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Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Taylor Teagarden traded to Orioles

By Matt Snyder

Catcher Taylor Teagarden has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles, the Rangers announced Thursday afternoon. In return, the Rangers will get minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later. The deal marks the first trade by new general manager Dan Duquette.

Teagarden, 27, was once touted as a good prospect but has seen his playing time dwindle over the past few years and hasn't hit very well in his limited chances. He has a career line of .220/.286/.417 with 16 home runs and 21 doubles in 392 major-league plate appearances. So he does have some power. He's also struck out 142 times and makes tons of outs.

With Matt Wieters firmly entrenched behind the plate, expect Teagarden to be the No. 2 catcher and get maybe a start or two per week at most.

Henry, 21, had a 2.22 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 29 appearances this past season with stops in both Low-A and High-A ball.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:28 am
 

Can Buck Showalter be both manager and GM?

Showalter

By Evan Brunell

The Orioles will undergo a transition this offseason when team president and GM Andy MacPhail leaves the team as is widely expected.

With MacPhail's leaving comes the real question as to who the Orioles will replace MacPhail with. If MacPhail, who has a track record of GMing the Twins and Cubs in the past, can't succeed in Baltimore under overbearing owner Peter Angelos despite supposedly gaining more latitude than previous GMs have, it's going to be very hard to attract strong GM candidates to Baltimore as an intriguing destination. Also complicating matters is Angeles' adoration of manager Buck Showalter, whom was Angelos' No. 1 pick to become the new O's manager ahead of McPhail's preferred Eric Wedge.

There have been multiple reports from multiple outlets lately that Angelos could kill two birds with one stone by hiring Showalter as GM in addition to managerial duties. It's a position Showalter would be hard-pressed to turn down as it would give him a very prestigious role, and one that isn't commonly seen in baseball. GMs in the past have also been responsible for non-player operations, a duty that generally falls to the president now. And player-coaches were very common in previous generations -- but someone acting as both a GM and manager? You don't see that often.

It might have been more believable way back when before both GMing and managing were demanding of a 24/7 job. In this day and age, it would be awfully hard for Showalter to pull off such a role.

But it could be done.

Anything can be done with the proper reinforcements. If Showalter wants to try his hand at managing and GMing, he needs to realize that his primary focus is going to be on getting ready for the night's game. While he'll inevitably need his coaching staff to step up and assume more work than currently responsible for, where Showalter will need help is in the front office. And in this, Baltimore might actually become a coveted destination for potential GMs.

Showalter's going to need a hands-on assistant GM that essentially functions as GM without the title or final say. Someone needs to field all the trade calls, pore over the minor leagues, prepare contract discussions... there is no shortage of duties attributed to a GM these days to the point where a GM needs as much help as he can get, never mind a manager-GM. Any assistant GM that comes into a team with Showalter as manager-GM will be asked to shoulder a lot more responsibility than an actual assistant GM -- to the point that he would end up acting as a glorified GM. This would be an attractive job because the assistant GM would get more hands-on training and expertise, plus would raise his stock with other teams as a potential GM candidate. Showalter could also elect to have two assistant GMs to help with the load.

At the end of the day, is being both manager and GM a good idea? No.

While Showalter could potentially pull this off with the right support, it seems foolhardy for the Orioles to combine two very important jobs. Showalter needs to pick which avenue he wants to go down, or he'll become just another name in an increasingly-long list of failed Orioles GMs.

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Posted on: August 28, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

By Matt Snyder

With Hurricane Irene doing her part in ruining some plans from the past several days, baseball scheduling on the East Coast has been mangled a bit. Included is the Orioles-Yankees series in Baltimore. It was initially scheduled to be a five-game series from Friday through Monday -- the latter of which due to a previous rainout. With the torrential rains expected Saturday and possibly Sunday, the Yankees wanted to play a doubleheader Friday to make sure there wouldn't be need for any makeup games. The Orioles refused, citing shock over Mike Flanagan's recent death as one of the reasons.

Because of this, the Yankees will now have to travel to Baltimore for a single makeup game on September 8, which was their only scheduled off-day between now and September 15. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and player representative Curtis Granderson were all frustrated that there wouldn't be a doubleheader on Friday and let their feelings known in the media -- though, in fairness, none of them specifically mentioned Flanagan's death. Cashman reportedly might complain to the office of the commissioner.

This doesn't sit well with Showalter, who managed the Yankees from 1992-1995 before being fired.

“First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny quite frankly,” Showalter said (Britt's Bird Watch). “That didn’t sit with me very well. I can tell you that. We didn’t say much -- I think we had an April rainout there -- and they just told us when we were playing. We were Ok with that. Like I told you the other day, you tell us when we’re playing, we’ll play. The whole scheme of life, the things that really consume you. We understand that sometimes our opinions on things are not relevant. They come to me when there is two options and talk about it from a baseball standpoint. Every club does that. But some of it kind of has a feeling of [hypocrisy]. I don’t know. I don’t dwell on it. Their opinion on what the Baltimore Orioles should do for their fans and for their organization isn’t really that relevant to me personally. I can tell you that. We’ll do what’s best for our fans and for our organization and we expect it back that they’re going to do the same on their side.”

This isn't the first time Showalter has been critical of the Yankees and it likely won't be the last.

The Orioles and Yankees play a doubleheader Sunday.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

By Evan Brunell

OrtizSuspensions and fines were handed down on Thursday for the Red Sox-Orioles brawl just before the All-Star break, with aggressors Kevin Gregg of Baltimore and David Ortiz of Boston receiving four games apiece. Gregg's suspension is set to begin Thursday and Ortiz's on Friday unless they appeal, which is expected.

Gregg, the closer, threw three inside pitches to Big Papi in a telegraphed attempt to hit him. Ortiz vented his displeasure after the third high pitch, then flew out. Gregg informed Ortiz not so nicely to run the ball out and then head back to the dugout, at which point Ortiz charged the mound and sparked a bench-clearing incident.

 "I'll let the process go out," Gregg, told the Associated Press, adding that the fine was a significant number. "The four-game is a pretty hefty suspension. I get the right to meet in New York with some people, tell them how it went down, what happened, get to say my side of the story."

Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez was also suspended three games for intentionally throwing at Ortiz two games later, while the Red Sox's John Lackey was fined for intentionally throwing at Derrek Lee Saturday. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the BoSox and reliever Jim Johnson of Baltimore were also fined for their actions.

 "I definitely think they need to go back and do their homework," Gonzalez said, displeased with the league officials' decisions. "I think they need to go back and go through the whole series as opposed to just going through one game and seeing how everything fell into place."

Skipper Buck Showalter will sit out Thursday's game as he was suspended one game for Gonzalez's actions. He is unable to appeal.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Showalter takes another jab at Yanks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

At the end of his daily pregame media session, Orioles manager Buck Showalter took a little stab at the Yankees.

From the Baltimore Sun:

"Contrary to popular belief, every time the Yankees get hit by a pitch, it's not intentional," Showalter said. "Every time they take a pitch, it's not a ball either."

Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez was ejected from Wednesday night's game after hitting the Yankees' Chris Dickerson in the 15th inning of New York's victory at Camden Yards.

Showalter got in a little hot water before the season when he ripped the Yankees in Men's Journal. In that interview, he said, "I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, [Jeter] [ticks] me off."

Showalter should know, he was the beneficiary of the bias for those in pinstripes, if it exists, managing the Yankees from 1992-1995.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:41 pm
 

O's Scott to have MRI on sore shoulder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Luke ScottLuke Scott wants to see pictures, to get real proof -- and he will, as he's scheduled to have an MRI on his sore right shoulder on Monday.

Scott played in Thursday's loss to the Royals, but he's still been bothered by his shoulder and will see the team's orthopedist on Friday and then have an MRI, page/BAL">Orioles%2FBaseball%29 " target="_blank">the Baltimore Sun reports.

"It's started showing up on the [medical report] about two weeks ago, I think," manager Buck Showalter said. "They didn't think it was something to be overly concerned with. They've been treating it, and he's been fine to play. I think they are going to do something when we get back just to make sure there is nothing else there."

According to Scott, it affects his throwing more than hitting. He's hit .333 with four homer sand nine RBI in his last 10 games, including Thursday's 0-for-4 performance.

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: April 21, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Pepper: Booooooo!

Mets fans
By C. Trent Rosecrans

I think I've booed once in my life and to tell you the truth, I felt like a jerk afterwards.

That was a long time ago and booing has kind of bugged me ever since. Maybe it's because I've always been harder on myself than anyone else. When I was a kid, coaches and my parents never yelled at me or criticized me because they could see I was madder about it than they were. I tried hard and hated to fail more than they hated watching me fail. I've just assumed most people are like that. Failing isn't fun.

And that's why I've just never understood booing in 99 percent of the cases it's done.

Ryan Franklin apparently aggress with me. 

After Franklin, the removed Cardinals closer, gave up a home run to Laynce Nix in the eighth inning of St. Louis' first game against the Nationals on Wednesday and heard boos from the St. Louis fans.

"Sure, I hear it," Franklin told FOXSportsMidwest.com after the first game. "I guess they have short memories too, because I think I've been pretty good here. It doesn't bother me, but it shows some people's true colors. You're either a fan or you're not.

"You don't boo your own team. I don't care who you are or what you say or just because you spent your money to come here to watch us play, that someone happens to make one bad pitch and give up a homer and you are going to start booing him? I've been here for five years, and four years I've been pretty good.

"You should go write stories about the fans booing. They are supposed to be the best fans in baseball. Yeah right."

The thing is, from my travels, the Cardinals fans are the best -- especially if you want to judge them in terms of not booing. When even Cardinals fans are booing, this thing is getting big (or as a society and as baseball fans, we're becoming even bigger jerks).

Franklin later apologized, issuing a statement (via MLB.com) -- "It was right after the games and I said things I shouldn't have said. I apologize for that. It was the wrong thing to say, but at the same time, I was frustrated. I am frustrated. 

"I'm just trying to do my best to do everything I can to get back on track. So that's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to get back out there and help this team."

Franklin also said he's loved his time in St. Louis and "it's my favorite place to play. It's just a frustrating time for me right now, because I feel like I'm letting everyone down."

To me, that's what it comes down to -- this game is hard. That's why we're not all baseball players. That's why we still go and watch, you never know what's going to happen. It's people trying their best and sometimes mistakes happen. To pile on someone who knows they didn't do well just seems like a jerk move to me. What's so wrong in your life that you have to boo someone else to make you feel better about yourself? Is it the money? You don't make enough so it makes you feel better to make someone with more money feel bad? Job frustration? Problem with teh ladies? Physical shortcomings? Sometimes the boos say more about the boo-er than the boo-ee.

BASEBALL TODAY -- Matt Snyder joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss the Dodgers and more.

Mets NEXT? -- There are some folks in New York feeling a little nervous over MLB's takeover of the Dodgers. There's a difference in that the Wilpons have been Bud's buds, while McCourt hasn't always played by Bud's rules. [New York Daily News]

APRIL NOTE -- Just noting that the Reds who started 5-0 and the Rays who started 0-5 are both 9-9 now. Clip and save for next April.

BLAZING -- The great Tator Trot Tracker times Peter Bourjos rounding the bases in 14.02 seconds, which is flat flying. Texas' David Murphy  misplayed Bourjos' single and Bourjos never stopped. Larry Granillo times every home run as part of his Tater Trot Tracker and the fastest inside-the-park home run last season was Angel Pagan's 14.48 inside-the-parker and Bourjos was nearly a half-second faster than that, which is amazing. (Bourjos also stole a home run from Murphy in the game.) [Baseball Prospectus]

ROAD BACK -- Adam Wainwright is in the second month of his rehab from Tommy John surgery and no longer has to sleep with his brace. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

ROAD BACK II, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO -- Mariners closer David Aardsma said his arm and hip felt great after pitching an inning at Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. [Seattle Times]

ROAD BACK III, WITH A VENGEANCE -- Royals catcher Jason Kendall hopes to return by mid-May from his shoulder injury. "I'm close," Kendall said. [MLB.com]

ROAD BACK IV, A NEW HOPE -- A's starter Dallas Braden will not need surgery on his left shoulder. Braden has inflammation in his shoulder, but no structural damage. He will have to rest and take anti-inflammatory medication, but there is no timetable for his return. [San Francisco Chronicle]

FAMILIAR TERRITORY -- Noted former Expos fan Jonah Keri looks back on the last time MLB took over a franchise. Dodger fans may want to avoid reading it. [FanGraphs.com]

FAMILIAR TERRITORY II, JUDGMENT DAY -- Dodger players asked former Expo Jamey Carroll just what it's like working for Bud. He said it really wasn't much different. [MLB.com]

SHOWALTER ON WIETERS: DEPENDS -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter says catcher Matt Wieters is entertaining -- "I'm going to start keeping a notebook of Wieterisms. He's funny. He said a couple of things in the dugout last night, I almost peed my pants. He didn't even know it. He's sharp. He's quick." [Baltimore Sun]

ATTENDANCE WATCH -- Major League Baseball's attendance problem isn't as bad as it looks. Many of the empty seats are at the high-end of the ticket spectrum, meaning the tickets closest to the field (and likely to be seen on TV) are the ones going empty. [CNBC.com]

RAMBO: ATTENDANCE WATCH II -- This season has seen four of the five smallest crowds in the history of this version of Busch Stadium. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

OLDEST MINOR LEAGUER -- Here's a really good read on Andy Tracy, who at 37 is the oldest position player in the minors. [The Good Men Project]

HISTORY OF THE D -- Here's a really cool poster from the Tigers' gift shop at Comerica Park that shows the history of the Tigers' D. [UniWatch Blog]

BALLPARK BEERS -- A nice look at the craft beer options at Great American Ball Park, including my go-to summer beer, Bell's Oberon. Unfortunately, Oberon's no longer on tap at GABP because of our InBev overlords. [Red Reporter]

RICKEY WINS -- The new Pepsi Max commercial featuring CC Sabathia is pretty cool. I like anything with jokes about Rickey Henderson speaking in the third person, though, so I'm an easy mark.


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Posted on: April 17, 2011 9:17 pm
 

O's Matusz nowhere close to returning

Brian MatuszBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Orioles could certainly use some help in their rotation, as the team's starters have an 8.45 ERA in the seven-game losing streak, but it's not going to come from Brian Matusz.

Matusz is still "several weeks away" from pitching for the Orioles, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that Matusz is still feeling pain in the strained left intercoastal muscle that has kept him on the disable list. Matusz still hasn't been cleared to throw off a mound. He's currently at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., participating in a throwing program.

"He'll be down there. I wouldn't place a closed end on it. It's still open," Showalter said. "We'll see how he feels the next few days. We're not going to rush that. … History will show you that if you try to get ahead of yourself, you're going to regret it, so we're not going to do that."

Showalter said he hopes the left-hander will stop feeling that pain in the next couple of days. Until then, though, the won't rush him.

Matusz went 10-12 with a  4.30 ERA last season in 32 starts, striking out 142 batters in 175 2/3 innings. He finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in the American League.

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