Recap: 2110 Eutaw St.

Posted in Adam Jones, Baseball, Brad Bergesen, Felix Pie, Jake Arrieta, Luke Scott, Nick Markakis, Orioles, Ty Wigginton with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by oriolesmagic

eutaw_street_logo_300x145 My wife and I made it to our first Orioles game of the year, which was the 2110 Eutaw St. promotion game against the Toronto Blue Jays. If I was asked to give my first three impressions of the event in under 10 seconds I would say that the promotion was average, Nick Markakis was skinnier than I expected and Brad Bergesen is a stud. Yes, he really does work quickly and economically.

We parked in G lot, which isn’t too much of a haul to OPACY. In fact, I enjoyed the walk. Well, except for the homeless people begging for change. It breaks my heart.

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Tillman Turning Heads in Minors

Posted in Baseball, Chris Tillman, Orioles with tags , , on July 10, 2009 by oriolesmagic

tillman How lofty are the expectations for Tillman? He was one of five players the Orioles received from the Seattle Mariners when they traded Erik Bedard in February 2008. Two of the others, closer George Sherrill and outfielder Adam Jones, have made an American League All-Star team. And Tillman is still considered by some to be the jewel of the deal.

"The ceiling is so high on this kid, I don’t know what else to tell you," said Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin. "His ability to adjust or adapt to things very quickly at such a young age is phenomenal. I’ve never had a young pitcher … adapt and correct things immediately the way he can. It’s something you can’t teach, it’s something he has within himself."

Baltimore Sun Full Story

Halfway There – Some Thoughts at the Break

Posted in Baseball, Luke Scott, Orioles with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2009 by oriolesmagic
Luke Scott

Luke Scott

We’re one series from reaching the All-Star Break, the unofficial midway point of the baseball season. Scheduled to start are two rookies (Jason Berken, Brad Bergesen) and an ailing Jeremy Guthrie – who, in my opinion is actually injured and not ill. Also, the Orioles have finished their last West Coast trip of the season. Thank God.

This past trip against the Angels and Mariners was better than most road trips the Orioles have had this year. Even though they sported a losing record in the 7-game stretch (3-4) they could have easily taken 3 from the Angels – twice losing after blowing 4-0 leads. That would have made The Birds 5-2 and given the fans plenty to be happy about and some higher expectations for the second half of the year. It didn’t happen. Let’s put it behind us and move on.

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A MIND FOR THE GAME

Posted in Baseball, Earl Weaver, Orioles with tags , , on July 9, 2009 by oriolesmagic

0713_large Before laptops, spreadsheets and VORP, the wizard of Baltimore was winning pennants by following his own internal baseball calculus.

"TEAM SPEED? GET SOME BIG#$@&*%$*! WHO CAN HIT THE #$@&*%!$* BALL OUT OF THE PARK!"

On a Saturday afternoon in mid-March, the most irascible manager in the history of the Baltimore Orioles is watching an Orioles pitcher get pasted, one hitter after another. This is only a spring training game at quaint Fort Lauderdale Stadium, not something that counted back at Baltimore’s old Memorial Stadium, on 33rd Street. But Earl Weaver, cap pulled low, that leprechaun’s twinkle in his eyes gone dark, does not like what he sees. All of his great teams—and they were all pretty great—were built on a foundation of reliable pitching. ¶ He won the pennant one year by making only 167 pitching changes in 159 games. Another year he won a championship by using 12 pitchers—not just in the World Series but the whole season.

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Blue Jays release B.J. Ryan

Posted in B.J. Ryan on July 8, 2009 by oriolesmagic
B.J. Ryan

B.J. Ryan

Jordan Bastian is reporting/tweeting that Toronto Blue Jays have released former Oriole closer B.J. Ryan.

Bastian’s tweet

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O’s Could Offer Sano A Deal Soon

Posted in Baseball, Miguel Sano, Orioles on July 8, 2009 by oriolesmagic
Miguel Sano

Miguel Sano

The Orioles may be close to offering Miguel Angel Sano a deal that could surpass the $2.4MM they awarded top pick Matt Hobgood this year, according to Steve Melewski of MASN.com. ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure Jr. said Monday that the Orioles were not going to award Sano more than Hobgood or 2008 draftee Brian Matusz, who received $3.2MM. Now, Melewski says the O’s could offer Sano more than $2.4MM, as they value him more than a late first rounder.

The Orioles are expected to wait for confirmation that Sano is 16 years old before committing to the Dominican prospect, who’s also being courted by the Twins and Pirates.

From MLB Rumors

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Baltimore Lineup (Roberts Missing)

Posted in Lineups on July 8, 2009 by oriolesmagic

Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Ty Wigginton – 2B
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Nolan Reimold – LF
Luke Scott – DH
Melvin Mora – 3B
Gregg Zaun – C
Robert Andino – SS
David Hernandez – RHP

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