Tag:Luke Scott
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:46 pm
 

O's nearly finished with waiver process

Don't look for the Orioles to trade off any of their veteran players, the Baltimore Sun reports .

Citing a source, the newspaper says the team is almost done with the waivers process:According to a team source, it’s looking unlikely that they’ll make any trades. A couple of their more movable commodities, including Luke Scott, were claimed and have since been pulled off waivers. It’s still not impossible that they’ll do something minor by the end of the month, but it looks like the guys that have been talked about the most – Scott, Ty Wigginton, Jeremy Guthrie – will finish the season as Orioles. Wigginton, a popular name leading up the non-waiver trade deadline, is the only one of the three that may have really had an impact on a race. Several teams, including the Braves and Cardinals, could use a third baseman, but it's unlikely Wigginton would get to them on waivers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Scioscia against All-Stars for every team


Jose Rosado Because I grew up a Royals fan everywhere but Missouri, I've always been a fan of the rule requiring each team to have at least one representative for the All-Star Game.

Whether I lived in Cuba, Virginia, Texas, Japan or Georgia -- I was always guaranteed to see someone in a Royals uniform (usually George Brett) on TV every year. Not that the Royals of my youth needed the courtesy All-Star, they'd usually earned more than one berth in the game, but still, I knew there'd always be at least one. Sometimes that was the only time all year I'd be able to see a Royal on TV.

Now, though, I could -- if I wanted to punish myself -- watch just about every pitch of the Royals' awful season. With my MLB.tv subscription, my PS3, iPad and iPhone, I can watch those beautiful powder blue tops no matter where I go. That technology -- not to mention the advent of MLB Network, cable and satellite -- may have made the reason for the rule to have every team represented obsolete.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he thinks the rule should no longer apply.

"I'm all in favor of having guidelines where you try and represent every team," Scioscia told reporters, including the Orange County Register . "To have a hard-line rule, I think there are exceptions where a team doesn't have anyone All-Star worthy."

Scioscia was the manager of the All-Star team in 2003, when Lance Carter of the Ryas made the team with a 4.05 ERA and six blown saves.

"It's really a misnomer to say the manager picks the All-Star team. It doesn't happen," Scioscia said. "That team, with the guidelines in place, is virtually picked before it ever gets to the [manager]."

The rule helps explain why Jose Rosado's obituary will list him as a two-time All-Star and Mark Redman has an appearance on his resume.

There are currently 13 teams with losing records, some have obvious choices (like, say, the Cubs' Marlon Byrd or the Indians' Shin-Soo Choo), while it's a little tougher to choose a worthy All-Star from a team like the 24-55 Orioles (Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott?) or the 32-49 Astros (Dan Haren and his 4.56 ERA?)

Not all bad teams are created equally. The 33-46 Mariners have three worthy All-Stars in Ichiro Suzuki (who will no doubt be voted into the starting lineup by fans), Cliff Lee (if he's still a Mariner in a week) and Felix Hernandez. Even the Royals, at 35-45, wouldn't be embarrassed by David DeJesus, Joakim Soria or even Zack Greinke, who is having a down year.

If the game is truly for the fans, why not let it represent all the fans, and not just the Yankees and Red Sox? Baseball's All-Star Game is a celebration of the game with its best players and some of its nearly-best player or best players on one team. In the end, after injuries and the new rule against pitchers who pitch on Sunday throwing again in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, is it really that terrible to have the 75th best player in the game "snubbed" for the 131st?

In the end, I think of the 11-year old me waiting for Kevin Seitzer to get in the game, even if that visual is as anachronistic as my father listening to the Kansas City A's on the radio. Maybe out there somewhere, there's a kid excited about watch Andrew McCutchen get in the game, even if it's not "fair".

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Power prospect Bell gets call from Orioles

Josh Bell Felix Pie was seen settling into his locker Wednesday night, leading to the assumption that he would be returning from his rehab assignment to take the Orioles roster spot of Luke Scott, who injured his hamstring during Wednesday's game and was headed to the disabled list.

Well, you know what they say about assuming.

As it turns out, the Orioles called up super-prospect Josh Bell instead, putting the third baseman in the lineup to make his major league debut against Oakland.

Bell, 23, is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound switch hitter with major power. He was acquired from the Dodgers last year at the trade deadline as part of a package for closer George Sherrill. In his first spring training game with the Orioles, he homered twice.

Bell was batting .266 for Triple-A Norfolk this season, with 10 homers and 44 RBI in 74 games.

Outfielder Pie hasn't played in the majors since April, coming back from a back injury. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles apparently didn't want to rush Pie, who is still working on throwing, just because of Scott's injury.

It's not immediately clear what the Orioles plan to do at third base, where Miguel Tejada is the starter and playing pretty well. They might just juggle things around for a few days until they're convinced Pie is ready, then send Bell back down.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Orioles are indicating that Bell may only be up for a few days, with Pie due back from the DL Monday. "We told him to not buy an apartment here," Orioles president Andy MacPhail told the Baltimore Sun.

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 9:51 am
 

Fresh Pie on Thursday at Camden

Luke Scott Within hours of Orioles outfielder/DH Luke Scott suffering a hamstring injury Wednesday night, an injury that happened while he was rounding first base after hitting a go-ahead homer, his replacement arrived at Camden Yards.

Shortly after Scott's injury, the team contacted Felix Pie, rehabbing at Double-A Bowie, and told him to be ready to rejoin the Orioles if Scott needs to go on the disabled list on Thursday. Two hours after the end of the game, in which Scott's homer held up in a 9-6 win over Oakland, Pie showed up in the Orioles' clubhouse and started moving back into his locker.

That's a pretty good sign the Orioles expect Scott, who said Wednesday night he thought he'd miss about two weeks, to need to go on the DL. It's also a good sign that Pie is eager to get back to the Orioles.

Pie, who batted .266 with 29 RBIs for the Orioles last season, hasn't played since April 15 due to a torn back muscle. He wasn't due back for a few more days as he continues to work on his throwing, but the team can stash him at DH until he's ready in the field.

-- David Andriesen

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