50 words …. where do you rank Adam Jones’ catch?

June 02, 2011 |

A tip of the cap to Brian Matusz on a very stellar season debut, in yesterday’s win over the Seattle Mariners. He looked very poised, and if Mark Reynolds could’ve avoided his TENTH error of the season, Matusz would’ve survived the 6th inning …..

Regardless of the two victories in games started by rookie phenom, Michael Pineda, the Orioles and every other opponent will likely agonize over future matchups against the young hurler.

Yep, he’s that good …..

And, speaking of GOOD, we’ll leadoff today’s blog with a good, umm …. make that a GREAT play in yesterday’s game:
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Simply Amazing
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I have witnessed some great defensive plays in my lifetime, including Jim Edmonds’ phenomenal catch against Kansas City, in 1997. And, Dante Bichette’s lasering throw from the warning track at Memorial Stadium, to nail Craig Worthington at the plate, in 1990.

But, yesterday’s catch by Adam Jones ranks with the very best plays I’ve ever seen in the nearly 40 years of my collective baseball memory. Where do you rank it?
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So Long, Old Friend
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My first impression of yesterday’s news on Jake Fox was a sense of bewilderment. After learning he was “Designated For Assignment”, I took a sympathetic approach to his plight; he’s never really had an opportunity to contribute on a regular or semi-regular basis.

That said, he never made the most of limited chances, and he obviously had a strained relationship with Buck Showalter. Poor production and pissing off the boss usually results in getting the boot.

Thus, we shouldn’t really be surprised, right?
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Absolute Shocker
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While the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks have garnered headlines as the most striking teams of the 2011 season, a more shocking surprise exists for many of us …..

Nobody could’ve, would’ve or should’ve predicted the Minnesota Twins would be the worst team in baseball, on June 2nd. Yet, that’s exactly the situation for Ron Gardenhire and his bunch.

The Twins are a dismal 17-37 thru 54 games. How bad is that? Well, on this very day just a year ago, the Orioles were 15-38 …..
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Seasons Greetings
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I know it’s a little early for most holiday bargain shoppers. After all, Christmas is still 206 days away. However, if you’re looking for a unique gift for a special person in your life, I have an excellent idea …..

Consider the new “Jared Gaither Personal Alarm Clock” from Hasbro. It can be fashionably worn around the neck, to ensure timely awakening for the daily schedule.

Get ‘em while supplies last …..

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