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I haven’t had a chance to watch the Orioles against the White Sox so the best i can do is to post the Game Totals.

Game Totals:
Tuesday

White Sox 3 5 1
Orioles 10 12 1
WP: B. Bergesen (1-0)
LP: J. Contreras (0-3)
HR: White Sox – None; Orioles A Huff 2 (3)

Wednesday
White Sox 8 12 0
Orioles 2 8 2
WP: J.Danks (2-0)
LP: J.Guthrie(2-1)
HR: White Sox- J.Thome (4), J.Fields (1); Orioles- L.Scott (3)

I imagine that nothing that said here comes as news to anyone, but here are the latest moves as I understand them.

Radhames Liz has been sent to Norfolk
Ryan Freel who remained in a Boston hospital on Monday after getting hit in the head during a pickup attempt has been placed on the Disabled List.

Taking their places are:
Lou Montanez – This pleases many since it’s felt that he deserved to make the team with his play in Spring Training.
Brad Bergesen – Moving into the Starting rotation.

It also appears that Adam Jones will return to the lineup and Center Field when the series starts against the Whire Sox. This moves Pie back to left. It is being reported that Pie has been taking fly balls in left. Good move he needs some work on his defense.

Current 25 man roster:
Pitchers B/T
34 Matt Albers L/R
28 Danys Baez R/R
25 Brian Bass R/R
64 Brad Bergesen L/R
56 Adam Eaton R/R
46 Jeremy Guthrie R/R
27 Mark Hendrickson L/L
43 Jim Johnson R/R
37 Chris Ray R/R
45 Dennis Sarfate R/R
52 George Sherrill L/L
19 Koji Uehara R/R
32 Jamie Walker L/L

Catchers B/T
16 Chad Moeller R/R
9 Gregg Zaun S/R
Infielders B/T
12 Robert Andino R/R
17 Aubrey Huff L/R
3 Cesar Izturis S/R
1 Brian Roberts S/R
23 Ty Wigginton R/R

Outfielders B/T
10 Adam Jones R/R
21 Nick Markakis L/L
12 Lou Montanez R/R
18 Felix Pie L/L
30 Luke Scott

Prehaps the Orioles misunderstood. It was a day to pay your tribute in taxes, not pay tribute to Texas.

Even though the Orioles won two out of three, I imagine that they are glad to be out of Texas.

Game Totals:
Orioles 6 9 2
Rangers 19 19 0
WP: K. Benson(1-1)
LP: M. Hendrickson(1-1)
HR: Orioles- C.Moeller (1), A.Jones (2); Rangers- N.Cruz (5), I.Kinsler (3)Totals:

The game featured two staring pitchers that has previously been starters on the Orioles.

What can you say about Daniel Cabrera that hasn’t already been said? He’s a pitcher with great talent, but not one that has learned to use it. He throws too few strikes and some of those strikes are good pitches to hit. The way that his infield played behind him, I’m sure he wished it was the Orioles behind him.

Although being in the National League on a team that is a lower tier team may be a good place for him. At least in the National League every 9th batter most times through the lineup is a pitcher and not a DH.

I still would like to see him succeed so long that it’s not on a team that plays the Orioles more than a few times a year.

I always liked Jamie Moyer when he was on the Orioles. At his current age I don’t think he would be a fit on the 2009 Orioles.

Baseball has lost one of its voices today with the passing at the age of 73 of Harry Kalas.

Reports are that he passed out in the broadcast booth before the game in Washington against the Nationals.

Kalas had been with the Phillies since 1971.

My condolences to his family, both his personal family and his baseball one.

I am located just 25 miles or so from Camden Yards. But being that I’m located on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay 45 minutes to an hour from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, it takes me at least an hour and a half to get there.

Being that I’m that close to Baltimore, that’s where the clearest over the air stations came from, and that our daily paper was the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles were my team when I was growing up.

The team from Washington, it was the Senators then, would have also been a 90 minute to 2 hour drive, I could have been a Washington fan. And as a child I was following both teams, that is until they moved to Texas after the 1971 season.

Philadelphia and the Phillies are a little over two hours away so I actually have three Major League teams within a reasonable distance for whom I could root for. I’m sure there are many fans that not only is their favorite team, but their closest team is much farther away than the Phillies are to me.

As a baseball fan it does feel good to have three teams within a two hour drive. There are even two minor league teams less than 90 minutes away. Baseball is all around.

When the Expos moved to Washington as the Nationals, the opinion was that they would draw fans away from Baltimore. This may have been true at least for certain games. Some baseball fans, such as I, tend to follow either a team or a League and I doubt that it really would have mattered.

Fans really tend to go to games in which the Home team is doing well. Other wise they just simply watch them on TV, listen on the radio or follow there performances in the newspaper.

Presently neither the Orioles nor the Nationals have had a good track record during the years that the Nationals have been playing in DC. The only one of these three teams that have been in hunts for postseason has been the Phillies. They did win the Championship in 2008.

It does seem though that fans in the Baltimore/Washington Area seem to not look north to Philadelphia. My part of the Delmarva Peninsula would appear to be in that area, although just a few miles east or north of me the fans seems to lean more towards Philadelphia.

Looking at baseball in 2009, I certainly am glad that I am a fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Whether you agree with their moves or not they do look as if they are moving in a good direction for the future. Although it might be until 2011 or 12 before they will be considered a team that could compete for the division.

The Phillies are a good team. One that I’m sure if I knew more about and followed closer, I would be a real fan. However I do tend to follow the American League and the Orioles.

The Nationals though, I think are in a real bad problem. And as bad as we felt about the Orioles over the past 10 years, I’m not sure that they were ever in the dire straits that the Nationals appear to be currently in.

I wonder who will be the better of these three teams in 2 or 3 years? I hope that it’ll be the Orioles. While I wait for the Orioles to play the Texas Rangers tonight. I do plan on watching the other ‘Home Town’ teams play as the Phillies play the Nationals in the DC opening day.

Former Oriole Jamie Moyer will be pitching for the Phillies while former Oriole Daniel Cabrera goes for the Nationals.

All in all you would have to say that it was a pretty good day. The Orioles won their opening game with a nice showing against the New York Yankees.

Due to a meeting that I needed to attend, I did not see the last few innings of the game, but I did watch it long enough to see them take a 6 to 1 lead. Of course it could have been much larger with a couple of calls that could have gone their way and a key hit or 2 earlier in the game.

But a win is a win.

The top of the line up 1 through 3 went 5 for 11 with 7 runs score and our Number 9 hitter new Short Stop Cesar Izturis went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored as well as 2 RBI.

Final Box Score:
Yankees – 5 – 11 – 0
Orioles – 10 – 14 – 0

Who will be the next Oriole to reach the Hall of Fame?

With the success that the current generation of Orioles has accomplished, it’s probably correct to think that it’ll be awhile before the next Oriole is inducted into the Hall.

There are a couple of Orioles who played here, but also played elsewhere who may make the Hall. Harold Baines, Roberto Alomar and Raphael Palmero.

Each of these players had Hall of Fame careers and may one day reach the Hall, but many of their glory days were with other teams. As was Miguel Tejada, who still needs to have a few more good years before he can lay a claim at being one of baseball’s best.

But there are two players currently on the Orioles that I can foresee possibly having Hall of Fame careers and both of these players have been signed to long term contracts to play as Orioles.

Nick Markakis is still a young player. His first few years in baseball have been good ones. Even though his numbers were slightly off last year, a lot of that had to do with teams pitching around him. He is turning out to be that good. It’s a good move for the Orioles to build the team around him.

The other player is the much talked about, although more as trade material than as a key player, Brian Roberts. While I’m not sure that he’ll ever be considered for Baseball’s Hall, he sure will become an Oriole Hall of Famer. And if he continues to play as he has the past couple of years, he may even be mentioned as one of the best lead-off hitters and 2nd basemen of his generation. When spoken as one of the best, that gives one claims.

Go Orioles!!

Recently the Hall of Fame Class of 2009 was selected. Rickey Henderson, on his first ballot, and Jim Rice, on his 15th and last ballot was voted in.

Rickey Henderson was not one of my favorite players. I always thought that he had a big ego and talked too much about how good he was. But looking back on his career, one has to say he was one of the best, if not the greatest lead-off hitters in the game. He also was a fearless base stealer. When he lead off a game, if he got on 1st base, you always had to think that you gave up a double. That’s if he didn’t lead off the game with a home run. I have no problem with his first ballot selection.

All I can say about Jim Rice is, What took so long? As a fan growing up in the 70s when the Boston Red Sox came to town the two players that you had concerns about taking over the game was Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice. I suppose playing along side Carl Yastrzemski, Carton Fisk and Fred Lynn, placed him just as one of the great players on the Red Sox. I’m glad that he finally made the team.

Of those not selected, I’m not sure I’m that disappointed that none of them made it. Most of them were good players, and maybe even the best player on a poor team.

But there are two who while I understand why they haven’t been selected, I would have placed on my ballot if I was a voter. Harold Baines and Mark McGwire.

I have no doubts that McGwire cheated. But there are others in the Hall of Fame who were cheaters as well. Whether or not he cheated, he helped bring the game of baseball back from its down period of the early 1990s. In a game that needed a boost the Home Run was the booster. No wonder no one really tried to regulate the illegal drugs.

Harold Baines, if he had played more than a few years in the field instead of just a designated hitter, would perhaps already be in the Hall of Fame. And he should be. He helped turn the position from one that an aging hitter held to one that now can have the best hitter occupy with the purpose that he can simply work on hitting, The game changes and he was one of the ones that brought about a change.

Veterans Committee had two categories of players they could have elected into the Hall. Players who played before 1943 and those who played after. None of the candidates of those after 1943 got enough votes while only Joe Gordon, a second baseman for the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians from 1938 to 1950. Gordon was traded from New York to Cleveland after the 1946 season having played in 1000 games and getting 1000 hits for the Yankees.

Gordon is not a player that I have much more information on other than reading his Wikipedia page and looking at his numbers. He’s not a player I recall reading about as a youth in the 1960s and 70s, nor do I recall ever hearing his name before the selection was made. But if the committee believes that he belongs in the Hall, who am I to complain. I imagine that there are many players who played between the 1860s and 1970s that were better than average players and have been mostly forgot.

That’s a shame because all of the players in this era who played a full career, 12 or more seasons, would have had to beeen better than average players, since there was more money outside of baseball than there was within.

In May of 2007 I wrote this post. I thought with the recent stories about players and steroids, it may be time to repeat it.

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Over the years that there has been professional baseball there has been those who cheated. Is it really any surprise that drugs (steroids as well as amphetamines and other legal and illegal supplements) have been used to help players? For that reason alone one would have to accept the records of Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, who haven’t been caught (although Sosa was caught using a corked bat) and Palmeiro who did test positive for steroid use.

Grounds crews have since the game began and still today will cut the grass in a way that helps their own batters or to hinder the other team. If a team is a good running team the sidelines may be slanted to keep the balls in play.

Players have doctored the bat so that it will help them. Players who have been caught using corked bats include Sammy Sosa and Albert Belle. Craig Nettles was even caught with super balls inside his bat.

Pitchers have been doctoring balls forever. At one time it was perfectly legal for a pitcher to throw a spitball, but after it was made illegal pitchers still found a way to do it. Gaylord Perry and Don Sutton are rumored to have learned to grease the ball with vasaline and Phil Niekro was caught with a nail file.

Players have been playing dirty since the 1880’s and John McGraw. He would use his spikes on players to prevent tags, and created some of the ground keeping tricks. Ty Cobb even sharpened his spikes to intimidate opposing players. Even as recent as the 2004 playoffs there were attempts to pull fielders off the bag to prevent an out.

Perhaps the worst cases involve cheating for the purposes of winning games for gamblers or gambling on the game themselves. 8 men were suspended in 1920 for throwing the 1919 World Series and Pete Rose was suspended for gambling on games.

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With the recent statements from Miguel Tejada and his admission that he lied to Congress, perhaps it’s time to revisit the Palmeiro case. Did he use steroids? The test proves that he did. Was it accidental? There’s enough doubt now to think that maybe he did take them by accident.

Although let’s look back to 2003 and the tests that were taken before the season where it’s now known that Alex Rodriguez tested positive. Palmeiro played on that same Texas Ranger team.

But does it matter? Time I suppose will tell.

This blog has been dormant for a long time. And as the spring advances I will be trying to bring it back to life.

Even though there has been many things happening in the world of the Orioles I haven’t really been following them and at present I can comment on them other than to say I am happy that they have extended the contracts of Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis.

Will 2009 be a better year for this blog?  One can hope so. As the season goes on as long as the Orioles holds my interest there will be posts. How often?

Spring training is beginning and it’s time to look at the 2009 Birds, which is exactly what I’m going to do. As soon as I discover and read about the new Birds as well as some of the older ones, I’ll be posting comments on them.

So for now, See you soon.

There’s one more week left in Baseball’s regular season and for the 10th time in the past 10 years the Orioles once again are just playing the season out.

Even with all of the losing, there is one thing for certain.  Dave Trembley and not the ball players are in charge of the team.  This is a good thing.  Let’s hope that this feeling will put some backbone into the players who do return next year to try to have this team improve.

This will probably be the final post I do about the Orioles until the post season is over, that is unless there is something happening that I care to comment on.

I do think I will post some about the off-season, so check back next week.  If nothing else I’ll make some predictions on what I think will be the outcome of the playoffs and World Series.

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