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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

This is where I would normally talk about the big baseball news of the day. Only today, there’s a whole lot of nothing. We’re in that two-day lull after the All-Star Game where teams are still on their break. There were no major league games yesterday, and one lone game (the Astros at the Rangers) on the slate for tonight. The Orioles, and 27 other teams, will have to wait until Friday to resume their 2019 schedule.

There’s not much going on in terms of player movement, either, which is a far cry from last year’s post-All Star Game hiatus, when the Orioles agreed to terms with the Dodgers on the blockbuster Manny Machado trade. It seems unlikely that a deal of that caliber is in the works for the Birds today, or any time in the near future.

So, now we just sit around and wait. As bad as the Orioles have been this year, it turns out that going four days without watching them is actually kind of boring.

The 2019 First-Half Orioles’ Awards: The surges, surprises and stinkers – The Athletic
Dan Connolly hands out his midseason awards. I might have gone with John Means over Trey Mancini for Most Valuable Oriole, but otherwise, it’s hard to argue with any of his picks.

Hyde looking back and ahead – School of Roch
Brandon Hyde is optimistic that the Orioles will improve in the second half, and that more young players will be given opportunities. I’m skeptical about the first part, but the second part sounds like a fantastic idea.

Chris Davis on his O’s teammates and their hopeful futures – Steve Melewski
I’ll give Chris Davis credit: he has the right attitude and is saying the right things even while battling yet another hellacious season. Unfortunately, I think it’s going to take a lot more than just the right attitude to restore Davis to a useful player.

How much dealing will O’s do prior to Deadline? –
It’s July, which means it’s trading season! But don’t expect a total Orioles selloff like last year, because the Birds just don’t have that many valuable trade chips. One or two deals might be a more realistic estimate.

Orioles birthdays and history
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Just one Oriole has this birthday, and he appeared in just one game: right-hander Zach Clark, a UMBC alum whose lone big league appearance came on May 1, 2013. He gave up three runs in 1.2 innings in Seattle.

On this day in 1968, Earl Weaver made his debut as Orioles manager, beating the Senators, 2-0. Eighteen years and 2,540 games later, Weaver was an Orioles legend and World Series champion on his way to the Hall of Fame.

In 1987, Billy Ripken made his major league debut, playing second base alongside his Hall of Fame brother, Cal Jr., at short, and his dad, Cal Sr., as manager. It was the first time in MLB history that a skipper managed two of his sons.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 147 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2020. No more baseball games are left to divert our attention between now and spring training. The World Series ended last night and there will be no baseball that counts until the end of March. The Astros did not win a second title in three seasons.

It figures to be a quiet offseason for the Orioles. Things will probably be even less eventful than they were last year, when at least the team had to find a new general manager and then a new manager. They weren’t done doing those things until mid-December. The GM search, in particular, was important because of the signal it would send about how serious the team’s ownership would be about investing in the needed rebuild project.

We know, now, that they are on board, since the Orioles hired Mike Elias to do what needs to be done. That is a good thing in the long run. It didn’t mean a lot of winning at the MLB level in 2019, and it doesn’t look like 2020 is going to be all that great either. Coming off of a 108-loss season isn’t the time for big moves that will have an immediate, positive impact on the MLB standings.

There won’t be any big free agent signings. There may not even be any significant trades, because most of the players who you might have thought a year ago would be trade chips at this point did not play well in 2019 and don’t have much value. We’ll find out if they’re going to cash in on Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini.

If those players get dealt, that would mark a real shift compared to what Elias and company have done so far. While they have made a lot of choices to not chase what they felt would be meaningless short-term improvement, they have not yet done a lot that would actively make the Orioles worse. Even the trade of Andrew Cashner looked like a shrewd sell high decision with how he pitched for Boston after that deal.

What will be going on a lot through the offseason is random roster churn. The Orioles kicked that off on Wednesday by outrighting four pitchers from the 40-man roster: Luis Ortiz, Josh Rogers, Ryan Eades, Tayler (not Tanner) Scott.

Ortiz and Rogers are interesting names if only because they were part of the July 2018 fire sale trades; they’ve done nothing in the organization to consider this a loss to the 40-man. Eades and Scott also did not make a memorable positive impression with the playing time given to them.

Around the blogO’sphere
Orioles claim Valaika off waivers (School of Roch)
Along with the four guys who got outrighted, the O’s made one waiver claim, on infielder Pat Valaika. Roch runs down Valaika’s career to date.

Where will Rutschman play next year? (
Joe Trezza hits the inbox to tackle questions about Adley Rutschman and comparable trades for Trey Mancini.

O’s minor league arrangement could be very different a year from now (Baltimore Baseball)
Rich Dubroff’s read on the Baseball America story about the potential elimination of minor league teams is that Delmarva might be the most likely team to be squeezed out.

A reunion with Jonathan Schoop seems unlikely for the Orioles (Steve Melewski)
It’s going to be a long offseason if it’s not even November and we’re reaching for stories like these.

Cal Ripken and Adam Jones’ former Baltimore County estate back on market (Baltimore Sun)
The people who bought the Cal Ripken house from Adam Jones did a bunch of renovations and then decided they didn’t actually want to move out of their current house to go live there, so it’s for sale again. No, really.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries
Today in 1979, Mike Flanagan was named the winner of the AL Cy Young Award. Flanagan pitched in 39 games, 38 of which were starts, posting a 3.08 ERA over 265.2 innings. Pitching for the fantastic ‘79 O’s helped him rack up a 23-9 record. He received 26 of 28 first place votes in beating out New York’s Tommy John. Flanagan never received a Cy Young vote again.

There are several former Orioles with Halloween birthdays. They are: 2013 eight-gamer Yamaico Navarro, 1997 reserve outfielder David Delucci, 2005-06 reliever Tim Byrdak, 2007-08 pitcher Steve Trachsel, 1995 catcher Matt Nokes, 1989-90 pitcher Mike Smith, and 1962-74 pitcher Dave McNally.

It’s also the birthday of former Orioles manager Dave Trembley.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday and Halloween to you! Your spooky birthday buddies for this day include: poet John Keats (1795), Girl Scouts of America founder Juliette Gordon Low (1860), actor John Candy (1950), author Neal Stephenson (1959), filmmaker Peter Jackson (1961), rapper and home improvement enthusiast Vanilla Ice (1967), and actress Piper Perabo (1976).

On this day in history…
In 1517, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg. The publication of the Theses are now generally recognized as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, though historians say Luther the “nailing to the door” part may have happened in mid-November.

In 1917, during World War I, the British (heavily Australian) Army defeated a German-Ottoman force in the Battle of Beersheba in what is recognized as the last successful cavalry charge in military history. The victory led to the British capture of Jerusalem before Christmas.

In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain came to an end, at least by British reckoning, as the threat of a Nazi invasion subsided. German accounts considered the battle as lasting until the end of the Blitz in the next year.

In 1941, work on Mount Rushmore was completed, and ever since we have been debating what is the “Mount Rushmore” of everything else.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on Halloween – or at least, unless something happens later on this first full day of the offseason. Have a safe Thursday.

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Hello, friends.

There were always bound to be times this season where the pleasant glow of a better future became hard to see in the face of the bright, hopeless light of the present day of the 2019 Orioles. The current stretch where the Orioles have lost six of their last seven games, with the offense scoring fewer than three runs per game on average in that time, is not one of the fun times.

Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Yankees was an exercise in futility. The Orioles combined to go 0-13 with runners in scoring position across both games. That’s a tough way to try to win a couple of games. The Baltimore Sun’s Nathan Ruiz noted that the Orioles are now 6-60 in those situations over their past ten games.

Check out Paul Folkemer’s recap to see what you missed in the first game, and Alex Church’s recap of the night half of the doubleheader to enlighten yourself about the second game.

After watching those games yesterday, what’s bringing me down about the Orioles right now is the outfield. One of the things I tried to tell myself heading into the season was that, at least we might finally be able to see a real outfield full of outfielders this season.

That has not proven to be the case. Yesterday saw first baseman Trey Mancini bump into utility infielder Steve Wilkerson while going to make a catch. That’s not a shock when you play infielders in the outfield and then expect them to do normal stuff. Mancini committed an error in the first game and Joey Rickard committed an error in the second game. Rickard simply failed to catch an easy ball in one of the worst-looking outfield plays you’ll ever see.

The hoped-for outfield from back in spring training hasn’t materialized yet. The struggles of Cedric Mullins to stay afloat at the MLB level, along with Rickard’s struggle while somehow staying on the roster, have left the Orioles frequently deploying the kind of patchwork that does no one any favors.

Maybe none of this really matters all that much as long as Orioles pitchers are going to continue to give up a bazillion home runs. But I’ll feel a little better about it if Mullins plays his way back to MLB, and Austin Hays gets himself into the mix as well.

The chase for the home runs allowed record continues. The Orioles gave up four home runs in the first game yesterday and one homer in the second game. That leaves them with 89 home runs surrendered in 42 games, a pace over a full season of 343 home runs allowed. The question continues to be when, rather than if, these O’s will blow past the record of 258 home runs allowed by the 2016 Reds.

Mike Mussina was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 117 days ago. The Orioles have not yet announced any plans to retire his jersey number or erect his statue at Camden Yards.

Around the blogO’sphere
Rebuilding Baltimore Orioles already better than last year’s team (Forbes)
Sometimes this feels like it’s true and sometimes it doesn’t. Right now is one of the times where it doesn’t, so it’s nice to be reminded that maybe this is a little better.

Smith Jr. flourishing in the fast lane (
Dwight Smith Jr.’s advice from his retired MLB dad: “Don’t miss your fastball.” And this year, he hasn’t been.

Wrapping up 5-3 loss in Game 1 (School of Roch)
I’m including this one mostly because of the quotes from catcher Austin Wynns, who accurately summed up the home runs allowed stuff as “embarrassing.”

One year into his major league career, David Hess seeks to develop consistency (Baltimore Sun)
My pet peeve word right now that is meaningless in baseball commentary is “consistency.” David Hess IS consistent at not pitching well enough for MLB success, including yesterday when he gave up four home runs. He just hasn’t been good.

Elias on draft: “A rare opportunity to get an impact player” (Steve Melewski)
Mike Elias is not a guy who gives specifics very often, but it’s always enlightening to see what he has to say as far as a broad philosophy. For now, he says there are five players under strong consideration and one or two dark horse contenders.

Birthdays and anniversaries
Today in 1984, the Orioles released future Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer. In five games in the young season, he had a 9.17 ERA. His career 2.86 ERA in nearly 4,000 innings pitched remains impressive, as do his three Cy Young Awards, his never giving up a grand slam in MLB, and his remaining the only pitcher to ever win a World Series game in three different decades.

There are a handful of former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 2018 futility infielder Luis Sardinas, 2000 reserve Ivanon Coffie, and the late Dave Philley of the 1955-56/60-61 Orioles.

Today is also the birthday of current Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail. He turns 52 years old today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Alaska-purchasing Secretary of State William Seward (1801), actor Henry Fonda (1905), historian Studs Terkel (1912), artist Janet Jackson (1966), actress Tori Spelling (1973), and actress Megan Fox (1986).

On this day in history…
In 1843, what’s recognized as the first major wagon train set off from Elk Grove, Missouri along the Oregon Trail. If you’re close to my age, you probably remember the computer game.

In 1868, President Andrew Johnson avoided removal from office in his impeachment trial in the Senate by a margin of one vote.

In 1951, regularly scheduled transatlantic flights existed for the first time, as El Al Israel Airlines scheduled flights between what’s today JFK Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London.

In 1966, China’s Communist Party issued the “May 16 Notice,” a simple title for what’s now known as the Cultural Revolution. Over the next decade, as many as several million Chinese were killed for suspicions of bourgeosie sympathies and thinking.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on May 16 – or at least, until something happens later when the Orioles play the Indians. The game is scheduled to start at the unusual time of 6:10 Eastern, so don’t say you weren’t warned. Have a safe Thursday. Go O’s!

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The Orioles approach to major league roster construction in 2019 essentially boiled down to “throw it against the wall and see what sticks.” That was certainly the plan when it came to assembling a pitching staff. Unfortunately very few things stuck, but the Orioles front office did add a few arms to their 40-man roster that could at least play a role in bridging the gap from the current rebuild to the expected reemergence as competitors. Two of those pitchers are Asher Wojciechowski and Aaron Brooks.

Wojciechowski has moved between many organizations in his career. Originally, he was a first-round pick (41st overall) of the Blue Jays back in 2010. Then he was part of a massive trade between Toronto and the Houston Astros in 2012 and thus began a pattern of transactions that, to this point, has concluded with Wojciechowski as an Orioles players for the second time.

The 30-year-old Wojciechowski had thrown 78.2 innings of major league action before becoming an Oriole this year. He tossed 16.1 innings for Houston in 2015, and then 62.1 innings for the Cincinnati Reds in 2017.

Brooks is a former ninth-round pick back in 2011 who has bounced around quite a bit as a professional. The Royals sent him to the Athletics in 2015. Then in 2016 the A’s traded him to the Brewers. He was claimed off waivers by the Cubs in 2017. The A’s bought him back in 2018. And then finally the Orioles claimed him off of waivers this past July.

Prior to joining the Birds, Brooks had 33 games of big league experience to his name, but it had not gone especially well. He compiled a 5.71 ERA in 29 games with the A’s between 2015 and 2019. And in four games as a Royal he allowed 16 runs across seven innings.

It was Wojciechowski that would get the first opportunity to impress the O’s brass, starting his first MLB game of the season on July 2 against the Rays. From there, he was a regular part of the rotation for the remainder of the year.

Was Wojciechowski any good? Well, sorta. He certainly had impressive moments. His July 21st start against the Red Sox was one of the highlights of the Orioles season. Over 7.1 innings, the righty shutout the Boston bats, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out 10. That performance earned a “Game Score” of 94, the best by an Orioles pitcher all year. And he followed that outing with another seven-inning effort against the Angels in his very next start.

But on the whole, Wojo was just about average. Over 17 games (16 starts), the South Carolina native tossed 82.1 innings, had a 4.92 ERA, 96 ERA+, 5.61 xFIP, 1.3 bWAR and 0.9 fWAR. However, average on the Orioles is different than average on some other team. These numbers make Wojciechowski perhaps the third-best starting pitcher on the team behind John Means and Dylan Bundy.

It was a different story for Brooks, who made his Orioles debut on July 13 and moved right into the rotation. His season lacked the highs that Wojociechowski enjoyed. Brooks finished the year with a 6.18 ERA and 77 ERA+ over 59.2 innings as an Oriole.

A common struggle for Brooks, as it was for many Orioles pitchers, was going deep into games. Of the 12 games he started, Brooks made it past the fifth inning just four times. His best outing came on September 20, when he came out of the bullpen to deliver seven innings, allowing just one run on one hit, a walk and four strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners.

Down the stretch, Brooks pitched quite well. Over his final eight games, he tossed 37.2 innings and allowed just a 4.30 ERA and a .257/.335/.382 batting line against. That performance sets him up to be a major league consideration heading into 2020.

Both Wojciechowski and Brooks do currently find themselves on the Orioles 40-man roster. But that place is far from secure for either one of them. The O’s have a number of young players that will need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft this offseason. In order to do so, those young players will need to be placed on the 40-man, which means other players will be removed.

Between the two of them, Wojociechowski has the better chance of making it through the off-season and being a part of the Orioles Opening Day roster. He flashed an ability to compete at the highest level and provides more stability to a pitching staff in desperate need of just that.

Brooks was much more shaky, especially in a starter’s role. The Orioles are unlikely to enter 2020 with the plan to start him every fifth day. Instead, he could be an option as a swing-man out of the bullpen. But that role won’t be handed to him as the relief corps could be one of them most competitive units in the upcoming spring.

Neither of these two pitchers will be expected to play a prominent role on the Orioles team that returns the organization to the proverbial mountain top. But they both have the chance to be serviceable stopgaps until the cavalry of arms emerges in Baltimore.

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Esta es la lista de los más valiosos en Series Mundiales, que comenzaron a premiarse en 1955, cuando Dodgers y Yankees.

Ha habido Series de dos y de tres ganadores y también de ninguno por la huelga. Esta distinción se considera una de las más importantes. Los ganadores son muy solicitados para modelar anuncios:

1955, Johnny Podres, Dodgers.
1956, Don Larsen, Yankees
1957, Lew Burdette, Bravos.
1958, Bob Turley, Yankees.
1959, Larry Sherry, Dodgers.
1960, Bobbt Ríchardson, Yankees.
1961, Whitey Ford, Yankees.
1962, Ralph Terry, Yankees.
1963, Sandy Koufav, Dodgers.
1964, Bod Gibson, Cardenales.
1965, Sandy Koufax, Dodgers.
1966, Frank Róbinson, Orioles.
1967, Bob Gibson, Cardenales.
1968, Mickey Lolich, Tigres.
1969, Donn Clendenon, Mets.
1970, Brooks Robinson, Orioles.
1971, Roberto Clemente, Piratas.
1972, Gene Ténace, Atléticos.
1973, Reggie Jackson, Atléticos.
1974, Rollie Fingers, Atléticos.
1975, Pete Rose, Rojos.
1976, Johnny Bench, Rojos.
1977, Reggie Jackson, Yankees.
1978, Bucky Dent, Yankees.
1979, Willie Stargel, Piratas.
1980, Mike Schmidt, Phillies.
1981 Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero y Steve Yeager, Dodgers (una de dos veces con más de uno).
1982, Darrell Porter, Cardenales.
1983, Rick Dempsey, Orioles.
1984, Allan Trammell, Tigres.
1985, Bret Saberhagen, Royals.
1986, Ray Knight, Mets.
1987, Frank Viola, Twins.
1988, Orel Hershiser, Dodgers.
1989, Dave Stewart, Atléticos.
1990, José Rijo, Rojos.
1991, Jack Morris, Twins.
1992, Pat Borders, Blue Jays.
1993, Paúl Mólitor, Blue Jays.
1994, Hubo huelga.
1995, Tom Glavine, Bravos.
1996, John Wetteland, Yaunankees.
1997, Liván Hernández, Marlins.
1998, Scott Brosius, Yankees.
1999, Mariano Rivera, Yankees.
2000, Derek Jeter, Yankees.
2001, Randy Johnson y Curt Schilling, Diamondbacks (segunda Serie con más de un ganador).
2002, Troy Glaus, Angelinos.
2003, Josh Beckett, Marlins.
2004, Manny Ramírez, Medias Rojas.
2005, Jeemaine Dye, Medias Blancas.
2006, David Eckstein, Cardenales.
2007, Mike Lowell, Medias Rojas.
2008, Cole Hamels, Phillies.
2009, Hidecki Matsui, Yankees.
2010, Edgar Rentería, Gigantes.
2011, David Freese, Cardenales.
2012, Pablo Sandoval, Gigantes.
2013, David Ortiz, Medias Rojas.
2014, Madison Bumgarner,
2015, Salvador Pérez, Royals.
2016, Ben Zobrist, Cachorros.
2017, George Springer, Astros.
2018, Steve Pearce, Medias Rojas.
2019, Stephen Strasburg, Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg aumentó número de lanzadores galardonados

Los Más Valiosos en Series Mundiales han sido 67 con Stephen Strasburg esta vez, y de esos, 29 son lanzadores. Esta distinción no comenzó con las Series, sino en 1955, y el primero fue el pitcher, Johnny Podres, de los Dodgers de Brooklyn.

Los habido de todas las posiciones, hasta un designado, Paúl Molitor, de los Blue Jays en 1993. También han pemiado un solo segunda base, Bobby Richardson, de los Yankees en 1960, quien igualmente es el único MVP de un equipo derrotado en la Serie, que ganaron los Piratas.

En año hubo dos Más Valiosos y en otro, tres. Ver la lista.

Diez de estos MVP han sido terceras bases, diez outfielders, siete catchers, cinco shortstops y tres primeras bases. Los primeros seis ganadores del título, solo recibieron un trofeo, pero desde 1961 se les entrega también un automóvil último modelo.

Estos Más Valiosos son escogidos por un grupo de periodistas de la Major League Baseball Writers Association, que se nombran para cada Serie.

El Más Valioso de la Serie Mundial de este año, Stephen Strasburg, llevaba 10 temporadas en lucha para que su equipo llegara a la Serie Mundial. En esta década ha ganado 112 juegos, frente a solo 58 derrotas y efectividad de 3.17.

A los 31 años, a este nativo de San Diego, ya se le consideraba uno de los mejores lanzadores de ambas Ligas, pero frenar la áspera artillería de los Astros en dos juegos de Serie Mundial, ha sido su consagración.

Y no solo tuvo 2-0 en la Serie, sino también 3-0 en los playoffs, lo que nadie había logrado sumar, 5-0. En la postemporada, su efectividad quedó en 1.46, con 36.1 innings lanzados.

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a temporada de agentes libres — “El Invierno al Rojo Vivo”, por así decirlo — puede llegar a ser un juego bien peligroso. Seguro, ese agente libre luce flamante y tentador en el aparador, como si fuese la pieza idónea para lo que tu equipo necesita, pero recuerden: Cada auto comienza a perder su valor desde el primer minuto que el nuevo dueño lo saca de la agencia.

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Ninguna contratación es realmente un desastre, por supuesto: Incluso los peores fracasos le aportan valor a una novena de Grandes Ligas. Pero todos haríamos algunas cosas de una manera diferente si tuviésemos la oportunidad de hacerlas otra vez. Con eso en mente, examinemos ese contrato en la agencia libre del que cada equipo de MLB en cuestión terminó arrepintiéndose. Algunas son contrataciones que hasta la fecha siguen atormentando a los fanáticos, mientras que otras tienen que ver con haber dejado ir a una estrella sólo para verla brillar en otro lado.


* Azulejos: B.J. Ryan, cinco años, US$47 millones, 2005

Ryan tuvo un gran año para Toronto antes de que una operación Tommy John terminara con su carrera, y pasó el último año de este contrato fuera por lesión.

* Orioles: Albert Belle, cinco años, US$65 millones, 1999

Belle no estuvo terrible por Baltimore cuando jugó, pero problemas crónicos en su cadera lo obligaron a retirarse dos años después de haber firmado el contrato.

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* Rays: Pat Burrell, dos años, US$16 millones, 2009

Tampa Bay no se caracteriza por otorgar grandes contratos, pero los Rays pensaron que gastar en Burrell un año después de que el toletero ayudó a Filadelfia a vencerlos en la Serie Mundial les daría el empujón que necesitaban. Burell terminó conectando sólo dos jonrones en 24 juegos para ellos en 2010.

* Medias Rojas: Pablo Sandoval, cinco años, US$95 millones, 2014

Tanto los Medias Rojas como el propio Sandoval terminaron arrepintiéndose de firmar este contrato — “Si tuviese la oportunidad de hacerlo de nuevo, no lo haría”, declaró Sandoval en 2019 – ya que las lesiones y un pobre rendimiento acabaron con el paso del Kung Fu Panda por Boston.

* Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury, siete años, US$153 millones, 2014

Es difícil recordar que la firma de Ellsbury tenía bastante sentido en aquel momento: Los Yankees habían quedado fuera de la Postemporada, los Medias Rojas acababan de ganar la Serie Mundial y los Bombarderos iban a perder al dominicano Robinson Canó en la agencia libre de cualquier forma. Entonces: Ellsbury. Pero qué contratación tan desastrosa terminó siendo ésta: Solamente jugó para los Yankees por cuatro temporadas y su desempeño con el bate y el guante estuvo por debajo del promedio hasta que las lesiones comenzaron a aquejarlo. Esta es la peor estadística de Ellsbury con los Yankees: No pudo conectar un solo imparable en la Postemporada. (Se fue de 10-0).


* Indios: Haber dejado ir a Manny Ramírez a los Medias Rojas, 2000.

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Cleveland quería retener a Manny – la Tribu le ofreció ocho años y US$136 millones — pero Boston ganó la puja por el dominicano y lo que logró con los Medias Rojas es de todos conocido.

* Reales: José Guillén, tres años, US$36 millones, 2008

Guillén lució terrible como jugador de Kansas City, pero el dominicano se convirtió en un problema aún más serio fuera del terreno de juego, cuando lanzó críticas a la organización y se enfrascó en varias broncas con los aficionados. Definitivamente nadie lo extraña ahí.

* Tigres: Mike Moore, tres años, US$10 millones, 1992

Moore había sido convocado al Juego de Estrellas y ganado la Serie Mundial con Oakland apenas tres años antes. ¿Su promedio de efectividad de por vida en 86 aperturas para Detroit? 5.90.

* Mellizos: Haber dejado ir a David Ortiz a los Medias Rojas en 2002

Técnicamente hablando, Minnesota no le ofreció contrato a Ortiz, una decisión de la cual los Mellizos terminarían arrepintiéndose en grande. El Big Papi terminó firmando con Boston, y ustedes saben el resto.

* Medias Blancas: Adam Dunn, cuatro años, US$56 millones, 2011

Dunn bateó .201 en su estadía en Chicago, e incluso su temporada con 41 cuadrangulares llegó con 222 ponches.


* Angelinos: Josh Hamilton, cinco años, US$125 millones, 2012.

Hamilton fue una historia de inspiración, y casi un héroe en la Serie Mundial de 2011, pero los Angelinos tuvieron que pagarle más de US$26 millones después de haberlo dejado en libertad.

* Astros: Haber dejado ir a Randy Johnson a los D-backs, 1998

Johnson siempre fue una adquisición en la fecha límite de canjes del 31 de julio, pero Houston pudo haberlo retenido de la misma manera que Arizona pudo haberlo obtenido. Tres años después, los D-backs habían ganado la Serie Mundial.

* Atléticos: Haber dejado ir a Catfish Hunter a los Yankees, 1974

Realmente no había una razón para que Oakland perdiera a Hunter; sólo fue un desacuerdo por de un tecnicismo en el contrato de Hunter. Ese pequeño detalle llevó a una audiencia de arbitraje que terminó anulando el contrato de Hunter y lo convirtió en el primer agente libre de Grandes Ligas. (Luego, por supuesto, firmó con los Yankees).

* Marineros: Carlos Silva, cuatro años, US$48 millones, 2007

El venezolano no era particularmente bueno antes de firmar con los Marineros, ¿pero con Seattle? 5-18, 6.81 de EFE.

* Rangers: Chan Ho Park, cinco años, US$65 millones

Park llegó a Arlington con la etiqueta de ser un come-innings, pero tras registrar efectividad de 5.79 con los Rangers, probablemente los aficionados terminaron deseando que hubiese lanzado mucho menos.


* Bravos: Melvin Upton Jr., cinco años, US$72.3 millones, 2013.

B.J. Upton dio 28 jonrones en su año previo con los Rays, pero los Bravos decidieron cambiarlo dos años después de firmarlo. Para el final de su contrato, hasta su nombre había cambiado.

* Marlins: Jonh Burkett, dos años, US$7 millones, 1995

Digan lo que quieran de los Marlins, pero han sido muy buenos en evitar firmas terribles de agentes libres.

* Mets: Perder a Daniel Murphy en el 2016

Es doloroso ver que un jugador finalmente ajusta su swing justo cuando llega a un rival de división con un modesto contrato de tres años y termina de segundo en la votación del Jugador Más Valioso de la Liga Nacional.

* Nacionales: Matt Wieters, dos años, US$21 millones, 2017

Los Nacionales necesitaban a un receptor y Wieters venía de un año en el que asistió al Juego de Estrellas con Baltimore. Pero su poder desapareció en Washington y dejó OPS de .658 en sus dos temporadas.

* Filis: Perder a Dave Stewart, 1986

Stewart había sido descartado por Filadelfia y Texas, y casi da a parar en Japón, antes de que los Atléticos lo tomaran en mayo de 1986. Imaginen lo diferente que pudo haber sido esa década para los Filis con Stewart en el equipo.


* Cerveceros: Jeffrey Hammonds, tres años, US$22.2 millones, 2000.

El pacto llegó después de que Hammonds dejara OPS de .924 con Colorado, y quedó comprobado que los equipos todavía no conocían del todo el efecto del Coors Field.

* Cardenales: Tino Martínez, tres años, US$21 millones, 2002

Martínez fue firmado para ser el reemplazo de Mark McGwire, pero nunca pudo duplicar lo hecho en Nueva York. En la Postemporada del 2002 se fue de 25-2 y fue cambiado eventualmente a Tampa Bay antes de culminado su contrato.

* Cachorros: Perder a Greg Maddux, 1992

Maddux había ganado su primer Cy Young el año anterior. Se fue y ganó tres más.

* Piratas: Perder a Barry Bonds, 1992

Es complicado imaginar un escenario en el que Bonds se queda en Pittsburgh. Imaginen lo diferente que sería la historia del béisbol.

* Rojos: Eric Milton, tres años, US$25.5 millones, 2005

Cincinnati estaba conociendo su nuevo estadio en el 2005. Aprendieron rápido. Los lanzadores que permiten elevados tienen problemas allí.


D-backs: Russ Ortiz, cuatro años, US$33 millones, 2004

Arizona presenció sólo 28 aperturas de Ortiz, quien terminó con récord de 5-16 y efectividad de 7.00.

* Dodgers: Darren Dreifort, cinco años, US$55 millones, 2000

Dreifort lanzó sólo 200 entradas después de firmar ese contrato con Los Ángeles y luego se retiró.

* Gigantes: Barry Zito, siete años, US$126 millones, 2006

La efectividad de Zito en San Francisco aumentó más de una carrera en comparación a la que tuvo en Oakland, aunque jugó en un par de equipos de Serie Mundial. No estuvo a la altura del contrato, pero los aficionados le quieren, así que el pacto no fue del todo malo.

* Padres: Oscar Gamble, seis años, US$2.8 millones, 1978

El cabello de Gamble fue legendario, pero terminó jugando un solo año con San Diego; el peor de su carrera.

* Rockies: Mike Hampton, ocho años, US$121 millones, 2001.

Hampton dijo abiertamente que firmó con Colorado por su sistema escolar, pero a los dos años ya estaba en Atlanta.

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Baltimore Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle is wrapping up a successful season in Triple-A and closing in on two Norfolk Tides records.
Many questions have surrounded Baltimore Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle since he became a first-round pick back in 2015, but the bat hasn’t been one of them. A career .294 hitter across 509 minor league games, Mountcastle has remained steady at the plate, while switching positions numerous times as the organization tries to find a home for their fourth-ranked prospect, 68th in all of baseball.

Now wrapping up his first full season in Triple-A with the Norfolk Tides, Mountcastle is closing in on two Norfolk records and finds himself in the conversation for winning the International League’s Player of the Year Award.

As pointed out by @TidesNotes on Twitter, Mountcastle is approaching the single-season record for both hits and home runs in a season by a Norfolk Tides player. It will take a hot stretch of games to end the season, after a full season of swinging a hot stick, but both records are in reach.

As of Sunday, August 18th, Mountcastle has 143 total hits and 21 home runs (.312/.341/.517 slash along with 29 doubles, and 71 runs driven in).

Most hits in a season, Tides history:

Kevin Elster (1987) – 170
Terry Blocker (1987) – 164
Mark Carreon (1987) – 164
Matt Franco (1996) – 164
LeRoy Stanton (1971) – 162
Mike Cervenak (2007) – 157

Ryan Mountcastle is on pace for 165 hits this season#Birdland #TidalTown

— Tides Notes (@TidesNotes) August 13, 2019

The franchise record is 170, set in 1987 by Kevin Elster. The Tides were the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets at this time and Elster was a second-round pick of New York in 1894. He eventually played in 940 major league games across 13 seasons with six different franchises. Elster last played in 2000 with the Dodgers, hitting .227 with 14 home runs.

With 16 games remaining in the 2019 season, Mountcastle needs 27 hits to tie the record. He needs just five home runs to tie the franchise record for home runs in single season, a record currently held by Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez hit 26 back in 2017.

Ryan Mountcastle’s 19 homers this year are the third-most in a season by a Tide as an #Orioles affiliate, trailing Pedro Álvarez (26 in 2017) and Michael Aubrey (22 in 2010).

— Tides Notes (@TidesNotes) July 29, 2019

His impressive season has to put him in the conversation for the International League Player of the Year Award. The last time a Norfolk Tides player took home this honor was 1997 when Roberto Petagine won his first of back-to-back honors (also won the award in 1998 as a member of the Indianapolis Indians, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds at the time).

The last Orioles player to win this award was Jeff Manto in 1994. Manto played the majority of the ’94 season with the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings and ended the year with the Norfolk Tides (Mets affiliate at the time). A small, but weird fact.

Other Baltimore Orioles minor leaguers to win the award include Craig Worthington (1998), Rich Dauer (1976), Jim Fuller (1973), Bobby Grich (1971), Roger Freed (1970), Merv Rettenmund (1968), and Mike Epstein (1966).

At just 22 years of age and nearly five years younger than the average hitter in the International League, Mountcastle has been a consistent force in the IL and a bright spot on a Norfolk Tides team currently sitting at 51-70, the worst record in the league by one game. Like the franchise hit record, Player of the Year honors may also be a slight stretch, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Mountcastle has been one of the more exciting players in the entire Baltimore Orioles organization to watch this season.

You can’t talk about Ryan Mountcastle without talking about the possibility of a September call-up to the big leagues. I’m sticking with my prediction the last time I wrote about this topic- Mountcastle is added to the active roster, but doesn’t see more than a handful of at-bats. Even if the Orioles decide to go ahead and shut him down after the minor league season ends on September 2nd, he will have to be added to the 40-man roster ahead of December’s Rule-5 draft.

The 25-man roster is up in the air, but there’s no question about the 40-man addition. Get ready, O’s fans, Ryan Mountcastle is coming.

Norfolk wraps up their weekend series in Syracuse on Sunday afternoon before ending the season with eight games against the Gwinett Stripers (Atlanta Braves affiliate) and seven against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox affiliate)

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The Orioles went 54-108 in the first year of their much-publicized rebuild under the direction of new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, and they now enter the offseason with their sights set solely on the future.

So what are the O’s biggest needs entering 2020, and what moves have they made to address them? is keeping track here. As the offseason continues, be sure to check back for updates.



Pitching, pitching, pitching. The Orioles need it in the rotation. They need it in the bullpen. They need it everywhere. Baltimore owned the Majors’ highest staff ERA in 2019. The club surrendered an MLB-record 305 home runs. The O’s played much of the season with three regular starters and no defined roles in the bullpen. To say they need arms is an understatement.

The Orioles are planning to get Alex Cobb back after he missed most of 2019 due to right hip and knee surgery. So that’s one. Baltimore also hopes No. 11 prospect (per MLB Pipeline) Keegan Akin wins a rotation spot out of camp this spring. The O’s will also continue to comb the waiver wire and hope something sticks. But to ensure more basic-level competency on the mound, they probably need to at least tiptoe into free agency and aim higher than the one-year deals they gave last year to Nate Karns and Dan Straily, neither of which lived up to expectations. Looking toward the lower tier of market, maybe names like Trevor Cahill, Shelby Miller and Jhoulys Chacín profile as fits.

Middle-infield depth

Baltimore has a dearth of middle-infield prospects in the upper Minor Leagues and must prepare for the possibility that its two regulars from 2019 — Jonathan Villar and Richie Martin — may not open ’20 with the O’s. Villar could wind up with another club and Martin may be in the Minors.

The Orioles are likely to either shop or drop Villar, who is coming off a really good year but may be owed more than $10 million in arbitration. Martin hit .208 with a .581 OPS as a Rule 5 Draft choice as a rookie and seems destined for more seasoning at Triple-A.

Without them, Baltimore’s only players with shortstop experience are Hanser Alberto and recently claimed utilityman Pat Valaika.


Because the O’s are rebuilding, every move they do or don’t make comes with an eye toward the future, and that means prospects are en vogue. Last year’s drafting of Adley Rutschman and others gave Baltimore an above-average farm system, but the organization wants to climb higher on that list, and the only way to do so before June’s Draft is by dangling Villar and Mychal Givens, and perhaps Trey Mancini and others, on the trade market this winter.


Oct. 30: Valaika claimed, five players outrighted

The Orioles’ first attempt at acquiring middle-infield depth led them to the waiver wire and Valaika, who played parts of the past four seasons for the Rockies. A natural shortstop with experience at five defensive positions, Valaika enjoyed a 13-homer season as recently as 2017, but he spent most of 2018-19 in the Minors.

The move came as part of the first real roster reshuffling of Baltimore’s offseason, the club also outrighting Mason Williams and four pitchers to Triple-A Norfolk: Josh Rogers, Ryan Eades, Luis Ortiz and Tayler Scott. All played minor roles for the Orioles in 2019.

Oct. 1: Sulser claimed

The Orioles concluded the regular season with an open spot on the 40-man roster and immediately filled it with another flier arm, claiming right-hander Cole Sulser from the Rays. A 29-year-old rookie, Sulser appeared in seven games for Tampa Bay in September and did not allow a run. The O’s also claimed Eric Hanhold, a right-hander with a similar profile, from the Mets in mid-September.

Nov. 4: Ynoa elects free agency; Cobb reinstated

The Orioles, already searching for pitching, will need to replace the workload provided in 2019 by Gabriel Ynoa, who was outrighted off the roster, rejected an assignment to Triple-A and became a free agent. Ynoa went 1-10 with a 5.61 ERA in 36 games (13 starts) in 2019, his first full season in the Majors. He logged a career-high 110 2/3 innings – the third most on the Orioles’ staff – while bouncing between the rotation and long relief.

Ynoa, 26, is 4-13 with a 5.39 ERA across 55 big league appearances for the O’s and Mets, 20 of them starts.

The Orioles also reinstated right-handed Alex Cobb from the 60-day injured list in what was essentially a paper move. Cobb missed all but three starts in 2019 to back and knee issues, underwent hip surgery in June and is expected to be healthy by Spring Training. He takes the 40-man roster spot previously occupied by Mark Trumbo, who became a free agent at the conclusion of the World Series.

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At least until the Rule 5 draft protection deadline later this month, the Orioles’ roster is probably through its first tumultuous period of the offseason, with the settled nature of the next few weeks bringing the Orioles close to the one-year anniversary of the stewardship of executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias.

Though Elias’ work on the roster really got kicking in January, the team’s overall mission for the major league roster has been a symptom of the wider goal of improving the talent base in the organization. Where that’s had the most impact in the past year has been on the pitching side. The Orioles have cycled several pitchers off the roster and replaced them with outside waiver claims.

That serves two purposes: First, it cycles pitchers onto the roster from other organizations to fill what was a pretty significant gap in the Orioles’ depth chart in terms of major league ready pitching they developed themselves. Asher Wojciechowski and Aaron Brooks stuck.

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Others, like Chandler Shepherd, Tom Eshelman, and Ty Blach, didn’t make the grade and were cycled back off the roster. But their mere presence in the organization at Triple-A Norfolk, along with all the pitchers the Orioles outrighted in the past week, could change the equation for how the team handles its highly touted next wave of pitching prospects who are approaching Triple-A Norfolk, if they aren’t there already.

This year’s Norfolk staff was full of up-and-down types, many of whom weren’t as much in the development business as in the shuttle business. It’s pretty clear there’s a difference. For instance, left-hander Keegan Akin was there to develop, and spent the whole year with the team without any real consideration to make his major league debut.

While that’s not ideal, that’s a better fate than the organization shuttling players up and down, or on and off the roster, as happened with Jimmy Yacabonis, Matt Wotherspoon, Eshelman, Blach and countless others.

And that doesn’t include those who remained on the roster, like Evan Phillips, Tanner Scott, David Hess and Branden Kline. All those pitchers remain likely parts of the Orioles’ plans, and are valuable depth pieces that the organization believes can be part of their future.

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As the roster stands now, there’s plenty of optionable pieces to work with on the pitching side. But there will also be a group of pitchers in Akin’s position at Triple-A Norfolk who are there to pitch in the rotation and develop without being subject to the major league roster whims — including Zac Lowther, Alex Wells and Bruce Zimmermann. Mike Baumann could be part of that group by midseason, if not sooner, and both Akin and Dean Kremer will be added to the 40-man roster this month. Akin is certainly an option for 2020, but there won’t be any rush with Kremer, who the organization thinks highly of.

That’s what makes removing Luis Ortiz, Tayler Scott, Eades and Shepherd from the roster and hanging onto them since the season ended significant. Same goes for the decisions to knock Eshelman, Yacabonis and Blach off the roster during the season — and it’s probably why someone like Gabriel Ynoa opted to try and pitch elsewhere in free agency rather than stay in the organization this year.

While they’d certainly rather be on it, it’s a good place for the organization to be in to be able to add those types of Triple-A pitchers to the roster in a pinch than have to mess with one of their highly rated prospects’ development.

They showed no willingness to do the latter in a season when progress on the farm was far more important to the Orioles than what happened at the major league level, and there’s reason to assume that might be more drastic a dichotomy in Year 2 under Elias and Co.

There will be plenty more roster churn to come this offseason, and with Opening Day, there will be a 26th roster spot to play with. But every player the Orioles keep in the organization can still serve the purpose of helping those who can deliver on Elias’ promise of a sustainable contender in the future.