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Here’s why we made changes at WNST.net…

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Nestor Aparicio

This past Tuesday began a new chapter in my life and my media career. I’m glad you’re reading this and hope you plan to join us and stay engaged in the next phase of WNST’s evolution as my personal Baltimore radio and sports journalism brand expands and goes “old school.”

I’m very proud to own a local business that connects other local businesses and that serves my hometown and Baltimore sports fans all over the world. And I’m eternally grateful that you’ve supported me over the past 16 years.

As you might have heard at 5 p.m. on WNST.net & AM 1570, I’m going back to the basics here at the radio station but continuing to evolve with the best ongoing civic conversation about sports ever created in Baltimore. I’m now in my 31st year of “talking sports” with the community I love and I’m very appreciative to have a chance to take you along on my next journey.

Upon announcing earlier this week that we’ll be changing our WNST radio format I thought it would be better to expound upon some of the reasoning and spirit of my decision because I’ve seen the internet chat rooms and the scuttlebutt from my wife’s bedside at Johns Hopkins Kimmer Cancer Center this week and, quite frankly, I haven’t read anything that is even remotely close to accurate. And, somehow, even when I write the truth while my wife spends her 55th night in a hospital room over the past 167 days, it somehow gets twisted into something that paints me as a villain.

First, let me restate that over the past six months my wife has been battling leukemia and the side effects of a bone marrow transplant where an anonymous donor from Germany saved her life.

Do yourself a favor and read his letter to her here.

My family and our personal happiness and the prosperity of WNST – my life’s work and my sole investment on earth – is paramount for my survival amongst a ruthless bunch of corporate monoliths in the media space in Baltimore.

My love/hate relationship inside the media circle – and all of the fallout of awfulness and polarization – comes with the disappointment in the way I’ve seen the industry (and large parts of the implied integrity of the inner circle) deteriorate over the past 30 years.

All I ever wanted to do with my life was write or talk about Baltimore sports. That’s why WNST exists. I wrote nearly 4,000 words last week trying to explain why I do what I do and that still didn’t suffice for some of the nastier folks who are looking for some deep, dark secret about my intentions for my own well being and prosperity.

Somehow, saying that you’re “looking for happiness” is now subject to scrutiny and outrage? That’s insane, but then again, nothing shocks me anymore.

This all started with me wanting to get a press pass in Dundalk in 1984 and working at The News American and The Evening Sun before venturing solo into an already dinosaur AM radio business model in 1991 and a world where the political machinations and advertising world are so perversely incestuous, it’s as much of a miracle that WNST exists after 16 years as it is that my wife’s life was saved by an anonymous 21-year old donor in Germany.

I covered the long odds for our survival in last Friday’s blog.

WNST exists because of the local businesses and their owners who have supported me and my endeavors, events and spirit. It exists because my audience has

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 highs, lows of Orioles’ first half

Posted on 15 July 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles entered the All-Star break in first place for the first time since the 1997, creating plenty of excitement as they try to advance to the postseason for the second time in the last three years.

In honor of this, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 examined what things went right and what went wrong in the first half of the 2014 season. Luke Jones handled the positives while Drew Forrester took a look at the negatives as the Orioles own a four-game lead over second-place Toronto and are 52-42 on the season.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 Things That Went Right …

7. Kevin Gausman
KG

Even with the Orioles bouncing him back and forth between the majors and Triple-A Norfolk, the 23-year-old pitched to a 3.29 ERA in seven starts and will finally have a chance to remain in the rotation for good in the second half.

6. A 9-3 record in extra-inning games
NH

An incredible 16-2 record in extra innings was a trademark of the magical and surprising 2012 Orioles, but this year’s club has done almost as well in extra frames with one of the best bullpens in the American League.

5. The consistency of Adam Jones
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For all the handwringing over his plate discipline and inability to draw walks, Jones overcame a rough April to post a .301 average with 16 home runs and 54 runs batted in while teammates such as Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy struggled in the first half.

4. Steve Pearce
Pearce

Most wouldn’t have expected the 31-year-old journeyman to have even made the team in spring training, but Pearce has become an everyday player with a .316 average, 11 homers, 31 RBIs, and a .383 on-base percentage in 209 plate appearances.

3. Zach Britton
Britton

The lefty entered the spring with no minor-league options remaining and no clear role, but he not only became a critical piece in the bullpen but eventually replaced closer Tommy Hunter to collect 15 saves and post a tiny 1.30 ERA.

2. Nelson Cruz
Cruz

A one-year, $8 million contract was all it took as Cruz is second in the majors with 28 homers and carried an up-and-down offense for large stretches of the first half while others battled injuries and inconsistency.

1. A 26-18 record in an underwhelming American League East
redsox

The Orioles deserve full credit for taking advantage, but the weakest AL East we’ve seen in years has Baltimore poised to win its first division crown in 17 years with just one other team above the .500 mark at the break.

CONTINUE TO NEXT PAGE FOR DREW FORRESTER’S TOP 7 >>>>>

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 81-89)

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the most recent “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 7-2 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Chris Davis
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Brian Matusz

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: The Orioles going 4-1 during the Manny Machado suspension
Luke: The struggling Chris Davis falling below the Mendoza line

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles bats coming alive during the end of the last homestand
Luke: Winning the series finale in Boston despite squandering a 6-1 lead

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will be ahead by five games in the American League East
Luke: A limited platoon surfaces with Chris Davis losing some at-bats to Steve Pearce and Delmon Young

6. Record in the next nine games (three with Washington, three with the New York Yankees, three at Oakland)
Drew: 9-0
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Drew: Rising – Miguel Gonzalez; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 81-89
Drew: A
Luke: B+

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 55-63)

Posted on 11 June 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Wednesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 5-4 mark?

Drew: Better

Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player

Drew: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Manny Machado

Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – Manny Machado

3. Biggest surprise

Drew: Bud Norris beginning to emerge as the stopper in the starting rotation

Luke: Manny Machado’s conduct over the weekend series against Oakland

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch

Drew: Nick Markakis continuing to thrive in the leadoff spot

Luke: Kevin Gausman offering one of the best starts of the year after Miguel Gonzalez landed on the disabled list

5. Nine games from now…

Drew: We’re officially going to be worried about Chris Davis

Luke: We’ll be feeling better about Chris Tillman

6. Record in the next nine games (one with Boston, four with Toronto, three at Tampa Bay, one at New York Yankees)

Drew: 9-0

Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games

Drew: Rising – Chris Tillman; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez

Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 55-63

Drew: B

Luke: B

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 46-54)

Posted on 03 June 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

(Editor’s note: Since this nine-game scorecard officially ended on Saturday night, it does not include the final game of the Astros series, which will be included as part of the next nine-game increment.)

To hear the full explanation of the “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 4-5 mark?

Drew: Better

Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player

Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Manny Machado

Luke: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – Chris Davis

3. Biggest surprise

Drew: Chris Davis’ inability to get on a roll offensively

Luke: Chris Davis getting back in a major funk after returning from paternity leave

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch

Drew: Steve Pearce continuing to contribute whenever called upon

Luke: The starting pitching stabilizing during the Houston series

5. Nine games from now…

Drew: The Orioles will be under the .500 mark

Luke: The Orioles will stand alone in second place in the AL East

6. Record in the next nine games (1-0 at Houston, three at Texas, three with Oakland, two with Boston)

Drew: 4-5

Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games

Drew: Rising – Bud Norris; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez

Luke: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Nelson Cruz

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 46-54

Drew: B+

Luke: B-

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 37-45)

Posted on 24 May 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Friday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 3-6 mark?

Drew: Better

Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player

Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough

Luke: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise

Drew: Being swept at home by the Detroit Tigers

Luke: The inconsistency of Chris Tillman with a complete-game shutout followed by a horrendous start in Pittsburgh

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch

Drew: Chris Davis hitting three home runs in the win over Pittsburgh

Luke: Chris Davis having a three-homer game and remaining healthy after his return from the disabled list

5. Nine games from now…

Drew: Zach Britton will have everyone calm about the closer situation

Luke: David Lough will have been designated for assignment

6. Record in the next nine games (three with Cleveland, three at Milwaukee, three at Houston)

Drew: 6-3

Luke: 5-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games

Drew: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez

Luke: Rising – Miguel Gonzalez; Falling – Jonathan Schoop

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 37-45

Drew: B

Luke: B

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 28-36)

Posted on 13 May 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 5-4 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Steve Clevenger; LVP – Manny Machado
Luke: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis combining for just eight home runs through 36 games.
Luke: Steve Pearce and Steve Clevenger producing the way that they have

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles did more than hold their own while Chris Davis was on the disabled list
Luke: Chris Davis being back in the lineup from a strained oblique after only 15 days

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: The Tommy Hunter closer debate will really heat up
Luke: The Orioles will have added a viable backup catcher option to go with Steve Clevenger

6. Record in the next nine games
(two with Detroit, four at Kansas City, two at Pittsburgh, one with Cleveland)
Drew: 4-5
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Tommy Hunter
Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Steve Clevenger

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 28-36
Drew: B
Luke: B

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 19-27)

Posted on 06 May 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the most recent “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

(Editor’s note: Since this nine-game scorecard officially ended on Friday night, it does not include the final two games of the Twins series as those are part of the next nine-game increment.)

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-3 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough
Luke: MVP – Nelson Cruz; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Adam Jones continuing to struggle to hit for power and still only having one home run
Luke: The recent struggles of Chris Tillman and his inability to pitch deep into games

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: Nick Markakis getting off to a good start and showing some power
Luke: Ubaldo Jimenez finally breaking through to pitch a gem against Minnesota

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: Adam Jones will add three homers to quell early-season concerns
Luke: Concerns over Miguel Gonzalez and his future in the starting rotation will continue

6. Record in the next nine games (*0-2 at Minnesota, three at Tampa Bay, three with Houston, one with Detroit)
Drew: 5-4
Luke: 5-4

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Nelson Cruz

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 19-27
Drew: B+
Luke: B-

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 10-18)

Posted on 22 April 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the most recent “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 5-4 mark?
Drew: Worse
Luke: Better

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Chris Tillman; LVP – David Lough
Luke: MVP – Adam Jones; LVP – David Lough

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis having one home run as we approach late April
Luke: Chris Davis and Adam Jones having a combined two homers after hitting 86 last season

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: Zach Britton has settled into a meaningful and effective relief role
Luke: The Orioles are sitting with a .500 record despite ranking 29th in the majors in home runs

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: Chris Davis’ troubling start turns around with four home runs over the stretch
Luke: The left field and second base positions will remain unresolved

6. Record in the next nine games
(three at Toronto, three with Kansas City, two with Pittsburgh, one at Minnesota)
Drew: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: Rising – Nick Markakis; Falling – Steve Lombardozzi

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 10-18
Drew: B-
Luke: B

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 1-9)

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the inaugural “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Friday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 4-5 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Matt Wieters; LVP – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: MVP – Matt Wieters; LVP – Ryan Flaherty

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis not having a single home run so far
Luke: The impressive performance of Zach Britton out of the bullpen

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: Tommy Hunter hasn’t experienced any failures in the closer role yet
Luke: Managing a series win in the Bronx to conclude a 3-3 road trip with Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy missing so much time

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: Ubaldo Jimenez will still be struggling
Luke: Ubaldo Jimenez will have two wins under his belt

6. Record in the next nine games
(three with Toronto, three with Tampa Bay, three at Boston)
Drew: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – David Lough; Falling – Nick Markakis
Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Matt Wieters

8. Grading Buck Showalter in the first 10 games
Drew: B-
Luke: B-

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