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Machado wins American League Platinum Glove award

Posted on 09 November 2013 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2013  – Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), announced that Baltimore Orioles™ third baseman Manny Machado and Atlanta Braves™ shortstop Andrelton Simmons won the 2013 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in their respective Leagues.  The winners were unveiled tonight during the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, where the game’s defensive stars accepted their hardware from some of the baseball’s greatest legends.

Simmons won the closest vote yet in the 3-year history of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, with first and third place separated by only 0.5 percent of the total vote.  The second-year shortstop and first-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner edged St. Louis Cardinals™ catcher and 2-time defending Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner Yadier Molina, 20.2 percent to 20.0 percent, with Milwaukee Brewers™ center fielder Carlos Gomez finishing third with 19.7 percent.

Machado, celebrating his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award, earned 24.9 percent of the overall selection tally, besting Boston Red Sox™ second baseman Dustin Pedroia (16.1 percent) and Baltimore shortstop and teammate J.J. Hardy (14.7 percent).

This year marked the third presentation of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by the Society for American Baseball Research, and the first year where sabermetrics was integrated into the selection process.  In the previous two years, the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners were selected solely by fans via an online vote on Rawlings’ website.  The international fan vote remains an essential component to determine the Award winner.

“When we launched the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award fan inclusion platform in 2011, we knew that baseball fans worldwide followed all aspects of the game,” said Kurt Hunzeker, senior director of brand marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings.  “They see the great plays on the field and follow with the same level of avidity the advanced statistics that highlight all factors that go into making a great play in the field.  Their selection of Manny and Andrelton – the sabermetrically best defenders in baseball this year – as ‘The Finest in the Field’ only amplifies our new collaboration with SABR as an immediate and resounding success.”

Both players led numerous defensive metrics categories, including the SABR Defensive Index (SDI).  Machado’s 32.4 SDI led all of baseball, with Simmons’ 29.3 SDI pacing the National League™.  The SDI accounted for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process.

“It’s exciting to see the convergence of defensive metrics and fan voting,” said Vince Gennaro, president of SABR and chair of the SABR Fielding Committee.  “It shows that technology is allowing us to improve our measurement and that these measures are influencing fans’ choices.”

Voting began at the conclusion of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show presented by American Airlines on ESPN2′s “Baseball Tonight” on October 29, 2013, and ran for one week.  Fan discussion surrounding the Award on social media was fostered in part by some team’s open campaigning for their nominee.  ESPN’s Karl Ravech and SABR’s Gennaro announced the winners live on stage during the Hollywood award show format.

Molina and Texas Rangers™ third baseman Adrian Beltre each won the two previous Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards in each League.

The full list of SDIs for all qualified players eligible for a 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award will be available on Saturday, November 9, 2013, on SABR’s website (www.sabr.org).

 

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Machado wins first ever Fielding Bible Award

Posted on 03 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Fielding Bible Awards

Six First-Time Winners/Three Repeat Winners

Goldschmidt, Gomez, Machado, Parra, Simmons
Win for the first time

Gordon, Molina, Pedroia win again

 

“If you want to be viewed as the best—bar none—then you want to win The Fielding Bible Award at your position.” says John Dewan, co-author of The Fielding Bible III and owner of Baseball Info Solutions. “The Bill James Handbook, which hits the bookstores on November 1, announces six new players and three returning players as worthy of the honor for their fielding par excellence during the 2013 season.”

“Andrelton Simmons set a single-season record (since we started tracking Defensive Runs Saved in 2003) by saving 41 runs at shortstop for the Atlanta Braves,” Dewan points out. “And Simmons had company breaking the record. Gerardo Parra saved 36 runs in right field for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013. But with four more runs saved in center field and one run saved in left, Parra also had 41total Defensive Runs Saved and joined Simmons with the highest runs saved performances on record. They were, without a doubt, the best fielders last year at their position, regardless of league. On top of those two, Carlos Gomez saved 38 runs for the Milwaukee Brewers playing center field. And Manny Machado had 35 runs saved for the Baltimore Orioles at third base. They, too, deserved singular recognition.”

“So, four players set or tied the previous record for most Defensive Runs Saved in a season at their position,” notes Dewan. “Four players who had never received a Fielding Bible Award or Gold Glove in their careers. Until now. All four players were rewarded with their first Fielding Bible Awards. In addition, we chose Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks at first base and R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays at pitcher—both for the first time as well.”

“The twelve expert panelists on the Fielding Bible Awards panel, including Peter Gammons, Bill James, Brian Kenny, and Joe Posnanski,” Dewan concludes, “also gave Fielding Bible Awards to Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox for second base, Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals for left field, and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals for catcher—Pedroia for the second time in three years, Gordon for the second time in a row, and Molina for an amazing sixth time. Does anyone really doubt that Yadier has been the best-fielding catcher in either league for the last decade?”

There were five winners this year from National League teams and four from American League teams. In 2012 it was a 5-4 advantage to the AL, in 2011 it was 5-4 in favor of the NL, and in 2010 it was s 5-3-1 split for the AL (with Jack Wilson splitting his time at shortstop between leagues with Pittsburgh and Seattle).
The 2013 Fielding Bible Award winners are:

First Base – Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Second Base – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

Third Base – Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves

Left Field – Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

Center Field – Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

Right Field – Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks

Catcher – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Pitcher – R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays

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Schoop new 2b 9-25-13

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Orioles Disappoint Down Stretch

Posted on 27 September 2013 by Tom Federline

It was Saturday August 24th, O’s vs. A’s, 4:05 game time. Beautiful August late afternoon/early evening, the heat of the day was cooling off, sun was out, partly cloudy, Camden Yards at it’s finest. Perfect size crowd of around 25,000 – the real Orioles fans. O’s lost 2 – 1 on a HR by the A’s in the 9th. I watched the O’s dugout the whole game. Lifeless. No cheering. No banter. No sign of competitiveness. Baseball players just going though the motions. Only person offering any sign of encouragement to his teammates was Weiters. It was half-way through that game – my Orioles season ended. It was apparent – NO Oriole Magic in that clubhouse – discouraging.

It seemed throughout the whole season you were just waiting for the O’s to break out. Put that 10 game winning streak together. Leave the Yankee cheaters and the Tampa Bay “fake indoor baseball guys” in their own steroid dust. Get even with the Red Sux for a division crown run. It never happened. What consistently happened was bullpen/closer breakdown and lack of clutch hitting with runners in scoring position. A complete 180 from last year – discouraging.

What can we hope for? Gold Glove recognition! My votes – 1. Some young guy at third, think his name is Manny Mucho Machado? 2. Markakis. 3.Weiters. 4. Davis. 5. Jason Pridie. No Adam Jones – I saw at least 6 errors by him in the first 2 months of the season and he was charged with only one. I believe he has been charged with a total of 2 for the year, yeah right. Jones is good, but he is not the best center fielder in the American league. The Defense was outstanding this past year. Potential record breaking (if Buck-Buck would stop playing the minor leaguers). Reminded me of the O’s golden years in the late 60′s, early 70′s. Machado continuously amazed. If he doesn’t walk away with the award at third………..you know what I’m going to say….The Fix is on. O’s defense – encouraging.

What can we hope for? Thank you, Brian Roberts – but it’s time to go away. Out with the old – in with the new. And it looks like we have new! Get used to hearing this song at the Yards – “Shoop” by Salt N’ Pepa. The song is horrible, but it has a nice reprise/riff. and that’s all we need to hear when the next Future Hall of Famer, Jonathan Schoop come up to bat. Yeah, I’m calling another one. Looks like the O’s have a new second basemen in town and he came from down on our own farm. I don’t know the correct pronunciation of whether it’s (scope), (Scoop) or (shoop). He will always be Shoop, shoop, shoop, da woop to me. Brace yourself gang, I have seen him play in the minors, he’s a baseball player. Now can he hang with the big boys? O’s new 2nd baseman -encouraging.

What can we hope for? MASN and the Orioles FIRE Gary “Thorn in our Side”. What is sadder than his ignorance of the sport and irritating chatter, is the that some O’s/MASN numbnut(s) a. hired him and b. continually renew his contract. Take a clip of 10 minutes from any game and I’ll bet you “Thorn in our side” will screw up a call, incorrectly describe what is happening on the field, call out the wrong count, team, player and the worst of it all…..makes the call for the opposing team with greater enthusiasm than for the Orioles. I just do not understand his presence in a baseball broadcast booth. I have heard him do bowling once and I even had to turn that off. As you know, when I have the chance to watch the game, I mute the TV and listen to the radio. Sometimes on the weekend we are given a reprieve with Jim Hunter and Mike Bordick. The Baltimore area is blessed with Joe Angel and Fred Manfra on the radio end. Now there is talent and entertainment – encouraging.

The Orioles have succeeded in finishing with a second straight winning season. We haven’t experienced that in awhile. Expectations were high. They had a shot. No closer threat and losing as opposed to winning those 1-run games was the difference. Need a different atmosphere in the clubhouse. Bring Kevin Millar back. Buck-Buck needs to stop allowing them to go down into the tunnel and back into the locker room for the buffet table, cell phone texting or tweeting or whatever else they do down there. Get them on the bench with their teammates in the dugout. For a minimum of $15,000/night – they can refrain from pampering themselves. Team unity – discouraging.

Disappointing outcome of what seemingly was a promising year. They are close – just need to find the right “nuggets”. Right Buck-Buck? Orioles need a couple more “gold nuggets” to compete in the east. Preferably ones with powerful right or left arms. Get those nuggets and O’s 2014 – encouraging!

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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Machado expected to be ready for spring after suffering minor ligament tear

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Machado expected to be ready for spring after suffering minor ligament tear

Posted on 24 September 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles and their fans breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday as it appears that 21-year-old third baseman Manny Machado has avoided a catastrophic injury to his knee.

Though the young infielder will receive a second opinion, the diagnosis by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens was that Machado suffered only a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee when he stepped awkwardly on first base in the seventh inning of the series finale against the Rays on Monday. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no damage to the medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments despite fears that suggested otherwise upon witnessing the gruesome-looking injury.

It is believed that Machado will not need surgery and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks before he can begin light running. That timetable would put him on track to be ready for spring training in February, which is excellent news for the All-Star third baseman and the Orioles, who have all but been eliminated from postseason consideration but entered Tuesday only one victory away from their second consecutive winning season.

The third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Machado hit .283 with 14 home runs, 51 doubles, and 71 runs batted in in his first full season in the big leagues this year and was selected to his first All-Star Game in July.

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Second half expectations for the Orioles

Posted on 20 July 2013 by jeffreygilley

Lately, the Orioles have been playing good baseball. Chen has returned as the team’s most consistent pitcher and the offense keeps on producing. If the Orioles want to make a serious postseason run, the offense must continue to produce but the bullpen must improve.

The one position of need for the Orioles is the designated hitter. On the season, the designated hitter has not produced for the O’s. Hitters in that position have managed to hit a meager .197 average.

Before the All-Star break, the series against the Blue Jays was a microcosm of the first half for designated hitters wearing an Orioles jersey. Ryan Flaherty, Nolan Reimold, and Chris Dickerson managed only one hit and struck out eight times. These three players also left five men on base. Four of these base runners were stranded in the lone loss to Toronto, which was a winnable game, had the DH performed better.

Now, unless you have been living under a rock in Baltimore, you know what the Orioles have recently done to improve that position. Over the All-Star break, Henry Urrutia was called up from Triple A-Norfolk. The 26-year-old Cuban sensation will be expected to come in and produce right away seeing as he is starting tonight against the Texas Rangers.

At Norfolk and Bowie, Urrutia hit a combined .356 average to go along with seven home runs and 43 RBI.

This is yet another great sign for the start of the second half.

The Orioles All-Stars, especially Manny Machado, had great performances in the All-Star game. Secondly, they won last night! Chen went 6 and one-third innings, allowing eight hits and just one earned run.

Whenever Chen is pitching, he always gives the Orioles a chance to win. He doesn’t get anxious on the mound and he eats up innings. Scott Feldman was brought in as another starter for the same purpose. He has made three starts since he was acquired and has a 5.79 ERA. In his last outing against the Blue Jays, Feldman went seven and one third innings. In those innings, he gave up three earned runs off five hits while striking out seven batters.

If Feldman can continue pitching like he has against the Blue Jays and White Sox, the Orioles chances of making a postseason run increases.

While the Orioles can make the playoffs, I won’t have much faith in their chances of making a run. Their closing situation has surprisingly become an issue and their bullpen has struggled the entire season. Their offense is great but elite pitchers can shut them down and I don’t have faith that the bullpen could keep games close.

On the other hand, the Orioles have shown they can be supremely poised and clutch. There is something about this team that also makes me think they can overcome their pitching deficiencies. The only major obstacle for this team is the closing role. Jim Johnson has a lot of saves this season but has really struggled of late. If Johnson performs, the sky is the limit for the Orioles.

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Baltimore-related Observations from the ASG

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Baltimore-related Observations from the ASG

Posted on 17 July 2013 by Brett Dickinson

The Mid-Summer Classic has passed and as we all expected, was somewhat of a dud.  Though watching four Orioles participate (and one in Chris Tillman watch from the bullpen) is nice for Baltimore, a 3-0 victory for the AL, giving up only three hits, was kind of a bore for the average baseball fan.  But there are some things to take away from the festivities and the game itself.

This is my four Baltimore-related observations from the All-Star Break:

 

1.  The Orioles are a very close knit team.

This was never more evident than watching rival Detroit Tiger (and resident big man), Prince Fielder leg out a triple.  This GIF says it all (seen here), as the three Orioles starters are seen in the dugout chucking it up; not sure if they were laughing with or at Prince, but he didn’t seem to mind.

But if you go back to Chris Davis’ Home Run Derby performance, Adam Jones was there to support him (and wipe his forehead).  These players just seem to really like hanging out with each other; which can only make Buck’s job that much easier.  This fun-loving group of young stars should be entertaining to watch for several years.

 

2. Manny Machado may have been the best defensive player on either roster.

There have been rare moments when a defensive play was the defining moment of the game (Tori Hunter robbing Barry Bonds comes to mind), especially with the amount of power bats each lineup throws out.  Yet, Manny wowed both benches (and all of Twitter) with his snag, deep in the third base hole, to rob Paul Goldschmidt of a base hit (seen here).

The play had shades of his “Web-Gem” from Yankee Stadium a week and a half ago; but considering the moment, it actually may be more impressive.  Orioles’ fans have been watching his fantastic leather and arm for almost a full season, but now the entire baseball world was able to bear witness.

 

3. Baseball is in good hands with its young players.

As already mentioned, Manny Machado stole the show defensively, but other youngsters like: Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez and Mike Trout also shined.  That core of players (all under 25 years old) could be ambassadors for the game for years to come.  Harvey embraced the moment, as the NL starter and host, while displaying his infectious personality during his Jimmy Fallon skit.

Trout has already been widely regarded as one of the best all-around players in baseball, while Machado inserted himself into the conversation with his first-half performance.  The blend of fielding and plate discipline the two display may be unparalleled, come 20 years from now.  Fernandez also dominated in a tough game for the NL, while all of them acted with maturity beyond their years; on and off the field.

Now only if MLB could get Bryce Harper to grow the hell up (nice hair bro!).

 

4. Mariano Rivera is the most respected player in the MLB, since Cal Ripken.

In “Mo’s” last All-Star game, his renowned respect was clearly evident; the players gave him a touching moment on the field by himself, when he came into the game in the 8th (seen here).  The whole game was about Rivera and he was going to win the MVP, as long as he threw one pitch in the game.  The entire display had shades of Cal’s last Mid-Summer Classic; where Alex Rodriquez and Joe Torre forced him to play shortstop and he had that shining-moment home run off Chan Ho Park.

Players in the MLB, no matter the generation, seem to always have an understanding for greatness.  Watching legends, like Ripken and Rivera, receive amazing ovations (as only two players to win the All-Star MVP in their final season) is what makes baseball such a tremendous sport.

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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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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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Chen to make long-awaited return on Wednesday

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Chen to make long-awaited return on Wednesday

Posted on 08 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — After nearly a two-month absence, left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to make his much-awaited return to the Orioles on Wednesday.

Prior to the start of this week’s four-game series with the Texas Rangers, manager Buck Showalter confirmed that the Taiwanese southpaw will make his first start since May 12 after a pair of minor-league rehab starts with Double-A Bowie. Chen threw seven shutout innings against Harrisburgh on July 4, meaning he could have returned on normal rest for Tuesday’s game.

Instead, Showalter has elected to give lefty Zach Britton the start on Tuesday, essentially meaning the Orioles will use a six-man rotation until the All-Star break.

“Trying to give everybody a little extra rest,” Showalter said. “We can make some adjustments depending on what we do with our bullpen. We don’t want guys to get too far away but not get the benefit. Because of the four days, it allows us to do whatever we want to do post-break. Everybody will have had enough rest to put them in the mix.”

The Orioles could elect to option Britton to Triple-A Norfolk following his Tuesday start to make room for Chen on the 25-man roster. Such a move would allow Britton to stay on regular rest over the All-Star break as the Orioles did with Chris Tillman last season. However, last week’s trade for Scott Feldman and Chen’s return likely mean Britton will be the odd man out when it comes to the current rotation.

Rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman may be another candidate for such a minor-league stint over the break as he’s currently pitching out of the bullpen. The 2012 first-round pick has essentially taken over the spot previously occupied by Pedro Strop, but you have to wonder whether the 22-year-old pitching infrequently in long relief is the best way to develop his skills.

For now, Showalter is taking advantage of the opportunity to give his starters an extra day of rest with the second half and the dog days of summer looming.

“That’s not going to be there shortly,” Showalter said. “Obviously, we’re not going to be able to carry six starters in the second half — if that’s what we’re calling the post-All-Star break. We can talk about for an hour the different factors that figured into it, but when it was all said and done, we thought it was pretty clear-cut.”

In other pitching-related news, the Orioles received a favorable report on Steve Johnson on Monday. The right-hander threw 35 pitches from a mound in Sarasota and appears to be inching closer to a rehab assignment.

Johnson would become another option for the bullpen when he’s able to return after the All-Star break.

Top infield prospect Jonathan Schoop is scheduled to begin his minor-league rehab assignment with short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Thursday. The 21-year-old hasn’t played since May 12 while recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back.

With the highlight of third baseman Manny Machado’s latest defensive gem on Sunday making the rounds via social media, Showalter was asked to recall his favorite defensive play of the many the 21-year-old has provided in less than a full season in the big leagues.

Showalter did describe one play that Machado made in spring training two years ago when he was still at shortstop but provided the ultimate quote that will excite Orioles fans while also tipping his cap to Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson and his superb defensive work in the 1970 World Series.

“I hope it’s yet to come,” said Showalter of Machado’s finest fielding moment. “I hope it’s that one where he catches the last out in the World Series. That’s the one I’m looking for. Kind of like another third baseman that was real good over there.”

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