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1st half thoughts

Posted on 15 July 2009 by Marco Romanell

The 1st half of the season is now in the books and as usual the Orioles find themselves in the AL East cellar. The Orioles have been on a roller coaster ride following up win streaks with detrimental losing streaks, leaving the fans pulling their hair out.

Here are some thoughts I have on the 1st half of the Orioles season:

88 games into the season, we still don’t know about the rotation:

Coming into the season the Orioles knew two things about the starting rotation: Jeremy Guthrie and Koji Uehara were going to be in it. 88 games later, the Orioles seem to have more questions then answers about how the rotation will pan out. Guthrie has struggled, Koji is out for basically the rest of the season and the Rich Hill “experiment” seems to be over. The rotation is left with Brad Bergesen as the only “sure thing”.

It does the Orioles no good to trot Rich Hill and Jason Berken out to the mound every fifth day while Chris Tillman and Troy Patton are tearing it up in the Minor Leagues. I have a hunch we may see both them sometime in early August. This likely spells the end for Hill and Berken. The rotation has already under gone a major face lift and should continue to change throughout the summer.

One thing is certain; outside of Brad Bergesen, the Orioles rotation will continue to be an enigma.

Dave Trembley needs to change his managerial “style”:

When he became the manager a little over two seasons ago, Dave Trembley had a fire about him that exhibited a no nonsense style of managing. Fast forward to 2009; Dave Trembley is surly, mean and fiery, but to the media only and not his players. Although I don’t watch every other major league team regularly, I can’t imagine that they make as many fundamental mistakes as the Orioles. Fundamental baseball is one thing I believe the manager can control but Trembley seems to be more worried about attacking the media then fixing his team’s mistakes.

Personally, I don’t care if its Adam Jones or Felix Pie, if someone makes a bonehead mistake repeatedly then they need to be sitting on the bench next to Dave Trembley. Different players respond to the manager in different ways, but benching them is a universal way to get the message across. Something needs to change and that something to me is Dave Trembley.

The Orioles are interesting enough to keep me watching:

Just when the season looked to be over after a five game losing streak to start June, the Orioles turn around and win five straight, including a three game sweep in Philadelphia. One night they have the greatest comeback in team history then the next game they blow a 4 run lead in the 9th inning. If there is one word you can use to describe the 2009 Orioles its “interesting”.

It is now mid July and the Orioles still have me interested. Even with Ravens training camp two weeks away, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Tillman and Patton and looking forward to see this team improve in the last 2+ months of the season.

The Orioles have been inconsistent but have shown enough in spurts to keep me entertained. These Birds are interesting and after 11 straight losing seasons, interesting is about as good as it gets.

The Orioles are eight games under .500 which is pretty much where I expected them to be. Luke Scott and Adam Jones had career 1st halves, while Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters look to be the real deal.

With the trade deadline looming there could be some fireworks. Any trade Andy MacPhail makes is likely to improve the Orioles for the present and future.

While they may not hit the “unattainable” .500 mark, they are making strides towards it. I believe they will be a better team on the last day of the season then they were on Opening Day. This to me should excite everyone.

For once it looks like it could be a fun summer in Birdland, something I haven’t experienced since I was 13!!

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Nothing to add today. Congratulations to Michael Phelps. Sorry-running late, and today is free Chick-Fil-A day. Important day in my house.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Marco Romanell would pick Bergesen as MVP of first half of Orioles season

Drew Forrester says video surfaced of Kazemi’s DUI arrest last week

Rex Snider says former Ravens DC Marvin Lewis to appear on Curing Cancer One Call At A Time

Tom Clayton says Glenn Clark couldn’t handle losing on Comcast Morning Show


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Tillman, Pauley, or Patton could replace Hill or Berken in rotation

MLBPlayers.com’s Matt Wieters (you may have heard of him) knew he’d face ‘learning curve’ after big league promotion

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says former Terp Brett Cecil takes mound tonight vs. Jason Berken, O’s

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck not ready to just give up on Melvin Mora

The Sun says Jays starter Cecil native of Dunkirk, MD

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds still interested in 16 year old Sano

The AP says Reimold Birds’ ‘most productive’ rookie

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 23rd in power rankings


Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper says Tillman, Matusz amongst Top 10 prospects in baseball

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Charlotte’s Bartolo Colon showed up in time to shut down Tides

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Miguel Abreu launched solo HR to lift Baysox past Harrisburg

Frederick Keys Official Site says Waring, Joseph homered in win over Kinston

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Bonevacia’s RBI single in 16th broke scoreless tie, gave Ironbirds win over Brooklyn

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake loser as Shorebirds fell to West Virginia

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Jesse Beal tough luck loser as Orioles fell to Danville

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Tillman ‘turning heads’ at Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Patton took loss as Norfolk fell to Charlotte

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Arrieta now amongst Top 50 prospects in baseball

Frederick News-Post says Sean Gleason winner as Keys topped Tribe

Virginian-Pilot says Justin Turner scored only run for Norfolk in loss to Knights


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens have 2nd best offense in AFC North (behind Steelers)

The AP says pastor at McNair memorial asks those in attendance to not judge QB based on personal life

The Sun says Newsome, 52, Reed, Rolle all to attend McNair funeral

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says director of security Darren Sanders, assistant equipment manager William Sheridan will also attend McNair funeral

Tennessean’s Christina E. Sanchez and Janell Ross say McNair remembered as ‘favorite son’ in Nashville

Tennessean’s David Climer says Titans will need to take time to consider what kind of tribute to put together for McNair

USA Today’s Tom Weir says 30 former teammates amongst 4,500 attendees of memorial service at Mount Zion Baptist Church

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole says fans couldn’t avoid talk of McNair’s personal life at memorial service

SI’s Don Banks says Flacco faces tough encore in 2nd season

NFL.com’s Thomas George says McNair came from ‘humble’ start at Alcorn State

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt says McNair had ‘prolific’ college career in SWAC

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mason, McNair had bond that went ‘beyond gridiron’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says rookie CB Webb could be ‘surprise’

ESPN.com’s Wright Thompson says former Alcorn State coach Cardell Jones had dream about McNair before his death


The Official Site says new season of ‘Terrapins Rising’ to debut on Comcast SportsNet next Tuesday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terps Mackall, Goree to do prep season at Fork Union this fall

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Terps not getting much love from preseason prognosticators

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Eleanor Roosevelt WR prospect Nigel Christian camped with Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says QB commit Tyler Smith visited campus again (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem breaks down RB’s with coach John Donovan (must subscribe)


Terrapin Trail’s Aaron Kraut says Gary fine with Vasquez’s statements


The Official Site says Tigers headed to Canada to play 5 exhibition games


Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says commit Ruhl showing off ‘physical game’, ‘powerful shot’ this summer


SwimNetwork.com says Phelps broke world record in 100 Fly

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps had been ‘obsessed’ with breaking Ian Crocker’s record in 100 Fly

The AP says Phelps broke record by .18 seconds at Indianapolis event

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps broke first world record since Beijing Olympics

USA Today’s Vicki Michaels says coach Bob Bowman knew this was Phelps’ ‘biggest challenge’


Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen says Pioneerof The Nile forced to retire with leg injury

Thoroughbred Times says career highlights for Pioneerof The Nile include win at Santa Anita Derby, 2nd at Kentucky Derby


The Official Site says Val Teixeira suspended for tonight’s match vs. Harrisburg

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace trying to avenge last week’s loss to City Islanders


The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Danica Patrick would be reason for excitement over Baltimore Grand Prix


-Go watch some Futsal this weekend.

Talk to you Sunday.


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Questions, Comments and Concerns

Posted on 06 July 2009 by Marco Romanell

Sometimes in the sports media world we are forced to deal with tragedy and must talk about it whether we want to or not. Steve McNair’s tragic death has been the topic of conversation for the weekend and probably will continue to be until all the details come out. I have made it known how I feel on the topic, so this blog will be my traditional questions, comment and concerns:


Who is the more dominate athlete, Tiger or Roger?

There is no question that both players are clearly the most dominate athletes of their sport, but who is more dominant?I know people are quick to anoint Federer as the better athlete given the physicality of Tennis to Golf but I still lean toward Tiger. Federer has won 15 majors to Tiger’s 14 but I still believe Tiger is more dominate for a myriad of reasons.

First, I consider golfers athletes and I believe hitting a golf ball consistently accurate is one of the hardest things to do in sports. People shouldn’t  discount it as a sport just because it isn’t “physical”.

Second, just seeing Tiger’s name instills fear in his other competitors and causes them to fold. Mental dominance plays just as big of a role in being dominate as athleticism does. While Federer is good, I don’t believe that people “fear” him nearly as much as golfers fear Tiger.

Lastly, Federer seems to have an equal in Rafael Nadal who has beaten the last few finals that they played in, while Tiger has no equal in his sport. It is impossible to win every golf tournament but Tiger has the best chance of winning every tournament he enters then the rest of the field does. Both are great and I love Federer but I have to give the nod to Tiger.

Has USA soccer done enough to get people to start caring?

To me- and the rest of the world- there is no more exciting sporting event then the World Cup . In all other countries outside of the United States, the country comes to a virtual stop when the World Cup is going on. The United States has been a traditional doormat in international soccer for years, but their win against Spain and hard fought play against Brazil shows they might be turning the corner.

I think if they can continue win in World Cup qualifying then the fans will start to pay attention and should be very excited come June 2010 when the World Cup starts. After upsetting Spain, even the most casual soccer fans, were excited and made it a point to watch the Brazil game. Every person that I talked to was brimming with American pride and made it a point to watch all 90 minutes of the USA/Brazil game.

If the American team can start winning some games consistently then soccer could start to become a more popular sport. Hopefully for their sake- and the sake of the sport- this happens.


I would trade anyone on the Orioles outside of Jones, Markakis and Wieters.

With the trade deadline coming up at the end of the month, the Orioles once again figure to be “sellers” instead of “buyers”. If I was Andy MacPhail I would seriously entertain the notion of trading anyone on the team outside of Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters. Certainly MacPhail isn’t going to just give away Brian Roberts and Aubrey Huff, but if he can get a deal that he likes I think he should pull the trigger.

Roberts and Mora are the longest tenured Orioles but I don’t feel like the Orioles “owe” them anything and should be more then willing to trade them if a team makes a reasonable offer for them. I expect to see quite a few Orioles on the move and it wouldn’t surprise me if Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora were traded. 

Dave Trembley has got to go.

I have been a proponent of Dave Trembely getting fired since the season started and I continue to echo those sentiments after some bad decision making and poor fundamental baseball from the Orioles. Managing in the American League is much easier then managing in the National League but Trembley still doesn’t seem to “get it”.

My main problems with Trembley are that I  he is to “by the book” and that he is responsible for the lack of fundamentals. Every time a pitcher reaches 100 pitches Dave Trembley is quick with to pull them and I have a major problem with that. In his last start Brad Bergesen was at 103 pitches after 8 innings bust jut retired the side on eight pitches in the last inning. There is throwing 100 pitches and there is “laboring”, and Bergesen was not laboring. Just because you have a pitchers that are your “7th, 8th and 9th inning guys” doesn’t mean you need to put them in the game in those innings.

Normally, I believe that a Major League manager really only needs to make a few decisions a game and that the players win and lose the game. I think the main role of a manager is to manage the players ego’s and make sure they know the fundamentals and in that role Trembley has failed. Every game the Orioles commit a myraid of mistakes and Dave Trembely does nothing to correct this. I know these players are veterans and should know the fundamentals, however, if they continue to make mistakes without and repercussions then they will continue make them. Trembley needs to make a statement and start benching players or even call them out publicly to light a fire under them.

I have seen enough of Dave Trembley and I know the Orioles are better off without him.

I want to see some changes in the pitching staff.

I don’t know if the Orioles feel like they owe something to Chris Ray and Rich Hill by continuing to trot them out there, but personally I have seen enough of them. I tend to give Hill more rope then Ray because he has shown success starting previously and has had a few games this year where he has looked good, but I am now at the end of my rope with Hill. Chris Ray has been awful this season and was awful the season before his injury and I feel like he should not be on this team.

I would love to see the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie and bring up Troy Patton and Chris Tillman. If this happens the Orioles rotation of the “future” starts to take shape with Patton, Tillman, Hernandez, Bergesen and either Bereken or Arrieta. It is not doing anyone any good- the fans in particular- to keep trotting Rich Hill out to the mound and watching him get shelled. The Orioles need to make some changes sooner rather then later.


The Orioles are starting to give up and may go on a downward spiral.

After losing 3 of four games against the Angels in which they blew two four run leads I feel like the Orioles are on their way towards another dismal second half. Players like Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora seem to be disenchanted and it looks like the players have given up on the season.  

I think the Orioles may get swept by the Mariners and if this happens, I think any possibility of reaching the .500 mark goes out the window.

It looks like its going to be another “long” summer of Orioles baseball.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m not going to beat up Dave Trembley for pulling Brad Bergesen. There is no excuse for the fact that Jim Johnson and George Sherrill couldn’t get the job done in the 9th; and for the fact that the team couldn’t get a hit for most of the game.

It is much too easy to blame the manager when the team loses a bad game. Could Trembley have left Bergesen in the game to pitch the 9th? Sure he could have. Bergesen could have gotten into trouble and left the game rattled moving forward. But Trembley went to his reliable finishers, and they let him down. I’m not going to beat him up for that.

But there are PLENTY of other things to beat him up about-like the miserable lineups he manages to put together. Oscar Salazar hit a pinch hit 3 run homer on Tuesday night. Where was he in Wednesday’s lineup? I understand Ty Wigginton has a good history against Josh Beckett (and playing him paid off); but Salazar should have found his way in somehow.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says ‘jealousy’ of Red Sox made Tuesday’s comeback win even better

Nestor Aparicio can’t take much more Trembley

Luke Jones says Berken, Hill have to ‘prove themselves’ in upcoming starts

Marco Romanell says Tillman, Patton could be headed to Birds ‘sooner than later’

Tom Clayton says Jones, Sherrill deserve to be All-Stars

Lawson Lambert thinks Reimold deserves to be Rookie of the Year

Ed Frankovic says Caps sign former Flyer Knuble


The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Johnson, Sherrill can’t hold lead in 9th as Sox beat Birds in 11

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Guthrie takes ball tonight for Birds in Los Angeles vs. Lackey, Angels

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Uehara to miss 3-5 weeks with partial elbow tear

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Jones sat out Wednesday’s finale as ‘precautionary’ measure

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Birds partnering with Baltimore City schools

Red Sox Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says Youkilis, Baldelli provided heroics for Sox in 9th

Angels Official Site’s Lyle Spencer says tonight’s game vs. Birds first of 10 straight at Angel Stadium for Halos

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds couldn’t finish off win after Bergesen’s stellar start

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Wigginton continued mastery of Beckett with homer

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Birds go through emotional swing with Tuesday’s comeback, Wednesday’s loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Tuesday’s comeback still resonated at OPACY Wednesday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says David Hernandez will take Uehara’s roster spot ‘indefinitely’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says loss to Red Sox resembled “Mother’s Day Massacre”

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 30,000 at Camden Yards saw Birds drop finale to BoSox

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Uehara may not pitch again for 2 months

The AP says Baez took loss in finale

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Trembley reports surgery ‘not required’ for Uehara

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Varitek, Beckett thought BoSox got ‘character’ win after bad loss

Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley says Lugo hero for Red Sox in victory

Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald says Papelbon finished off win with 20th save

Sporting News’ Stan McNeal says Markakis deserves to be All-Star


Bowie Baysox Official Site says Valido homered in win over Akron

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Allar took loss as Shorebirds fell to Hickory

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Erbe lost rehab start to Oneonta

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Michael Abreu, Jonathan Tucker, Perrault, Oullette all named Eastern League All-Stars

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wilfredo Perez got win in relief for Baysox


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Steelers coach Tomlin called out Oher at Rookie Symposium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rice, McGahee lead backfield competition

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says ESPN thinks Mason, Gregg ‘underrated’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens installing grass at M&T Bank Stadium before AC Milan-Chelsea match

ESPN The Magazine’s Anna K. Clemons says Ravens 29th best franchise in all of sports

ESPN.com’s James Walker says players think Reed better ‘all-around’ safety than Polamalu

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have 2 weeks to get Suggs’ deal done


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Matt Robinson following in footsteps of Atholton coach Kyle Schmitt with commitment to Terps

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says Terps featured on ESPN Wednesday

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Virginia TE prospect Josh Lovell still high on Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem breaks down secondary with Don Brown (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says DT commit Andre Monroe chose Terps over New Mexico (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Suitland DB commit Jeremiah Johnson ‘lifelong Terps fan’ (must subscribe)


The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Vasquez spouting off again

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps staff ‘satisfied’ with roster even without Stephenson

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Vasquez expects to win ACC regular season and Tournament titles


Examiner Matthew Schlissel says home opener vs. Coastal Carolina Tigers’ only night game of season


Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says former Jay Rabil helping producers of film “Crooked Arrows”


The Official Site says Slotback Chris Hill ‘most looking forward to’ Ohio State game

The Official Site says Niumatalolo announces class of ‘09

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Park City prospects interested in Naval Academy (must subscribe)


The AP says Tiger played with Cowboys QB Romo in Pro-Am Wednesday

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says House minority leader Boehner played in same group as Tiger, Romo

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Lucas Glover hoping to build on U.S. Open win at AT&T National

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says following AT&T National, U.S. Open next big event at Congressional

Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell says Glover trying to avoid failures of former U.S. Open champs like Steve Jones, Michael Campbell

Washington Post’s Tracee Hamilton says Barnes hasn’t had chance to settle down since strong finish at Open

Washington Times’ Barker Davis says defending champ Anthony Kim brings ‘love-hate’ relationship with putter into AT&T National

Washington Times’ Ben Goessling says Romo hit at Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says Caps coach Boudreau also played Pro-Am

Washington Times’ Barker Davis says Mahan, Furyk have next best odds (behind Tiger) to win AT&T National

Washington Examiner’s Craig Stouffer says Fairfax golfer Steve Marino expects big crowds at Congressional

Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says Jessica Simpson also amongst highlights at AT&T National

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says PGA Tour Commissioner Finchem reports ‘no positive tests’ since drug testing policy began about a year ago


Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Borel no longer rider for Mine That Bird

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Woolley, owners looking for jockey to commit to Derby champ through Breeders’ Cup


The Sun says Phelps not happy about swimsuit ruling


-I’ll take Tiger Woods to win the golf tournament this weekend. Mostly because he’s playing in it. If he wasn’t playing in it, I doubt I’d bother to pick a winner; because no one would care.

Talk to you this weekend.


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Orioles’ July will be pivotal on different levels

Posted on 02 July 2009 by Luke Jones

Any baseball fan will tell you the 162-game schedule is filled with peaks and valleys.  You’re never as good as your highest point—such as a nine-run comeback win—or as terrible as your lowest moment—like a five-run blown lead in the ninth inning.

This year’s World Series champion is bound to undergo at least a five- or six-game losing streak, and even the worst team in the majors—I’m talking to you, Washington—will manage to win five or six games in a row at some point this season.

The difference between the good teams and the not-so-good teams in Major League Baseball is an ability to heighten the peaks while shortening the dark valleys.

The Orioles’ last two games are a perfect example of how exhilarating—and sobering—the game can be in less than 24 hours.  After completing the greatest comeback in franchise history Tuesday night, the club collapsed in the ninth inning on Wednesday, blowing a 5-1 lead in an eventual 6-5 loss in 11 innings.

How will the Orioles respond to these two polarizing contests?  If we look at the club’s body of work this season, the west coast trip—and the month of July—will not be pretty.

From the pleasant 6-3 start that was squashed in a four-game sweep at Fenway Park in April to the late-May sweep of Toronto and the electricity of Matt Wieters’ debut that fizzled into an offensive famine of historic proportions, the Orioles have lacked the consistency to show they are anywhere close to contention.

We’ve seen this club play well at times—creating optimism that it’s on the verge of turning the corner toward respectability—only to fall on its face completely thereafter.

The next month will tell whether the Orioles are capable of playing near-.500 baseball or that another summer swoon toward 90 or more losses is underway.

When looking at the schedule, avoiding the latter will be a daunting task.  Starting with a four-game series against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels tonight, the Orioles’ next 19 games will come against teams with winning records.  All but three will be on the road where the club has struggled with an 11-23 record.

Brace yourselves; it could get ugly.

The next month will play a huge part in determining manager Dave Trembley’s fate beyond this season.  In his second full season as the skipper, Trembley has come under fire for his—at best—questionable management of the pitching staff and the club’s horrendous baserunning.  Whether Trembley is the man to lead the young talent into the future is in doubt.

A disastrous July could spell the end of Trembley’s stay in Baltimore, but it may not be prudent to fire another manager in the middle of the season, as the organization did with Lee Mazzilli in 2005 and Sam Perlozzo in 2007.

In both cases, the organization ended up retaining the interim manager instead of completing a more thorough search in the offseason when the chances of finding a more qualified candidate are heightened.

In addition to the manager’s future, the next few weeks will likely determine the fate of every pitcher not named Brad Bergesen in the starting rotation.  With Chris Tillman, Troy Patton, and Jake Arrieta waiting in the wings at Triple-A Norfolk, the pressure will be on the current staff to perform against rigorous competition.

Rich Hill (7.08 ERA) and Jason Berken (6.44 ERA) may only receive another start or two to prove themselves before the organization will be forced to look elsewhere for starting pitching.  Neither has shown the ability to put together a string of good starts and have been downright brutal at times.

With Koji Uehara likely out for the next two months, right-hander David Hernandez (4.19 ERA in three starts) will get an extended look against some of the best teams in the American League.  Hernandez has shown a lively arm, but it will need to translate to getting out big league hitters consistently.  With a run of strong starts this month, the 23-year-old could establish himself as a fixture behind Bergesen in the rotation.

Veteran Jeremy Guthrie will be the most intriguing pitcher to watch over the next few weeks as the July 31st trading deadline approaches.  Guthrie has failed to pitch with the same consistency he showed in his first two seasons in Baltimore when he was the club’s best pitcher.  His 5.11 ERA is a product of surrendering 17 home runs and failing to make quality pitches to finish off batters when ahead in the count.

If Guthrie can pitch well over the next few weeks, his value could possibly fetch a young corner infield prospect that the organization sorely needs.

Much like Guthrie, other veterans could be on the move depending on their performance in July.  Impending free agent Aubrey Huff would appeal to a contender looking for a power bat that can play both corner infield positions.  The streaky Ty Wigginton might be attractive to a National League club, but it’s unlikely he’d attract anything of significant value in return.

Regardless of whether the club rebounds from Wednesday’s deflating loss or tailspins into another July collapse, it will probably look quite different a month from now.

The club is focused on developing its young talent, as it should be, but a strong July performance might keep people somewhat interested in the second half.  Fans want to get excited about this team’s future, but the next month will be crucial in holding their attention.

If there’s another July collapse, it will be another crawl to the finish with nobody watching.

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Koji, Bergesen and some other Orioles musings

Posted on 01 July 2009 by Marco Romanell

The Orioles had the greatest comeback in team history on Tuesday night bailing out Rich Hill who was once again ineffective. Today the Orioles placed Koji Uehara on the DL while Brad Bergesen was once again stellar.

Here are some thoughts on Koji, Bergesen and other Orioles musings:

Changes likely plentiful in the Orioles rotation:

Earlier today news came in that Koji Uehara would be sidelined for 7-8 weeks all but ending his stay as a fixture in the Orioles rotation, for the present and future. Koji is not scheduled to return until early September and by that point the Orioles will likely just decide to shut him down for the season. As of now David Hernandez will take over for Koji but if he struggles, he may be moved down.

Koji may not be the only starter that will not be in the rotation by season’s end ; in fact I believe that nobody but Brad Bergesen is “safe” to keep their spot. Rich Hill has been flat out awful of late and a few more poor outings could land him in the bullpen.

The most intriguing situation is that of Jeremy Guthrie. Anointed the Orioles’ “ace” before the season( a role now occupied by Brad Bergesen), Guthrie has been incredibly inconsistent but could be a major trade tool for the Orioles. Guthrie has won his last two starts and will only cost a team $650,000 if they were to acquire him. With pitching being at a premium throughout the league it is likely many teams will be calling Andy MacPhail asking about Guthrie. If the Orioles like what they hear, don’t be surprised to see Guthrie dealt.

If Guthrie is dealt and Berken continues to struggle expect Chris Tillman and Troy Patton to be in the rotation earlier then expected, probably  sometime in early August. In addition to these two there are any number of pitchers at Norfolk and Bowie like Jake Arrieta that could be September call ups.

Who is the Orioles best trade chip?

By no means are the Orioles going to have a Florida Marlins like fire sale but they will be sellers as opposed to buyers at the deadline. Many names like Aubrey Huff, George Sherrill, Danys Baez, Melvin Mora and Jeremy Guthrie have all had their names floating amidst trade talks. Andy MacPhail is not going to give these players away for nothing but I expect to see at least two players that are starters or major contributors to the club, playing elsewhere come August 1st.

The players that the Orioles are likely to get offered the most for are Aubrey Huff and Jeremy Guthrie. Huff is power left handed bat that has shown he can play first base better then people expected which now has him garnering interest from National League teams. One of the teams supposedly interested is the Mets, who have the reputation of parting with prospects to win now. If the Mets are in contention for the Wild Card and the Division and Carlos Delgado is still on the DL expect them to offer a lot to the Orioles to acquire Huff.

Jeremy Guthrie, as I mentioned earlier, should peak the interest of many teams due to his low salary and the fact that pitching is at a premium. Despite being 6-7 with a 5.11 ERA Guthrie is more then a serviceable major league pitcher who could be a very effective 3rd or 4th starter for a contending ball club.

Is Ty Wigginton the answer at hot corner?

Ty Wigginton hit another home run on Wednesday afternoon giving him six on the season which is four more then Melvin Mora. Wigginton has 16 fewer at bats then Mora and has the same number of RBI’s on the season. Wigginton is starting to look like the 20+ home run bat that the Orioles hoped he would be, while Mora is having his worst year in an Oriole uniform. I do not believe Wigginton is the 3rd baseman of the future but he is better currently then Melvin Mora and he should play more because of this. Mora will continue to start because of his tenure with the club, but how long can his anemic run producing bat be plugged into the number 5 hole in the lineup before the Orioles realized it is time for a change.

Base running blunders galore!!

Felix Pie was thrown out by five feet while trying to “stretch” a first inning single into a double, quelling any chance for a big inning. Pie joins the long list of Orioles that have made base running blunders to run the Orioles right of the inning, a problem that looks to be getting worse before it gets better.

Poor fundamentals are a direct result of poor leadership and I believe Dave Trembley is a major part of the Orioles poor fundamentals. I know every big league player should know how to run the bases, but if they can go out there and continue to make mistakes with out repercussions from the manager, then they will continue to make those same mistakes. Maybe instead of having the promotion where the kids run the bases after the game, the Orioles should be the ones running the bases instead.

There are still many questions marks about the ball club and it will be interesting to see how things play out after the deadline.

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was an awesome weekend for sure. I enjoyed every moment of watching the Orioles this weekend (other than Danys Baez’s pitch to Ryan Howard); and LOVED texting my friends from Philadelphia to rub it in.

Keep it in perspective, but enjoy the weekend.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Adam Jones added RBI for Birds in win

Luke Jones says Tides may have better staff than Orioles

Nestor Aparicio enjoyed winning in front of Phillies fans Saturday night

Glenn Clark doesn’t think Ripken was sweating Ryan Howard’s consecutive games streak


MLB.com’s Kevin Roberts says Guthrie sparkled as Birds swept Phillies

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

MLB.com’s Kevin Roberts says Brian Roberts coming up ‘clutch’

MLB.com’s Kevin Roberts says Trembley believes Andino ‘seizing opportunity’ to play every day

Phillies Official Site’s Andy Jasner says Hamels strong, but Phils couldn’t provide offense in loss

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Patton went 6 innings to lead Tides past Lehigh Valley

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Mariotti took loss as Baysox fell to New Britain

Frederick Keys Official Site says Keys fell to Myrtle Beach in final game before All-Star break

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Steven Bumbry scores run, drives in another as Ironbirds beat Hudson Valley for first win of season

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake winner as Keys topped Hagerstown

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts gets winning RBI again as Birds top Phils

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Norfolk pitcher Arrieta okay with being seen as ‘cocky’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Alberto Castillo sent back down, Chris Ray recalled

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds won first Sunday road game in last 10 tries

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Trembley believes pitchers have good reason to worry about sign stealing

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Jeff Fiorentino went 3-4 with homer in Tides’ win over IronPigs

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds have benefitted from playing down NL East

Examiner Steve DeClue says Birds just 5 games under .500 after sweep in Philly

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says 45,256 saw Birds sweep Phillies at Citizens Bank Park

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Markakis sat Sunday

The AP says Sherrill picked up 15th save for Birds in win

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Pohl says Waring picked up 6th RBI of series in Keys’ loss to Pelicans

Washington Times’ John Taylor says Birds still in AL East basement despite sweeping defending World Series champs

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Justin Christian stole two bases for Tides in win

Philadelphia Inquirer’s Ray Parrillo says Greg Dobbs’ HR only run for Phils in loss


ESPN.com’s James Walker says former KR Sams selected in UFL Draft


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Justin Coleman amongst ‘hottest players in country’ after NBPA Top 100 Camp

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps have offered Mt. St. Joe’s Damontre Harris (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Richmond prospect Gbinije visited College Park (must subscribe)


Go Mids’ Adam Nettina
says Army coach Ellerson believes more kids interested in attending service academies


Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace gets weekend win in Bermuda


The Sun says Hyden, Sean Scott top Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser to win AVP Tour’s Ocean City Open


The AP says Phelps posted new personal best in winning 100 meter fly at Canada Cup


Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Big Drama wins Red Legend Stakes in first race since finishing 5th at Preakness

Thoroughbred Times’ Myra Lewyn says Big Drama ‘star’ of Charles Town card Saturday night


Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says former Stallion Pourdanesh now operating mortgage business in Irvine, CA


-When Cesar Izturis returns, I’d cut ties with Felix Pie. Nothing left for me to see. Joey Gathright can run if there comes a time when just having someone on the roster is necessary.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Posted on 22 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props…..

1-David Duval

Did you say you’re NOT rooting for David Duval on Monday? You know, I guess I can understand that. I mean, if I’m qualifying my understanding by assuming that you also….

-Hate apple pie
-Don’t enjoy fireworks
-Are a communist
-Don’t know the words to the chorus of “Beer for my horses” by Toby Keith
-Haven’t seen the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”
-Leave the 4th of July party before the fireworks

That’s right, if you’re not rooting for David Duval; you’re anti-American. How bout being a patriot, damnit?

2-Wladimir Klitschko

The least exciting great heavyweight champion of all time defended his belts again this weekend. You probably didn’t notice, mostly because the guy he beat wasn’t named “Ruslan Chagaev” instead of “Evander Holyfield.”

Here’s a list of fighters the great Wladimir Klitschko has faced in the last 10 years….

-Axel Schulz
-Phil Jackson (I’m surprised we missed that…..)
-Lajos Eros
-Paea Wolfgramm
-David Bostice (still claims he never used steroids…..)
-Monte Barrett
-Chris Byrd
-Derrick Jefferson
-Charles Shufford
-Francois Botha
-Ray Mercer (who was past his prime….7 years ago)
-Jameel McCline
-Corrie Sanders (who he somehow LOST to)
-Fabio Moli
-Dannell Nicholson
-Lamon Brewster (lost to this guy too!)
-DaVarryl Williamson
-Eliseo Castillo
-Samuel Peter
-Chris Byrd again
-Calvin Brock (who had a brief career as an Orioles reliever you may have missed)
-Ray Austin
-Lamon Brewster again
-Sultan Ibragimov
-Tony Thompson
-Hasim Rahman (how does he keep getting fights?)
-Ruslan Chagaev

I believe where I come from, we call that a “Who’s who”

3-David Villa and Luis Fabiano

Spain and Brazil are on a collision course for the Finals of the Federations Cup. Which means it is time for me to start thinking about Spanish WAGs. And the only thing I learned is that Spanish WAGs were PARTICULARLY disappointing. Fortunately defender Gerard Pique previously dated a gal named Lisa Lazarus; who lucky for us looks like this…..


4-Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa

Favorite prison rape joke in Family Guy history?

“Hey Brian, who’s your favorite baseball player, Albert Poo-holes?”

And since we’re here, let’s remember that while he HAS won 2,500 games…..he hasn’t always known all of the letters of the alphabet. (But frankly, who has?)

5-Diego Sanchez, James Wilks, and Chris Lytle


It wasn’t a good night to be Kevin Burns. Or to be Clay Guida. Or to be Ryan Leaf. But I guess that’s unrelated.

6-LSU and Texas

How do you decide who to root for in the College World Series? Ummm……how else?

Here’s an LSU exhibit from “Poon of the SEC”…..


Then I Google image searched “Colt McCoy’s girlfriend” and found this…..I don’t know if she’s the one on the right or left, and I don’t care. I’m rooting for both teams…..


7-Kurt Angle

I think TNA was very clever in naming their biggest PPV of the year “Slammiversary.” You seem, because sometimes one wrestler slams another one!

One of my personal favorite “slammers” is Kurt Angle, who won TNA’s Heavyweight Championship Sunday night. Why do I love Kurt Angle? Little things like this…..

8-Kasey Kahne, Richard Petty and Dario Franchitti

Now that Richard Petty has finally won a race, I believe the only other owner who hasn’t won in 10 or more years is this guy….


9-Joe Villasenor and Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy is officially my favorite solider since…..


“I want Holyfield!!!!!”

10-Jeff Fiorentino, Troy Patton, Eric Crozier, Brandon Waring, and Steven Bumbry

In Steven Bumbry’s first pro game he connected for a Home Run. He was applauded by fans and teammates alike, but his boss seemed uninterested, saying “Solo home run, huh? Let me know when you hit 400 more and play in 2,500 consecutive games.”

Speaking of which, Ryan Howard’s streak of consecutive games was snapped at 343. Upon hearing the news; Cal Ripken giggle and muttered under his breath “did they say streak?”

11-Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps went to Canada this week to kick everyone else’s ass in swimming. Montreal, huh?

In a completely unrelated story, the website WeBeHigh.com rates Montreal a 5 out of 5 in terms of pot “smoking tolerance.”

COMPLETELY unrelated.

12-Crystal Langhorne

I know, I included something from the WNBA. Look, it’s a rough time of year. I mean, it’s either the WNBA or like, minor league bullfighting. And I looked for the bullfighting, trust me.

How can I salvage this?

Let’s talk about Brittany Jackson. Brittany never made it to the WNBA; but she had a hell of a career for the Volunteers down at Tennessee. She then began a career as a model; where she posed for pictures like this…..


……which couldn’t confuse me any more. I mean, is she hot or not??? I hate it when chicks take pictures in little-to-no clothing and you can’t tell if it’s okay that you’re scrambling for a sofa pillow. I mean, don’t get me wrong; I’ve ripped apart my living room trying to find one-but should I be ashamed of this?

There, now I posted something about women’s pro basketball AND kept your attention. I’ll take my gold medal now thank you.

13-Fake Umpires

Look, if you’re at a baseball game; there has to be SOMETHING that makes you not want to jump from the rail of the upper deck, right? These guys are funny. And losers. But funny losers. Sorta like McLovin. Fast-forward a bit to get to them. And something about John Tesh….

14-Dan Jenkins

Here’s what you’re thinking:

“Glenn, who is Dan Jenkins?”

And the answer my dear friends, from Wikipedia:

Jenkins was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended R.L. Paschal High School and Texas Christian University, where he played on the varsity golf team. Jenkins has worked for many publications including the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. In 1985, he retired and began writing books full time, although he maintains a monthly column in Golf Digest magazine.

Larry L. King has called Jenkins “the quintessential Sports Illustrated writer” and “the best sportswriter in America.”

On top of that, here’s what Deadspin founder Will Leitch told Jenkins’ daughter Sally (who writes for the Washington Post) over the weekend about Jenkins “Twittering” at the U.S. Open….

“It’s kind of unbelievable Twitter existed without him. Proves my theory: Had he started a blog before Deadspin, I’d be flipping burgers.”

Now you’re thinking to yourself, “Gosh Glenn, I guess I really should have known who Dan Jenkins is, huh?”

And the answer my dear friends is….

No. He writes about golf. Who cares.

15-The Great Tom Clark


That’s my father and I posing before our upcoming showdown on HBO from Atlantic City. Dad, you’re a good man; but there’s zippy chance you can beat me at Tiger Woods 2010.

You got lucky:

1-Brad Bergesen, Danys Baez and Brian Roberts

Nothing like getting bailed out by a last strike home run. What a weekend in Philadelphia though! I don’t know how many trips to Geno’s it takes to get rid of the taste of a sweep at the hands of the Orioles; but deal with it. And oh yeah, there’s still this….


2-Roger Federer

The saddest thing about this is the fact that the toughest challenge to Roger Federer breaking Pete Sampras’ record may now be Andy Roddick.

3-The guy who hits the “Go Cubs Go” button at Wrigley Field

Lou Piniella says he doesn’t need to be a “dragon” to manage the Cubs; and they started to prove him right over the last few games. So sing along Cubs fans; elimination is still a few weeks to months away….

4-Bob Bradley

Are you serious??????????

The Americans are on to the semifinals because they beat a squad from Egypt (who with a gun to my head I couldn’t have told you even fielded a soccer team about a month ago) and managed to score ONE GOAL in a blowout loss to Italy; who then somehow managed to figure out a way to LOSE to that same Egypt team. They might be uninspired and listless, but in 7 days they might be uninspired and listless champions.

5-John Hyden and Sean Scott, Jennifer Kessy and April Ross

Why are these people lucky? Mostly because the sand at the AVP Tour’s Ocean City Open probably made a beach volleyball tournament look more like a slop volleyball tournament. Of course, there’s nothing wrong about two women diving around in slop. And when I say “nothing” wrong, I mean “NOTHING” wrong….


6-Hold the Cruiser

Sometimes I don’t feel like carrying 100 pounds of weight on my back either…..

In other horse racing news; Churchill Downs began night racing Friday night. In a related story, Pimlico is considering racing at all in the future.

7-Sandra Bullock

She had never had a movie open with more than $20 million in her career until “The Proposal” this weekend; and that hardly counts because most of those ticket sales can be credited to Betty White and Ryan Reynolds’ abs.


Good thing I held on to that sofa pillow!!!!!

You’re a zero…..


I have huge news everyone! Over the next 10 days, Weather.com is only predicting rain for two.

Which means we will be enjoying it for at least 6.

How the hell can Eddie Bauer go bankrupt at a time like this??????

Could any good come from this misery?


Okay yes.


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5 W’s and 1 H

Posted on 22 June 2009 by Luke Jones

The Orioles certainly didn’t show the Phillies any “Brotherly Love” by completing a three-game sweep this weekend.

I attended the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday night and had a great time.  Citizens Bank Park may lack the charm of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but the wide-open concourse is an excellent feature for those wanting to grab a snack or cold beverage without missing a pitch.

It was a pleasure meeting many of the rabid Orioles fans on the WNST/Miller Lite Bus Trip, and it was even better high-fiving and celebrating the closing moments of Saturday night’s comeback win with them!

Here are the 5 W’s and 1 H for the week:

1.  Who will be the best player not named Blake Griffin to come out of this year’s NBA Draft?

The 2009 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday night, and the Los Angeles Clippers have already committed to taking power forward Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), the surest thing in this year’s draft class, with the No. 1 pick.

After Griffin, there is plenty of talent but many question marks.  From Connecticut’s Hasheem Thabeet to international point guard Ricky Rubio to Davidson’s Stephen Curry, there is potential, but none are regarded as a sure thing.  Some NBA executives are calling this one of the worst drafts in recent memory.

If I had to choose a rookie from this class other than Griffin, I’d take a chance on Curry.  His heroic run in the 2008 NCAA tournament put him on the map, and he followed it up by leading the nation in scoring last season (28.6 points per game).

Though Curry lacks the ideal size (6-3) and athleticism for the NBA, his strong pedigree—he’s the son of former NBA player Dell Curry—and fundamentals will allow him to become a successful pro.  He won’t become an All-Star, but Curry will be a solid addition to an NBA team.

2.  What was the best Orioles game you ever attended?

Saturday night’s win has to be one of the top five or six Orioles games I’ve ever attended.  Yes, that’s pretty sad, but when you consider I was two weeks old when the Orioles last won the World Series, you can probably begin to understand.

My choice for the best game I’ve attended was a 7-5, 10-inning victory over the New York Yankees on June 3, 1997.  The Orioles were in the midst of their wire-to-wire run for the American League East title, and Rafael Palmeiro hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to put the Orioles ahead by 8.5 games in the division.

Walking out of the ballpark while gloating among the Yankees fans was a great feeling—and is nearly a forgotten one 12 years later.

3.  Where is the best starting rotation in the Orioles’ organization?

Though the starting pitching in Baltimore has improved, I am still eagerly looking at the rotation in Triple-A Norfolk.  The Tides currently have four of the top pitching prospects in the organization with Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, David Hernandez, and Troy Patton.

While it’s doubtful that all four will crack the starting rotation by season’s end, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these four, along with Brad Bergesen, making up the starting rotation by this time next season.  Obviously, there’s no guarantee—and it’s quite unlikely—they’ll all become successful big league starters, but it’s clear the Orioles have come a long way from the days of counting on one prospect like Rocky Coppinger or Matt Riley to save the rotation.

We’ve heard quite a bit about these names over the last two years, so it’s exciting to see them at the Triple-A level and on the verge of making the jump to the big leagues.

4.  When was the last time the Orioles earned an interleague sweep on the road?

Before this weekend’s sweep of the Phillies, the Orioles last completed an interleague road sweep against the Atlanta Braves in June 1999.

The Orioles completed the three-game set by beating the Braves, 22-1, on a nationally televised Sunday night game.  This was Cal Ripken’s famous six-hit game that earned several standing ovations from the Turner Field crowd over the course of the night.

Mike Mussina earned the win over Atlanta’s John Smoltz, capping off one of the few highlights of the 1999 season.

5.  Why did Dave Trembley allow Danys Baez to pitch to Ryan Howard in the seventh inning on Saturday night?

I certainly was celebrating the exciting comeback win on Saturday night, but it didn’t excuse Trembley’s terrible decision to pitch to Howard with a base open and two outs in the seventh inning.  Yes, walking Howard would have put the go-ahead run in scoring position, but the pitcher’s spot was on deck, and the Phillies sent Carlos Ruiz to the plate after Howard’s three-run shot.  Howard is hitting .299 against right-handed pitching, so the matchup against Baez wasn’t favorable in that regard either.

Just a hunch, but I’d take my chances facing Ruiz with the bases loaded instead of Howard.

I was sitting with Nestor Aparicio and my friend Mike—two of the most knowledgeable baseball fans I know—and all three of us immediately said it was the wrong move.  A few moments later, Howard confirmed our fears.

Saturday’s win was a great example of a team bailing out its manager.  The decisions to allow Gregg Zaun and Oscar Salazar to hit in the ninth inning worked out, but they did not cancel out the decision to pitch to one of the best power hitters in the game—whether he had the flu or not.

I hope Trembley personally thanked Brian Roberts for saving his bacon.  Regardless of the big win, it was the wrong decision.

6.  How likely are the Ravens to make a serious play for Brandon Marshall?

Not very.

John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome, and the Ravens are very serious about avoiding players with questionable character, and Marshall—regardless of his immense talent—fits that description.  When you also consider the team would have to surrender high draft picks and doesn’t have the salary cap room to afford the $7-9 million per year Marshall is seeking, it really becomes an easy decision.

Marshall’s dispute with the Denver Broncos is different from quarterback Jay Cutler’s, because it is not based on a conflict with new head coach Josh McDaniels; it simply comes down to wanting more money.

The Pro Bowl receiver is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, but an uncapped year in 2010 would change his status dramatically.  Since an uncapped system would change the number of years before free agency from four to six, Marshall would remain under the Broncos’ control for two more years—as a restricted free agent—and would not become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2011 season.  The Broncos hold all of the leverage in this situation, so Marshall desperately wants a new deal before that happens.

When you consider all of these factors, I would be surprised to see Marshall in Baltimore—or anywhere else other than Denver—this September.


I hope all of the fathers out there had a great Father’s Day.  This is a tough day for me after losing my dad in 2004, but I have numerous great memories—many centering around the Ravens, Orioles, and Terps—to cherish.

He deserves more credit than anyone for cultivating my passion for Baltimore sports.  I’m sure he would have loved this weekend in Philadelphia.

Have a great Monday.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Thanks to everyone who came out to The Barn last night for the annual Ravens Rookie Show; both fans and the guys who made it out. It was a great night of getting to know the guys. Couple of quick notes on each guy….says Ravens not interested in Marshall

-Paul Kruger’s hair is awesome, and you can tell he feels like he has something to prove.
-Jason Phillips knew exactly how to play to the crowd, rocking an Orioles hat despite growing up as an Astros fan. Having dealt with injuries and missed the first OTA’s, he’s ready to see the field.
-Faith is a big deal for Cedric Peerman, who felt like playing for Al Groh at Virginia gave him a leg up on NFL preparation.
-Graham Gano appeared a little nervous, but is obviously excited about the chance to be the guy who replaces a legend. He hopes to stay in Baltimore just as long as Matt Stover did.
-Lardarius Webb is a BIG fan of Ed Reed, and has been particularly grateful for the chance to play alongside him.
-Davon Drew isn’t particularly loud, but knows he has a chance to make an impact on both offense and special teams. Coming from North Carolina, he was a big fan of Bojangles.
-Jason Cook is the entertainer of this rookie class. Good guy, very smart, and could very well end up on the roster with Lorenzo Neal gone. He also is a big music fan, including Kings of Leon.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

Nestor Aparicio says new Ravens Kruger, Phillips, Webb, Drew, Peerman, Gano, Cook ‘big hit’ at The Barn

Thyrl Nelson thinks Ravens should pass on Marshall

Luke Jones says former Terp Isaiah Williams dealing with hamstring injury at Ravens Rookie Camp

Glenn Clark says Gary told Bob Haynie Terps no longer pursuing Stephenson

Marco Romanell says getting Marshall would be ‘right move’ for Ravens

Glenn Clark thinks Adam Jones amongst best hitters in MLB

Lawson Lambert says Blair Peterson has ‘edge’ to be starting QB for Towson next season

ORIOLES:says defense costs Birds in loss to Mets

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Uehara goes to hill tonight for Birds vs. Redding, Mets

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora not happy about strikeout call

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley thinks first inning ‘key’ for Guthrie

Mets Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Pelfrey picks up win for Mets

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Troy Patton gives up 3 home runs, loses to Louisville in Tides’ debut

Bowie Baysox Official Site says John Mariotti got win as Baysox topped Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason took loss as Keys fell to Winston-Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake takes loss as Delmarva falls to Lakewood

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Roberts’ error in 4th cost Guthrie in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Steve Bumbry, Mike Flacco amongst 8 Draft picks signed by Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says single RBI not enough to salvage tough night for Roberts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley didn’t think Roberts could have gotten ball Huff dropped

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts went 0-5 in loss

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox giving away Wieters figurine tonight

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Gathright had 2 doubles for Tides in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 20,000 at Camden Yards see Mets top O’s

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley not excited to see pitchers hit in Philadelphia

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Adam Jones returned to lineup in loss

The AP says Huff’s dropped popup hurt Birds in loss

Frederick News-Post says Caleb Joseph had only RBI for Keys in loss

Virginian-Pilot says Jolbert Cabrera, Carlos Rojas added RBI each for Tides in loss

New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch says K-Rod struck out Adam Jones to finish off Mets’ win

New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Markakis homered for Birds in loss

New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin says Wigginton added RBI walk in 9th before Mets closed out Birds

Newsday’s David Lennon says David Wright, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider had RBI singles for Mets in win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brian Costa says Sean Green, Pedro Feliciano combined to throw 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief

RAVENS:says Ravens have not contacted Broncos regarding WR Marshall

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former Towson WR Breaux brings 6’7” frame to Ravens tryout

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says K.J. Gerard could be next Will Demps

The Official Site says Harbaugh doesn’t consider WR ‘weakness’ for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ‘doing their homework’ with Marshall

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says comments about WR could just be part of poker game for Ravens

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Ravens should pursue Marshall

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ‘looking into Marshall’s background’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Breaux working out with Ravens after previously working out with Redskins, Giants

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Yanda thinks PUP list ‘worst case scenario’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kruger got in small fight with O-Lineman

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Brandon Marshall would be ‘perfect fit’ with Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens trying to nail down role for Lardarius Webb

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Marshal Yanda expects to be ready by season opener

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco, Delaware coaches took in Rookie Camp

CBS Sports’ Dave Richard breaks down fantasy value of Rice, Flacco, other Ravens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:says ‘excitement’ finally back to Terps’ basketball program

Examiner Matthew Bouchard

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Gary enjoying Twitter

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says pursuit of Stephenson apparently over for Terps

Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Vasquez, Gary share ‘love’ affair

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez ‘wants to win’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney out of walking boot

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary celebrated 20th anniversary over weekend

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hipp 20th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gist 19th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps ‘still in mix’ for prospect Oladipo (must subscribe)says Terps have offered Milford Mill WR Cheeseboro


The Sun’s Matt Bracken

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps interested in Dunbar (DC) DE Javarie Johnson

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says David Adkins rounds out Frese’s staff

The Official Site

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says former Terp Marah Strickland transferred to South Carolina

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says former Terp Coleman suffers injury with Mystics

TOWSON LACROSSE:says Tigers assistant Nadelen selected for National Training Team

The Official Site

NAVY FOOTBALL:says Greeley West (CO) prospect A.J. Frieler interested in all 3 service academies


NAVY LACROSSE:says assistant Stan Ross may still be candidate at Princeton

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:says Sherman Wood selected to participate in NCAA Football Academy

The Official Site

SALISBURY LACROSSE:says former Gull Eric Martin named to National Training Team

The Official Site

SOCCER:says 60,000 tickets sold for Chelsea-AC Milan at M&T Bank Stadium

Ravens Official Site

The Sun says tickets still available for World Football Challenge match

Washington Times’ John Haydon says Ravens VP of Ticket Sales Hotelman thinks sellout would be ‘tremendous statement’ to get future events

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:says Machel Millwood named Player of the Week by USL2

The Official Site

BALTIMORE MARINERS:previews Saturday’s trip to face South Carolina Force

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps signs endorsement deal with H20 audio

The Sun’s Candus Thomson

HORSE RACING:says Belmont winner Summer Bird to get next work Saturday at Louisiana Downs

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini


-Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t terrible last night, but that’s just not good enough. I don’t think the Orioles are going to be overwhelmed by anyone to get him.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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