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Instant Relay?

Posted on 16 July 2008 by roblong

First, the words, “That baseball game was too long,” will never be said by me. There’s no such thing.

With that in mind, last nights All-Star game should have ended, twice, in the 11th inning.

Now, I know the baseball purist are going to come out and debate what I have to say, but it’s your right. That’s why we have a “comment” option for our blogs.

Last night was proof of why baseball should have instant replay for calls at a base/plate.

Ian Kinsler singles to lead off the 11th. He goes to second on a pitch-out. Russell Martin throws to second. Miguel Tejada catches the ball and makes a “sweeping” motion through the bag. While watching it on television, it looked as if Tejada missed the tag. As Fox showed the replay, it was obvious Tejada missed the tag. This was a perfect time for instant replay.

Later in that inning, Michael Young delivers a ground ball hit to center. Dioner Navarro, who was on second, attempts to score to end the game. The throw from Nate McLouth is on the mark. Martin fields the short hop and applies the tag. It, once again appeared the umpire got the call wrong. It looked as if Navarro reached the plate before the tag was applied.

Today, there’s going to be lots of debate about last night’s game. The debates will probably center around issues like, the game was too long, the game shouldn’t count, the rosters should be extended for situations like this, etc. Those are all valid arguments.

However, technology has allowed us the opportunity to “get it right.” I guess if I’m not a purist, that makes me radical, but why would you want to get it wrong for the sake of “preserving the game’s integrity?” Seems like, to me, bad calls that help decide games kill the game’s integrity. Especially when you have the ability to “get it right.”

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A-Rod, Clemens and Steroids

Posted on 11 January 2008 by raybachman

I was reading an issue of USA Today’s Sports Weekly and came across an article about the Mitchell Report. There was a list of 22 players that responded to the report. Out of the 22 that responded, 11 of the players said that the report was true and that they made a mistake. 6 of the players said that the report was a lie. 4 of the players had no comment and 1 player said that the he bought something from Radomski but never used steroids. Roger Clemens was 1 of the players that strongly denied the report.
Where am I going with this? If 11 guys said that the report was right on, then I’m willing to bet you that the report was right on. To the players that didn’t comment. If you were innocent why wouldn’t you comment? You get the point.
A few years back Jose Canseco said that 80 percent of baseball was on steroids/HGH. Everyone laughed at him. He named people like Palmerio, Tejada, Giambi etc. For the record, I don’t remember anyone suing Canseco for calling them out.  Looking back at Canseco’s comments now, I think it’s safe to say that he was telling the truth. Now Canseco is saying that he was surprised that Alex Rodriguez’s name wasn’t mentioned in the Mitchell Report.
Is MLB protecting their Golden Boy? Not A-Rod!!! Not the guy that is going to break every baseball record, I believed Canseco before and I believe him again. Wait and see if something doesn’t come out about A-Rod down the road.

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Posted on 12 December 2007 by Allen McCallum


Miguel Tejada is gone. It was a move that we all knew was coming, but I think that we were all hoping to get a little more out of it. Yes, the Orioles got 5 players in return for the former MVP, but is there real talent among them? Of the five, there is no question that outfielder Luke Scott is the biggest name. Yes, he has power. Yes, when he came up in ’06 he lit the world on fire for a couple of months. There are three issues with him. The first one is glaring. He is almost 30 years old. Not exactly the talented youth that we were hoping for in return. The second is his questionalble ability to hit left handers. That could make him a platoon player. He is a mediocre outfielder. He is ticketed to play left field at Camden Yards which requires more than a mediocre ability.

The rest are names we have never heard. Three young pitchers with varying degrees of potential. Finally, a left handed 3rd baseman with pop, but big holes in his swing if you follow his statistics. It seems to me that if you could have gotten one can’t miss prospect for Tejada, that might have read better. Instead, McPhail has netted five players in the hopes that two or maybe three prove to be competent major leaguers.

Here is my big question…..why now? McPhail, known as a patient and methodical mover chose today….the day before the Mitchell report is released to move Tejada. A player who has clearly lost much of his value on the trade market is now gone for a collection of “could be” players. If this were a land deal, wouldn’t that make you wonder about the ground you were purchasing?

Let me be clear about this, I have no knowledge that Tejada is in the Mitchell report, or has done anything wrong. All I know is that since Palmeiro and the B-12 insinuation, there has been a lot of smoke surrounding Tejada. A player who started in the bay area. A little guy with previously amazing if not surprising pop. A player whose numbers have diminished steadily since the new testing policies were put in place by baseball. Now he is traded the day before a report that could become the equivalent of the scarlet letter in baseball circles is released for five “could be” players?

McPhail needed to make a move. He had to find a way to fill several spots with only a few blue chip pieces to move. Wait to long, and you run the risk of injury or continued diminishing abilities further weakening his position. Move to soon and you have what happened here. You get what you can get, and swallow hard and walk away from the table with what you can.

This puts even more pressure on McPhail to get class A talent from any deals involving Bedard and Roberts. The Orioles cannot waste their bullets. They don’t have many to fire. I hope that I no Oriole is listed in tomorrow’s report, and that all of these players turn out to be stars. Maybe I am too jaded, but given the team’s recent history, neither of these hopes seems likely.


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Tejada Gets His Wish: O’s get Propsects, Glenn Davis, Bucket of Nickels

Posted on 12 December 2007 by kennyballgame

The Andy MacPhail era has begun.  If Tejada wanted out, he’s gotten his wish.  The O’s are getting a quintet of players w/ what seems like solid potential.

Now the Warehouse won’t go so far as to say that we’re undertaking a rebuilding process but at least they’re trying to get value while they can.  The O’s even got to jettison a guy who I can’t imagine wouldn’t be in the Mitchell Report (if it’s worth a damn).

Tejada showed all the mobility of a parking meter last year at shortstop, saw his consecutive games streak broken and saw his RBI and HR totals drop to near career lows.

Past offers for Miggy not withstanding, this can’t be construed as a bad move.  I’ll play Miss Cleo and go ahead and predict a bounce-back in those stats from the ’07 campaign.  Losing is a disease and no B-12 shot could help him shake those symptoms.

At least we didn’t send Schilling, Finley and Harnisch…maybe this will be our chance to right the wrongs of 1990…

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Casey at the bat: The shif

Posted on 27 April 2007 by caseywillett

The shift on David Ortiz (or as Rob Long calls him Big Papi), is absolutely crazy. Brian Roberts is playing in shallow right field, Tejada is playing 2nd base and Melvin Mora is at short stop.

Nice 1st inning by Adam Loewen, his stats show he does not start to get hard till around his 3rd time through a lineup.

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The Blame Gam

Posted on 25 April 2007 by caseywillett

Sam Perlozzo said after the game that Miguel Tejada should have been at 2nd base on the play with Brian Roberts in the 6th inning. I disagree with that.  I think taking the safe out at 1st was the best option. Brian said after the game that it doesn

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Who Was Wrong

Posted on 25 April 2007 by caseywillett

This seems like one of the longest game in baseball history for some reason.  Maybe it’s because I have a new UFC DVD to watch, but at least the weather has been nice.

So the topic of discussion in the press box is do you fault Brian Roberts or Miguel Tejada on the blunder back in the 6th inning?

I have heard everything from “it is Tejada

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Some questions answered…some not since he did not tal

Posted on 24 April 2007 by caseywillett

Back from the clubhouse, here is what went down…

Mora’s bunt was his own call. According to Sam Perlozzo, there was no sign on to bunt, therefore Corey Patterson had no idea it was going to happen. Corey said if it had not been bunted back to the pitcher, he probably could have scored.

When Patterson shifted back towards second base on the ball hit by Roberts up the middle, he thought the pitcher was going to field the ball and did not want to get caught in between the bases and not give Payton a chance to score.

Patterson said that he made up his mind once he left second base that he was going to stop at third because he had gotten a bad jump off of the base on the delayed grounded up the middle.

Melvin Mora left the clubhouse without talking to the media about what happened in the ninth inning. It’s surprising that Mora did this, because he is usually a stand up guy. However, when you do stuff like that you leave yourself open to criticism by the media. Just say what you were thinking, Melvin!

My other question is why Tejada was swinging at the first pitch. Hhere is how the bottom of the 9th went for Street:

Jay Payton

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O’s note

Posted on 21 April 2007 by caseywillett

John Knott is headed back to Norfolk today after Jay Payton has returned to the team. Payton said it feels great to be back with the team, and is not worried about his playing time, still feels he has to prove that he deserves to be in the lineup-which in case you are wondering, he will not be tonight.

  1. Brain Roberts 2b
  2. Melvin Mora 3b
  3. Nick Markakis RF
  4. Miguel Tejada SS
  5. Aubrey Huff 1B
  6. Kevin Millar DH
  7. Jay Gibbons LF
  8. Corey Patterson CF
  9. Paul Bako C

Ramon Hernandez is in the clubhouse, but not listed on the board as available tonight. Saw Ramon in the hall and he is bandaged up like he just finished a fight with Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Hulk Hogan, and Kamala.

The new Orioles team shirts are being worn around the clubhouse, and let

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Respect, hot chocolate, and cheese stea

Posted on 12 April 2007 by caseywillett

Adam Loewen earned some more respect from his teammates in the top of the 5th inning when he drilled Gary Sheffield with a pitch after Justin Verlander had hit Miguel Tejada in the 3rd inning.

I am sure Miguel Tejada appreciates the fact that Adam was willing to show the Tigers that it is not okay to hit one of his teammates with a pitch. I know some baseball purists do not like it, but to me, that is part of what baseball is all about.

The thing with hitting a guy with a pitch in retaliation is that you can not make it look obvious — like if Adam would have hit the first Tigers’ batter he saw after Miguel was hit.

Good news! I found the hot chocolate that I have been searching for the last two nights — now if I could only find the fluffy marshmallows.

Celebrity sighting at the ballpark tonight — Mike from Mike’s Doughboys! Do not tell anyone, but Mike was wearing an Orioles hat and shirt. Rumor is that Rob asked him if he had any cheese steaks in his car, and if so, could he get one to go.

It is well documented that I am a fan of Kevin Millar and what he brings to the team. Kevin was playing a mean air guitar with his bat during batting practice. Kevin is a big Godsmack fan and was airing it out to the song “Speak.”

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