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The Orioles will be better next year — and more new lies after The MacFailure

Posted on 28 September 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

Our cool, growing (and still free!) sports media company had another great B2B-Business To Business event last week in Towson with @CoachBillick and an old friend and reader of WNST.net approached me and asked the eternal Orioles question:

“So, Nasty, I’ve read all of the issues regarding the Orioles and Mike Flanagan and Andy MacPhail and Free The Birds, but what are we as fans going to do? You need to offer solutions…”

Well, virtually every human being I’ve spoken to over the last three years – and I still have a ton of friends in upper management at Major League Baseball and all over the league — has concurred: this just isn’t going to change on the field as long as Peter Angelos is involved in Baltimore baseball ownership.

But, of course, I came to that conclusion five years ago when I did the original Free The Birds rally and campaign because in my mind – and time has proven me correct – this was long past the point of no return with the local community and most people of integrity within the baseball community in 2006.

And what I’ve come to realize is that this REALLY bugs the hell out of my internet critics – the fact that I’ve been right and honest and accurate all along.

I don’t think it took any “orange Nostradamus” or 19 chapters and 75,000 words worth of my book to predict that this civic nightmare would continue given Angelos’ tactics, mindset, age and propensity through his 82 years on the planet to want to fight with people. He sues people for a living.

I knew a long time ago that it was getting worse and not better. I knew it was going to become an easy $50 million annual profit center given the deal that Angelos negotiated with Major League Baseball once the Washington Nationals were hatched. I wanted to believe he was telling the truth in 2006 but he clearly wasn’t honest and indeed got the “last laugh.”

But I must say my worst fears of where this sick tale was going in 2006 never really factored in the possibility that Mike Flanagan would be committing suicide five years later in the middle of a fifth consecutive last-place season.

But I’m not at all surprised that the team has finished in last place every year since Free The Birds.

And I’ve now spent four full years without a press pass for this last-place debacle and sick civic disgrace while the team’s head of baseball operations runs away from me at public functions when I ask a few questions.

I’ve been asking myself for a month how the Orioles are going to handle this offseason of obvious unparalleled despair. Despite the kid gloves Captain Profit Andy MacPhail has been treated with here by his local media co-workers who are disguised as journalists — his tenure here is now complete and was a large, profitable “MacFailure” .

He’s slithering out of town in the dead of the night after changing exactly NOTHING about the Baltimore Orioles in real terms, other than the profit line. Oh, and there’s the spring training home in Sarasota that was 15 years overdue – and now another publicly-aided profit center — I don’t see anything about the farm system, the future or the current state of the roster that’s appreciably better than before.

I know this much: four years, four last-place finishes. That’s the record. It is what it is.

The whole franchise stinks.

What happens to Buck Showalter is anyone’s guess but word is he’ll be the new poobah in charge of “baseball operations” at 10:07 p.m. after Red Sox playoff magic leaves the Charm City – and all that really means is that he’s the next victim who will make a few million and go back to where he came from (in this case Dallas) a few years later with a tainted resume and some more losses and evenings of angst.

Of course, if he really thinks Angelos is committed to winning a World Series, angst is only the beginning.

Just 13 months ago Showalter said he knew what he was getting into with Angelos

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Orioles circa 2010: We know they’ll lie, but will they lie down again?

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

I know, I’m like a freaking broken record. Every year I write about how I’ve wrongfully had my media pass revoked and every year the Orioles make up some more lies to justify all of their mean-spiritedness and lack of professionalism. It’s Opening Day, I’ve again been deemed “not a media member” but that’s just the “off the field” stuff.

On the field, the word “improvement” has been thrown around all offseason in regard to the Orioles. As I’ve said many times, when you lose 98 games it’s hard NOT to improve the following season. It can’t get much worse, really.

As sickening as it is that I’ve taken a myriad of phone calls, emails and correspondence wondering “if the Orioles can win 78 games” – as though this disgracefully low bar somehow passes for “improvement” – I am officially one of the optimistic orange Kool Aid drinkers circa April 5th regarding the 2010 season.

It is my belief that this is the best team the Orioles have fielded this century. In 2004, the Orioles “best” performance was indeed 78 wins. Las Vegas has the 2010 Orioles over/under at 74 ½. If I were a betting man, I’d honestly take the “over” for the 2010 Orioles.

But this might be the year they finally prove they were right all along over these past 13 years of “rebuilding” and buying the bats and growing the arms.

Apparently, 78 wins will get a number of people here in Baltimore excited. At least that’s what people think until they realize that even that lofty “goal” would still be 25 games out of first place in AL East and the season would once again be effectively over right around June 20.

People have asked me every day for a month: “What do you think of the Orioles?”

My answer: “It begins with Kevin Millwood.”

Millwood is an unwitting victim of the wrong end of a big contract and the overlooking of putting Baltimore on his “not to visit” list when he inked his last contract in Texas. But, alas, he’s here now and needs to selfishly pitch well, even in MLB’s version of Siberia. He can set the tone with a big effort tonight in Tampa Bay.

It was different when guys like Scott Erickson and Sidney Ponson were poisoning the next generation of Erik Bedard’s with their antics of bush-league, lack of professionalism. Millwood needs to be the “anti-aging” Orioles starting pitcher. He needs to be more like Rick Sutcliffe and less like the aforementioned bunch of vermin who spread their foul temperament and antics through the franchise like baseball’s version of a clubhouse cancer.

I’m not sure what kind of guy Millwood is – and again, therein lies the Orioles ability to unlawfully deny me a chance to do my job after all of these years – but I hope he acclimates, pitches well and leads by example for kids like Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman, who seem like the real thing.

Matusz might win 15 games this year if he stays healthy. And while that certainly IS progress, it’s not really much different than what Rodrigo Lopez and Eric Bedard both did twice in orange en route to meaningless, forgettable seasons for the Orioles.

But, as stated before, I’m bullish on the Orioles in 2010 in regard to “progress.” I think they might be OK and quite competitive against teams not named New York and Boston — if pieces fall into place and if good health can be found.

If the starting pitching can get them to the 6th or 7th inning five nights a week, that will allow for a more rested bullpen and a real chance for .500.

I’m sold on Miguel Tejada as a relevant third baseman in the AL East. I think he’ll hit .300 and be an RBI machine like he’s always been. He might be 50 years old for all we know, but I think he’ll be the least of the Orioles concerns at this point in his career. He’s coming as a complimentary player not the leader and “franchise” guy he was counted on to be six years ago. His lies, transgressions and B-12 shots will not even be a factor this summer in Baltimore.

Of course, this would be a good year for SOMEONE to step up and be the REAL franchise player.

Is it Nick Markakis, who is quietly putting together a nice Orioles career?

Or could it be Adam Jones, whose Tweets are fun to follow when he’s not up all night in San Diego?

Or will it be Matt Wieters, whose hype seemed justified over the final two months of 2009 when it appeared he was ready to become a star?

At least there are several All Star Game candidates in orange this summer. It’s not another summer of David Segui, B.J. Surhoff and Gregg Zaun playing out their late 30′s at Camden Yards.

I’m not a Dave Trembley fan – the team tanked and quit down the stretch last year and each of those 98 losses were well-earned late last summer. Again, when the owner is the cheapest in the game and when Trembley will manage for 1/10th of what the best managers in MLB yield for a salary, I get what the team is doing.

They’re making money. They’re hoping these kids pan out and selling it to what’s left of a tortured fan base and using their media moles to “plant the seed” of hope. At least they can say they “were patient” while Andy MacPhail built what this cake turns out to be circa 2013, when it allegedly will mature. (They’re always two years away from competing with the Yankees and Red Sox, aren’t they?)

So, are the baby Birds ready to fly? Can the team be relevant enough to compete through the All Star break without falling 15 games behind Boston and/or New York?

We’ll see. But for the first time in a long time, they can legitimately threaten to be a .500 team if they stay healthy and have some key young prospects step up the way the insider pundits around the sport believe they will.

If Matusz is real?

If Wieters is real?

If Adam Jones can improve?

If Nick Markakis can remain consistent?

If Brian Roberts’ back can stay healthy?

If all of the young starters can get to the 7th inning with consistency?

If Tejada still has it?

And this is before we start projecting the likes of Jeremy Guthrie, Garrett Atkins, Luke Scott, Felix Pie and Nolan Reimond, who are all a literal box of chocolates. Does anyone really know what any of these guys will wind up doing come mid-summer? And what does anyone know about the bullpen, led by Mike Gonzalez?

Again – it’s the worst run franchise in professional sports. It’s not even close. That much has been borne out in living color over the past 13 summers. That will never change, even if Brooks Robinson is throwing out the first pitch on Friday. They are the worst group of people I’ve met in my 42 years on the planet — pure evil in their deeds, intents and actions.

But, perhaps this is the summer that all of their bloody deeds since 1997 are justified and they get people in Baltimore truly excited and energized about baseball.

If Tampa Bay could do it two years ago there’s no reason to believe the likes of Matusz, Wieters, Reimold, Bergesen, Tillman and company can’t step up to become very productive, young major leaguers and all hit their stride this summer.

It’s certainly a lot more possible than during the era of Omar Daal, Marty Cordova and Kevin Millar or any of the past sins of Peter Angelos’ ugly stewardship as the suddenly disappearing owner.

My real prediction: 78 wins.

I don’t think they can be above .500 with 54 games coming in the division against New York, Boston and Tampa Bay. But I think they will certainly be far better and more interesting on the field than we’ve seen here in Baltimore over the last 13 years.

But given the history, let’s all sip the orange Kool Aid one ounce at a time…

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“Happy with where we are”…really?

Posted on 31 December 2009 by mike3505

Recently Andy McPhail said in an interview that he was happy with where the Orioles stood at this point in the hot stove season. My response was basically “Really?”. I thought that we still were “in the pitching business” and still DESPERATELY needed another corner infielder who hopefully had some pop in his bat to place in the ol’ #4 hole in the order to get some protection for Jones and Markakis in the lineup.

I wonder whatever happened to the potential re-acquiring of Erik Bedard that was put out there big-time a month or so ago. Weren’t we looking to get him back for the right price as long as his medical reports came back OK? Does anybody out there in WNST-Land know what happened with that?

I must admit that, although I wasn’t jumping up and down, I was generally pleased with the acquisition of Kevin Millwood and moderately enthused about Mike Gonzalez and Garrett Atkins as far as what they could do to improve the club overall. Still, I was under the clear impression that they were by no means done this offseason. As we get past the holidays it becomes less and less likely that anyone of quality will still be available for the Orioles to pick up, notwithstanding the issues of how much we’re willing to pay, or even if they’d be interested in coming here.

Every day I get on the “official” Orioles website to see if there is any news, and every day the silence is deafening, unless you count the endless smiley-face comments about how wonderful it’s all going to be now. While, on the sidebars, we read about the Red Sox picking up Lackey and the Yankees getting Granderson and Vazquez.

C’mon, Orioles. Don’t stop now. We need at least one more reputable starting pitcher and someone who can hit more than 20 homers a year to help out in the infield. I know that our beloved GM said that we weren’t going to trade any of our prospects, but we seem to have so many to keep track of these days that I think we could spare one or two to really improve the club over the next year or two until hopefully the rest of the baby birds bloom.

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Millwood a curious option for O’s

Posted on 08 December 2009 by dansoderberg

One of the hottest rumors out of MLB’s Winter Meetings has the Orioles hot on the trail of Rangers right hander Kevin Millwood. Anyone that watched the Orioles deplorable starting pitching in 2009 can understand why the team is looking for a veteran starter to stabilize the young starting rotation, but Millwood is a curious option for the O’s. Texas recently picked up Millwood’s $12 million option for 2010 and is now reportedly looking to deal him for salary relief. If they were really looking for salary relief they would have simply declined the option. The thought that the Orioles will acquire Millwood for a minimal prospect in a salary dump deal is unlikely. The Rangers have reportedly requested Brandon Erbe or Felix Pie in return for Millwood. Trading either of those players for Millwood would be a mistake. If the Orioles can deal Jason Berken or Troy Patton for Millwood then I’m all for it. Anything more and it’s a mistake.

The Orioles would be better served going after a FA starter like Rich Harden or Jon Garland. They’re both younger than Millwood, have had success in the AL, and Garland is just as durable, plus the Orioles wouldn’t have to deal a young player to acquire either. The Orioles are also said to be interested in bringing back Erik Bedard, who may miss the beginning of the season due to an injury. Garland and Bedard would be a good start to the offseason and would cost nothing but Peter’s money.

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Fueling the Hot Stove

Posted on 12 November 2009 by dansoderberg

The MLB GM meetings are currently underway in Chicago and the rumors have been flying fast and furious. The GM meetings are a precursor to the MLB Winter meetings and may give us some indication of moves that could be made in the coming weeks. Most Oriole fans would agree that the club’s biggest needs are, in no particular order, a veteran starter, closer, 1st basemen, 3rd basemen and some right handed pop.

On a positive note we’ve heard some intriguing names swirling around the Orioles over the past few days. MLBtraderumors.com reported that the Orioles have had discussions with the Marlins regarding 2nd baseman Dan Uggla, who would convert to 3rd for the O’s. The Marlins would most likely be interested in young pitching in return for Uggla, something the O’s have been stockpiling. The 29 year old Uggla has averaged 30 homers and 90 RBI in his 4 big league seasons. He would represent a significant offensive upgrade to Melvin Mora and would solidify third base and provide some right handed thump for the middle of the order. Other third base options linked to the Orioles include Mark DeRosa and the soon to be released Garrett Atkins of the Rockies.

Erik Bedard’s name has also been linked to the O’s. The best thing Bedard ever did for the Orioles was get traded for Adam Jones. He only made 30 starts in the past 2 seasons for the Mariners, but at the right price Bedard could be an interesting option for the O’s. He’s not an Ace, but he’s familiar with the team and the city, has had success in the AL East and could come at a bargain price considering his injury history. Bedard isn’t John Lackey, but he could help solidify a very young rotation.

As for the top free agent names, Matt Holiday, Jason Bay and John Lackey, don’t expect the Orioles to make a serious play for any of them. If they didn’t sign free agents with Baltimore ties last year I can’t see them shelling out big money for Holiday or Lackey. It’s likely that Holiday, a Scott Boras client, won’t sign until after Christmas. Bay could wait for Holiday to set the market.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Troy Smith will ABSOLUTELY be used as a hybrid player this season. The Ravens did not go out and get John Beck to just have two back-up quarterbacks. Beck is an insurance policy so Troy Smith CAN be used at other positions. The Ravens need to open up their offense more due to their lack of downfield options at receiver. Troy Smith will allow them to do that.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Orioles need to improve PR, marketing same way they’ve improved on field

Bob Haynie staying up late this week to watch the Birds play in the Emerald City

Drew Forrester enjoyed playing golf with former Orioles, Ravens to raise money for Markakis’ Foundation

Nestor Aparicio says money big reason for Brady Anderson’s loyalty to Peter Angelos

Glenn Clark says Jones, Scott amongst best hitters in all of MLB

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bedard outstanding as Birds fell to Mariners

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen, Birds look for series win tonight in Seattle vs. Jason Vargas, M’s

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley impressed by Wieters’ ability to call game

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jones, Markakis, Izturis all in All-Star mix

Mariners Official Site’s Doug Miller says Ichiro breaks own franchise record by extending hit streak to 26 in win

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Tillman suffers first loss of season as Tides fell to Buffalo

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Arrieta wins Game 1, but Baysox fell in Game 2 of doubleheader with Trenton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Britton suffered loss as Keys fell to Lynchburg

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says McCurry roughed up in 5th as Shorebirds fell to Lynchburg

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 18,000 at Safeco Field see Bedard shut down Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Rich Hill ‘impressing’ in attempt for ‘redemption’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Director of Scouting Joe Jordan reports Birds considering ‘7 to 9 players’ for next week’s MLB Draft

The Sun’s Candus Thomson surprised by Brady Anderson’s passionate defense of Angelos

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Anderson ‘appreciative’ of what Angelos did for him

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jaime Walker hammered again, making Wilfredo Perez seem like a better option

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says David Hernandez showed ‘grit’ in loss

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Salazar, Cabrera, Christian all had two hits for Tides in loss

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Jim Miller ‘promising candidate’ to join bullpen

Examiner Jay Trucker says David Hernandez ‘rather wild’ over 5.1 innings of loss to Mariners

Examiner Jay Trucker says Luke Scott MVP of Orioles’ week

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says before Hernandez’s outing, Birds got 4 straight quality starts from Bergesen, Guthrie, Berken, Hill

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bobby Stevens had 2 hits for Keys in loss to Hillcats

Virginian-Pilot’s Kyle Tucker says Tides lost back to back games for first time in nearly a month

Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neil says Branyan, Griffey homered in 8th to put win away for M’s

The AP’s Gregg Bell says Hernandez’s family came up from Sacramento to see him pitch

Everett Herald’s Kirby Arnold says moving Branyan to 2nd spot in lineup paid off for Mariners skipper Wakamatsu

SI’s Tom Verducci rules Orioles out of pennant race

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Troy Smith split out at WR during ‘expanded role camp’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Willis McGahee one of few veterans to actually show up for this week’s OTA

The Official Site says Harbaugh didn’t want “Plus 30” guys at this week’s OTA

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Edgar Jones walked away from injury scare during drills

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Beck trying to find ‘comfort zone’ in battle for backup QB job

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says McGahee worked with second team, Rice worked with starters in camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Figurs out until Training Camp due to foot surgery

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh believes Smith will play multiple positions

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Flacco not sure Smith ‘likes’ playing other positions

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Edgar Jones lined up as Tight End, pass rusher during OTA

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Davon Drew ‘potential sleeper’ at Tight End

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco offered praise for Wieters

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Troy Smith ‘not opposed to’ taking snaps at WR

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens 19th best team in NFL at most important positions

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Todd Pletcher’s Dunkirk ‘forgotten horse’ of Belmont

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says John Velasquez thinks other jockeys should try to keep Borel, Mine That Bird off rail

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Terps would be MORE interested in Stephenson if Vasquez stays in NBA Draft

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Vasquez not particularly impressive in Chicago Draft combine

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Vasquez will still work out with Timberwolves, Trailblazers, Kings, 76ers

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks UNC win amongst ‘greatest games’ he’s been a part of

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Terps involved with Edmondson QB Lovelocke

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site’s Matt Langan checks in from Manchester during Hounds’ European trip

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says S Darius Terry dismissed from team

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina profiles future Mids FB Ontai (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Meade knows game with Loyola makes more ‘sense’ than trip to Ohio State

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to D.C. to face Armor

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says former Colts LB Mike Woods passed away at 54

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I would ABSOLUTELY approve of the Orioles attempting to re-acquire Erik Bedard in the offseason. Watching games like that last night made me yearn for a pitcher who could be counted on every 5 days. He’s not an ace, but he’s a very good pitcher. I’ll even take the baggage.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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How ’bout dem O’s!

Posted on 16 April 2009 by Neal Bortmes

The Orioles are continuing their modus operandi from the past few years and are teasing us with winning baseball at the beginning of the season.  If you are a true orange and black fan it is hard not to get excited at the start of a new season, especially when they have started off so well winning each of their first three series.  Opening Day was an incredible experience this year and it surpassed past years due to the uncertainty of the weather and the eventual payoff at the end of the game.  The clouds threatened to rain on our parade and one of the best parties of the year in Baltimore.  The sun peeked out for a while in mid-afternoon but the rains came again right before game time which seemed like an omen representing the big bad Yankees hanging over our heads.

 

As you know by now the game was not rained out after all and the Orioles were like a bright ray of sunshine cutting through the clouds.  The bats came alive for 10 runs that day and chased Cy Young award winner and 161 million dollar mercenary CC Sabathia in the 4th inning.  It was an absolutely fantastic day for baseball and it was made even better by the fact that loyal Orioles fans did not let the Yankee supporters in attendance drown out their cheers.  The infamous lets go Yankees chant that can be clearly heard at Camden Yards in the later months of the season as the seats turn from orange to green was overpowered by boos for Tex-liar.  For the first time in over a decade I could feel the camaraderie of O’s fans permeate the stadium.  The way the O’s dominated the majority of that game made the Boog’s BBQ and the ample amount of brew taste that much sweeter.

 

I have been impressed with the way the Orioles are swinging the bats this season.  Izturis capped off the great Opening Day win with his first and probably only homerun this season, but aside from that he is the only player who needs to significantly increase his offensive production.  He was signed to upgrade a poor up the middle defense and has been a drastic improvement over 2008’s garbage group barring last evening’s boot in the third inning against the Rangers.  Zaun has not dominated with the bat so far but as all O’s fans know he was signed to mentor Matt Weiters once he is called up, and Zaun has done an adequate job in his stead.  We are however waiting with bated breath for Weiters’ arrival.

 

Aubrey Huff has impressed me with his transition to full-time first baseman.  Like I said he will never be mistaken for JT Snow over there but he is serviceable, and a significant upgrade over Kevin “Red Sox” Millar.  Huff won a Silver Slugger at first base last year which is a significant accomplishment considering first base is typically an offense first position.  The way he has been swinging the bat lately I really think the O’s should try to sign him to an extension.  Three or four years might get it done and they don’t have anyone in the minors even close to ready to supplant him in the near future.  Gone are the days of guys like Calvin Pickering and Ryan Minor toiling in the minors waiting to get a shot.  Lets get over our huff about what Aubrey said (it really wasn’t all that bad to start with) and embrace what he has been doing for the ball club.

 

Speaking of toiling in the minors, the trade for Felix Pie, who has been yanked up and down by the Cubs over the last few years, was a low risk/high reward deal.  Pie represents a potential impact player on defense, and a capable offensive player with speed.  The only thing the O’s gave up was Garrett Olsen a below average lefty who had virtually no upside, and unless he pulls a John Maine and comes out of nowhere to be a decent end of the rotation guy this is a can’t lose scenario.  The mastermind of the Orioles recent terrific player personnel decisions Andy MacPhail has really outdone himself on his two biggest trades.  Trading a steroid using, older than he claimed to be, unhappy player with declining power and range for 5 players including Houston’s best pitching prospect in Troy Patton, Luke Scott our starting DH, as well as Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate who are strong bullpen contributors has to be one of the biggest hoodwinks of all time.  It is only outdone by MacPhail’s other conquest over former Seattle Mariner’s GM Bill Bavasi.  A trade in which he dealt a disgruntled, no heart, only wants to pitch six innings crybaby who never lived up to the potential of his great stuff in Erik Bedard for 5 players including future face of the franchise centerfielder Adam Jones, as well as stud pitching prospect Chris Tillman and All-Star closer George Sherrill. 

 

O’s fans may not agree with everything MacPhail has done but no one can argue that this team has not improved significantly over past couple years, especially with building depth in the minor leagues.  The one complaint that I would raise is to question why they are starting guys like Adam Eaton and Mark Hendrickson who are guaranteed to have an ERA over 6.00 in place of young players like Brad Bergesen.  Bergesen could give up a ton of runs and be chased in the early innings just as easily, however Bergeson is in his early 20’s and actually has some upside.  With a little bit of experience he is almost destined to be better than those two stiffs.   Hendrickson was drafted by the 76’ers, 31st overall in the 1996 NBA draft, to quote EJ Pipkin’s 2004 campaign catchphrase “Who Knew?”  Maybe he should think about a return engagement with the NBA and put us out of our misery.  Prospect Radhames Liz is thought to be a starter and has recently been recalled; however he is a bullpen guy, period.  Liz has no upside as a starter but as a reliever he may find some late inning success.

 

The off-season signings of Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts seem like a harbinger of good things to come.  As the team continues to develop I hope that MacPhail will be able to sign our young players to long-term deals and keep the core guys together throughout their careers from the minors to major league success.  Let’s hope the O’s can continue to remain competitive for the remainder of the season, I want to see a game that matters in September for a change.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

The “Baltimore” jerseys looked just as good as I hoped they would. Koji Uehara made Andruw Jones look like a future Hall of Famer again (maybe the whole L.A. think WAS a fluke after all), but everything is okay if the game ends in the win column like it did last night.

I’ll also add this. I’ve never been overly sold on George Sherrill as a closer. Frankly, I think finding a great closer is a 1-in-a-thousand type proposition. But I really don’t think George Sherrill is a great closer. I guess time will tell in the end.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says “Orioles Magic” lifts Birds to 5-2

Thyrl Nelson says Tillman threw 4 hitless innings for Tides last night

Keith Melchior thinks Orioles should fire Trembley now

Rex Snider says Jim Palmer thought Fidrych ‘great guy’

Chris Pika says ESPN cutting coverage of Preakness

Glenn Clark says Navy-Hopkins lacrosse amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Ed Frankovic picks Caps to beat Rangers in 7 games

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara gives up 7 runs, but Orioles provide offense to help him beat Rangers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of shootout win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Simon, Birds shoot for another series win tonight against McCarthy, Rangers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora sitting with hamstring tightness

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill to throw side session today

Rangers Official Site’s Todd Wills says Padilla rocked early as Rangers fall to O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sherrill survived ‘tense’ 9th inning to collect 3rd save as Birds beat Rangers

The Sun’s Childs Walker says return of “Baltimore” to road jerseys has caused demand to ‘nearly double’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wigginton played in place of hobbled Mora

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pie launched 4th career home run in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says players don’t care much about “Baltimore” on road jerseys

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring off to hot start with Frederick

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters had first multi-hit game of season on farm

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Montanez, Reimold continue to ‘scorch’ ball for Norfolk

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Markakis made ‘gold glove’ caliber catch to save win for Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says playing Rays helped Huff break out of funk

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Zaun to be judge for Kangaroo Court

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says solid season from Bedard could price him out of Orioles’ free agent plans

Examiner Jay Trucker says Huff got 4 hits; Roberts, Pie 3 apiece in win (he also takes some fun stabs at Aubrey in the process)

The AP says Sherrill got Marlon Byrd to strike out to end win in Arlington

Dallas Morning News’ Jeff Wilson says 12,184 saw Rangers’ rally fall short against Orioles (smallest crowd for scheduled game in history of Ballpark in Arlington)

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 10th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Anderson ‘not fazed’ by Ravens’ discussions with Pace

The Official Site says Hue Jackson to speak at USA Football event

The Sun’s Mike Preston says 52, Ogden best picks in Ravens history; Travis Taylor, Boller worst; Zastudil strangest

Examiner Phil Macek says Sypniewski, Demetrius Williams will ‘battle’ for roster spots

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think Ravens will be interested in first round TE like Pettigrew

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Steelers should visit M&T Bank Stadium in prime time this season

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think re-acquisition of Stover likely because Ravens don’t want to carry two kickers

Sporting News’ Mike Florio praises Ravens’ pick of Ngata in recap of ’06 Draft

CBS Sports’ Rob Rang mocks DHB to Ravens

NFL.com says Ravens will have 28th toughest schedule of season

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews free contest with Binghamton this afternoon

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps must ‘recover’ from recent skid starting today vs. Bearcats

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps facing Hopkins in projected bracket

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says DHB has been ‘preparing for (Draft) all his life’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says DHB has mom’s guidance in preparations for NFL career

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph ‘impressed’ by Don Brown’s defense

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in on relationship between Terrapin teammates (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Josh Furman attended scrimmage (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tucker has had similar start to career as Nicholas, Jasikevicius

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps getting ‘involved’ with former Xavier commit J.D. Weatherspoon (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Poillon, Justin Radebaugh honored by America East

Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers 8th in new media poll

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich has Retrievers 8th in poll due to 6 game winning streak

Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers 6th in USILA Coaches’ Poll

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Cooper MacDonnell honored by ECAC

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Etherly thought Patsos ‘excited’ about transfer

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls snap 2 game skid with win over Mary Washington in CAC Tournament

The Sun’s Edward Lee says St. Mary’s win over Salisbury historic

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says new Coach Ambrose spending week getting to know Towson students

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Dobbs threw 2 TD passes late in Mids’ 2nd Spring scrimmage

The Official Site introduces starting QB Dobbs

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Alexander Teich has ‘solidified’ FB job

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times says eminent domain bill passes, giving O’Malley authority to purchase tracks

REAL MARYLAND:

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says two Cuban refugees to sign with Real Maryland

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman
says Raymond Berry’s house spared by tornado

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Maryland 10, Binghamton 4. There’s no way the Terps can lose a 4th straight in College Park today. Is there?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Posted on 13 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. If you don’t, ask someone. But don’t ask Rick from Reisterstown. I don’t imagine he’d be helpful in such a situation.

You deserve props….

1-Melvin Mora

O’s take 2 of 3 from the Rays, Mora hits a grand slam Saturday night. It was a pretty good weekend……that is until the Orioles were reminded that their petition failed and they had to play on Sundays still. With that in mind; from the home offices that are not particularly close to Wahoo, Nebraska…

Here are the Top 10 reasons the Orioles just can’t win on Sundays.

10. Decision to switch clubhouse music to “Stryper’s Greatest Hits” for players missing church producing questionable results at best
9. Aubrey Huff keeps everyone up too late on Saturdays for “movie night”
8. Too busy attempting to Keep Up With Kardashians.
7. The Brian Roberts Dilemma: “Do I try to win, or do I rush home to THIS….”

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6. How can we think about Baseball at a time when Lindsay Lohan is in so much personal trouble?
5. Baseball more difficult to concentrate on when still confused about how to pronounce “Uehara”
4. Good idea: Playing reserve catcher and reserve shortstop on day game after night game. Bad idea: Employing baseball players named “Chad Moeller” and “Robert Andino”
3. Ummm…….something about the economy?
2. Not totally certain, but we’re pretty sure it’s that damn Forrester fella’s fault.
1. If the Redskins don’t, why should we?

2-Chris Paul

One assist short of a triple-double; CP3 helped the Hornets beat the Mavericks Sunday. Wake Forest fans worldwide immdiately looked to the NBA standings to make sure there was no way Paul, Josh Howard, or Tim Duncan could be matched up with Cleveland State in the first round of the playoffs. Dwayne Wade and LeBron James did some pretty good things too on Sunday; but frankly I’m just plain sick of talking about them.

3-Sagu and Ed Hale

Besides having one of the coolest names in all of sports; Sagu also happens to be a REALLY good soccer player. I’ve noticed recently that being a good soccer player is a good trait to have when professional soccer is your vocation. But then again, i’m pretty intuitive. Sagu was the MVP of the NISL title game Saturday night; and didn’t even mind when some loser from Perry Hall came running up to him on the field after the game to give him a congratulatory hug. That’s what’s great about championship celebrations. Guys with the athleticism of a chubby 10 year old girl can rush the field and celebrate with the star players. It’s an American dream.

Ed Hale rescued the Blast from almost certain death and lead them to their 5th championship this decade. Hey Ed, any interest in the Preakness???

4-Kenny Tate

Maryland held their first scrimmage of the Spring Saturday, and Kenny Tate came up with two interceptions. It was no more than a glorified practice, and yet there was some drunken idiot with his Ralph Friedgen underwear chanting “Let’s Go Terps” outside the gates. (Okay I’m lying, I went to the Inside Lacrosse event at M&T Bank Stadium. But if I hadn’t been there, you know where I would have been.)

Kenny Tate was supposed to be one of the best wide receivers Ralph had recruited, but was moved to safety going into his freshman season; and was really good at that. There’s been some scuttlebutt about him moving to cornerback; which he’d probably be really good at too; because he’s apparently good at everything he does. You know, I’ve changed my mind about Kenny Tate. You suck Kenny Tate; you shouldn’t be so damn good at everything you do. A-hole.

5-Erik Bedard

Can I just take a moment to remind everyone of how great it was to get rid of Erik Bedard? Sherrill and Adam Jones are rock stars, and there are more pitchers to come from the deal. Plus, Bedard is so much of a pain in the ass that he can’t even get to the mound because of the pain in his own ass!

Wait, did I hear someone say Bedard threw 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball Suday to lift the Mariners to a 1-0 win over the Athletics? Did someone say Bedard was going to become a free agent at the end of the season???

6-Paul Williams & Nick Diaz

Can someone please let Frank Shamrock know that he was scheduled to fight on Saturday night? Diaz did this….

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And then this…..

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and then THIS….

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and Shamrock did a lot of THIS…..

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Hopefully Frank and Winky Wright can find some nice houses in Florida next to each other.

7-Troy Patton and Nolan Reimold

Troy Patton pitched his first game in a year and a half Saturday; and I can already tell he’s better than Adam Eaton. I don’t care that he pitches for a team called the Baysox. Reimold hit his 2nd home run for Norfolk Saturday night in a loss; and added another RBI Sunday.

I was watching “Baseball Tonight” Sunday morning, and thought about life in the minor leagues when Dave Winfield told a story about how one time when he was playing at Shea Stadium the microwave didn’t work, and they had to warm up the post-game meal in the dryer. I thought about how crappy that was for a second; then proceeded to thaw some hot dogs in the sink and then warm them up with my roommate’s lighter.

8-Lleyton Hewitt & Jelena Jankovic

Remember how a week ago I was singing the praises of the Clay Court Championships because Americans would win? Open mouth, insert foot. Apparently someone decided to invite some players who actually used to be good this year; and Lleyton Hewitt won Sunday. Jankovic won the womens’ title, whatever that was.

While I’m on the subject of tennis; I happened to notice that Jan Michael Gambill appeared on the show “Tough Love” on Vh1; which I watch religously because…….well, I don’t care if you judge me. Anyway, Jan Michael showed up on the show to be swooned by……

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….Natasha Malinsky; who I knew nothing of before Sunday night, but now feel as though I have a close personal relationship with. But really, Jan Michael Gambill? If he can do that; Gustavo Kuerten must be with some sort of Adriana Lima look-alike.

9-Caron Butler and Steve Buckhantz

I don’t normally include last second jumpers on the “props” section, but the Wizards have won about as many games this season as the Detroit Lions; so I’ll throw them a bone. Plus, Buckhantz is famous for like….ONE thing…..and he hasn’t had much of a chance to use it this season. You just know that Blake Griffin saw this highlight somewhere and thought to himself “Oh thank God; I don’t want to have to end up there.”

10-Peet Poillon, Tommy Phelan, and Paul Cantabene

I wonder if Don Zimmerman posted my Friday blog in the locker room; as I picked the Great Danes to beat the Retrievers in their America East showdown Saturday? Come to think of it; I wonder if Don Zimmerman has any idea of who I am?

Also, it was nice to see that the Navy guys played well in a downpour Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. I think there might be a chance they’ll be forced to work in the water again in the future. But that’s just a hunch.

And did Stevenson REALLY win their last regular season game 26-1 on Friday? Do you think the 2007 Texas Rangers all lit cigars when they found out the Mustangs didn’t hit 30?

11-Billy Ray Cyrus

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You can call me many things; but please don’t let “Hustle Knocker” be amongst them. The whole “Hannah Montana” thing creeps me out more than Keith Cavanaugh discussing the “ups” a 12 year old kid is showing en route to a college scholarship; but the train doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. The movie made $34 million this weekend; which is impressive. Interestingly enough, I recently filled out one of those “how much are you worth” things on MySpace, and I was told I was worth $34. But I get it. The man whose mullet STILL inspires men and women across the country for some reason (I’m talking to you-lady who was sitting behind the goal at the Blast game Saturday night…..GOD I wish I had a picture); is laughing all the way to the bank. At what point do you think ol’ Hannah Montana is gonna have the awkward conversation where she tells pops “Thanks for everything and all; but I think I’m gonna just do this on my own from now on……good luck with your care…..hahahahah.”

12-Domonique Foxworth

Our pal Domonique Foxworth recently opened Facebook and Twitter accounts; and without bothering to tell anyone, he already has like 7,000 friends/followers. The great thing about Dom is that unlike most very successful professional athletes; he doesn’t bother to flaunt pictures of himself with his gorgeous girlfriend that guys like you and I can only dream of in exotic locations you and I could never imagine…..

dom

……okay, strike that. Just when I was saying those nice things about you, too. Damn! Anyway, the tables were turned on one Dom Foxworth, as someone who spent their Easter with him decided to post classy candids like these……

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Welcome to social networking, pal. Check out Dom on Facebook and Twitter; and if you have any more incriminating pictures of him; I have cash.

13-Alexander Ovechkin

I know you’re thinking “How can you put The Great 8 on this list when the Caps lost Saturday night?” Well, the game didn’t matter to the Caps because they had already clinched the 2 seed; and Ovie scored another goal. That gave him 56 for the regular season, and a 10 goal margin for the goal scoring crown in the NHL. The Caps and Rangers open their playoff series Wednesday night; and I look forward to wearing my “Teixeira Sucks” t-shirt to the game.

14-Bill Kurtis

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As if it wasn’t enough that he had previously defeated Michael Phelps and Andy Roddick; Bill Kurtis apparently felt as though he still had something to prove. So he decided to step in a ring with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.; and took the belt from the man known as “Money” as well.

And while we’re here; I’d also like to approve the “Think With Your Dipstick Jimmy” commercial I saw a hundred times this weekend. But I should really be better than that.

15-Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

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It’s almost unfair. I mean, we all like Cadbury Creme Eggs, and we all like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. One of the companies had to combine the two; and god bless Reese’s for being the one to do it. After living in Arizona for two years, I was looking forward to my first Easter back in Baltimore and my parents filling a basket with these things and letting me go crazy. Instead, Mom and Dad came over with Turkey Sausage and fruit because they were concerned about my health after watching me run during the Baltimore Blast celebrity game. I guess it’s for the best.

You got lucky….

1-Angel Cabrera

Nothing screams “we’re a real sport” like having a tubby chain smoker nicknamed “The Duck” win your historic, marquee event AFTER putting a ball in the woods AND hitting a tree on the way out. I paid attention to the Masters Sunday for a handful of seconds….until Tiger Woods bogeyed 17 and there was something better to do.

As an aside, I wish someone would have told me Ray Bachman had driven to Augusta to sell his personal belongings….

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2-Miroslava “Mirka” Vavrinec

Look, Roger Federer is NOT Brad Pitt. But as one of the two most successful tennis players of all time; I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he “settled” when he married Vavrinec Saturday in Switzerland. Let’s consider this……Pete Sampras married THIS……

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While Roger Federer married THIS…….

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3-Boston University Terriers

Nothing like spotting your opponent a 3-1 advantage through 59 minutes and then using a deflected puck to score the winning goal in overtime. I’d talk about the Terriers more; but I’d rather just honor the National Champions in my heart;

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2010 will be the Year of the Beaver. Trust me on that.

4-Belmont Stakes

Must be nice to have ESPN as a TV partner. The only Triple Crown race that might possibly not matter at all will still have hours upon hours of live coverage for the week, while ESPN slashed event coverage at the Kentucky Derby and almost ALL coverage of Preakness. To replace coverage from Pimlico; ESPN has decided to instead air the following programming….

-Mel Kiper’s hair hour
-World Series of Rummy
-International Cauliflower Eating Championships
-”Who’s Number 1?”: A breakdown of whether the Yankees or Cowboys are the best team in all of sports
-Colin Cowherd Says Something to Get Someone Else to Care About Him

I think they made a good decision ultimately.

5-Michael Gvozden and Jake Hagelin

Gvozden made a last second save to lift Hopkins over Maryland, Hagelin made a last second save to lift Loyola over Georgetown. Hopkins has improved to 7-1 against Maryland since Dave Cottle became Coach of the Terrapins. Jays students celebrated my running DIRECTLY to their chem lab and solving some sort of math equation. Maryland students ran in frustration directly to Bentley’s to enjoy a Miller Lite until the DJ hit “Don’t Stop Believing” and they left with the next girl they saw. It’s a weird rivalry.

6-Captain Richard Phillips

No matter how many Johnny Depp movies I watch; I would NEVER be ready to face a pirate attack; and would likely give up quickly. Phillips held tight, and was eventually able to escape and be rescued; proving that you NEVER mess with the U.S. of A. God bless Captain Phillips; and please make your own “Walk The Plank” joke here for the criminals who are no longer with us.

7-Taya Parker

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I’m not gonna lie; I was really rooting for Mindy to win “Rock of Love Bus”, but it doesn’t matter. The real winner from this show is every single one of us who has taken the chance to catch an episode or two of this GOLDMINE. And of course the STD testing facilities in every town Bret Michaels visited during the “Rock of Love Bus” tour.  Taya adds her ROLB winner title to an already impressive resume, which includes:

-2007/2008 Exotic Dancer Entertainer of the Year
-Penthouse Swimwear Exclusive Spokesmodel
-2009 Penthouse Pet of the Year
-Playboy’s “Busty Babes”, “Playboy Vixens”
-My heart

There’s no doubt Bret Michaels doesn’t even remember this chick’s name and has already slept with 7-800 women since filming ended, but I still think things will work out between the two of them. And if things can’t, then I’m not sure I believe in love anymore.

You’re a zero….

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Just read the story. I don’t think it’s even fair for me to add on.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Wake 68, Maryland 61

I just don’t see how Maryland competes with Wake’s size. I think they can compete; but I don’t see Eric Hayes keeping Wake honest with 5-6 shooting from outside again. I think this one dooms the Terps to the NIT.

UMBC 67, Binghamton 64

Binghamton has had a hell of a season; but I’ll go with the team that was there a season ago. I like the veteran presence of Greene and Proctor more than the studs the Bearcats have.

Morgan State 73, Coppin State 64

And the Bears will go on to beat Norfolk State for the MEAC title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Terps can ‘breathe’ again after win

Bob Haynie beginning to ‘appreciate’ what Neal is doing for Terps

Drew Forrester offers last part of Orioles Hangout interview

Keith Melchior still not fan of Manfra or Joe Angel

Nestor Aparicio says Greisen had been ‘insurance’ for 52

Ed Frankovic says Caps beat Flyers for 2nd straight win

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brandon Snyder has ‘fit right in’ big league camp this Spring

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Ray, Sherrill handling closer competition with ‘class’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hendrickson solid in intrasquad game

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds play split squad doubleheader with Cardinals today

Examiner’s Steve DeClue not upset to see Bedard’s continued struggles

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Trembley appreciates Freel’s ‘versatility’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards, Ray Rice played pickup hoops with Cal Ripken

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former Colt Harrison would be ‘perfect second target’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens released LB Greisen

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Ravens saved $400,000 by cutting Greisen

Examiner Steve DeClue says DHB thinks he could be ‘real weapon’ for Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens aren’t likely to add another major CB

SI’s Don Banks mocks Nicks to Ravens

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan mocks DHB to Ravens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Hayes’ career high 21 lifted Terps past Wolfpack; into ACC Tournament quarterfinals

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Vasquez, Hayes wanted to be ‘aggressive’ against Wolfpack

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Julius Mays’ career high 18 not enough as Pack loses to Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps win first ACC Tournament game since 2006

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps will have to match Deacs with ‘effort’ tonight

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps will need big night from Vasquez AND Neal, Hayes, or Milbourne to beat Wake

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gregory contributed 7 boards in win

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former Terp target Latay Darden had decent JuCo season

Examiner Dylan Waugh says Hayes shot 5-6 from outside on career night

Examiner Steve DeClue says Terps would have ‘reasonable chance’ of making Tournament with win over Wake

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps went on 14-0 first half run to get back in game

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps will have to match Demon Deacons’ ‘athleticism’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Hayes inspired by death of close family friend

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Gary abandoned coach speak before NCSU battle

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says love affair continues between Gary, Greivis

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tucker hit big 3 in first half to get Terps back in it

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Pack opened game shooting 7/10 from field

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Vasquez ‘focused’ on Terps, not NBA Draft

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez hoping to get Terps to ‘Sunday’

Charlotte Observer’s Ron Green says Pack reaches ‘bitter end’ of season

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps improve to 19-12 with win over Pack

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Terps will be ‘back on bubble’ with win over Wake

SI’s Bill Trocchi says Gary wins again with ‘back to wall’

SI’s Andy Glockner says Terps will ‘keep their hopes alive’ with win tonight

SI’s Seth Davis says Neal has ‘All-glue’ potential

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Terps rallied from 13 point first half deficit to beat State

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Vasquez chipped in 17 points, 10 assists in win

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

12 of 12 Inside Lacrosse analysts pick Terps to beat Retrievers

Inside Lacrosse’s Justin Redd says Terps best in ‘transition’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps have rare College Park game tomorrow

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps trying to snap 2 game losing streak to UMBC

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Ravens Official Site’s Will Spencer says DHB put on ‘show’ at Pro Day

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps, New Mexico have both offered St. John’s DL

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Friedgen’s job ‘not even close’ to being on the line

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Wujciak amongst top tacklers in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Turner getting unfair criticism

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Navarre ‘strongest’ Terp at Pro Day

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem previews Spring O-Line (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles Thomas Johnson LB prospect (must subscribe)

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eagles beat NC A&T, advance to MEAC semis against Morgan State

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Steve DeClue says Retrievers will be ‘decided underdogs’ in America East Championship vs. Binghamton tomorrow

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Kennedy to co-host Tournament breakdown on Comcast SportsNet Sunday

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews trip to Virginia tomorrow

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Toomey hasn’t decided who will start in cage for Hounds vs. St. John’s

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hagelin will get start in goal

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s trip to Syracuse

Inside Lacrosse’s Tyler Dunne says face-offs will go a long way in determining winner of NCAA Championship rematch

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Beidler named school athlete of the week

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Brown hopes Eers still get postseason invite

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says CBI, CollegeInsider.com tournaments still possible for Eers

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Navy men and women combined for 35 wins

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids breaks down 2009 schedule for Midshipmen

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says New York Red Bulls avenge last year’s loss by beating Palace 2-0

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby hopefuls starting to come into focus

Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says Magna facing opposition for financing plan

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps tells NBC’s Lauer he’s sorry for ‘pain’ caused to family, friends

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning-a combo pair-Jess Harlee and Rachel Holehouse from Fallston. The duo combined to score 48 points as the Cougars topped Largo in the 3A semifinals down at the RAC Arena in Catonsville. The Cougars will play Paint Branch Saturday for the 3A title.

Lacrosse picks:
-Maryland 10, UMBC 6. It’s been a struggle to score for the Retrievers; who I don’t think can slow down the Terps enough to win.
-Syracuse 13, Hopkins 12. I think Hopkins will prove more in a loss than they have yet this season in a win.
-Loyola 7, St. John’s 5. I don’t think the Red Storm is as good as the team that beat Georgetown.
-Virginia 13, Towson 5. The Cavaliers are a different class than the Tigers.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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