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Winter Leagues under way with Tocci, Lino and more

Carlos Tocci, image- Jay Floyd Just as the big league postseason is heating up, minor league players have gotten action rolling in the international off-season leagues, with top outfield prospect Carlos Tocci and promising backstop Gabriel Lino leading the way in the Venezuelan Winter League. With Aragua on Wednesday, the 20-year-old Tocci went 3-for-6 with a stolen base.  All...
Via Phillies Nation
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trey Mancini reflects on ‘awesome’ season

“Awesome.” That’s the one word Baltimore Orioles Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Trey Mancini would choose to describe what turned into an epic 2015 season. The 2013 eighth round pick out of Notre Dame slashed .341/.375/.563 with 21 home runs, 89 RBI, and 70 total extra base hits across High- and Double-A. Mancini won the Eastern League batting title by hitting...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Orioles' put priority on retaining Davis, improving pitching

BALTIMORE (AP) Seeking an encore to their appearance in the AL Championship Series, the Baltimore Orioles sputtered through a .500 season primarily because they couldn't replace stars lost to free agency and received sub-par performances from several of the 2014 standouts. Baltimore won the AL East with a 96-66 record last year. Over the winter, major league home run leader Nelson...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Machado needs to take “wait-and-see” approach to contract extension

Before the 2015 season began, Manny Machado‘s contract was renewed by the Baltimore Orioles for $548,000. As a fourth-year player, Machado’s salary was non-negotiable. That did not sit well with the 23-year-old, two-time All-Star, Gold Glove-winning third baseman. Machado was ready to commit long-term to the Orioles at the time, and voiced displeasure. He wants to win, and win...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thanks for the ride, Orioles

The last time the Baltimore Orioles posted four consecutive non-losing seasons, from 1982 to 1985, I was negative four years old. Wham! had three top-100 hit songs and Michael J. Fox was going Back to the Future for the first time. The average American income was $22,100 and gas cost $1.09 per gallon. With yesterday’s 9-4 win over the New York Yankees, the Orioles improved to 81...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy played through a torn labrum all season

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been playing injured all year. Hardy admitted to the Baltimore Sun he’s played the entire season with a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Hardy’s isn’t opting for surgery – instead he’s going to rest and hope that heals it quickly. Hardy’s gone thought this before, as he’s already had the surgery to repair...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Munenori Kawasaki too drunk for English questions

It has been a magical year for the Toronto Blue Jays. The team clinched their first division title since 1993 and is peaking at the right time heading into the postseason. The Jays demolished the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday 15-2 and won the AL East title. With a record of 92-66, the team has a great chance to have home-field advantage leading up to the World Series. Players...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Baltimore Orioles

Maybe it was because they weren’t able to sneak up on anyone again this year or maybe it was because they weren’t that good to begin with, but either way the Baltimore Orioles were one of the more disappointing teams of the 2015 season.  Manager Buck Showalter could not work his magic this year and the defending AL East champions may not even finish at .500. Is this just a down...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals suspend Papelbon for rest of season for Harper fight

Jonathan Papelbon’s season is over. The Washington Nationals announced Monday they’ve suspended the right-handed pitcher four games for his actions in an altercation with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Sunday. Additionally, Papelbon agreed to drop the appeal of his three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for throwing at Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Janish on (Not) Hitting

Paul Janish is your classic good-glove, no-hit infielder. In parts of seven seasons with the Reds, Braves, and currently the Baltimore Orioles, the 32-year-old defensive whiz has slashed .215/.282/.289. Outside of 2010, when he had a .723 OPS and hit five of his seven career home runs, in 200 at bats, Janish has been a non-entity at the dish. Like most glove-men of his ilk, Janish...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles sign American Association RHP Mike Zouzalik

The Baltimore Orioles haven't had the season they expected, but they continue to scour the minors for hidden talent.  On Friday, the American Association announced that the Orioles had officially purchased the contract of St. Paul Saints RHP Mike Zouzalik. Zouzalik was named the AA Rookie of the Year after posting a 4-1 record with a team low 2.06 ERA. He surrendered only...
Via The GM's Perspective
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Flashback: Roberto Alomar spits on umpire John Hirshbeck

One of the ugliest incidents in major-league history took place on Sept. 27, 1996. Baltimore Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar got into an argument with home plate John Hirshbeck about a called third strike. The tension escalated, Hirshbeck ejected Alomar, and Alomar spit in Hirshbeck's face. Alomar, who claimed Hirshbeck called him a derogatory name, was suspended for five games...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Catching Up With Jim Thome

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today we catch up with former infielder Jim Thome...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts nearly falls over Fenway wall to save shutout

Rich Hill of the Boston Red Sox threw his second career complete game shutout on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles, but his sphincter had to be clinched pretty tightly in the ninth inning. Hill had a hefty 7-0 lead, so the win wasn’t in question. But Chris Davis drove this ball to deep right center with two outs and Manny Machado on the second in the ninth inning, and...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Tyler Wilson and the future of the Orioles’ pitching

Tyler Wilson Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports The Baltimore Orioles brought out the brooms last night against the Washington Nationals. The three wins in their short trip south has propelled the O’s to a .500 record (76-76). With ten days to go, the Orioles sit 3.5 games back of the Astros for the second wild card spot–they also trail the Angels and Twins, both...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon suspended for throwing at Manny Machado

Major League Baseball on Friday announced that Washington Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games and is subject to an undisclosed fine for “intentionally throwing in the head area” of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. WSH RHP Papelbon has received a 3-gm suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Manny Machado...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Machado calls Papelbon a ‘coward’ after being hit

    Manny Machado played the role of hero Wednesday night when he blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 lead — one they would not relinquish — over the Washington Nationals. Two innings later, Jonathan Papelbon made Machado pay the price. And Manny was steaming. Papelbon was ejected in the ninth after he hit Machado in the arm...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Palmeiro stages a comeback alongside son

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Rafael Palmeiro. Matter of fact, the former big leaguer has been virtually invisible since he last swung the lumber in the Majors a little more than ten years ago. Until now. Thursday, the Sugar Land Skeeters announced that the 50-year-old slugger would be joining the team for their final three games of the season. Palmeiro’s son Patrick...
Via Hall of Very Good
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Palmeiro coming out of retirement to play in game with son

Don’t call it a comeback. Seriously, don’t. It’s been a decade since 50-year-old Rafael Palmeiro donned a baseball uniform, but he’s coming out of retirement in order to play in one ballgame with his son. The Sugar Land Skeeters, no strangers to publicity stunts tied to making unconventional signings, announced in a press release that Palmeiro has been signed for the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles hit 2 grand slams in the 8th inning, Showalter ejected

The Baltimore Orioles are on life support this upcoming off-season after a wildly successful season a year ago. Currently, the O’s are fifth-to-last in the American League Wildcard race with Seattle, the White Sox, Boston and Detroit trailing. But at 68 wins and 72 losses, Friday night proved a valiant offensive effort. Being the clutch organization it is, the fourth place AL East...
Via Campus Sports Net
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Davis destroys bat after getting hit by pitch (video)

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis possesses some serious power and has crushed 41 home runs and produced 104 RBIs so far this season. So when he’s preparing to take his anger out on something, it’s best to back away and let him vent. Davis was upset after getting hit by a Franklin Morales pitch in the eighth inning of Friday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals,...
Via The Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Early returns on Manny Machado, MLB shortstop

Before this season, Manny Machado was a talented young player who’s remained something less than elite due to injuries and a bat that was closer to average than star. He added offense to his game this season and earned his status as a star-level player. Debuting just a month removed from his 20th birthday back in 2012, Machado combined an above-average bat with amazing defense...
Via Fangraphs
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Davis’ Dramatic Walk-Off Homer Wakes Up Sleeping Orioles Fan (Video)

Chris Davis made everyone’s decision to stick around worthwhile with his walk-off home run in extra innings Wednesday night. Well, almost everyone. The Baltimore Orioles slugger already had homered earlier in the night when he stepped the plate in the 11th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. He then uncorked a mammoth blast to center field that lifted Baltimore to a 7-6 win. Pretty...
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Orioles’ frustrating season

It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the Orioles. After a second trip to the postseason in three years, one in which they got about one-sixth of a season from Matt Wieters and half a season from Manny Machado, making the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996-1997 was the clear goal. It hasn’t happened that way. The team recently dropped six straight...
Via Fangraphs
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

For the Baltmore Orioles, it was fun while it lasted

The Orioles were not a team of destiny a season ago. They were just really damn good.    Ninety-six wins is evidence enough, but a club that's able to run away with a perennially close AL East—with Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis all absent during the grind of September and October—is certainly one to be respected.  Had it not been for a historically...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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