, a repeatable pitch that wasn’t going to tear up his elbow.

His pitches have been a work in progress ever since, and he’s proud of the challenge he can give the high-level hitters who seek it during mixed batting practice. He also has company in being competitive with the other throwers.

Full-season hitting coordinator Cody Asche said the efforts to improve for the hitters’ sake and for standing among the coaches go hand-in-hand.

He said: “We’re all trying to get super gross because we want to give our players the best look we can, and I think we’re also all competitive in the sense that we all want to be recognized as, ‘Oh wow, [Bowie hitting coach Branden Becker] is the grossest mixed BP thrower,’ or ‘Damn, I don’t want to face Villa, he’s too nasty.’ Deep down, we’re all super-competitive ex-athletes that want to be known as King of the Hill of the hitting department, to see who can throw the best BP.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2022 at 02:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Minnesota Twins acquire Baltimore Orioles closer Jorge Lopez for four MLB prospects

The Baltimore Orioles are contending for a wild-card spot, but that hasn’t stopped them from letting players go at the MLB trade deadline this season. A day after sending Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, the Orioles traded closer Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Lopez is in the middle of a breakout season, with a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 career saves.

“Just completely life-changing. I’m just really thankful for the Orioles and what they’ve been doing, and I’m glad it’s coming to a new chapter with Minnesota Twins,’’ Lopez said on a conference call with reporters before a scheduled flight to Minnesota. “They’ve got a really good group, and I’m going to do anything I can to keep competing.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 01:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge lopez, orioles, twins

Monday, August 01, 2022

Orioles trading 1B/DH Trey Mancini to Astros: Sources - The Athletic $

I will update when the Astros side is updated.

The Orioles have a deal in place to trade first baseman and designated hitter Trey Mancini to the Astros, sources told The Athletic on Monday. Baltimore is receiving multiple players in return.

Update:

jimfurtado Posted: August 01, 2022 at 04:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, orioles, trades

Friday, July 29, 2022

The Extractor: Trailer ‘The Kids We’re Helping Are Like Walking Lotto Tickets’

Baby J separates from his teammates, lingering on the fringe near the lobby entrance. He makes eye contact with Billy, quick and stern, so they’re clear but don’t arouse suspicion. Baby J nods at Billy, who nods back. Seconds pass. Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . .

One minute.

Baby J takes off running—away from his teammates and toward Billy, an MLB career and his new life. He dashes so fast he smashes into Billy halfway through their sprint to the car. Cubans will soon marvel at the speedy getaway, making memes comparing Baby J to the cartoon Road Runner or Usain Bolt.

NattyBoh Posted: July 29, 2022 at 12:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ariel prieto, cuban players, defection, orioles

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Orioles beat Cubs 7-1, extend winning streak to 10 games | ESPN

CHICAGO—— Anthony Santander hit a two-run double to spark Baltimore’s three-run first inning, Spenser Watkins and four relievers scattered six hits and the Orioles extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
....
With the victory, the Orioles (45-44) also went over the .500 mark for the first time since April 8, 2021, when they were 4-3. Baltimore finished off the game to chants of “Let’s Go O’s!” at Wrigley Field, where the Orioles were playing their first series since 2014.

Hombre Brotani Posted: July 14, 2022 at 12:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, orioles

Friday, July 08, 2022

Orioles rally in ninth, beat Angels, 5-4, on Trey Mancini’s walk-off single for sixth straight victory

The first time they chanted his name, the hyped-up crowd of nearly 28,000 filling Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the first time since April, the letdown had been felt with a groan and the slam of a bat.

But with two outs in the ninth inning, as the fans rose to their feet and the pressure rose with them, catcher Adley Rutschman came to the plate and wasn’t rattled. He didn’t look like a 24-year-old rookie in front of the largest crowd he’s ever played for in Baltimore. The elevated fastball, the sixth pitch of the at-bat, leapt off his bat and split the right-center gap for a run-scoring double, giving the Orioles — and their fans — a breath of life.

Cedric Mullins took that breath and turned it into the game-tying single, sending Rutschman home from second. And that breath turned into a triumphant one when Trey Mancini sent a drive over the left fielder’s head to secure a come-from-behind 5-4 victory.


Mancini rounded first, spiked his helmet and was met by hugs and the kind of noise that hasn’t been heard at Camden Yards all season — or in years, for that matter. Down to their last out, the Orioles strung together four straight hits, beginning with Rougned Odor and continuing with Rutschman, Mullins and Mancini.

The madness of it all gave Baltimore a season-high six-game winning streak, creeping them closer to an American League wild-card spot no one in or out of the organization had targeted this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2022 at 11:35 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Orioles Aren’t Good… But They Are Interesting

“Throwing another average pitcher into the mix deepens a rotation that still needs significant help. Add Rodriguez and Kremer to a hopefully recovering John Means, Drew Rom, and with a little luck in DL Hall’s development, Baltimore suddenly has a usable rotation, one close enough to supporting a wild card contender that it suddenly becomes a good time to look seriously at free-agent pitchers to fill it out.

Of the top 15 O’s prospects in our preseason rankings, only a single player, Kyle Bradish, has seen his career WAR projection go down in ZiPS. That’s progress.

A lot of things can happen between now and contention. You don’t have to travel far from Baltimore to see cautionary tales in the 2010s Phillies and Pirates. The former did a lot well during the rebuild, but a lot of the team’s prospects just didn’t work out, leaving it with a performance gap to fill in free agency that it has never quite closed. The latter rebuilt well, but when it came time for ownership to make good on their promises and invest in the team at the top of the success cycle, the wallet stayed shut. As for the O’s, the franchise is currently embroiled in a vicious custody battle between Peter Angelos’ sons John and Louis, and the long-running dispute between the Orioles and Nats over MASN profits is still not resolved. There are a lot of things that can prevent Baltimore from making the division a five-team race again. But for now, the Orioles are worth watching, and hope is not merely an ironic joke.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2022 at 03:45 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Outfielder Austin Hays becomes sixth player in Baltimore Orioles history to hit for cycle

Four at-bats, four hits, one unforgettable cycle in just six innings of work.

“Beyond unbelievable. An epic night,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said after Austin Hays became the sixth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle.

Hays completed the feat with a sixth-inning double in the midst of a steady shower and shortly before play was halted for good in Baltimore’s 7-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Hays pulled it off while batting leadoff in place of Cedric Mullins, who was given the night off. Facing Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin, Hays got an infield single in the first inning, hit a solo shot in the third and tripled in the fourth.

That seemingly left the 26-year-old outfielder plenty of time to tack on the double that would enable him to join Hall of Fame members Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. in the Orioles record book.

But a heavy rain threatened to end the game in the middle of the fifth.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2022 at 12:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hays, orioles

Friday, June 10, 2022

Son of Orioles owner sues family over control of team, reveals plans to sell

The fate of the Baltimore Orioles’ ownership is heading to court.

Louis Angelos — son of owner Peter Angelos, who has suffered from serious health issues in recent years — is suing his brother, John, and mother, Georgia, court documents obtained by The Athletic on Friday show. In the complaint, Louis accuses John of taking control of the team against their father’s wishes as his health declined. The lawsuit was first reported by the Baltimore Banner.

Louis maintains that John did so by manipulating their mother, who is now 80, as he sought complete control.

“He was able to prey upon her understandable concerns about the businesses her husband had worked his entire life to build. He also preyed upon her fear of abandonment, exploding into tantrums and threatening to leave and move out of state if he did not get his way,” the suit reads. “John concealed and misrepresented the facts, feeding his mother a steady diet of half-truths and prevarications. He acted unilaterally and informed Mrs. Angelos about his unilateral actions only after the fact. He worked steadily, and stealthily, to undermine her confidence in his brother, Lou, and to exclude him from business matters at the Orioles.”

According to the suit, Georgia determined that it was in the trust’s best interest to sell the team, and that John “misled her into believing that he is working to accomplish this goal” but actually has “done everything in his power to stall and, ultimately, thwart plans to sell the club.” That allegedly includes torpedoing “interest expressed by one highly credible group of buyers.”

The suit also says John could move the team.

“John intends to maintain absolute control over the Orioles — to manage, to sell, or, if he chooses, to move to Tennessee (where he has a home and where his wife’s career is headquartered) — without having to answer to anyone,” the complaint reads.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2022 at 04:12 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Brady Anderson: Matusz is ‘a different human’

HALF-MAN, HALF-BEAST…BUT ALL ORIOLE!

Half

Orioles Hall of Famer Brady Anderson, making his first appearance since being appointed special assistant to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, said today at FanFest that the difference between Brian Matusz a year ago at this time and Brian Matusz today is the difference between night and day.

“He’s like a different human as far as his mentality and his dedication and the raw numbers, what type of athlete he is, he’s not the same,’’ Anderson said of the left-hander.

...Also, if you’re not strong mechanically, you’re going to break down. Think about what they do for a living. Think about what pro athletes do for a living. You can’t do average things and expect to be extraordinary.”
“You’re asking a guy who’s 6-2, 190 pounds who throws the ball 190 miles per hour. You’re talking about very, very elite people and you train like an elite athlete.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, orioles

Friday, January 20, 2012

Camden Depot: Rick Peterson Breaks Fewer Pitchers?

Jon Shepherd takes a first look at Rick Peterson’s record in keeping pitchers off the disabled list.

Rick Peterson and his pitching lab will apparently be in full effect for the Orioles in 2012.  His analytical technique has been hailed as a major prevention tool against injuries.  I have disabled list numbers of starting pitchers from part of his tenure with the A’s and all of his tenure with the Mets, giving us a time line from 2001 to 2007.  I also have disabled numbers of Orioles’ starting pitchers in 2009 and 2010.

Mr Dashwood Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mets, orioles

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