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Bovada gives Chris Davis 5/1 odds to win AL MVP

Posted on 06 August 2013 by WNST Staff

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

 

SPECIALS – Will Alex Rodriguez play for the Yankees in the 2015 Regular Season?       

Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)

No                    -140      (5/7)

 

SPECIALS – Will Alex Rodriguez have his 211 game suspension reduced upon appeal?     

Yes                   -200     (1/2)

No                    +150     (3/2)

 

Odds to win the 2013 AL MVP   

Miguel Cabrera (DET)                1/5

Chris Davis (BAL)                      5/1

Mike Trout (LAA)                        5/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 NL MVP   

Andrew McCutchen (PIT)            5/7

Joey Votto (CIN)                       3/2

Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)             5/1

Carlos Gomez (MIL)                   15/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 AL Cy Young        

Max Scherzer (DET)                   4/7

Felix Hernandez (SEA)               2/1

Yu Darvish (TEX)                       9/1

Bartolo Colon (OAK)                  15/1

Justin Masterson (CLE)              20/1

Matt Moore (TB)                        25/1

Hiwashi Iwakuma (SEA)             25/1

Hiroki Kuroda (NYY)                  33/1

Joe Nathan (TEX)                      33/1

Mariano Rivera (NYY)                33/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 NL Cy Young        

Clayton Kershaw (LAD)              2/3

Adam Wainwright (STL)              4/1

Matt Harvey (NYM)                    7/1

Patrick Corbin (ARI)                   10/1

Craig Kimbrel (ATL)                   10/1

Francisco Liriano (PIT)               12/1

Jordan Zimmerman (WAS)         20/1

Jeff Locke (PIT)                        20/1

Madison Bumgarner (SF)           25/1

Mike Minor (ATL)                       33/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year       

Wil Myers                                  1/3

Any Other Player                       2/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year       

Yasiel Puig (LAD)                      4/7

Jose Fernandez (MIA)                3/1

Shelby Miller (STL)                    3/1

Julio Teheran (ATL)                    12/1

Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD)                   20/1

 

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Handing out Orioles awards at the All-Star break

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Handing out Orioles awards at the All-Star break

Posted on 16 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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Standing at 53-43 and sending five representatives to Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York, the Orioles had quite the memorable first 3 1/2 months of the season filled with plenty of highs and also some lows.

Before manager Buck Showalter and the Orioles get back to business in Texas on Friday, I’ve composed my list of All-Star break awards. Some are more serious than others, but there was plenty to remember over the first 96 games of the 2013 season.

Most Valuable Player: Chris Davis
Skinny: Manny Machado deserves more consideration here than most will give him if you take his remarkable defense into account, but the Orioles first baseman is on pace to break franchise records for RBIs, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits, and total bases as well as surpass the American League home run record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. Who else could it really be?

Best Starting Pitcher: Miguel Gonzalez
Skinny: Chris Tillman received the All-Star nod, but Gonzalez has been the Orioles’ best starter, especially since posting a 2.88 earned run average in his last 10 starts upon returning from a May stint on the 15-day disabled list. The 29-year-old posted seven straight quality starts heading into the All-Star break and his 3.48 ERA is the best in the starting rotation.

Best Relief Pitcher: Tommy Hunter
Skinny: Darren O’Day earned consideration here, but Hunter’s ability to pitch more than one inning has saved the bullpen numerous times. With Luis Ayala traded early in the season and Pedro Strop unable to bounce back from his late-season struggles from a year ago, the Orioles would have been in major trouble with their bullpen without Hunter’s 2.41 ERA and 52 1/3 innings of work.

Biggest Surprise: Manny Machado
Skinny: With Davis taking aim at the record books, it’s difficult not to give him the nod here, but I would have predicted Davis to be more likely for a breakout season than Machado, who just celebrated his 21st birthday less than two weeks ago. We now see the third baseman as a doubles machine with a shot at the single-season record, but many thought Showalter had gotten too much Florida sun when he put the unproven Machado in the No. 2 lineup spot at the start of the season.

Biggest Disappointment: Jason Hammel
Skinny: The Opening Day starter was counted on to be the de facto ace and has instead looked like the weak link in the current starting rotation. His 5.24 ERA is worse than his career mark, but most of his other numbers align closely with his career statistics prior to his arrival in Baltimore last season.

Most Overrated Performer: Nick Markakis
Skinny: The Orioles right fielder was close to being voted into the All-Star Game, but he is on pace for career lows in batting average and OPS and has become more of a singles hitter in recent years except for his 2012 injury-plagued campaign. Markakis is still a good player, but the clamoring for his inclusion in the Midsummer Classic was more about his popularity and less about his production. Many will argue that catcher Matt Wieters deserves this distinction, but few tried to say he was deserving of All-Star honors with his poor offensive output this season.

Most Underrated Performer: Nate McLouth
Skinny: Even McLouth’s biggest supporters had to wonder if the second-half success he enjoyed last season was a fluke, but the left fielder continues to be a spark plug at the top of the order and on the base paths with a team-leading 24 stolen bases. He doesn’t do anything that blows you away, but McLouth makes a substantial contribution just about every night, whether it shows up in the box score or not.

Most Improved Player: Ryan Flaherty
Skinny: The second baseman hit .133 in his first 102 plate appearances before being demoted to Triple-A Norfolk and has batted .300 in 94 plate appearances since being recalled at the end of May. The simple fact that many are clamoring for Flaherty to play over veteran Brian Roberts says all you need to know about his improvement since the start of the season.

Biggest Injury: Wei-Yin Chen’s strained right oblique
Skinny: The Taiwanese lefty went down with the injury in mid-May, leaving a major hole in the rotation for nearly two months. Ironically, the long layoff may pay off in the long run for Chen, who tired down the stretch last year and should now feel strong for the remainder of the season after less wear and tear on his pitching arm.

Most Important Win: A 2-1 victory over the Yankees thanks to Adam Jones’ homer off Mariano Rivera on July 7
Skinny: Even Showalter downplayed the significance of the dramatic victory in early July, but the Orioles were on the verge of dropping their third straight one-run game to New York to complete a 1-5 road trip before Jones tagged the greatest closer of all time for his first blown save at Yankee Stadium since 2010.

Most Disappointing Loss: Jim Johnson’s meltdown in Toronto on May 26
Skinny: The Orioles sent Johnson to the mound with a 5-2 lead and needed only three outs to take three of four from the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. A double, two singles, a walk, and a Munenori Kawasaki double later, the closer had blown his fourth save in his last five chances and the Orioles had suffered a stunning 6-5 loss on a Sunday afternoon.

Most Exciting Moment: Chris Dickerson’s walk-off homer against the Tigers on May 31
Skinny: All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer had pitched brilliantly for eight innings before Detroit manager Jim Leyland turned the game over to Jose Valverde with a 5-3 lead in the ninth. Before an electric crowd of over 46,000, the Orioles staged a rally as Markakis hit a homer to lead off the inning and the part-time player Dickerson hammered a three-run blast into the right-center bleachers for one of the most exciting regular-season moments in Camden Yards history.

The Kevin Gregg-Michael Gonzalez Fireman Award: Pedro Strop
Skinny: The Orioles tried to stick with the volatile but talented Strop as long as they could, but you knew time was running short for the 28-year-old on June 29 when Showalter felt the need to warm up O’Day in his bullpen as the struggling reliever was working the ninth inning with an 11-3 lead over the Yankees. Sporting a 7.25 ERA in 29 appearances, Strop was dealt along with Jake Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs a few days later in exchange for starting pitcher Scott Feldman.

The Justin Duchscherer “Yes, He Was an Oriole” Award: Mike Belfiore
Skinny: If you’re asking who Belfiore is, you’re probably not alone as the left-handed reliever has twice been recalled to the 25-man roster this season but hasn’t appeared in a game. Chances are good he’s near the top of the list of players currently on the 40-man roster who could be designated for assignment should the need for a roster spot arise, but Belfiore does have a 3.67 ERA for Triple-A Norfolk this season.

The Jack Cust Baserunning Award: Alexi Casilla’s ninth-inning blunder against the Red Sox
Skinny: Trying to rally against Boston closer Andrew Bailey on June 15, the Orioles sent the speedy Casilla into the game to run for J.J. Hardy at first base with one out. After Ryan Flaherty lined a ball sharply to right fielder Shane Victorino, Casilla was inexplicably standing on third base as he was doubled off first to end the game. The utility infielder said after the game he knew the number of outs and simply misread the ball off Flaherty’s bat, but the play may have gone down as the Orioles’ worst pinch-running debacle since Manny Alexander was picked off upon running for Cal Ripken in a 1996 game that then went into extra innings.

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Chris Davis and the Question of PED’s

Posted on 16 July 2013 by Geoff Crawley

Orioles First Baseman Chris Davis has 37 home runs at the All Star Break.

Read that again.

Thirty seven is a good season for most players. Davis has hit that number in 96 games, putting him on pace for 62 this year. So, naturally, the conversation turns to performance enhancing drugs. In fact, Davis was asked directly by a fan on twitter a few weeks ago if he was on steroids, to which he simply replied, “No.”

That’s the best way to handle it, I believe. I mean, think about it. If a player is clean, that’s all he has to say. There is no need to go into a long diatribe about how he’s always been clean and he doesn’t believe in that stuff, blah blah, yackety, schmackety. Critics won’t believe you anyway. Drug testing in Major League Baseball has come a long way since the days of the Bash Brothers in the late 80′s. Can it still be fooled? Sure. But it isn’t like Chris Davis just started hitting home runs like a certain OF who once hit 50 in a season sandwiched by 16 and 18 home run seasons.

Davis has a career 162 game average of 35 home runs. That’s the touchstone for a legit power hitter. This is really his second full season in the big leagues, third if you count the 113 game season he had in Texas in 2009 where he hit 21 home runs, which projects to 30 over a full season. Heck, even in 2008 he hit 17 in 80 games.

The point is that Chris Davis didn’t show up at spring training all of a sudden this year with a swollen head and body like Barry Bonds. The guy has always been a power hitter. This year, he is a power hitter having a magical season. The sad part is that we can’t simply enjoy the ride because of guys like Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Rodriguez, and many others, becaus every time a player gets off to a great start like this, the question of PED’s will come up.

Hopefully MLB’s testing will keep getting better. Players are always going to try to look for an advantage. Most will keep it within the rules. The ones that don’t shouldn’t ruin it for those that do. Chris Davis has never tested positive, and doesn’t fit the profile of a guy that uses PED’s. He was asked, he answered, he gets tested regularly. That’s good enough for me to just enjoy the ride.

How about you?

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Orioles’ Chris Davis Finishes Fourth in 2013 Home Run Derby

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Orioles’ Chris Davis Finishes Fourth in 2013 Home Run Derby

Posted on 15 July 2013 by danciarrocchi

Chris Davis may have outslugged all of major league baseball through the first half of the season, but that momentum wasn’t enough to win the 2013 Home Run Derby.

That isn’t to say Davis put on a performance to scoff at. His eight first-round home runs were enough to advance to the second round, however just four home runs from that point on were not enough to reach the finals. Those spots were earned by Washington’s Bryce Harper and Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, with Cespedes besting Harper 9-8.

Davis made the most of his 12 total home runs, as the longest traveled 461 feet and raised his average distance to 415 feet on the night.  His home run total was the most an Oriole hit since 2004 when Miguel Tejada won the event with 27 total home runs and a round-high of 15.

Though Davis led the majors with 37 home runs at the break, his invitation to the Home Run Derby didn’t come without criticism.

Hometown fans grew concerned that an event like the derby could disrupt Davis’ swing, or perhaps tire him out as he gets readyfor the season’s homestretch. The latter isn’t likely to happen, especially considering Davis normally takes 60 swings each batting practice session and at one point took about 200. Davis took just 32 swings Tuesday night, and derby champion Cespedes took 57 swings.

But the heaviest criticisms came on the heels of suspicions of P.E.D. use, which has been directed toward him most of the season. But this isn’t just unique to Davis, as it seems to follow everyone who is amid a breakout season. It happened with Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who hit 54 home runs in 2010, and it’s happening today with Davis despite only clean test results to date.

“I understand it comes with the territory,” Davis told WNST’s Nestor Aparicio. “I mean, I get tested just like everyone else. I’ve been tested a number of times this year. Time will tell. That’s basically what I have on my side right now.”

What Davis also has on his side is history, because it’s not as if his power numbers are from out of nowhere. His scouting report has always touted massive power potential, and in addition to his 33 home runs in 2012 and his 21 in part-time duty during 2009 , he also logged 36 in just 129 games of minor-league ball in the 2007 season. The 2013 season isn’t so much an anomaly, but a culmination of what he’s worked for thus far. Adjustments in preparation and approach have led to a better familiarization of the strike zone.

With 66 games remaining on the Orioles’ schedule, Davis still has time to rack-up even more staggering numbers. And as long as that progresses, it seems as though he’ll always face these unfounded accusations.

But like most of the baseball world, that hasn’t stopped Davis from giving himself his due.

“I celebrate it all the time,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything you have to hang your head about. I think if you’re proud of it and if you have nothing to hide, you should celebrate it.”

MORE: Nestor Asks Chris Davis About P.E.D. Accusations and Testing

Baltimore’s Next Sports Media Superstar contestant Dan Ciarrocchi is an editor of Hogs Haven, an SB Nation website. He also contributes to the fantasy football section of Pro Football Focus and covered Towson University baseball for two years at The Towerlight.

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Davis bows out in second round of Home Run Derby

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Davis bows out in second round of Home Run Derby

Posted on 15 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis entered the All-Star break as the leading home run hitter in the major leagues, but his immense power came up short in Monday’s Home Run Derby.

After hitting eight home runs in the opening round to advance to the semifinals, his four home runs weren’t enough to land him in the finals at Citi Field in New York. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, a callus on Davis’ right hand broke open during his second round at the plate, causing him to change batting gloves, but the 27-year-old didn’t appear to overdo it as many fans had feared and downplayed the cut following the competition.

As you’d expect, several of Davis’ home runs went to the opposite field and his longest home run traveled an estimated 461 feet, according to ESPN. His eight home runs in the first round were tied for second with Washington’s Bryce Harper as Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes put on a first-round show with 17 home runs. Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies was the fourth competitor to advance to the second round before Cespedes and Harper advanced to the championship round.

Cespedes prevailed over the 20-year-old Harper in the finals.

Davis tied Reggie Jackson’s American League record by clubbing 37 home runs prior to the All-Star break, which fell later this year than it typically does in most seasons. The Baltimore slugger is on pace to hit 62 homers this season, which would break Roger Maris’ AL record of 61 set in 1961.

He will bat in the cleanup spot for the AL in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

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Orioles first baseman Davis to hit cleanup in All-Star Game

Posted on 15 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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Leading the majors with 37 home runs made Orioles first baseman Chris Davis an easy choice to hit cleanup for the American League in the All-Star Game and AL manager Jim Leyland agreed.

Appearing in his first Midsummer Classic after tying Reggie Jackson’s AL record for most homers before the All-Star break, Davis will hit in the fourth spot instead of more established sluggers such as Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, and Jose Bautista. The 27-year-old slugger homered in each of the final four games prior to the break and was the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game being played Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York.

Of course, Davis won’t be the only Orioles representative in the starting lineup as center fielder Adam Jones will hit seventh and shortstop J.J. Hardy will hit in the No. 9 spot for the AL. The Orioles had more starters than any club in either league before National League manager Bruce Bochy named Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer as his designated hitter, giving the Rockies three starters.

Third baseman Manny Machado and late-addition pitcher Chris Tillman will serve as reserves on the AL roster as each is making his first All-Star appearance. The five All-Star selections are the most the Orioles have had since six players were named to the 1997 contest.

Here are the lineups for the 84th edition of baseball’s All-Star Game:

American League
LF Mike Trout, LAA
2B Robinson Cano, NYY
3B Miguel Cabrera, DET
1B Chris Davis, BAL
RF Jose Bautista, TOR
DH David Ortiz, BOS
CF Adam Jones, BAL
C Joe Mauer, MIN
SS J.J. Hardy, BAL

SP Max Scherzer, DET (13-1, 3.19 ERA)

National League
2B Brandon Phillips, CIN
RF Carlos Beltran, STL
1B Joey Votto, CIN
3B David Wright, NYM
LF Carlos Gonzalez, COL
C Yadier Molina, STL
SS Troy Tulowitzki, COL
DH Michael Cuddyer, COL
CF Bryce Harper, WAS

SP Matt Harvey, NYM (7-2, 2.35 ERA)

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Bovada makes Davis favorite to win Home Run Derby

Posted on 15 July 2013 by WNST Staff

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

 

“Since Chris Davis hit his 37th Home Run last night we have been seeing increased action on him overnight and throughout the day and have now made him the favorite to win the Derby tonight at 11/4. Defending champ Prince Fielder, comes next at 15/4 in terms of money being put down while Michael Cuddyer has drifted to 12-1 and we cannot write a bet on him.”

Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager, Bovada.lv

 

2013 Home Run Derby – Odds to Win     

Chris Davis (BAL)                                  11/4

Prince Fielder (DET)                              15/4

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)                        11/2

Bryce Harper (WSH)                              11/2

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                                11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)                           6/1

David Wright (NYM)                               9/1

Michael Cuddyer (COL)                          12/1

 

Here are the original odds (once the Pedro Alvarez switch was announced):

 

2013 Home Run Derby – Odds to Win  

Prince Fielder (DET)                              7/2

Chris Davis (BAL)                                  15/4

Bryce Harper (WSH)                              5/1

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)                        11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)                           11/2

David Wright (NYM)                               15/2

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                                15/2

Michael Cuddyer (COL)                          9/1

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Chris Davis Ties American League Record with 37th Home Run Before All-Star Break

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Chris Davis Ties American League Record with 37th Home Run Before All-Star Break

Posted on 14 July 2013 by danciarrocchi

Chris Davis launched home run No. 37 on Sunday, and that accomplishment hasn’t been received without its appropriate praises. You would be hard-pressed to watch a 24-hour sports newshole that hasn’t flashed a graphic reading “Chris Davis ties American League record with 37 home runs before All-Star break.”

Technically, this is true. It’s a mark that is just another highlight for Davis, who is amid a performance which could be looked back on as one of the best seasons  anyone in an Oriole uniform has ever logged. And though a level-headed person wouldn’t discredit Davis’ monstrous season to date, it should be noted that Davis tying this “record” isn’t really that significant.

The All-Star break used to come pretty darn close to the midway point of the season, but that’s not the case in 2013. It’s a little further away than usual as the Orioles have played 96 games, which is 15 games past the halfway mark of baseball’s 162-game season.

Because of this, when people see Davis’ massive home-run total at the break, some are even quick to think he is on pace to shatter Barry Bonds’ record of 73 single-season home runs (Bonds had 39 home runs at that season’s break). And though Davis could very well shatter several Orioles batting records and reach other new heights in the process, thinking he is well on his way to shatter Bonds’ total would be wrong.

The home-run total that Davis is closer to eclipsing is Roger Maris’, whose 61 home runs stood as a record for 37 years, and is still the record in Davis’ eyes. That opinion will differ among all kinds of fans, but record or not, Davis is on pace to break it with his trajectory currently sitting at 62 home runs.

But before getting ahead of ourselves, the man whose record Chris Davis tied on Sunday was one belonging to Reggie Jackson, who totaled 37 homers right before the 1969 All Star Game. However, despite Davis’ torrid stretch of homering in each of his last four games, it didn’t put him on par with Jackson, who achieved Davis’ total by game No. 91. By the time Jackson reached his 96th game, he was still ahead of Davis with 40 home runs.

So yes, while Davis can claim he holds the American League record for most home runs at the All-Star break, it was one that benefited from a few extra chances. But Davis’ numbers aren’t just products of volume, and it’s for that reason the baseball world can’t wait to see what Davis does down the stretch.

Baltimore’s Next Sports Media Superstar contestant Dan Ciarrocchi is an editor of Hogs Haven, an SB Nation website. He also contributes to the fantasy football section of Pro Football Focus and covered Towson University baseball for two years at The Towerlight.

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Oriole’s All-Stars Head To New York For Mid-Summer Classic

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Oriole’s All-Stars Head To New York For Mid-Summer Classic

Posted on 14 July 2013 by brianbower

Major League Baseball will hold its annual All-Star game at Citi Field in Flushing, New York on Tuesday evening.

It has been a special season thus far from the Orioles and they will send five representatives including three starters to play in the mid-summer classic in 2013.

It is great to see the Baltimore Orioles are finally back on baseballs radar after so many down years. Prior to last season the Orioles haven’t had more than one All-Star since the 2005 season.

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones will travel to his third All-Star game in his career where he will start. Shortstop J.J. Hardy will hold down his position making his second appearance in the summer classic, his first in an Orioles uniform.

Perhaps the biggest story for the orange and black before the break this year is the bat of first baseman Chris Davis. Davis will get the start at first base for the A.L. and  finished with 8,272,243 fan votes. Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

Davis furthered his cause for making the All-Star roster on Sunday when he hit his 37th homerun of the year joining Reggie Jackson for the most home runs hit before the break in American League history.

Young phenom third baseman Manny Machado will join his teammates in New York where he is slated to be a reserve behind the Tigers Miguel Cabrera. Machado is having a decent season where he leads MLB in doubles hit and is among the top ten in the league in hits.

Pitcher Chris Tillman has been named as a replacement for Justin Verlander, who’s starting today for the Tigers. This is the first All-Star selection for Tillman, 25, who’s 11-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 19 starts this season, with 89 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings.

Below is a look at the history of the Baltimore Oriole’s players selected to the All-Star Game.

 

SEASON PLAYER
2012 Adam Jones, Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters
2011 Matt Wieters
2010 Ty Wigginton
2009 Adam Jones
2008 George Sherrill
2007 Brian Roberts
2006 Miguel Tejada
2005 Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora, B.J. Ryan, Brian Roberts
2003 Melvin Mora
2002 Tony Batista
2001 Cal Ripken
2000 Cal Ripken, Mike Bordick
1999 Harold Baines, B.J. Surhoff, Mike Mussina
1998 Cal Ripken, Rafael Palmeiro, Roberto Alomar
1997 Cal Ripken, Randy Myers, Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar
1996 Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar
1995 Cal Ripken
1994 Lee Smith, Cal Ripken, Mike Mussina
1993 Cal Ripken, Mike Mussina
1992 Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Mike Mussina
1991 Cal Ripken
1990 Cal Ripken, Gregg Olson
1989 Cal Ripken, Mickey Tettleton
1988 Cal Ripken
1987 Terry Kennedy, Cal Ripken
1986 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Don Aase
1985 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken
1984 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Mike Boddicker
1983 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Tippy Martinez
1982 Eddie Murray
1981 Ken Singleton, Eddie Murray, Scott McGregor
1980 Al Bumbry, Steve Stone
1979 Ken Singleton, Don Stanhouse
1978 Eddie Murray, Mike Flanagan, Jim Palmer
1977 Ken Singleton, Jim Palmer
1976 Mark Belanger, Bobby Grich
1975 Jim Palmer
1974 Bobby Grich, Mike Cuellar, Brooks Robinson
1973 Paul Blair, Brooks Robinson
1972 Bobby Grich, Jim Palmer, Pat Dobson, Dave McNally, Brooks Robinson
1971 Jim Palmer, Don Buford, Mike Cuellar, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1970 Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Davey Johnson, Dave McNally, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1969 Paul Blair, Davey Johnson, Dave McNally, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1968 Davey Johnson, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson
1967 Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1966 Steve Barber, Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1965 Milt Pappas, Brooks Robinson
1964 Luis Aparicio, Brooks Robinson, Norm Siebern
1963 Luis Aparicio, Steve Barber, Brooks Robinson
1962 Jim Gentile, Milt Pappas, Brooks Robinson, Hoyt Wilhelm
1961 Jackie Brandt, Jim Gentile, Brooks Robinson, Hoyt Wilhelm
1960 Chuck Estrada, Jim Gentile, Ron Hansen, Brooks Robinson
1959 Gus Triandos, Billy O’dell, Jerry Walker, Hoyt Wilhelm, Gene Woodling
1958 Gus Triandos, Billy O’dell
1957 Gus Triandos, George Kell, Billy Loes
1956 George Kell
1955 Jim Wilson
1954 Bob Turley

 

Stats obtained from ESPN MLB

 

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Orioles pitcher Tillman added to AL All-Star team

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Orioles pitcher Tillman added to AL All-Star team

Posted on 14 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — In a surprise that arrived as the Orioles were recognizing their 2013 All-Star selections on the field prior to Sunday’s game, starting pitcher Chris Tillman was named to take part in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York.

Taking the place of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander who pitched on Sunday, Tillman becomes the fifth Orioles player to be named to the American League All-Star team and the only pitcher. He is 11-3 with a 3.95 earned run average in 19 starts while serving as one of the club’s most consistent starting pitchers in the first half.

“It’s an honor,” Tillman said after Sunday’s 7-4 win over Toronto. “It was kind of a surprise to find out last minute. It’s special for the city and for me to go with my teammates.”

Tillman entered Sunday fourth in the league in wins and 23rd in ERA — a number that will prompt many to say he isn’t deserving of the honor — and owns a 20-6 record since June 25, 2012. He has the second-highest winning percentage among AL starters over that span, trailing only Detroit’s Max Scherzer.

Acquired along with fellow All-Star representative Adam Jones from the Seattle Mariners in the Erik Bedard trade prior to the 2008 season, Tillman is now the fourth of the Orioles’ five All-Star representatives this year who was originally acquired via trade. Third baseman Manny Machado was drafted with the third overall pick of the 2010 draft while Jones, Tillman, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and first baseman Chris Davis were trade acquisitions of former president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

“He’s not a secret around the league,” said manager Buck Showalter, who found out a couple days earlier that Tillman might be added to the All-Star roster. “He wasn’t drafted here. He got here in a trade. Somebody else is real smart. Not me, but somebody was smart getting him here. We’re lucky to have him, and he’s got an interesting future.”

This year’s All-Star Game will mark the first time the Orioles have had five or more representatives since the 1997 game when third baseman Cal Ripken, second baseman Roberto Alomar, center fielder Brady Anderson, starting pitchers Mike Mussina and Jimmy Key, and closer Randy Myers were all selected to participate.

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