The Baltimore Orioles make a couple of puzzling moves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 June 2007 at 8:20 am

The Baltimore Orioles have called up Paul Shuey and Rob Bell and have demoted Corey Doyne and Jamey Hoey to the minors.  Rob Bell has been very effective as a starter in the minors but he will pitch out of the bullpen for the Orioles.  Bell has started 10 games this season in AAA ball and he was 4-3 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP so far.  He threw 66.2 innings in AAA ball and he allowed 61 hits, walked 17 batters and has whiffed 59.  Paul Shuey has not been that effective in the minors.  He has pitched in 22 games and he’s 0-0 with 1 save, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  In 24 innings, Shuey has allowed 30 hits, walked 9 batters and whiffed 24.  It’s amazing to me that the Orioles decided to send the young guys down and bring up a couple of journeyman pitchers at best.  The only thing I can think of is that they hope Bell and Shuey pitch good so they can trade them.


  1. Comment by TPA-PHD — June 29, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    I am more than surprised the Orioles decided to give Bell the nod. I wonder if they ever did their due-dilligence on this player like both Tampa Bay and Cleveland did. It doesn’t take much investigating, just talk to the TB Psychologist Bell saw, talk to any of his past or prior teammates, or anyone who knows him; any of his friends and acquaintances outside of baseball. The guy has more than anxiety issues. He’s Manic;severely bi-polar, and suffers from narcisstic personality disorder, also refused to take the medication regimen prescribed by psychologists which is consistent with narcissistic behavior (he can cure himself mentality), he also suffers from the eating disorder known as bulimia, and has since high school. Are we that hard-up for pitching that we are willing to chance it with players like this? I have seen nothing but sympathetic posts and comments on Bell, which feeds into his “me against the world complex” and its everyone elses fault but his own. I find it pretty disappointing that the MLB would turn a blind eye to mental illness and not share their findings with prospective interested teams. This guy needs help, as I know the Orioles Bullpen needs help, but the Bullpen can’t be medicated…and Bell needs to be.

  2. Comment by chinmusic — July 5, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    Many teams have given up on Bell, I think Leo Mazzone just thinks that he can fix anyone up….but this is quite a different situation. The Orioles must have just signed Bell because he was cheap and had some potential.

  3. Comment by T.D. from Po’town NY — July 13, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    I’ll tell you what showed how much “confidence” the Orioles had in Bell, the fact that they never handed him the ball when they played the Yanks in NY. They were afraid of a repeat performance of his disasterous outings with TB (11 runs in 2 innings) I think Bell’s take on it was that Pinella left him in the game to humilate him, that will concur with what the first poster said, it’s everyone else’s fault, feel sorry for ME!!! A coach I spoke to about Bell described him as completely “uncoachable” and wouldn’t elaborate, but did confirm, as many others have about his issue with food bulimia. I’m sorry, what exactly does Baltimore see here as “potential”. He’s not a starter, proven that with 3 Big league teams, he’s not an innings eater – Good one day, a disgrace the next. He cannot handle pressure, spin that how you will with his mental stability. Trade Bait? Who in their right mind are going to chance it with such a risk?

    Not a fan, don’t see the appeal. The local papers here in NY where he went to high school paint a picture of a respectible stud, he’s proven otherwise. AAA material at best.

  4. Comment by chinmusic — July 25, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    T.D. you’re right about Bell. I find it funny when newspapers remind everyone of how could a player was in high school. Because not many high school stars make it to the major leagues and succeed. Rob Bell just seems like a waste of a good throwing arm.

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