The Baltimore Orioles release 2B Josh Barfield

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 29 April 2012 at 1:59 pm

The Orioles have released 29-year old righty swinging 2B Josh Barfield. Barfield played in 4 games in AAA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .111 OPS). He last played in the majors way back in 2009. Barfield has played in 309 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 267 of 1,013 (.264 avg, .671 OPS) with 133 runs scored, 16 homers, 112 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. The Orioles aren’t going to miss Barfield at all moving forward.

UPDATE: (5/21/2012) – The Orioles have re-signed Josh Barfield to a minor league deal and they have assigned him to AA-ball.

Jason Hammel is off to a great start for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at 2:24 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel is off to a great start in 2012 for the O’s. He has started 3 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Hammel has only allowed 24 hits in 19 innings so far this year and he has whiffed 18 batters, so he’s missing a lot of bats. The Orioles hope that Hammel keeps up the good work. He has pitched in 172 games (118 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 36-45 with 3 saves, a 4.93 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles release Ryan Edell

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at 2:22 pm

The Orioles have released 28-year old lefty starter/reliever Ryan Edell. Edell didn’t get into any games in the minors for the Orioles this year. He has pitched in 164 games (129 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 46-37 with 1 save, a 3.60 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. The Orioles aren’t going to miss Edell one bit in 2012 or down the road.

The Baltimore Orioles release Chris George

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at 8:09 am

The Orioles have released 32-year old lefty reliever/starter Chris George. George pitched in 4 games (1 start) in AAA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 0-1 with a 11.25 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors way back in 2004 for the Kansas City Royals. George has pitched in 47 games (44 starts) in four years in the majors and he is 14-20 with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. This is no loss for the Orioles as George was just taking up space in AAA-ball.

The Baltimore Orioles sign infielder Bill Hall

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at 6:04 am

The Orioles have signed 32-year old righty swinging 2B/3B Bill Hall to a minor league deal. Hall played in 62 games for the Giants & Astros last year and he was 39 for 185 (.211 avg, .575 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers, 14 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Hall has now played in 1,047 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 825 of 3,325 (.248 avg, .743 OPS) with 448 runs scored, 124 homers, 439 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. If Hall gets off to a good start in the minors, he likely won’t be there too long.

The Baltimore Orioles release Ross Wolf

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 3:45 pm

The Orioles have released 29-year old righty reliever Ross Wolf. Wolf pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 6.75 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. He has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 7.92 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. This is no loss for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles release Nicholas Haughian

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 12:58 pm

The Orioles have released 25-year old lefty reliever/starter Nicholas Haughian at his request. Haughian pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in A-ball this year and he was 0-0 with a 18.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP. He pitched in 90 games (41 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Orioles and he was 20-17 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles as I doubt getting rid of Haughian will come back to haunt them in the future.

The Baltimore Orioles are getting next to nothing out of their DHs this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 9:33 am

The Orioles aren’t getting much from their DHs so far this year. 30-year old switch-hitting Wilson Betemit was supposed to be the starter at DH, but he isn’t hitting too well so far this year. Betemit has played in 10 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 7 for 38 (.184 avg, .547 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. I think the Orioles should just stick with Betemit at DH for now, because lefty swinging Nick Johnson is hitting like a pitcher right now. Johnson has played in 7 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 0 for 23 (.000 avg, .115 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. Johnson better start hitting soon, or the Orioles are going to cut him loose.

Nolan Reimold is ripping the ball for the Baltimore Orioles right now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 9:29 am

28-year old righty swinging LF Nolan Reimold is off to an outstanding start in 2012 for the Orioles. He has played in 11 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 17 for 46 (.370 avg, 1.166 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Reimold has been super aggressive at the plate as he has whiffed 11 times while only walking 1 time. The O’s aren’t overly concerned with his plate discipline right now as the baseball looks more like a beach ball to him right now. The plan was to platoon Reimold in LF with Endy Chavez, but he has essentially won the full-time job in LF for now. How long he keeps the job is up to him. Reimold has now played in 241 games in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 207 of 787 (.263 avg, .801 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 36 homers, 114 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Eddie Murray was consistently outstanding for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 9:25 am

Everyone likes to brag about how good Cal Ripken Jr. was with the Orioles, but switch-hitting 1B Eddie Murray was the better baseball player on those Orioles’ teams. Murray broke onto the scene in Baltimore by winning the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award in 1977. Murray played in 160 games in 1977 for the Orioles and he was 173 of 611 (.283 avg, .803 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 27 homers and 88 RBIs. Murray played in 1,884 games in his 13 years with the O’s and he was 2,080 of 7,075 (.294 avg, .868 OPS) with 1,084 runs scored, 343 homers, 1,224 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. Murray made it to 7 All-Star teams and he won 2 Silver Slugger Awards in his 13 years with the Orioles. He hit 20+ homers in 12 of his 13 years with the Orioles. He also knocked in 100+ runs five times with the O’s and he also scored 100 or more runs three times with the Orioles. Murray is #4 in games played (1,884), #4 in hits (2,080), #4 in runs scored (1,084), #3 in doubles (363), #2 in homers (343), #3 in RBIs (1,224) and #6 in walks (884) in Orioles’ history. Murray played in 3,026 games in his 21 years in the major leagues and he was 3,255 of 11,336 (.287 avg, .836 OPS) with 1,627 runs scored, 504 homers, 1,917 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. He was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2003. Remember, you read it here, Eddie Murray was a better player than Cal Ripken Jr. was with the Orioles.

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