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Scrap the “Plan”, give MacPhail a taser

Posted on 04 May 2010 by dansoderberg

A teenager was tasered in Philly on Monday night after running onto the field during a Phillies/Cardinals game.  Plain and simple, the kid didn’t belong on the field so he was tasered.  I think Andy MacPhail’s much talked about “Plan” would be a helluva lot more interesting if Andy followed the same principle, if you don’t belong on the field you’ll be tasered.

It’s May 4th, the Orioles are a ridiculous 7-20, and there are an abundance of “players” on the team who clearly do not belong on a Major League field.  If a 17 year old kid can be tasered for running onto the field just imagine the just punishment handed down for Nolan Reimold and his .179 batting average.  Do you think Adam Jones would keep swinging at the same slider 2 feet off the outside corner if he knew Mr. MacPhail was sitting behind the dugout with a taser and an itchy trigger finger?  Dave Trembley insists that hitting Adam in the leadoff spot will force him to become a more patient hitter.  I think tasering him for poor at bats and mental lapses may produce better results.

In all honesty, Andy may need two tasers for this crew.  Luke Scott, Lou Montanez, Garrett Atkins, Julio Lugo, the list goes on and on.  So many people to taser and so little time.  In fact, the Orioles and MASN really promote the heck out of these T-shirt Tuesdays (and who wouldn’t want a Ryhne Hughes t-shirt), just imagine the crowd they’d get for Taser Tuesday.  I know if there were a chance I’d get to taser Jeremy Guthrie after another gopher ball, or Julio Lugo after another ridiculous at bat I might actually pay for a ticket and maybe even the $2 game day surcharge.

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Orioles circa 2010: We know they’ll lie, but will they lie down again?

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

I know, I’m like a freaking broken record. Every year I write about how I’ve wrongfully had my media pass revoked and every year the Orioles make up some more lies to justify all of their mean-spiritedness and lack of professionalism. It’s Opening Day, I’ve again been deemed “not a media member” but that’s just the “off the field” stuff.

On the field, the word “improvement” has been thrown around all offseason in regard to the Orioles. As I’ve said many times, when you lose 98 games it’s hard NOT to improve the following season. It can’t get much worse, really.

As sickening as it is that I’ve taken a myriad of phone calls, emails and correspondence wondering “if the Orioles can win 78 games” – as though this disgracefully low bar somehow passes for “improvement” – I am officially one of the optimistic orange Kool Aid drinkers circa April 5th regarding the 2010 season.

It is my belief that this is the best team the Orioles have fielded this century. In 2004, the Orioles “best” performance was indeed 78 wins. Las Vegas has the 2010 Orioles over/under at 74 ½. If I were a betting man, I’d honestly take the “over” for the 2010 Orioles.

But this might be the year they finally prove they were right all along over these past 13 years of “rebuilding” and buying the bats and growing the arms.

Apparently, 78 wins will get a number of people here in Baltimore excited. At least that’s what people think until they realize that even that lofty “goal” would still be 25 games out of first place in AL East and the season would once again be effectively over right around June 20.

People have asked me every day for a month: “What do you think of the Orioles?”

My answer: “It begins with Kevin Millwood.”

Millwood is an unwitting victim of the wrong end of a big contract and the overlooking of putting Baltimore on his “not to visit” list when he inked his last contract in Texas. But, alas, he’s here now and needs to selfishly pitch well, even in MLB’s version of Siberia. He can set the tone with a big effort tonight in Tampa Bay.

It was different when guys like Scott Erickson and Sidney Ponson were poisoning the next generation of Erik Bedard’s with their antics of bush-league, lack of professionalism. Millwood needs to be the “anti-aging” Orioles starting pitcher. He needs to be more like Rick Sutcliffe and less like the aforementioned bunch of vermin who spread their foul temperament and antics through the franchise like baseball’s version of a clubhouse cancer.

I’m not sure what kind of guy Millwood is – and again, therein lies the Orioles ability to unlawfully deny me a chance to do my job after all of these years – but I hope he acclimates, pitches well and leads by example for kids like Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman, who seem like the real thing.

Matusz might win 15 games this year if he stays healthy. And while that certainly IS progress, it’s not really much different than what Rodrigo Lopez and Eric Bedard both did twice in orange en route to meaningless, forgettable seasons for the Orioles.

But, as stated before, I’m bullish on the Orioles in 2010 in regard to “progress.” I think they might be OK and quite competitive against teams not named New York and Boston — if pieces fall into place and if good health can be found.

If the starting pitching can get them to the 6th or 7th inning five nights a week, that will allow for a more rested bullpen and a real chance for .500.

I’m sold on Miguel Tejada as a relevant third baseman in the AL East. I think he’ll hit .300 and be an RBI machine like he’s always been. He might be 50 years old for all we know, but I think he’ll be the least of the Orioles concerns at this point in his career. He’s coming as a complimentary player not the leader and “franchise” guy he was counted on to be six years ago. His lies, transgressions and B-12 shots will not even be a factor this summer in Baltimore.

Of course, this would be a good year for SOMEONE to step up and be the REAL franchise player.

Is it Nick Markakis, who is quietly putting together a nice Orioles career?

Or could it be Adam Jones, whose Tweets are fun to follow when he’s not up all night in San Diego?

Or will it be Matt Wieters, whose hype seemed justified over the final two months of 2009 when it appeared he was ready to become a star?

At least there are several All Star Game candidates in orange this summer. It’s not another summer of David Segui, B.J. Surhoff and Gregg Zaun playing out their late 30′s at Camden Yards.

I’m not a Dave Trembley fan – the team tanked and quit down the stretch last year and each of those 98 losses were well-earned late last summer. Again, when the owner is the cheapest in the game and when Trembley will manage for 1/10th of what the best managers in MLB yield for a salary, I get what the team is doing.

They’re making money. They’re hoping these kids pan out and selling it to what’s left of a tortured fan base and using their media moles to “plant the seed” of hope. At least they can say they “were patient” while Andy MacPhail built what this cake turns out to be circa 2013, when it allegedly will mature. (They’re always two years away from competing with the Yankees and Red Sox, aren’t they?)

So, are the baby Birds ready to fly? Can the team be relevant enough to compete through the All Star break without falling 15 games behind Boston and/or New York?

We’ll see. But for the first time in a long time, they can legitimately threaten to be a .500 team if they stay healthy and have some key young prospects step up the way the insider pundits around the sport believe they will.

If Matusz is real?

If Wieters is real?

If Adam Jones can improve?

If Nick Markakis can remain consistent?

If Brian Roberts’ back can stay healthy?

If all of the young starters can get to the 7th inning with consistency?

If Tejada still has it?

And this is before we start projecting the likes of Jeremy Guthrie, Garrett Atkins, Luke Scott, Felix Pie and Nolan Reimond, who are all a literal box of chocolates. Does anyone really know what any of these guys will wind up doing come mid-summer? And what does anyone know about the bullpen, led by Mike Gonzalez?

Again – it’s the worst run franchise in professional sports. It’s not even close. That much has been borne out in living color over the past 13 summers. That will never change, even if Brooks Robinson is throwing out the first pitch on Friday. They are the worst group of people I’ve met in my 42 years on the planet — pure evil in their deeds, intents and actions.

But, perhaps this is the summer that all of their bloody deeds since 1997 are justified and they get people in Baltimore truly excited and energized about baseball.

If Tampa Bay could do it two years ago there’s no reason to believe the likes of Matusz, Wieters, Reimold, Bergesen, Tillman and company can’t step up to become very productive, young major leaguers and all hit their stride this summer.

It’s certainly a lot more possible than during the era of Omar Daal, Marty Cordova and Kevin Millar or any of the past sins of Peter Angelos’ ugly stewardship as the suddenly disappearing owner.

My real prediction: 78 wins.

I don’t think they can be above .500 with 54 games coming in the division against New York, Boston and Tampa Bay. But I think they will certainly be far better and more interesting on the field than we’ve seen here in Baltimore over the last 13 years.

But given the history, let’s all sip the orange Kool Aid one ounce at a time…

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Making a case for two spots in the Orioles lineup.

Posted on 16 February 2010 by Andrew Stewart

Currently, the Baltimore Orioles have 4 guys (Luke Scott, Nolan Reimold, Felix Pie, and Ty Wigginton) vying for two spots in the lineup. The Orioles are leaning towards Luke Scott in the designated hitter spot and Nolan Reimold playing in left. However, I am not to certain that will benefit the team the most. First off, I am not trying to bash any of these four guys, I am simply trying to justify why or why not they should have an opportunity for the last two spots in the lineup. Unfortunately, baseball is still business and with a team that is moving more-and-more towards youth, it leaves some guys looking from the outside-in.

Last year, was an interesting year for the Orioles, Baltimore moved towards developing its youth and saw the emergence of future stars. Dave Trembly and the Orioles looked to gain experience with their youth last year. However, with one year under their belt, Baltimore is counting on this young core to turn around Baltimore’s losing ways. There are still questions for the Orioles and will even be as the Orioles get closer to opening day.

Luke Scott, has become a fan and organization favorite. He represents what the game of baseball is about. Luke has the power to hit 40 home runs, but his inconsistencies are keeping him from reaching it. In 2009, Luke Scott had a roller coaster of a season, hitting over .300 before the all star game; only to follow that with a batting average hovering above the Mendoza line. Scott finished the season with 25 homeruns and a .258 batting average. However, there is some hope for Luke Scott and the Orioles. Last year he hit .296 in 6th hole with 21 homeruns. With some added protection around him Luke Scott could become a force to be reckoned with in the AL East.

Last year, Nolan Reimold put together an impressive rookie season. Orioles’ fans were finally able to see Andy MacPhail unveil his vision for the O’s. Furthermore, it brought about a new sense of excitement in Baltimore. Reimold put his power on display, hitting 15 home runs in a short rookie year. However, if there was one reason of concern for the Orioles, Reimold’s fielding and speed is sub-par at best. In just over 700 innings last year, Nolan Reimold committed 5 errors in the outfield. Also, it constantly appeared that Reimold took poor angles to fly balls in the outfield. Another reason of concern for the O’s is Remold’s durability. Last season, Reimold battled tendinitis in his Achilles tendon. During Reimold’s time on the 15-day DL, Baltimore saw the emergence of Felix Pie. Felix came into the second half of the season with a pedestrian .234 batting average. However, Pie would go onto hit .290 in the second half and 7 homeruns in only 48 games. Furthermore, Pie’s defense and speed is superior to Reimold. Last year, in a total of 583 innings spent in the outfield, Pie only committed two errors. He also, even managed to pick up 5 assists. Baltimore had also added Garret Atkins to the mix this off-season, and if he is not able to produce in spring training; Reimold or Luke Scott could take over the job at first.

Unfortunately, for Ty Wigginton it is hard to present reason why he should have a chance at a spot in Baltimore’s lineup. Wigginton has all the ability to hit 20+ home runs, but with three other guys that have the same ability it is hard to stand out. His glove is nothing special and his speed lacks as well. Last year, Wigginton hit .270 with only 11 home runs. He hit for a higher average after the all star game (.292), yet his power did not see any gain (5 home runs). Ty will most likely see his time as a platoon infielder, but he also could be dealt sometime before or after spring training. Baltimore is out of options with utility man, Robert Andino and Felix Pie; most likely leaving Wigginton as the odd man out. Also, the trade of Wigginton would allow the Orioles to carry an extra arm in the bullpen.

With only 2 spots available and 4 guys vying for them, the Baltimore Orioles have a lot of evaluation to do between now and opening day. After, one of the worst seasons in the history of Baltimore, there is an overwhelming need and hope for the Orioles to once again become a winning team in the AL East.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a happy Tuesday for me (DESPITE staying up until 3am just to see Andy Roddick collapse again in the 5th set) because we had a great night at Hill Field House last night watching Morgan State paste UMES. The Morgan State band is always one of the highlights of a trip to see the Bears, and last night was no different. I didn’t get any new video of the band, but their highlight last night was a version of “Lollipop” by Lil’ Wayne. Thanks to the guy who filmed them doing it during football season….

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Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio reports former Patriots DC Dean Pees to become new Ravens LB Coach

Pees has a track record as a capable coach, even if his stint as Pats DC wasn’t as successful as fans in New England had hoped for. I think Pees would be a very nice addition to this Ravens staff, whether or not he is just taking the job in hopes of getting the old “Ray Lewis rub” that a number of coaches have gotten.

Pees’ link to John Harbaugh is via Miami (Ohio) University, where Harbaugh played CB under Pees as defensive coordinator. So far, I have found no link between either coach and Wally Szczerbiak, but I wish there was….

wally

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Vic Fangio could still have future with Ravens even if Pees hired to coach LB’s

I saw a lot of comments yesterday like “It’s a shame Vic Fangio had to learn he was getting fired this way”, but I just don’t know that we can assume that. Fangio came to this team in an undefined defensive assistant role, and I think it is safe to think that he might stay on in a defensive assistant role, with a focus on quality control.

For a team that struggled with small situations last year (need we relive the timeout disasters, review mistakes and the loss of 5 yards on a ball spot blunder), maybe having a single coach focused directly on quality control would be a good idea.

Remember, this is just me speculating. But Fangio is a Harbaugh guy, and I just don’t see him being given his walking papers to make way for Dean Pees. Something tells me this was worked out beforehand.

3. Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure says Hue Jackson won’t interview with Bears

According to information obtained by WNST this morning, we expect Jackson to accept the Offensive Coordinator job with the Raiders.

And why not?

The Raiders have JaMarcus Russell, Chaz Schilens and Al Davis!

Best of luck to Hue Jackson. I’m just not certain this is a great move for him.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Drew’s speculation surrounding Al Saunders moving into Jackson’s role ended up being accurate, either.

4. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says team would be best to keep Derrick Mason

I understand Duff’s thought process here. With a likely uncapped year, the “Final 8″ rules will really hurt Ozzie Newsome’s pursuit of a legitimate playmaker at WR. With that in mind, Mason is a known commodity who has constantly put up numbers and been a reliable target right here in Charm City.

It makes sense.

Problem is, Derrick has to be willing to accept that he’s not getting the typical “big money” deal that many #1 wideouts would get. He also has to be willing to accept that the team wants to upgrade at WR, bringing in a new #1 threat that will likely take away from the number of times Joe Flacco goes to Mason.

I don’t necessarily think bringing back Derrick Mason would be a bad idea. In fact, I think the Ravens could be well served to have him for another season as they try to push towards a Super Bowl. But I don’t think it will be as easy as saying “we want you back.”

5. ESPN.com’s James Walker says losing Bart Scott, Jason Brown, Jim Leonhard and Marques Douglas could land Ravens multiple compensatory NFL Draft picks

Which makes the preparation the Ravens did last week in Orlando and this week at the Senior Bowl all the more important. This team is going to have to find some NFL-ready players in April’s Draft, as they will be hard pressed to keep all of the guys facing free agency, and they are a bit handcuffed by the Final 8 rules.

I couldn’t help but notice that Kyle Boller wasn’t on that list. He’s not an impact player per se, but isn’t he worth something?!?!?

6. Morgan State Official Site says Reggie Holmes, Troy Smith combined for 40 as Bears pasted UMES at Hill Field House

Just an overwhelming performance from Todd Bozeman’s crew last night. Troy Smith has really come on for them, responding after an incident in December that Todd Bozeman would only describe as a “transgression” postgame.

I guess you have to consider the fact that UMES was the opponent, but Frankie Allen has made improvements in Princess Anne, and the Hawks were coming off a win at Coppin State on Saturday. They had absolutely NOTHING to offer against Morgan last night.

The Bears return to action Saturday evening at Norfolk State, as they continue their quest for a perfect season in MEAC play. If you missed Todd Bozeman with Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning, check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

7. The AP says Quinston Reggins scored 14, but Coppin State fell to Delaware State at CSPEC

This was one of the Eagles’ best chances to make sure they got a win in conference play this season. They will be fighting to get a victory the rest of the way. They return to action Saturday afternoon at North Carolina A&T.

8. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s ACC tilt with Miami at Comcast Center

It’s WAAAY too easy to say that the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. We all know the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. But there is certainly a danger to how well the Terrapins have been playing recently, as they need to remain focused. Frank Haith has had good success against Gary Williams, but usually with a more veteran team.

If I had to guess, I’d say 81-70 Maryland.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams excelling because he takes pride in playing with ‘back to basket’

I’m running out of adjectives to use to describe Jordan Williams-and his career is 18 games old.

As he progresses, this team can continue to go far this season. If he continues to improve during ACC play-the Sweet 16 aspirations this team had before the season could be very legitimate. If he levels off, this team will likely end up back on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

10. Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg remembers former Maryland AD Jim Kehoe

I wish I had gotten to know Jim Kehoe before he passed away. He certainly did a tremendous job as Athletic Director at Maryland, and he was honored with a moment of silence before Saturday night’s win over NC State.

I’d like to add more here, I am just forced to admit that I don’t know a whole lot more about Jim than what you can read in Stan’s story.

11. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Jeremy Guthrie doesn’t think anything changes for him with Kevin Millwood joining staff

And other than not starting on Opening Day, he’s right. He will still have high expectations this season, and he will have to perform better than he did a season ago to remain a mainstay in an Orioles rotation with a lot of young pitchers coming up.

Here’s a more important question. When the Birds decided NOT to persue FA pitcher Brad Penny this offseason, were they aware he was dating Karina Smirnoff???

smirnoff

12. ESPN.com’s Eric Karabell says O’s lineup full of fantasy “sleepers”

He’s exactly right. This team is full of “sleepers.” If they all turn out to be rock stars, this team will be in good shape. If they turn out to be sleep-ing, they’ll be in trouble. But a lineup with Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Miguel Tejada, Garrett Atkins, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis looks on paper like it might be credible.

At least if someone in that group turns out to be a power hitter.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I have NO IDEA how I missed this, but thank God it was directed back to me. Back when Bruce Springsteen was honored by the Kennedy Center, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder did a version of the Boss’ outstanding tune “My City of Ruins”….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvMFdAtsRTg[/youtube]

WOW.

Apparently you can buy the song on iTunes to help some sort of charity. Maybe Haiti. Maybe cancer. I should’ve done more research here. Go buy the tune.

Talk to you tonight from College Park.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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O’s Sharpen the Corners

Posted on 25 January 2010 by dansoderberg

The Orioles went into the off-season needing major upgrades on the infield corners. The team finished last season with journeyman Michael Aubrey at 1st base and the punchless Melvin Mora and Ty Wiggington sharing time at 3rd. My fear was that Andy MacPhail would pay lip service to improving on the corners only to come up short leaving O’s fans to suffer through a thousand at bats from Aubrey and Wiggington.

MacPhail has gone out and put his money where his mouth is this Winter. Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins are massive offensive upgrades and should provide potent bats for the middle of the 2010 order. The signings also allow the team to continue batting Adam Jones in the #2 hole and Wieters and Reimold in the bottom third.

I know not everyone is thrilled with the signings. People wanted the team to go out and trade for Adrian Gonzalez or Prince Fielder, or sign Matt Holliday. I would’ve been all for such a deal, but neither Gonzalez nor Fielder have been dealt and Holliday signed a deal with St. Louis that another team didn’t come within $40 million of matching. I would’ve preferred Adam LaRoche at 1st with either Atkins or Tejada at 3rd, but any way you slice it the team is better today than it was when the season ended. Of course coming off a 64 win season the only place to go is up…we hope.

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No Holliday for Christmas

Posted on 05 January 2010 by dansoderberg

The slim hopes that the Orioles would sign Matt Holliday went swirling down the drain when Holliday and the Cardinals agreed to a 7 year $120 million deal on Tuesday. The contract includes a full no-trade clause and will pay Holliday an average of $17 million thru his age 36 season.

As an O’s fan I’m disappointed, though not at all surprised. I never got my hopes up about Holliday. The Orioles just aren’t going to spend that kind of money on a single player. We know they have the money, but if they wouldn’t do it for Tex last offseason they weren’t doing it for Holliday. Keep in mind that Holliday is redundant for the Orioles as they already have Reimold, Scott and Pie battling for innings in LF. Yes, obviously none of them are Matt Holliday, but I think Reimold clearly has that type of potential. Unless they had a deal in place sending Reimold in a package for a starter signing Holliday would’ve made little sense for the Orioles. John Lackey is the real “One that got away”, and from all indications the Orioles never made a serious run at Lackey. If you want to be pissed off about something, be pissed off about that.

From a business perspective this is a curious, if not terrible, deal for the Cardinals. Holliday is a very good player already nearing 30 with a suspect defensive reputation. He also apparently had no other serious suitors after the Red Sox spent big on Lackey and the Mets overpaid Jason Bay. The Cardinals were essentially bidding against themselves and not only guaranteed $120 million, but also threw in a full no trade clause for good measure. Of course, it could be argued that Holliday’s $17 million salary when he’s 36 is basically a de facto no trade clause.

Signing Holliday likely enhances the Cardinals chances of resigning Albert Pujols to a long term extension. The team is certainly committed to winning and Pujols has some built in protection for the next 7 years.

All that said it’s an exciting day for Cardinals fans, a great day for Albert Pujols and time for a trip to Red Lobster for the Holliday clan.

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And the Orioles continue South with more “neighborly” love for Sarasota…

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And the Orioles continue South with more “neighborly” love for Sarasota…

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

I just got pinged by a friend who tells me that WBAL slipped out a quiet report a few days ago that the Orioles have again made one of their more outlandish moves of 2009. (And that’s saying something, when you consider the kind of season they slept-walked through this summer.)

Remember a few years ago, when Angelos and the boys set up camp in Farragut Square near their “Orioles Store” in downtown Washington, D.C., to feign interest in the market after holding it hostage for five years in exchange for the MASN TV rights that were supposed to buy the Orioles some semblance of respectful balance on the playing field in the AL East. That day — with a 7:05 game looming in another summer of distress — they shipped the entire roster on a bus down to a big city square and served free ice cream and hot dogs and soda to everyone in the park.

We, of course, opined that the Orioles have NEVER given away free hot dogs and ice cream in Baltimore. And Angelos’ true interest in D.C. extended about as far as how much he could extort out of Bud Selig and MLB, then Comcast, then pass it along to each and every one of you who pay a cable TV bill in the state of Maryland. Angelos is in your pocket for a few bucks a month and 90% of people in the Free State don’t even KNOW it.

The result: the Orioles lost 98 games this season, will spend nearly NOTHING on free agents this winter, Andy MacPhail will pocket a big “bonus” check for his role in the profiteering and Angelos and Co. will make upward of $40 million in profit this calendar year while continuing to eschew common decency toward its own community and heroes and continuing as the worst franchise in North American sports.

Now, after holding Fort Lauderdale up for well over a decade and playing a political shell game with half of the real estate from Orlando to the Florida Keys — at long last Sarasota, Florida is getting the Orioles for spring training. I’m not sure if that’s considered “good fortune” or stupid politicians who will live to regret working with this ownership group, like everyone else in their wake.

Here’s a dream photo of what the project is supposed to look like at its finish:

So WBAL via an Orioles press release announced that an offseason “Fan Fest” will be held in two weeks in Florida with a bunch of Orioles players and dignitaries.

“In celebration of their new spring training home, the Baltimore Orioles will join with The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau to host Orioles Family FanFest-a free event for the entire community-at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, November 14 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The afternoon will feature autograph sessions with current and former Orioles players, Orioles giveaways, fan forums, a variety of kid-friendly family activities, including Kids Run the Bases, and a free hot dog and soda for every person in attendance.”

So, for all of about 250 people who might be interested in seeing the worst team in MLB over the past decade with the WORST reputation for hijacking Floridian communities in modern sports, come to their town to bring “civic spirit and cheer.”

Fact: there are a LOT of pissed off Sarasota residents that this deal was ever done and a lot of speculation about its merits in the community. The Orioles already have a problem before they dig dirt at Ed Smith Stadium. (Not to mention their reputation in their own community, which is apparent to everyone but the local “journalists” — or propagandists — who look the other way past the stench to draw a paycheck).

Maybe, the Orioles could ask that everyone brings a covered dish?

The report says that “Orioles Manager DAVE TREMBLEY, centerfielder and 2009 All-Star ADAM JONES, outfielder NOLAN REIMOLD, pitchers BRAD BERGESEN and JIM JOHNSON, and Hall of Fame pitcher and current MASN broadcaster JIM PALMER, are expected to attend the event. The Oriole Bird will also be on hand to greet families throughout the afternoon. Free parking will be available for all fans.”

Well, a little civic spirit might’ve been nice last Monday night here in their “branded hometown” of BALTIMORE when the most celebrated Oriole of all time was being honored for the final time of his life at the Meyerhoff and the franchise couldn’t find a way to get one single heartbeat to the event to speak on behalf of the current players and their respect for the brand and franchise that Brooks Robinson and his ilk built for our parents that’s now been left for dead by the Angelos family and this last 15 years of civic-hostage baseball.

Meanwhile, they’ve taken what formerly was a weekend-long, sold-out, line-down-Pratt-Street event in Baltimore known as “Fan Fest” (and before that, “Moonlight Madness”) and destroyed every ounce of goodwill guys like Brooks Robinson spent their entire adult lives dedicated to building and preserving and turned it into a half-assed, thrown-together “day before the season begins” chilly disaster that isn’t cheap, but somehow FEELS cheap. Like an “obligation” before the season begins…and the same refrains of “improvement.”

The team follows it up with disgraces from Aubrey Huff to the manager calling out the organization’s professionalism during a post-game press conference. And MASN shows goofy house ad after goody house ad. I’m glad the season ended just so I could regroup after seeing those two chicks trying to hit on the Oriole Bird six times a night for six months. And that’s BEFORE they lost 98 more games…

And the owner never shows his face, never spends money, never answers questions and the team never wins. And Red Sox and Yankees fans take over the city (and, once again, THIS is the biggest disgrace in the whole dreadful fiasco of the last 15 years — just disgraceful!). And the downtown business district — sorely in need of assistance — is left for dead except when half of the Northeast quadrant of the United States descends upon the Harbor for the routine of pinstripes and chowder.

Oh, and while Daniel Snyder is down the B/W Parkway banning signs and threatening the media and suing the fans, Angelos is here doing the same thing here and no one dares talks about or ask questions of any substance.

I wonder when Snyder will tell The Washington Post they no longer have media access. (But, apparently that wouldn’t happen because the NFL wouldn’t allow it.)

Shame, shame, shame…

I watched Bud Selig squirm in David Letterman’s chair the other night and it’s no wonder MLB is a damaged brand despite the innate greatness of the game of baseball, which has been decimated over the last 15 years since the strike in many ways (steroids, Hall of Fame, bad pitching, greedy owners, sleezy agents, difficult “heroes” like Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle and their ilk, All Star fiascos, Pete Rose, World Series games in November, etc.) but is printing money. Just like Angelos is here.

They’re all ringing the cash register so that justifies it all.

Just like MacPhail — a leading candidate in baseball’s collusion in the late 1980s and whose sole function as President of the Chicago Cubs was to field cheap baseball teams to make the Tribune money (yeah, that company once wasn’t in bankruptcy like they are on Calvert Street these days) for fans who were too drunk to care and who were addicted to Wrigley Field and lore of the loveble, fuzzy, loser Cubbies. The Cubs fans ACCEPTED losing a birthright and a way of life as MacPhail padded the pockets of the shareholders.

It’s all pretty well documented but here’s the worst-kept secret in Major League Baseball:

MacPhail is reading Selig’s cue cards for the direction of the game so as to be able to take the throne when Selig decides to walk away from his $18 million-a-year job. (We’ve written many times: Selig doesn’t own a computer, doesn’t have email and doesn’t have a Black Berry. Just take a second and THINK about that in 2009 if you’re the C.E.O. of of of the biggest brands in America?)

Think Andy MacPhail would be interested in an $18 million-a-year position in 2012? (Me too…)

But as we’ve pointed out many times, they have no shame. Or common sense or decency. But they DO know how to make money. And they do have anti-trust exemptions by our federal government that are so laughable it completely masks the corruption.

Just look at the product on the field here in Baltimore. And look at the empty stands. And the amount of “house ads” on MASN.

To STUPID people, they look “broke.” But they’re not. FAAAAAR from it!

And watch all of the “Confederate money” that MacPhail won’t be waving in free agency in a few weeks. All of sudden, they’re “building through the farm system” which is the code word for “pocketing the goodwill of the Maryland people.”

The REAL money is going in their pockets and no one sees it or talks about it or writes about. And more $$$ is about to come out of the pockets of the good people in Sarasota. Just wait. This will end badly. It always does.

Not a low blow, just a fact.

UPDATE: 1:01 — Searching the web, I found a wonderfully delusional blog here from a Sarasota newspaper columnist named Doug Fernandes:

We’re getting two renovated public assets that desperately need rehabbing, we’re getting the Orioles to pay for their operation and maintenance, we’re getting it funded primarily through tourism tax revenue, and we’re getting it far south of Baltimore’s original demand.

I don’t know about you, but I call that savvy negotiating. And to those who label the $31.2 million expenditure as too exorbitant amid this crummy economy, I respond thusly:

The economy will turn, it always has, and a far greater burden would have been the cost of losing spring training.

So it appears safe for stadium czar Pat Calhoon to begin purchasing gallon upon gallon of black and orange paint.”

We’ll see how “tourism dollars” equates in Sarasota. The Orioles can’t get people to come to BALTIMORE to see them for $1 on summer nights. How the hell are they gonna get fans to Sarasota in March? Mark my words: the crowds will be DOWN from Fort Lauderdale, and that’s really saying something…

Just take a look at the comments under this blog. People in Sarasota are apparently VERY up in arms about the $32 million sweetheart deal that Peter Angelos got from the good people of Florida.

One more city about to be held hostage…just wait and see!

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry for no 15-7-0 and Ravens Report Card this morning. I’m going to try to get them done during the day, but I’m still recovering from our bus trip to Boston and Foxborough this weekend. I had a great time, and thanks to everyone who was a part of the trip.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Brady bested Flacco as Pats topped Ravens

Drew Forrester won’t blame officials for Ravens’ loss

Glenn Clark offers video of 52’s meltdown

Drew Forrester says Ravens, Patriots played ‘helluva game’

Bob Haynie says Ravens made too many ‘mistakes’ in loss

Keith Melchior says Ravens ‘didn’t make the plays’ when they needed to

Rex Snider says Le’Ron McClain ‘missing’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton’s drop inside 10 yard line in final seconds cost Ravens as they fell to Patriots

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says tests on Jared Gaither negative after he went down with neck/shoulder injury

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Suggs made big sack to force fumble, recovered by Dwan Edwards for TD

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe saw first action of NFL career in loss

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Chris Carr’s early fumble set tone for mistake-plagued game

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says roughing the passer calls on Ngata, Terrell Suggs hurt Ravens in loss

Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says Leigh Bodden made first New England interception in win over Ravens

Patriots Official Site says Gary Guyton knew 4th down stops ‘big’ for Pats in their victory

Patriots Official Site says Flacco accepted responsibility for INT before half

The AP’s Howard Ulman says Randy Moss scored 137th TD of career as Pats won

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens now tied with Bengals for first place in AFC North after loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to defensive line in loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron’s play calling was particularly pass happy

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendon Ayanbadejo could be done for year with torn quadricep

The Sun’s Edward Lee says 52 called officiating ‘embarrassing’ in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects Ray Lewis to be fined for comments after loss

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thought Ravens ‘played their hearts out, but it wasn’t good enough to win the game’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says with Gaither hurt; Marshal Yanda came into game, Oher moved to LT

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to Running Backs, Linebackers in loss

The AP says Gaither was taken to Mass General after being hurt in loss

Boston Globe’s Michael Vega says 68,756 at Gillette Stadium saw Patriots top Ravens

Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan says Patriots both ‘lucky and good’ in win

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Brady finished 21-32 for 258 yards and a TD in Pats’ win

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Gostkowski’s 32 yard field goal put Patriots ahead early

Worcester Telegram’s Jennifer Toland says Belichick said he ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of Patriots after loss

ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi says Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor, Laurence Maroney did enough running the ball to keep Ravens ‘honest’

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says T-Sizzle suggested teams could use ‘two hand touch’ in going for sacks to protect QB’s

SI’s Don Banks says Patriots’ red zone offense got healthy against Ravens

SI’s Andrew Perloff says Ravens have to feel like they could beat Patriots if they match up in AFC playoffs

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Patriots ‘fortunate’ in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says NBC’s Rodney Harrison thought Tom Brady should ‘take the skirt off’ after win over Ravens

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Patriots proved themselves to be Super Bowl contenders with win

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Darius Butler deserves credit in Pats’ win

CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman says Ray Lewis’ comments about officiating were ‘right’

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says post-game comments ‘overshadowed’ Ravens-Patriots

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ray Rice ran for over 100 yards despite team calling only 17 running plays

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Patriots defense brought ‘constant blitzes’ on Flacco

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Michael Aubrey scored in 11th to give Birds season-ending win over Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Melvin Mora probably played final game in Orioles uniform Sunday

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s had better ’09 season than record showed (no they didn’t)

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters, Reimold, etc give Orioles ‘hope’

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Ricky Romero solid, got no decision in Jays’ loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 17,969 at Camden Yards saw Birds top Jays

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Dave Trembley claimed tribute to Mora ‘spontaneous’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles set new season low attendance record at OPACY this season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Albers winner in final game of season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Mora likely headed to Orioles Hall of Fame

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says bullpen was ‘painful’ after Sherrill traded

Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc profiles Orioles prospects headed to Arizona Fall League

Toronto Sun’s Ken Fidlin says Brandon League committed 2 errors in 11th to cost Toronto season finale

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says Vernon Wells hurt himself again in loss

The Canadian Press says Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, John McDonald all homered for Jays in loss

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Da’Rel Scott will miss at least 5 games with broken wrist

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ronnie Tyler’s TD may not have been

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense appears to be improving

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps find themselves in first place in ACC Atlantic

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pinegar must be counted on with Campbell hurt

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ferrara was ‘triple threat’ against Clemson with kicking, punting, kickoffs

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Bruce Campbell ‘definitely’ out at Wake Forest

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph Friedgen thinks Terps can overcome Scott injury with RB depth

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott could be back for Florida State game in November

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wanted to go for it on 4th and 1 from Maryland’s own 29 in win over Clemson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett, Morgan Green, Gary Douglas will be as good as Maryland’s O-Line ‘allows them to’ be

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 2nd quarter against Tigers was Terps’ best quarter of season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Fridge concerned about possibility Campbell could have torn MCL

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Porzel, D.J. Adams ‘could play this season (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin chats with Maryland commit Matt Robinson (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg chats with Maryland commit Tyler Cheeseboro (must subscribe)

GOLF:

The AP says Jay Haas topped Tom Watson to win Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Haas’ comeback amongst greatest round in Champions Tour history

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Haas tied Baltimore Country Club record in final round of major championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Bruce Campbell would be a DEVASTATING loss for Maryland. Da’Rel Scott’s injury is something they can overcome.

-So long Orioles baseball. You’re that thing that existed for the last few months even though no one cared.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Just to follow up on something we were talking about this morning….

Ralph Friedgen is not going to be fired. James Franklin will be the next head coach.

They have a contract that stipulates that. The country, the state, and the school are all in a recession. I don’t think Ralph Friedgen SHOULD be fired, but the poin I’m trying to make is that it doesn’t matter. He’s not going to be.
James Franklin will be the next head coach unless James Franklin decides not to be (or something particularly crazy happens).

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Mangini has special memories of spending inaugural season (’96) with Ravens

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco good play Sunday vs. Browns

Brian Billick enjoyed catching up with Rex Ryan before making appearance at Mother’s in Federal Hill

Ed Frankovic says former Caps goalie Kolzig retired

Ed Frankovic says Capitals beat Blackhawks 6-2 in preseason contest

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie loser again as Birds swept by Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today, David Hernandez takes Progressive Field mound against Fausto Carmona, Indians

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold had successful Achilles surgery Wednesday

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Scott Richmond went 5 innings to lead Jays past O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Michael Aubrey, Wieters homered for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley believes Reimold should be ready to return for Spring Training

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora had Wednesday off

Examiner Jay Trucker says Andy MacPhail not talking about Dave Trembley decision

The AP says Travis Snider homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Dave Perkins says 13,743 at Rogers Centre saw Jays sweep Birds

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says British Columbia native Richmond wasn’t perfect in victory

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says LJ Smith (hamstring), Zbikowski (concussion) fully practiced Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis expects former teammate Jamal Lewis to ‘run hard’ Sunday returning to Baltimore

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason not concerned with Ravens’ status in power rankings

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker thinks Ravens need to forget about Chargers’ passing performance Sunday

The Official Site says Browns coach Mangini thinks DC Rob Ryan ‘similar to’ former Ravens DC Rex Ryan

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Brady Quinn making first AFC North division start at ‘unfriendly’ M&T Bank Stadium

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says FB Lawrence Vickers knows Ravens’ defense must be stopped at ‘point of attack’

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Jamal Lewis trying to snap Ravens’ 37 game streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jarret Johnson (shoulder), Fabian Washington (illness), Jared Gaither (illness)

The Sun’s Ken Murray says McGahee ‘new man’ in ‘09

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Demetrius Williams wants to ‘make impact’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth has particularly ‘short memory’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says former Raven Brigance to be honored on 40th birthday next week

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says national media outlets on Ravens ‘bandwagon’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Chester playing particularly well together

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens over Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington brings ‘swagger’ to field

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Justin Bannan (knee) limited in practice

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says James Davis, Jerome Harrison would ‘share the load’ if Jamal Lewis can’t go Sunday in Baltimore

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn thinks Browns can ‘work through’ offensive issues

Akron Beacon Journal’s Stephanie Storm says Tackle John St. Clair knows Browns must go ‘back to drawing board’ to stop pass rush

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Mangini continues to let go of Phil Savage’s Draft picks

8 out of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens over Browns

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 1st in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 34-17

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says Ravens must beat Steelers to contend

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kelley Washington’s emergence has hurt Demetrius Williams

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps last in ACC in run defense, scoring defense

The Sun’s Jeff Barker waiting for Davin Meggett to ‘break out’

The AP says Tom Savage will be Rutgers’ starter at QB if he’s healthy

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says ACC Championship not out of picture for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin believes Adrian Cannon has ‘disappeared’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Knights trying to avenge 2007 loss to Terps in Piscataway

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens breaks down all plays that could have changed Middle Tennessee State game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rutgers beat writer Keith Sargeant believes Maryland game ‘most important test’ for Scarlet Knights

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 7 Terps originally from New Jersey

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says missing Jamari McCullough means Terps missing one of ‘smartest’ players

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Schiano still uncertain of Tom Savage’s status

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brendan Prunty says Ralph believes ‘inexperience’ hurting Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Isaiah Ross amongst freshmen who could see expanded roles

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Fridge doesn’t regret going a bit softer on Terps over summer

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps believe MTSU ‘underestimated’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Rutgers 20-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Cameron Chism worth watching

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Tyler Bowen facing up and down battle with health (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps seeing ‘glimpses’ from WR Kevin Dorsey (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Chris Turner has ‘good memories’ of Scarlet Knights (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Terps have been much better at Byrd Stadium in recent years

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel
says Tigers haven’t lost to Bears since 2003-a game also at Hughes Stadium

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Midshipmen getting less production from FB position with Teich

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kicking against Western Kentucky

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Teich ‘more comfortable’ at FB position

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Wyatt Middleton pitching in at OLB

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest against Towson

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Tigers release (pdf)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror could be without WR’s Nick Bender, Matt Cahill

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site announces ’09-’10 schedule, including opener vs. Lonergan, Vermont

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Ravens Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Levinson to premiere Colts Marching Band documentary at M&T Bank Stadium

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Peyton Manning not as great as Unitas

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Broadway Producer favorite for Maryland Million Classic

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker, Strohl to weigh-in tonight at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-It was fun doing “fake Orioles radio” this morning. If only we could do real Orioles radio. Check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Internet issues here at 1550 Hart Rd. (my fault, not anyone’s here) this morning kept me from polishing off Crabs and Beer this morning, so I didn’t get to comment on Lisa Horne’s note on FoxSports.com that Maryland & Virginia would be in a bidding war for the services of Jeff Jagodzinski as head coach.

Insane.

Maryland has a succession plan. James Franklin will be the next head coach. Economically, even a 2-10 season couldn’t change such plans. That’s just where they’re at.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘potentially’ interested in free agent WR Baskett

Glenn Clark says Cedric Peerman now only Ravens Draft pick not under team control

Nestor Aparicio offers photographic evidence of how empty Camden Yards

Drew Forrester says ‘no one’ at Orioles-Rays game last night

Drew Forrester offers free tickets for Towson-Coastal Carolina tailgate party Saturday night

Brian Billick to speak with John Harbaugh on FoxSports.com

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters tallied 5 RBI for Birds in win over Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Tillman takes hill tonight against Andy Sonnanstine, Rays at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie returned to lineup, hit leadoff

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts, Roberto Alomar locked in battle at 2B in all-time lineup

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds to open ’10 season in Tampa Bay, host Blue Jays in home opener April 9

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Zobrist doubled, tripled for Rays in loss to O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jason Berken won 3rd straight start as Birds topped Rays

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora played 793rd game at third base with Birds, passing Doug DeCinces for 2nd all time in organization’s history (behind Brooks Robinson)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should get off to better start next year facing AL Central, AL West opponents

The Sun says Birds to face Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Giants, Padres in interleague play in 2010

The Sun says B-Rob broke own single season doubles record

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 11,575 saw Birds top Rays at OPACY

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley sat Reimold to reward Jeff Fiorentino

The AP says Brian Roberts tallied 52nd double in 3rd inning, setting new franchise record

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 25th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says Keys’ Caleb Joseph won Orioles’ Elrod Hendricks Award for Community Service

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 5th round pick Davon Drew rejoined Ravens via practice squad

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh knows Ravens will answer critics “on Sunday”(s)

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Chargers’ Tomlinson, Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez, Luis Castillo, Jamal Williams, Antwan Applewhite all hurt during win over Raiders

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Special Teams likely determining factor in why Kruger didn’t dress for Chiefs game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Antwan Barnes, Brendon Ayanbadejo honored Brigance with dance after Special Teams tackle

The Official Site says Flacco, Oher up for weekly awards

The Official Site offers thoughts on Kanye West-Taylor Swift battle from Brandon McKinney, Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says tickets still available for Ravens game Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The Sun’s Mike Preston hopes Ravens don’t ‘rely’ too much on Flacco

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson beat up for not taking down former Alabama teammate Brodie Croyle harder Sunday

The Sun says Isaac Smolko waived to make room for Davon Drew

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says OL Chris Chester ‘total package’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher wants to be viewed as football player, not subject of book, movie “The Blind Side”

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens, Chargers particularly ‘similar’

The Sun’s Gus Sentementes says Ray Lewis opening MVP Entertainment facility in Hunt Valley

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says other than Gaither giving up sack to Hali, O-Line was particularly impressive against Kansas City

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says OL Brian Johnson received injury settlement from Ravens

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says Nick Hardwick ‘most likely’ Bolt to miss Sunday’s game

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Norv Turner will use Michael Bennett as ‘backup plan’ if LT can’t go

NFL.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Middle Tennessee State Official Site says Coach Rick Stockstill thinks Maryland fans want ‘revenge’ on Blue Raiders more than Maryland players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner showing off ability on ground

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher should give Terps good ‘preview’ off mobile ACC QB’s like Tyrod Taylor

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps get another shot at slowing down spread offense vs. MTSU

The AP says Anthony Wiseman knows last year’s loss will make Terps ‘respect’ Raiders this year

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph Friedgen admits Nolan Carroll ‘almost certainly’ will not get extra year of eligibility

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says despite hype, freshmen Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Dexter McDougle, Eric Franklin, Avery Murray yet to see field

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge frustrated with penalties

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says fans concerned about how loud marching band was during JMU game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had just 5 ‘explosive’ plays against James Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel, Louis Berman will remain OUT vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cameron Chism listed as CB starter opposite Anthony Wiseman on depth chart

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown in no rush to get McDougle on field

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Don Brown saw ‘positive signs’ from defense in win over Madison

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps need to take ‘pressure’ to pursuit of QB’s (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles CB Dexter McDougle (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Seton Hall Prep (NJ) PG prospect Sterling Gibbs impressed with visit to College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terps Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman returning to Comcast Center for WNBA playoffs with Washington Mystics

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says former Tiger Tamir Goodman retiring from basketball to take job as Director of Haifa Hoops for Kids

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Buddy Green, staff recognized for defensive performance against Louisiana Tech

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown at Heinz Field

Pitt Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Panthers release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Panthers similar to team who beat up Mids in Annapolis last year

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry, Jabaree Tuani, Gary Myers named Team MVP’s from Louisiana Tech game

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry bounced back from preseason illness, making impact for Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 43 yarder against Bulldogs helped calm kicker Joe Buckley

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo thinks Panthers ‘big, strong, fast’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says O-Line opening up holes for Dion Lewis thus far

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Kevin Gorman says Greg Cross playing role of Ricky Dobbs in practice for Panthers

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh (must subscribe)

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Oct. 15 game against Howard to be televised on ESPNU

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Frankie Allen announces Kevin White, Jamal Edwards, Lyvann Obame, Sean Berry, James Cotton as recruiting class

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Belmont winner Summer Bird breezed Tuesday with Desormeaux on board

Thoroughbred Times says ESPN to televise Goodwood Stakes (with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird) or Lady’s Secret Stakes (with undefeated Zenyatta) October 10

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps topped Shaquille O’Neal in “Shaq Vs.” episode taped in Loyola pool

GOLF:

The Sun says Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan, Jim Thorpe all commit to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to Brian Roberts for his franchise record 52nd double of the season. We’re sorry none of it matters.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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