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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2013 Orioles Season — Main Surprises

The Baltimore Orioles continue to play competitive baseball as they compete for a wild card playoff spot into September.  The franchise that Buck revived has proved to be more than  a one season wonder.  Despite using more starting pitchers than any other major league squad, the Orioles have maintained a consistency of effort and defense and chemistry that has kept them in the hunt.  Without any...
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2013 Game #1 — Denver: 49 – Ravens:27

Not the start the Reigning Super Bowl Champions envisioned — but not surprising given the huge challenge of facing Peyton Manning in Mile High on game #1.  During the first half it seemed like the Ravens were in control of the game and should have had a 7 point lead at the half if Dallas Clark had hung on to the TD after an excellent drive to close out the half.  It just takes a couple of...
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“God Has Never Made a Mistake” — Ray Lewis

It mystifies me how people around the country view Ray Lewis as some type of thug or evil person.  I understand his serious incident with the law way back at the start of his career when he made the mistake of covering up for a friend who had stabbed someone to death rather than coming clean to the authorities immediately.  But he was not the perpetrator of that attack.  He was definitely...
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Super Bowl Shot Slips Out of Ravens Grasp — 23-20

This loss against the Patriots is too painful for much comment. [However, I need to moderate the strident initial tone here as I edit this after a day’s cooling off period!]   As always the play calling was too conservative and Cam did not let Joe Flacco compete until it was too late.  Instead of starting the game strong, we called running plays on first down on the initial three drives. ...
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