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Orioles option two to Bowie, re-assign another to minor league camp

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ORIOLES MAKE THREE ROSTER MOVES

 

The Orioles today announced that they have optioned LHP TIM BERRY and CA MICHAEL OHLMAN to Double-A Bowie and reassigned CA BRIAN WARD to minor league camp.

With these assignments, the Orioles now have 53 players at major league spring training, including 15 non-roster invitees.

 

–orioles–

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#WNSTSweet16 looks into “must” events for Baltimore sports fans

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#WNSTSweet16 looks into “must” events for Baltimore sports fans

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already nine lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re officially into Week 10 on the #WNSTSweet16 and this one is going to require you to think a little bit.

Nestor Aparicio is back from vacation and back in charge of the Sweet 16 this week. This week’s topic actually stems from a conversation Drew Forrester and I had a few years back when someone called in and asked “what does it take to be a Baltimore sports expert?”

Drew and I came up with our own ideas. Who are the people you need to know? What history must you be aware of? But another question we found ourselves asking was “what events must you have attended?”

With that in mind, this week’s WNST Sweet 16 topic is “The Sweet 16 Events a Baltimore Sports Fan Must Attend”.

I was reminded of the topic in reading Drew’s list here last week. You see, there’s absolutely no doubt that Morgan State/Coppin State basketball would be damn close to the top of my list. As Drew was telling the story of Reggie Holmes’ Senior Night against the Eagles, he referred to it as one of the greatest events he’s ever attended in sports and I couldn’t have agreed more. There’s something special about Morgan/Coppin that’s uniquely Baltimore and every Charm City sports fan needs to experience it at least once.

We’re in the middle of a recent addition as far as Baltimore sports events are concerned, and the CAA Tournament may already be moving up the list for many fans.

I’m glad I’m not in charge of this list-because while I’ll imagine most of you are probably thinking about events like Orioles Opening Day or Ravens/Steelers, there is no doubt that Army/Navy (which returns to Baltimore this fall at M&T Bank Stadium) would easily take the top spot on my list.

The neat part about this list to me will be to see which unique events different sports fans include. Some folks might find the Preakness infield to be a “must”, while others might be more inclined to say Maryland Million Day is better. The annual Calvert Hall/Loyola “Turkey Bowl” football game is a logical choice to make the list, but what about the Maryvale/Mercy girls’ basketball game? And while I love Army/Navy, maybe others think Towson/Delaware is the most important college football game in the area.

We haven’t even mentioned lacrosse yet. Or soccer. Or boxing. Or MMA. Or Pro Wrestling. Or any litany of other sports whose events are unique/special to those of us in Baltimore.

Perhaps I could best paint the picture for this topic by asking “if you had a friend who was moving to Baltimore and you had 12 months to indoctrinate them to the sports scene, which events would you see to it they be a part of?” It’s certainly a broader topic than some of the others we’ve tackled this year, which should make for a fascinating list.

And be specific! If you think it’s important to sit in a certain section at a Ravens or O’s game, say where. If you think it’s important to see UMBC play a specific opponent-tell us which one.

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Nestor via nasty@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Nestor will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew & Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

What are the events a Baltimore Sports fan MUST attend? Let your voice be heard!

-G

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Orioles reassign three to minor league camp

Posted on 09 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ORIOLES MAKE THREE ROSTER MOVES

            The Orioles today announced that they have reassigned three players to minor league camp: RHP’s FABIO CASTILLO and MIKE WRIGHT, and INF CHRIS MARRERO.

With these assignments, the Orioles now have 56 players at major league spring training, including 16 non-roster invitees.

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Orioles get 33/1 odds to win World Series from Bovada

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

MLB Odds

Odds to win the 2014 World Series      

Los Angeles Dodgers                13/2

St. Louis Cardinals                    8/1

Detroit Tigers                            9/1

Boston Red Sox                       12/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       12/1

Washington Nationals                12/1

New York Yankees                    14/1

San Francisco Giants                16/1

Texas Rangers                          16/1

Oakland Athletics                      18/1

Atlanta Braves                           20/1

Los Angeles Angels                  20/1

Cincinnati Reds                         22/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      28/1

Seattle Mariners                        28/1

Baltimore Orioles                       33/1

Kansas City Royals                   33/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   33/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     33/1

Cleveland Indians                      40/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              50/1

Chicago White Sox                    50/1

San Diego Padres                     50/1

Chicago Cubs                           66/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    66/1

Colorado Rockies                     75/1

New York Mets                          75/1

Miami Marlins                            100/1

Minnesota Twins                        100/1

Houston Astros                         200/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AL Pennant        

Detroit Tigers                            17/4

Boston Red Sox                       6/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       6/1

New York Yankees                    13/2

Texas Rangers                          8/1

Oakland Athletics                      9/1

Los Angeles Angels                  11/1

Seattle Mariners                        14/1

Baltimore Orioles                       16/1

Kansas City Royals                   16/1

Toronto Blue Jays                     16/1

Cleveland Indians                      20/1

Chicago White Sox                    25/1

Minnesota Twins                        50/1

Houston Astros                         100/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NL Pennant

Los Angeles Dodgers                11/4

St. Louis Cardinals                    19/4

Washington Nationals                11/2

San Francisco Giants                15/2

Atlanta Braves                           9/1

Cincinnati Reds                         10/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      14/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   16/1

Arizona Diamondbacks              22/1

San Diego Padres                     25/1

Chicago Cubs                           28/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    28/1

New York Mets                          33/1

Colorado Rockies                     40/1

Miami Marlins                            50/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AL EAST

New York Yankees                    12/5

Boston Red Sox                       11/5

Tampa Bay Rays                       11/5

Toronto Blue Jays                     7/1

Baltimore Orioles                       7/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AL CENTRAL

Detroit Tigers                            4/9

Kansas City Royals                   4/1

Cleveland Indians                      7/1

Chicago White Sox                    8/1

Minnesota Twins                        33/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AL WEST           

Texas Rangers                          7/4

Oakland Athletics                      2/1

Los Angeles Angels                  9/4

Seattle Mariners                        7/1

Houston Astros                         50/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NL EAST

Washington Nationals                1/1

Atlanta Braves                           5/4

Philadelphia Phillies                   15/2

New York Mets                          18/1

Miami Marlins                            25/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NL CENTRAL     

St. Louis Cardinals                    4/7

Cincinnati Reds                         15/4

Pittsburgh Pirates                      15/4

Milwaukee Brewers                    14/1

Chicago Cubs                           25/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NL WEST

Los Angeles Dodgers                1/2

San Francisco Giants                13/4

Arizona Diamondbacks              8/1

San Diego Padres                     10/1

Colorado Rockies                     16/1

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Orioles/Rays game Thursday cancelled due to rain

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TODAY’S ORIOLES-RAYS GAME AT ED SMITH STADIUM CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

                                                                                                                                     

Today’s Orioles-Rays game at Ed Smith Stadium has been cancelled due to rain. There will be no makeup date. Fans holding paid tickets for today’s game may exchange their tickets for any of the remaining Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium, subject to availability, or obtain a refund.

 

Additionally, today’s OriolesREACH Food Drive to benefit All Faiths Food Bank has been rescheduled for the Thursday, March 27 game at 7:05 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay.

 

On non-game days, tickets may be exchanged at the stadium box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the day of a game, beginning two hours prior to game time, tickets may be exchanged for that game only at the ticket windows. Fans who would like to exchange their tickets for a prime game will be required to pay the difference in cost.

 

To obtain a refund for paid tickets, fans should send the original game tickets via certified mail to:

 

Baltimore Orioles

March 6 Spring Training Rainout

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th Street

Sarasota, FL 34237

 

The refund check for the face value of the tickets will be mailed from Baltimore within six to eight weeks. Tickets must be postmarked no later than thirty (30) days after today’s date.

 

–orioles–

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Newsome, Devereaux headed to National High School Hall of Fame

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Five outstanding former high school athletes, including legendary Cleveland Browns’ tight end Ozzie Newsome from Alabama and pro basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway from Tennessee, headline the 2014 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

Joining Newsome and Hardaway as athletes in the 2014 class are Casey Blake, a four-sport star at Indianola (Iowa) High School, who had a 13-year professional baseball career; Michael Devereaux, a four-sport standout at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyoming, who enjoyed an 12-year professional baseball career; and Suzy Powell, a basketball and track and field star at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, California, who competed in three Olympic Games.

These five individuals, along with four high school coaches, one contest official, one administrator and one in the performing arts, will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame July 2 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The 32nd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 95thannual NFHS Summer Meeting.

High school coaches slated for induction this year include Bob McDonald, basketball coach at Chisholm (Minnesota) High School who is retiring this year after a legendary 59-year coaching career; Morgan Gilbert, who retired last year from Tuckerman (Arkansas) High School after winning more than 1,000 games as both a basketball coach and baseball coach during a 48-year career; Katie Horstman, who started the girls sports program at Minster (Ohio) High School in 1972 and led the girls track team to eight state championships; and Frank Pecora, who becomes Vermont’s first inductee in the National High School Hall of Fame after leading Northfield (Vermont) High School to 15 state baseball championships.

Other members of the 2014 induction class are George Demetriou, a football and baseball official from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is a state and national officiating leader in both sports; Sheryl Solberg, a state and national leader in the development of girls athletics programs during her 34 years as assistant to the executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association; and Randy Pierce, a state and national debate leader who coached debate at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri, for almost 40 years before retiring in 2012.

 

ATHLETES

Ozzie Newsome was a three-sport standout (football, basketball, baseball) at Colbert County High School in Leighton, Alabama, in the early 1970s. He helped Colbert County to state championships in football and basketball in 1972 and to the state finals in baseball in 1973. After four years at the University of Alabama, Newsome became one of the greatest tight ends in National Football League (NFL) history during his 13-year career with the Cleveland Browns. He has been general manager/executive vice president of the Baltimore Ravens since 1996 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway scored more than 3,000 points during his three-year basketball career at Treadwell High School in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1987 to 1990. As a senior, Hardaway averaged 36 points and 10 rebounds per game and was the Parade National Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. Hardaway was an all-American at Memphis State University and a four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star with the Orlando Magic. He played with three other NBA teams during his 15-year career and was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic basketball team that won a gold medal.

Casey Blake was named the Top Male High School Athlete in Iowa in 1992 at the conclusion of his four-sport, four-year career at Indianola High School. As the team’s quarterback, he led Indianola to the state football playoffs twice and was the leading scorer on the basketball team. He was the first freshman to play on the school’s baseball team and was named all-state two times, and he was a medal winner in the 400-meter hurdles in the state track meet. Blake was a three-time All-American at Wichita State University and retired in 2011 after a 13-year career in professional baseball with five teams, including the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Michael Devereaux was one of the greatest high school athletes in Wyoming history at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper (1979-81). He led the track team to the 1981 state championship while setting state records in four events (100, 200, 400 and high jump), helped the basketball team to back-to-back titles in 1980 and 1981, and was a member of the state football championship team in 1980. Though the Wyoming High School Activities Association does not sponsor baseball, Devereaux led his American Legion team to three state titles. The highlights of his 12-year professional baseball career were with the Baltimore Orioles in 1992, when he finished seventh in the MVP voting, and with the Atlanta Braves in 1995, when he was MVP of the National League Championship Series and helped the Braves to the World Series title.

Suzy Powell was one of the top discus throwers at all levels of competition in this country – from her days at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, California, until her retirement in 2012. Powell set the national high school girls discus record of 188-4 in 1994 and held the mark until 2009. She was three-time California state champion in the discus and was the California Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1994. Powell also played basketball and averaged 21.6 points per game as a senior. She was a member of three U.S. Olympic teams (1996, 2000 and 2008) and was ranked No. 1 in the United States in the discus as recently as 2007.

 

COACHES

            After 59 years and at the age of 80, Bob McDonald concluded his amazing basketball coaching career this year. McDonald spent the final 53 years at Chisholm (Minnesota) High School and finished with an overall record of 1,012-428, which included three state championships and 11 state tournament appearances. He is one of only 13 coaches nationally to surpass 1,000 victories. McDonald also coached track and field at Chisholm for 50 years and won a state title in 2001. 

Morgan Gilbert is the only high school coach in history to surpass 1,000 victories in both basketball and baseball and ranks among the top 10 all-time leaders in both sports. After concluding his remarkable 48-year career last year, including the past 40 years at Tuckerman (Arkansas) High School, Gilbert ranked sixth all-time in baseball coaching victories with a 1,030-396 career mark and seventh all-time in basketball with a 1,077-593 career record. His teams competed in the state basketball playoffs 38 times and the state baseball playoffs 39 times.

Katie Horstman was considered a pioneer in the area of girls athletics in the state of Ohio after starting the girls athletic program at her alma mater – Minster High School – in 1972. In her 25 years at Minster, Horstman coached volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, track and field, cross country and softball. Her track and field teams won eight state titles and finished second four other times, and she led the cross country team to one state title and three runner-up finishes. Prior to returning to Minster, Horstman played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1950s.

The first person from Vermont to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame, Frank Pecora had an outstanding career as baseball coach at Northfield High School. In 38 years (1973, 1976-2012), Pecora’s teams won 15 state championships, including five in a row from 1997 to 2001, and finished second four other times. Pecora was the school’s athletic director as well during his career at Northfield. He was president of the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association and served on the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Board of Directors.

 

OFFICIAL

George Demetriou has officiated high school baseball and football in Colorado for 25 years, including three championship games in baseball and two in football; however, his contributions to officiating in those sports go far beyond his on-the-field accomplishments. Demetriou has served as the Colorado High School Activities Association baseball and football rules interpreter and has authored widely distributed books in both sports. He has written more than 300 articles, many of which have appeared in Referee magazine, and he is the author of an annual football study guide for NFHS and NCAA rules.

 

ADMINISTRATOR

Sheryl Solberg was one of the leaders in the development and growth of girls sports programs – in her state and across the nation – during her 34 years as assistant to the executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association (1978-2012). At the state level, she handled coaches and officials programs for most of the state’s sports, and was involved with several national rules experiments, including rally scoring and the libero position in volleyball and the smaller-size basketball for girls. She also led numerous officiating camps and clinics throughout the country.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Randy Pierce was a leader in high school debate at all levels – from almost 40 years at Pattonville High School to his work with the Missouri State High School Activities Association to his work with the NFHS and the National Debate Topic Selection Committee. Pierce coached the Pattonville High School mock trial team to six state championships and qualified students to MSHSAA state championships for 37 consecutive years. In 2010, Pierce received his seventh diamond award from the National Forensic League.

The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, performing arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and activity programs. This year’s class increases the number of people in the Hall of Fame to 423.

The 12 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.

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Orioles sign former Cy Young winner Santana to minor-league deal

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Orioles sign former Cy Young winner Santana to minor-league deal

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Orioles came to an agreement on a minor-league deal with two-time former Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana on Tuesday.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training in Sarasota and is worth $3 million plus performance bonuses upon making the major league roster, according to CBS Sports insider Jon Heyman.

Santana is coming off a second shoulder surgery that cost him to miss the entire 2013 season. The Mets chose to buy him out after the season, making him a free agent.

Santana had previously missed the entire 2011 season and went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA for the New York Mets in 2012 between surgeries, including the first no-hitter in franchise history. Santana was brilliant from 2003-2008, winning the American League Cy Young Award twice with the Minnesota Twins and being named an All-Star four times in his career between the two teams.

For his career, Santana is 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.132 WHIP.

Originally signed by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent in 1995, Santana was acquired by Minnesota via Florida at the 1999 Rule 5 Draft. He will wear No. 57 with the Orioles.

Rumors/reports of the deal began midday Monday when the lefty was spotted at the Birds’ Spring Training facility in Sarasota by multiple media outlets. Top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez posted the following picture of himself with Santana on Instagram.

Santana recently threw for MLB scouts and reportedly topped out with a velocity of 81 MPH. Many believe he would not be available to pitch until well into the 2014 season.

A report from MLB.com suggested the O’s could view Santana as a left handed option out of the bullpen. The Birds have again been looking at reliever Brian Matusz as a starter during Spring Training and have no options left with fellow lefty Zach Britton. Additionally, lefty reliever Troy Patton will miss the first 25 games of the season after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Orioles recently acquired veteran starter Ubaldo Jimenez and Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon. The team was still in talks with free agent starter Ervin Santana as recently as last week.

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Orioles staffer Barlow loses long battle with lung cancer

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

STATEMENT FROM PETER ANGELOS ON THE PASSING OF PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR MONICA BARLOW

Orioles Managing Partner PETER ANGELOS issued the following statement regarding the passing of Orioles Public Relations Director MONICA BARLOW.

“It was with deep sadness that I learned of Monica’s passing this morning. In her 14 years with the club, she was a beloved member of the Orioles family, starting as an intern and becoming Director of Public Relations. Over the past four and a half years, the work Monica did to raise awareness and funds for cancer research was a testament to her dedication to helping others. The strength and resiliency she displayed by not letting her illness define her was a great inspiration to all who knew her. Her loss will be felt deeply by not only our front office staff, but also our manager, players and coaches, with whom she worked on a daily basis. On behalf of the club I extend my condolences to her husband, Ben; her parents, Wayne and Ramona Pence; her brother, Jonah; her sister, Natalie; and her family and friends.”

–orioles–

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Bovada sets Orioles’ 2014 win total at 80.5

Posted on 26 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

MLB Regular Season Win Totals (in Alphabetical Order)

Arizona Diamondbacks              80.5

Atlanta Braves                           87.5

Baltimore Orioles                       80.5

Boston Red Sox                       87.5

Chicago Cubs                           69.5

Chicago White Sox                    75.5

Cincinnati Reds                         84.5

Cleveland Indians                      80.5

Colorado Rockies                     76.5

Detroit Tigers                            89.5

Houston Astros                         62.5

Kansas City Royals                   81.5

Los Angeles Angels                  86.5

Los Angeles Dodgers                92.5

Miami Marlins                            69.5

Milwaukee Brewers                    79.5

Minnesota Twins                        70.5

New York Mets                          73.5

New York Yankees                    86.5

Oakland Athletics                      88.5

Philadelphia Phillies                   76.5

Pittsburgh Pirates                      83.5

San Diego Padres                     78.5

San Francisco Giants                86.5
Seattle Mariners                        81.5

St. Louis Cardinals                    90.5

Tampa Bay Rays                       88.5

Texas Rangers                          86.5

Toronto Blue Jays                     79.5

Washington Nationals                88.5

 

MLB Regular Season Win Totals (in Numerical Order)

Los Angeles Dodgers                92.5

St. Louis Cardinals                    90.5

Detroit Tigers                            89.5

Oakland Athletics                      88.5

Tampa Bay Rays                       88.5

Washington Nationals                88.5

Atlanta Braves                           87.5

Boston Red Sox                       87.5

Los Angeles Angels                  86.5

New York Yankees                    86.5

San Francisco Giants                86.5

Texas Rangers                          86.5

Cincinnati Reds                         84.5

Pittsburgh Pirates                      83.5

Kansas City Royals                   81.5

Seattle Mariners                        81.5

Arizona Diamondbacks              80.5

Baltimore Orioles                       80.5

Cleveland Indians                      80.5

Milwaukee Brewers                    79.5

Toronto Blue Jays                     79.5

San Diego Padres                     78.5

Colorado Rockies                     76.5

Philadelphia Phillies                   76.5

Chicago White Sox                    75.5

New York Mets                          73.5

Minnesota Twins                        70.5

Chicago Cubs                           69.5

Miami Marlins                            69.5

Houston Astros                         62.5

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 reminds us of when “hype” has gone wrong

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 reminds us of when “hype” has gone wrong

Posted on 23 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players

Perhaps it’s fitting that a warm, sunny Sunday mark the start of our eighth week. Luke Jones returns to the reigns of the #WNSTSweet16, and before it gets cold again, we’d like to think a little about baseball. Spring Training games start this week in Sarasota, making it an appropriate time to have baseball on the mind.

There is plenty of excitement for the start of O’s season in Charm City after the recent signings of P Ubaldo Jimenez and DH/OF Nelson Cruz. In fact, I would venture to guess that Birds fans might now describe themselves as “hyped” for the start of the season.

Of course, we’ve been here before. A number of players, whether acquired in free agency or brought up after being drafted and developed by the organization, have given us great hope but failed to deliver. That’s what we’re talking about in this week’s #WNSTSweet16, as the topic is The Sweet 16 “Orioles Who Didn’t Live Up To The Hype”.

Much like last week’s list, Luke has to deal with two sets of criteria. One is that the player has to have received “hype” (defined by Dictionary.com as “exaggerated publicity, hoopla”) before or upon his arrival. So Luke may end up ranking players based on just how much “hype” they actually received OR based on just how spectacularly they failed to live up to said “hype”.

The name Jeffrey Hammonds jumped out at me when we came up with this particular topic. Hammonds was viewed as a “complete” player that couldn’t miss after being selected fourth overall in 1992. Hammonds would go on to become an All-Star with the Colorado Rockies but never lived up to expectations in Baltimore. (This is particularly tough for me to accept because Hammonds is one of my all-time favorite Orioles and the player I was most wrong about in my life.)

In more recent years, two players the Orioles acquired (in different ways) tend to jump out. Andy MacPhail traded Garrett Olson to the Chicago Cubs in January 2009 for a prospect named Felix Pie…who…well…yeah. There are a lot of you who thought Felix Pie was the team’s next great outfielder. (Spoiler: He wasn’t.)

Before this past week, Vladimir Guerrero was the team’s most significant acquisition since the 2004 offseason (when they signed Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez). Guerrero arrived to much fanfare in 2011 (an offseason that also saw the Birds acquire well known vets like Derrek Lee) but failed to deliver-tallying just 13 home runs and 63 RBI. (But hey, he did show us it was possible for a player to have an On Base Percentage just 21 points higher than his batting average!)

Who else? What other Orioles didn’t live up to expectations or hype?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Luke via luke@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Luke will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

When was the hype too much for an Oriole who just simply wouldn’t be able to live up to it? Let us know now!

-G

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