No Wieters . . . No Worries!

  The past 2 games, Wellington Castillo has gone yard repeatedly to give the Orioles 2 victories over the despised Blue Jays.  When you compare his production this year to that of Matt Wieters who departed for the big buck contract with the Nationals, the GM of the Orioles has to be pleased.  Wieters was a fan favorite and a solid performer, but the Orioles don’t suffer at all in the...
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Finally Orioles Give Steve Johnson Another Shot

I have been rooting for Steve Johnson to get another shot with the big club.  After his standout performance in 2012 where he was 4-0 with an ERA of 2.11, he was bit with the injury bug and became the forgotten man in the organization.  That is surprising given the Orioles background of his father Dave Johnson — but his connections certainly did not lead to any favored status for his son. ...
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Baseball Brawls Not Conducive to Victories for Baltimore Orioles

In the recent series against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles had one of those testy moments in the second game that reminded me of past baseball brawls.  In this instance the score was tied at 2-2 when the Red Sox batter took exception to a pitch that he thought was too close to his head while he was attempting to bunt.  Nothing much physical transpired — just a lot of shouting and...
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Hot Stove League Smoke Signals

What message are the Orioles sending to their players and fans by dumping Jim Johnson to avoid paying him a $10M salary in 2014?  Certainly the players received from the Oakland Athletics in return for the All Star closer who led the majors in saves over the last 2 years do not project to be significant contributors.  The Orioles basically bet to come on a second baseman who was a high level...
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Gold Glove Trifecta Demands Upgrade in Orioles Pitching

If Defense and Pitching win championships … then I guess the recent awarding of 3 Golden Gloves to Orioles players (Hardy, Machado, Jones) for the 2013 season underscores our need to improve the pitching staff.  [We had 3 other legitimate contenders at other positions as well – so our defense can’t be the problem.]  Every year for the past decade, the Orioles have greatly hyped and overrated...
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“Top Ten” Qualifications for a Major League Pitching Coach

Since the Orioles are interviewing candidates for the position of pitching coach, I thought I would highlight the Top Ten Qualifications for a Major League Pitching Coach.  This seems like a cushy job to me.  You stay behind the scenes and don’t face any of the media pressure.  The manager ultimately makes all of the decisions anyway about which pitchers to start and when to relieve them. ...
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