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Ravens awarded four compensatory picks at Owner’s Meetings

Posted on 24 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Last year’s off-season after the Super Bowl was painful for Ravens fans, but now the team is being rewarded for its troubles and patience in free agency.

At the NFL Owner Meetings today in Orlando, the Baltimore Ravens learned more about their off-season approach in May as they received the league maximum number of compensatory picks possible for free agent losses.

The team received a third (99th overall),  two fourth-round (134th, 138 overall), and a fifth-round pick (175th overall).

The picks were rewarded for the losses of DE Paul Kruger (Cleveland), MLB Dannell Ellerbe (Miami), CB Cary Williams (Philadelphia), and FS Ed Reed (Houston) in free agency.

Because the Ravens did not sign any unrestricted free agents in the 2013 off-season, the team was not docked any picks from their total.

DE Elvis Dumervil, DL Chris Canty, DL Marcus Spears, S Michael Huff, and MLB Daryl Smith were all signed after teams cut them or late into training camp.

All-in-all, the Ravens will have eight picks as their disposal in May.

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 isn’t a goof, just a celebration of them

Posted on 23 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Maybe you’ve heard, but we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. And since we’ve been leading the way in sports media, we figured we should follow suit by leading the way in celebrations. With that in mind, we’re celebrating all year long. That’s right. ALL YEAR LONG.

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 eleven lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
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

Luke Jones begins a “residency” of sorts in terms of Sweet 16 honors, as he’ll have both this week’s list and next week’s compilation as well. This one sets up to be one of the more fun lists we’ll tackle all year.

We’re not far from the start of April (frightening, yes) and with the first of the month comes not only an upcoming schedule shift here at WNST but of course also April Fool’s Day.

We thought about making a list of local sports fools, but the connotation is certainly much more negative and doesn’t reflect the positive nature of the list we had hoped to create. Our list is meant to celebrate those who are silly-not necessarily foolish.

The topic this week is Sweet 16 “Local Sports Goofballs and Personalities”.

We’ve certainly been blessed to have quite a few of these types over the years in Charm City. Once again, I fear this is a race for #2-as I cannot fathom there being anyone on top of the list other than the incomparable Artie Donovan. But this is not “my” list, it belongs to the WNST community and will simply be posted by Luke.

Luke has expanded the criteria for this week’s list to include not only athletes but also coaches, front office personnel and even sports media types. Based on that criteria, I would imagine former Orioles skipper Earl Weaver and Charley Eckman (how would you even begin to describe Charley Eckman?) would also have to end up somewhere near the top of the list.

But who else needs to make the cut? Does Billy “F*ck Face” Ripken get a spot over Sopranos star and part time Ravens Super Bowl champion Tony Siragusa? Is there room on the list for former Loyola coach and Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos-who was once so crazy he coached a game while sitting in the crowd? And let’s not forget that perhaps the greatest goofball in baseball history-Roger McDowell-pitched for the 1996 O’s team that would get back to the postseason for the first time since 1983.

There are probably hundreds of solid candidates to make Luke’s list, but he can only pick 16 from this incredibly broad field.

Luke wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him 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. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Much like last week, stats won’t help Luke much in putting together this week’s list. Help remind him of some of the biggest “characters” in local sports history or weigh in on how those all of us remember should end up being ranked. Let your voice be heard!

-G

 

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Tuesday Top 7 things that need to happen for the Orioles to contend

Posted on 18 March 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the start of the 2014 season being less than two weeks away, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction used this week’s Tuesday Top 7 to ponder what exactly needs to go right for the Orioles to seriously contend for their first American League East crown since 1997.

Obvious notions such as staying healthy were assumed, but Luke Jones and Drew Forrester each tackled their own list of items that need to take place for Baltimore to not only earn its third consecutive winning season for the first time since 1992 through 1994 but to return to the postseason.

To hear Jones’ full explanation, listen HERE. You can listen to Forrester’s analysis HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) David Lough needs to be an upgrade over Nate McLouth in left field.
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The Orioles have raved about Lough’s defense in left field, but the former Kansas City Royal would go a long way toward keeping Nelson Cruz at the designated hitter spot if he can best McLouth’s .209 average against left-handed pitching and .729 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) overall from the 2013 season.

6) Chris Davis still needs to hit 40-plus home runs.
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Expecting Davis to hit 53 home runs again is setting yourself up for disappointment, but the slugging first baseman needs to remain one of the most feared hitters in baseball and an MVP candidate if the Orioles want to compete to have the best lineup in the American League.

5) Nick Markakis needs to put up 2012-like numbers over the entire season.
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Because two freak hand injuries limited Markakis to 104 games, people forget just how productive he was in 2012 with an .834 OPS — his highest mark since 2008 — and 44 extra-base hits in 471 plate appearances, numbers the 30-year-old would like to rediscover after bulking up this winter to bounce back from the worst season of his career.

4) Another starting pitcher needs to make a Tillman-like leap in 2014.
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Whether it’s an incumbent starter such as Wei-Yin Chen or Bud Norris or someone not projected to be in the Opening Day rotation like Zach Britton or Kevin Gausman, the Orioles need another hurler to find a higher gear to help push the starting pitching into the top half of the American League, sparing the bullpen in the process.

3) Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day need to be better against left-handed hitters.
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Left-handers hit .294 with 11 home runs against the new Orioles closer in 2013 while setup man Darren O’Day saw southpaws hit .309 against him, numbers that must improve if manager Buck Showalter wants to not only protect late-inning leads but keep his bullpen viable through September and beyond.

2) Ubaldo Jimenez needs to live up to the billing after receiving a $50 million contract.
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Projecting Jimenez to match his 2013 earned run average of 3.30 in the AL East would be asking a lot, but the Orioles need the 30-year-old right-hander to keep his ERA south of 3.80 to not only justify the financial investment but to quell annual concerns that the rotation is made up of too many fourth and fifth starters.

1) Manny Machado needs to be himself whenever he returns to action.
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It doesn’t matter that the All-Star third baseman is all but certain not to be ready by Opening Day, but when he does return, the Orioles need Machado to be the player he was prior to the knee injury as he’s their best all-around asset and still has plenty of room for improvement at the tender age of 21.

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

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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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Before we get to Socchi, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes local Olympic sport athletes

Posted on 02 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

If you’ve missed the first month of the #WNSTSweet16, you’ve missed a lot.

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 four lists into the year, here’s a look back on them.

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

Which brings us to our fifth week.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are set to get underway this weekend in Socchi, Russia. There aren’t a whole lot of local connections to this year’s Olympiad, but that hasn’t always been the case. The state of Maryland has been well represented over the years.

For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, Luke Jones looks over the Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes.

You might have caught something in there. Yes, that’s right. Olympic SPORT athletes. The athletes included on this list are not required to have won anything at a particular Olympics or to have even competed in one. They just have to have competed in a sport that is known as an “Olympic sport”.

This is where things get interesting for Luke, isn’t it?

Look, we all know who is going to be at the top of the list-so it does take a good bit of the drama out of this-but not all of it. Plenty of other athletes have represented the state of Maryland in the Olympics besides Michael Phelps. Most recently, basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony and Angel McCoughtry have brought gold back to Charm City. Kimmie Meissner not only competed in an Olympics but won a World Championship in an Olympic sport (figure skating).

But if you’re like me, we’re not far into the list and we’re already struggling to name more. Tommy Hannan won a gold medal out of Mt. St. Joe. Dominique Dawes is from Maryland and has won four Olympic medals.

Who else?

Remember, they don’t have to have won anything in the Olympics or EVEN PARTICIPATED in them. They just have to have competed in an “Olympic Sport” (Note: baseball is no longer an Olympic sport.)

This is easily the toughest list anyone from our crew has had to tackle yet.

So Luke needs your help. Leave your ideas here in the comments or email him 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 his list here at WNST.net and will discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will check back in at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion” to discuss the list further.

Who are we missing? Who do we need to know about? You need to tell us now!

-G

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Conference Championship Weekend

Posted on 17 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.

Luke Jones finished the divisional round with a 4-0 record while Drew Forrester was 3-1 on his picks. Jones is 5-3 in the postseason and was 157-98 in the regular season while Forrester is also 5-3 in the playoffs after finishing 149-106 in the regular season. Official standings were based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Patriots at Broncos: New England 30-26 (Drew), Denver 28-24 (Luke)
49ers at Seahawks: San Francisco 23-17 (Drew), Seattle 17-16 (Luke)

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In midst of postseason football, this week’s #WNSTSweet16 discussion is fitting

Posted on 12 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

If you missed it, we debuted our #WNSTSweet16 discussion topics last week-fittingly-by looking over the greatest debuts in local sports history.

We’re celebrating 16 years as being Baltimore’s local sports media leader here at WNST, and every week we’re attempting to make the definitive list when it comes to a particular “water cooler” topic in Charm City sports history.

In the middle of the NFL Playoffs, it seems fitting that in our second week we look back over some of the all-time great postseason moments in area sports history. In fact, that’s the title this week-“Sweet 16 Best Local Sports Playoff Moments.”

So how does Jeff Reboulet’s home run in ’97 stack up against the 1958 NFL Championship Game? What about Drew Nicholas’ shot to beat UNC-Wilmington in the NCAA Tournament vs. Ray Lewis taking the ball off of Eddie George’s hands and running it back to lead the Ravens past the Titans in Nashville? Or Johns Hopkins miraculously winning a face-off and scoring the game-tying goal in just 12 seconds against Virginia in 2005 or even Joe Saunders pitching the Birds past the Rangers in a one-game playoff in 2012?

Luke Jones is in charge of making our “official” list this week and is looking for your feedback. What postseason moments might we not be thinking about? A high school playoff moment? Something from the Baltimore Clippers/Skipjacks/Blast/Stallions/Stars? Maybe something involving a lesser sport at one of the area colleges? Or even another O’s/Colts/Ravens/Bullets moment not listed above?

He also wants to know how you’d rank these moments as he makes the list. If you think one DEFINITELY has to be above another, let him know. You can tell him here in the comments, via email luke@wnst.net, @WNST or @BaltimoreLuke on Twitter or via Facebook.

We’ll be discussing this topic throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We encourage you to get in on the conversation by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16. On Tuesday morning, Luke will officially unveil his list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew Forrester at 8am on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” on WNST. Luke will check back in with me at 4pm on “The Reality Check Driven By Jerry’s Toyota Scion” so that I can tell him what he got wrong share my thoughts as well.

We’re enjoying the playoffs, even if they don’t involve the Ravens this time around. Sunday was the one year mark of one of the greatest playoff moments in Ravens history. How do these moments rank? Time for you to tell us.

-G

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Divisional Playoff Weekend

Posted on 10 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL divisional round game.

Luke Jones finished the wild-card round with a 1-3 record while Drew Forrester was 2-2 on his picks. Concluding the regular season, Jones was 157-98 while Forrester finished 149-106. Official standings were based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Saints at Seahawks: Seattle 23-20 (Drew), Seattle 27-17 (Luke)
Colts at Patriots:
New England 27-20 (Drew), New England 26-20 (Luke)
49ers at Panthers:
San Francisco 24-13 (Drew), San Francisco 20-17 (Luke)
Chargers at Broncos:
San Diego 30-28 (Drew), Denver 31-24 (Luke)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the first Tuesday Top 7 of 2014, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction selected their top seven local sports figures to watch in 2014.

Some of the names are predictable while others may just be establishing themselves on the local sports scene, but each is worth following closely in 2014 for different reasons.

To listen to Jones’ full explanation for his list, click HERE. Forrester’s breakdown of his seven names can be found HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014 …

7. Towson running back and NFL Draft prospect Terrance West
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Skinny: Not only will the FCS record-breaking back be drafted, but it will be fun to watch his progress and to see how his skills translate to the next level.

6. Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs
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Skinny: Questions will linger about the Terps’ ability to compete in the Big Ten, but a breakout 2014 campaign would likely have the offensive playmaker thinking carefully about the NFL.

5. Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman
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Skinny: Assuming the Orioles’ offseason continues at its current pace, the 23-year-old right-hander’s development will be critical in determining whether the club remains in contention.

4. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs
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Skinny: The 2011 Defensive Player of the Year may have already played his final game in Baltimore if he’s not willing to adjust his $12.4 million salary cap number for the 2014 season.

3. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado
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Skinny: Coming off knee surgery and entering just his second full season in the majors, the 21-year-old will be counted on to not only be healthy but to take his already-impressive game to the next level.

2. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco
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Skinny: The spotlight on the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player will be brighter than ever after a disappointing 2013 season and considering his cap number balloons to $14.8 million in 2014.

1. Orioles manager Buck Showalter
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Skinny: After two poor offseasons in a row, does the Baltimore skipper reach his breaking point with an organization lacking the commitment to build on its recent success?

CONTINUE FOR DREW FORRESTER’S TOP 7 LOCAL SPORTS FIGURES TO WATCH IN 2014 >>>>>

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Wild Card Weekend

Posted on 03 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game and local college games this season.

Luke Jones finished Week 17 with a 13-3 record while Drew Forrester was 12-4 on his picks. Concluding the regular season, Jones is 157-98 while Forrester is 149-106. Official standings are based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Towson vs. North Dakota State: Tigers 36-30 (Drew), Bison 31-27 (Luke)
Chiefs at Colts: Indianapolis 23-17 (Drew), Kansas City 24-20 (Luke)
Saints at Eagles: Philadelphia 24-10 (Drew), Philadelphia 34-24 (Luke)
Chargers at Bengals: Cincinnati 27-23 (Drew), Cincinnati 20-16 (Luke)
49ers at Packers: San Francisco 20-17 (Drew), San Francisco 23-20 (Luke)

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