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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Top Ten Reasons the 2013-14 Terps Men’s Basketball Team Are the Most Frustrating All Time

The Terps ACC run is now history as Florida State unceremoniously dunked them out of their final ACC tournament in the last second.  This game proved to be a microcosm of the entire season.  All of the ways in which Turgeon’s Terps inflicted pain on their fans throughout the season were highlighted in this win-or-go-home crushing defeat.  Sure the Terps can be praised as gritty —...
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Mike Tomlin – Sideline Shenanigans Interfering with Jacoby Jones

This topic has already been beat to death.  Hopefully the NFL’s levying of punishment today (significant $100,000 fine and possible loss of a draft choice)  will allow everyone to move on.  But I just wanted to share a few observations about how the incident looked to me. – We can never know the intent of someone else. – Tomlin’s initial positioning in the white restricted zone with...
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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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