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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

With the Orioles scheduled to begin the 2014 season on Monday, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction offered its Major League Baseball predictions on Friday morning.

For a full breakdown of what Drew Forrester and Luke Jones had to say, click HERE.

LUKE JONES

AL East
Tampa Bay 93-69
*Boston 92-70
*Baltimore 90-72
New York 83-79
Toronto 74-88

AL Central
Detroit
Kansas City
Cleveland
Minnesota
Chicago

AL West
Texas
Oakland
Los Angeles
Seattle
Houston

NL East
Washington
Atlanta
Philadelphia
New York
Miami

NL Central
St. Louis
*Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
Chicago

NL West
Los Angeles
*San Francisco
Arizona
San Diego
Colorado

* = Wild Card berth

AL MVP: OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles
NL MVP: C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
AL Cy Young: David Price, Tampa Bay
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco
AL Rookie of the Year: SS Xander Bogaerts, Boston
NL Rookie of the Year: OF Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati

ALCS: Detroit over Tampa Bay
NLCS: Los Angeles over Washington
World Series: Los Angeles over Detroit, 4-2

See Drew Forrester’s predictions on the next page >>>>>

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#WNSTSweet16 Orioles Who Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

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#WNSTSweet16 Orioles Who Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Luke Jones

As the Orioles celebrate their 60th anniversary in Baltimore this season, there’s no shortage of players who have failed to live up to inflated expectations over the years.

Whether watching young talent drafted to be the next franchise player fall flat or acquiring veterans via trade or free agency who suddenly looked like shells of their former selves, the Orioles have whiffed with greater frequency over the last 30 years, but that doesn’t mean they were immune to players failing to live up to hype in the earlier days of the organization.

As WNST.net’s Glenn Clark laid out, players must have made it to Baltimore — thus disqualifying the incredible legend of minor-league pitcher Steve Dalkowski and former top prospects never to play for the Orioles such as outfielder Alex Ochoa — and qualified “based on just how much ‘hype’ they actually received or based on just how spectacularly they failed to live up to said ‘hype.’” This provides flexibility to potentially include players who performed admirably despite not living up to overwhelming expectations as well as individuals whose play was inexplicably poor despite reasonable visions of success.

To clarify, this isn’t a list of the 16 worst players in franchise history as not living up to the hype doesn’t necessarily mean failure as you’ll see with at least a few selections on the list. Of course, that doesn’t mean some of the names appearing here weren’t downright awful in their time with the Orioles.

Without further ado, I present the WNST Sweet 16 Orioles Who Didn’t Live Up To The Hype:

Continue to next page for No. 16

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Looking at the Orioles’ non-roster invitees in Sarasota

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Looking at the Orioles’ non-roster invitees in Sarasota

Posted on 14 February 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles officially began spring training with their first official workout on Friday as they look for a number of answers over the next six weeks leading up to Opening Day on March 31.

After examining the players on the 40-man roster earlier in the week, it’s time to take a look at the 19 non-roster invitees who will join the club in Sarasota and try to leave the kind of impression with manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette that warrants a spot on the major league roster.

Few likely have a real chance of migrating to Baltimore in late March, but many will be looking for a spot in the minor-league system in hopes of getting the call to join the Orioles at some point this season.

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RHP Alfredo Aceves
Opening Day age: 31
Musing: His experience pitching for both the Yankees and Red Sox over the last six years gives him a better chance than most non-roster arms to crack the Baltimore bullpen, but his personality clashes in Boston and a 1.73 WHIP last season are red flags that contrast his 3.69 career earned run average in the big leagues.

LHP Nick Additon
Opening Day age: 26
Musing: The southpaw spent the last seven years as a starter in the St. Louis Cardinals organization but has never pitched in the majors and signed as a minor-league free agent after posting a 4.10 ERA in 131 2/3 innings in Triple-A Memphis last season.

RHP Tim Alderson
Opening Day age: 25
Musing: A former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2007, Alderson was acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for Russ Canzler last July and went 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 33 innings with Triple-A Norfolk to finish the 2013 season, primarily pitching in relief.

RHP Fabio Castillo
Opening Day age: 25
Musing: The Dominican minor-league free agent posted a 5.34 ERA in 89 1/3 innings starting and relieving for the Giants’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last season and will be entering his ninth season of professional baseball.

RHP Eddie Gamboa
Opening Day age: 29
Musing: After five previous seasons pitching in the Orioles system, he became a knuckleball hurler last year and was re-signed to a minor-league contract after going 6-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 25 starts split between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk.

RHP Brock Huntzinger
Opening Day age: 25
Musing: A 2007 third-round pick of the Red Sox, Huntzinger spent the last seven seasons pitching in the Boston organization and went 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 49 relief appearances split between the Double-A and Triple-A levels last year before signing with Baltimore as a minor-league free agent.

LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
Opening Day age: 20
Musing: The Venezuelan product is one of the top prospects in the Baltimore system and went an impressive 10-7 with a 3.41 ERA split between Single-A Frederick and Bowie last season, which has made him a target of other organizations in trade talks but a piece the Orioles don’t want to give up.

RHP Mike Wright
Opening Day age: 24
Musing: Named the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the year last season, the 2011 third-round pick went 11-3 with a 3.11 ERA primarily with Bowie before a late-season promotion to Norfolk and has a reasonable chance to arrive in Baltimore at some point before the 2014 season comes to an end.

Continue to non-roster position players >>>>>

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Orioles sign veteran Delmon Young to minor-league deal

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Orioles sign veteran Delmon Young to minor-league deal

Posted on 13 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Looking to add another designated hitter option, the Orioles announced Monday they’ve reached a minor-league agreement with veteran outfielder Delmon Young that includes an invitation to spring training.

The 28-year-old is a career .303 hitter against left-handed pitching and split time between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay last season, hitting .260 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in. In eight major league seasons, Young has hit .282 with 100 home runs and 520 RBIs in 3,692 career at-bats.

Young will compete with the likes of Nolan Reimold, Steve Pearce, and Rule 5 selection Michael Almanzar for the right-handed DH job previously held by Danny Valencia, who was dealt to Kansas City for left fielder David Lough earlier this winter.

Former Oriole Jack Cust also contacted the organization about a tryout and is expected to work out at the club’s minicamp in Sarasota on Tuesday. The soon-to-be 35-year-old hasn’t played in the majors since 2011.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Monday the Orioles have also shown interest in a reunion with power hitting infielder Mark Reynolds.

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Orioles’ two-year deal with Balfour falls apart due to shoulder concerns

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Orioles’ two-year deal with Balfour falls apart due to shoulder concerns

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Instead of preparing to introduce their new closer and first impact acquisition of the offseason Friday, the Orioles will now restart their search for a ninth-inning option.

A two-year, $15 million agreement with former Oakland closer Grant Balfour is dead after concerns arose about the state of his right shoulder during his physical. Baltimore had planned to hold a press conference to introduce the new closer on Friday, but those plans never came to fruition.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed to local media in a conference call Friday that the Orioles would be moving on.

The Orioles will now be forced to look elsewhere on the free-agent market despite Balfour converting 62 of 67 save opportunities for the Athletics over the last two seasons. The options are dwindling with Fernando Rodney and Chris Perez topping the list of established closers who are still available.

Balfour had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2005, and he had surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his shoulder four months later, costing him the entire 2006 campaign. However, his track record since then has been relatively injury-free as he will be 36 at the end of the month.

The Orioles have a history of striking deals with free agents, only to have the physical hit a snag. Aaron Sele, Jeromy Burnitz, and Xavier Hernandez are among the notable names over the years, and the club had to restructure an agreement with right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens last offseason after lingering concerns over his knee.

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Orioles select contract of outfielder Dickerson

Posted on 06 September 2013 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles announced Friday that they have selected the contract of outfielder Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, infielder Alex Liddi has been designated for assignment.

Dickerson, 31, batted .245/.274/.412 in 46 games with the Orioles earlier this season.

Liddi, 25, batted .222/.269/.378 in 49 games for the Tides after being acquired from Seattle on July 6.

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Orioles recall four prior to Tuesday’s game in Cleveland

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have recalled INF JONATHAN SCHOOP, OF HENRY URRUTIA and RHP JOSH STINSON from Triple-A Norfolk, and INF RYAN FLAHERTY from High-A Frederick.

Schoop, 21, will make his major league debut when he first appears in a game. He batted .256/.301/.396 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 289 plate appearances while playing second base and shortstop for the Tides this season. Schoop also batted .214/.313/.464 with two home runs in eight games for Team Netherlands in this year’s World Baseball Classic. He will wear #6.

Urrutia, 26, batted .316/.358/.430 in 29 games for the Tides this season after hitting .365/.433/.550 in 52 games with Double-A Bowie. He batted .269/.269/.308 in 21 games with the Orioles earlier this season.

Stinson, 25, went 7-6 with a 3.78 ERA (131.0IP, 55ER) in 23 starts for the Tides this season. He posted a 2.95 ERA (36.2IP, 12ER) in his final seven starts. Stinson made three appearances (one start) for the Orioles earlier this season, posting a 6.53 ERA (8.0IP, 5ER).

Flaherty, 27, has batted .218/.280/.364 in 75 games for the Orioles this season. He hit a combined .265/.280/.490 in 12 games with Frederick (two games), Class-A Delmarva (two) and Triple-A Norfolk (eight).

With these moves, the Orioles now have 32 players on the active roster.

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Morneau

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Trade Deadline: 3 Options for the O’s at DH

Posted on 30 July 2013 by benheck

Major League Baseball’s July 31 trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Baltimore Orioles (58-48) don’t appear to be done dealing just yet.

With rumors swirling, there’s no question the third place Orioles are looking for a proven veteran to fill the designated hitter slot down the stretch and there are a couple of options open to Buck Showalter’s squad.

Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

Though the O’s appear to have to given up on Morneau over the last few days, it would still be an interesting move to bring in the left-handed hitter. Three seasons removed from his last All-Star appearance, Morneau has battled injuries over the last few seasons and has seen his power drop considerably. But that doesn’t mean the 32-year old doesn’t still have veteran leadership and a decent bat (.264 BA, 53 runs batted in) to bring to the table in Baltimore. They wouldn’t have to invest long-term in him, and he would help solidify the lineup spot down the stretch. At this point, however, he appears to be a long-shot.

Marlon Byrd, New York Mets

The Mets’ CF is hitting .280 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs this season at the age of 35. But if dealt for before tomorrow’s deadline, he’ll likely be coming off the bench or filling the DH role because of an already stacked outfield consisting of McLouth, Jones and Markakis. The O’s have shown interest in Byrd, but the Mets––according to the NY Dailey News––say he’s “highly unlikely” to be traded. But that doesn’t mean the Mets will turn down every offer they are given. The Mets are 12.5 games back in the NL East, so you’d think they would be open to trading an aging outfielder for promising young prospects.

Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies

Young always seems to be in the middle of trade deadline rumors each season. Though Baltimore hasn’t made a huge push for Young, the 36-year old former All-Star could really give this lineup a boost. Another unlikely move, but it would surely make sense for GM Dan Duquette to make a move for the veteran, wouldn’t it? He’s a buy-low type of player and is a very versatile utility guy. He’d fit in as the every-day designated hitter, but could also sub in and out at virtually any infield position when Machado or Roberts need an off-day.

It’s still unknown whether or not the Orioles organization will make a move for a full-time DH, or just keep going with the DH carousel they have now. One thing is for certain: it wouldn’t hurt to have a solidified lineup by making a move for a full-time DH. The O’s have used seven different designated hitters during the month of July alone. We know Buck likes to switch things up and keep the opponent guessing, but for a late playoff run it may be nice to have one go-to guy for the spot.

And there’s certainly no shortage of proven, veteran designated hitters on the market.

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Orioles option Britton, Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk

Posted on 09 July 2013 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles announced after Tuesday’s game that they have optioned left-handed pitcher Zach Britton and right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk.

Britton, 25, is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA (34.0IP, 18ER) in six starts for the Orioles this season. He started tonight’s game and took the loss, allowing 5 earned runs in 5.0 innings.

Gausman, 22, is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA (33.1IP, 23ER) in nine games (five starts) for the O’s this season.

Corresponding roster moves will be announced before Wednesday’s game.

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Machado

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Machado: Cornerstone of Baltimore’s Roster for the Next Decade

Posted on 08 July 2013 by benheck

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado just celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday, yet he’s already considered to be the next big thing in Baltimore. And with good reason, too.

Machado, selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, started out in Double-A Bowie at the beginning of last season after spending all of 2011 in Single-A Delmarva and Single-A+ Frederick.

While in Bowie in 2012, Machado played 109 games at shortstop, hitting 11 homers, batting in 59 runs with 13 stolen bases and an average of .266.

As an intern for Scout.com covering the Baysox last summer, I was around him in the clubhouse after nearly every home game, and let me just say he didn’t act like a 19-year old. Had you not been aware of his backstory, it’s likely that you would have thought Machado were a seasoned veteran.

With the O’s making a push towards the postseason in the second half of 2012, Machado received a surprise call-up from Manager Buck Showalter, skipping Triple-A Norfolk altogether.

While many saw the early-August call-up as a mistake, and that it could end up ruining the progress the now-20-year old Machado had made all season, it was clear that Machado would be able to adapt to the Major League level quickly.

Primarily a shortstop throughout high school and the minors, Buck switched the youngster to the hot corner upon his August 9, 2012 ML debut with the O’s. Considering J.J. Hardy was at short, and the inconsistency the Orioles had been experiencing at third base throughout the season, the move would be beneficial despite the risk involved.

In his 51 games to finish out the 2012 campaign, Machado made an impact in both the batter’s box and in the field. His glove, not his bat, may be what benefited the Orioles the most during the final stretch of the regular season. Wilson Betemit and Mark Reynolds struggled to stay consistent with their gloves while playing third, but Machado came in and made a near-flawless transition from short to third.

Not only did he handle the transition really well, but it also gave Baltimore an everyday third baseman. Prior to Machado’s call-up, Baltimore had started five different players at third––Reynolds, Betemit, Ryan Flaherty, Robert Andino and Steven Tolleson.

His 3 HRs and 7 RBIs in his first four starts in August gave O’s fans something to get excited about, and the energy he has brought with him to the Major League squad is priceless.

Machado struggled to produce at the plate in his six postseason games (3/19, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 6 Ks, .158 BA), but being able to shake off the nerves and put some postseason experience under his belt after his first season could prove vital down the road.

Entering his first full season in 2013, Machado has taken his game to a new level through the first three-plus months of the season. There’s been no signs of a sophomore slump for Manny, as he’s been selected to his first career AL All-Star team as a reserve.

Starting all 89 of Baltimore’s games at third base this season, Manny leads the majors in at bats (382), doubles (39) and is second in hits (119) behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. In the American League, he leads in Defensive WAR (Wins Above Replacement) with 2.6, and his current .312 batting average is well above his career average in the minors.

Not known as a power hitter, Machado has just 13 career homers in his 606 plate appearances, yet he’s more valuable to this team than the rest of Baltimore’s lineup. Especially considering what the Orioles are currently paying him––obviously a contract extension could be in Machado’s near future. Perhaps the biggest adjustment made this season, aside from moving McLouth to lead-off, could be bumping Machado up to the 2-spot in the order. There’s a shot that Manny could push 80-90 runs batted in this season while batting ahead of Davis and Jones.

Manny’s production has been much more than what has been expected this early in his career, but the best part about his game is his play-making ability at the hot corner and the excitement and youth he brings to the clubhouse. You can expect more and more of this over the next decade, as he’s already drawn comparisons to a much-younger Alex Rodriguez––pre-Yankee days, of course.

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