Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles finished #5 in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 8:36 am

24-year old righty swinging 3B/SS Manny Machado finished #5 in the voting for the 2016 American League MVP Award.  Machado played in 157 games for the Baltimore Orioles last year and he was 188 of 640 (.294 avg, .876 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 37 homers and 96 RBI.  Machado has now played in 608 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he was 699 of 2,458 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 357 runs scored, 105 homers, 311 RBI and 30 stolen bases.  He made the All-Star team for the 3rd time in his short career in 2016 and he has won 2 Gold Glove Awards so far.  Machado is just scratching the surface of his full potential.

The Baltimore Orioles sign David Washington

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 4:03 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 26-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF David Washington to a minor league deal.  Washington played in 127 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cardinals last year and he was 109 of 421 (.259 avg, .891 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 30 homers, 77 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  He did whiff 169 times last year, but that is the price you have to pay to get the homers from Washington.  Washington has now played in 585 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 503 of 2,013 (.250 avg, .790 OPS) with 270 runs scored, 92 homers, 316 RBI and 21 stolen bases.  This is the case of the Orioles taking a flier on a young guy with a nice power stroke who could be a late bloomer.

Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles finishes #3 in the voting for the Manager of the Year Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Managers by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 8:40 am

60-year old Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles finished #3 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award.  Showalter led the Orioles to a 89-73 (54.9) record in 2016.  He is now 547-482 (53.2%) in the regular season in his first seven years as the manager of the Orioles.  He is also 6-8 (42.9%) in the playoffs as the manager of the Orioles.  Showalter is now #3 in Orioles’ history in managerial wins with 547 of them!  Showalter has won three Manager of the Year Awards so far in his career (1994 with the New York Yankees, 2004 with the Texas Rangers and 2014 with the Baltimore Orioles).  Showalter is now 1,429-1,315 (52.1%) in the regular season in his first 18 years as a Major League manager.  He is also 9-14 (39.1%) in the post-season as a manager in the show!  Showalter is now #25 in regular season wins as a manager (1,429) in Major League history.  He is also tied for #46 in post-season wins as a manager with 9 of them.

Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles wins a Silver Slugger Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 3:52 pm

30-year old righty swinging OF/1B/DH Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles won his first Silver Slugger Award in 2016.  Trumbo played in 159 games for the Orioles last year and he was 157 of 613 (.256 avg, .850 OPS) with 94 runs scored, a Major League leading 47 homers, 108 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Trumbo has now played in 849 games in his first 7 years in the show and he is 796 of 3,167 (.251 avg, .776 OPS) with 411 runs scored, 178 homers, 517 RBI and 22 stolen bases.  The Orioles are going to have to ante up if they want to keep Trumbo, as a lot of teams are going to be interesting in signing him as he is a free agent.

Logan Ondrusek rejects an outright assignment to AAA by the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 7:02 pm

31-year old righty reliever Logan Ondrusek has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Baltimore Orioles, so he will become a free agent this winter.  Ondrusek pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 0-0 with a 9.95 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits (1 homer) and 3 walks while whiffing 4 batters for the Orioles last year.  Ondrusek has now pitched in 288 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 21-11 with 2 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles had a solid year in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 2:33 pm

The Baltimore Orioles had a solid year in 2016.  They tied for second place in the A.L. East with a 89-73 record (54.9%) with the Toronto Blue Jays.  They finished 4 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East.  Then won a spot in the Wild Card Game and they lost 5-2 in Toronto against the Blue Jays.  Here is a look at the guys that made the biggest impacts for the Orioles in 2016:

TEAM MVP:  Manny Machado, 3B – 24-year old righty swinging Manny Machado was the best overall player for the Orioles in 2016.  He was an All-Star for the Orioles in 2016, as he played in 157 games in which he was 188 of 640 (.294 avg, .876 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 37 homers and 96 RBI.  He has now played in 608 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 699 of 2,458 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 357 runs scored, 105 homers, 311 RBI and 30 stolen bases.  Machado has been an All-Star three times in his first five years in the show and he has won 2 Gold Glove Awards (2016 Awards have not been announced yet) so far.

BEST PITCHER:  Zach Britton, closer – 28-year old lefty Zach Britton turned in one of the best years in Major League history in 2016 for the relief pitcher!  He worked in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in 2016 and he was 2-1 with an American League leading 47 saves, a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  Britton gave up only 38 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 74 batters in 67 innings for the Orioles last year.  Britton was an All-Star in 2016 for the second year in his career with the Orioles.  Britton has now pitched in 252 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 120 saves, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

BIGGEST SURPRISE:  Mark Trumbo, OF/DH/1B – The Orioles knew that Mark Trumbo had 30-homer power when they dealt for him last winter, but the year he had was amazing!  Trumbo played in 159 games for the Orioles last year and he was 157 of 613 (.256 avg, .850 OPS) with 94 runs scored, a Major League leading 47 homers, 108 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He did whiff 170 times against 51 walks, but no one was worried about that last year.  Trumbo was an All-Star in 2016 for the Orioles for the second time in his career.  Trumbo has now played in 849 games in his first 7 years in the show and he is 796 of 3,167 (.251 avg, .776 OPS) with 411 runs scored, 178 homers, 517 RBI and 22 stolen bases.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT Yovani Gallardo, righty starting pitcher – The Baltimore Orioles signed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo over the winter, then they redid the deal to shorten it from 4 years to a 2-year, $22 million dollar deal after seeing medical records on his right shoulder.  They should have just let him go and passed on him, as his velocity was way down in 2016.  Gallardo pitched in 23 games (all starts) for the Orioles in 2016 and he was 6-8 with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  He gave up 126 hits (16 homers) and 61 walks while whiffing 85 batters in 118 innings last year, as he was wild and he got hit really hard.  Gallardo has now pitched in 270 games (267 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 108-83 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  He has won 12 or more games six times in his career and he was a National League All-Star in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Hyun Soo Kim, outfielder –  The Baltimore Orioles signed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder to a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal over the winter.  He was so awful in spring training that the Orioles tried to send him to AAA, but he had a clause in his contract saying that he could reject any option to the minors.  He refused to go to the minors and never stopped hitting in 2016!  Kim played in 95 games for the Orioles in 2016 and he was 92 of 305 (.302 avg, .801 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 6 homers, 22 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He also walked 36 times last year, as he posted a very impressive .382 OBP in 2016!

 

Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles win the Mariano Rivera Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 6:39 am

28-year old lefty closer Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles has won the Mariano Rivera Award as the best reliever in the American League in 2016!  Britton was awesome this year!  He pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 2-1 with a American League leading 47 saves, a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP!  He only gave up 38 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 74 batters in 67 innings pitched for the Orioles in 2016.  Britton was an All-Star for the second year in a row in 2016.  Britton has now pitched in 252 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 120 saves, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He is currently #3 in saves (120) in Orioles’ history, behind only Jim Johnson (122) and Gregg Olson (160).  He is also #30 in games pitched in Orioles’ history with 252.  Whoever decided to move Britton to the bullpen in the Orioles’ organization deserves a raise.  In Britton’s 46 starts early in his career, he was 18-17 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  But, in his 206 games as a reliever for the Orioles, he is 9-4 with 120 saves, a 1.35 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP!

UPDATE:  (11/18/2016) – Zach Britton of the Orioles finished #4 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award.  He finished with the most first place votes for the Cy Young Award in 2016.

UPDATE II:  (11/22/2016) – Zach Britton finished #11 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. MVP Award.

The Baltimore Orioles claim Jed Bradley off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Friday 7 October 2016 at 10:18 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 26-year old lefty reliever Jed Bradley off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves.  Bradley pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Braves in his first taste of the show this year and he was 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP.  He also pitched in 35 games (13 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Braves and Brewers this year in which he was 9-5 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Bradley has pitched in 141 games (77 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 31-34 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  This is just a case of the Orioles taking a chance on a young lefty pitcher with a big arm.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Paul Janish

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 7 October 2016 at 10:14 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 33-year old righty swinging SS Paul Janish for assignment.  Janish played in 14 games for the Orioles this year and he was 6 for 31 (.194 avg, .512 OPS) with 3 runs scored.  He played in 28 games in his two years with the Orioles and he was 16 of 66 (.242 avg, .585 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBI.  Janish has now played in 459 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 247 of 1,146 (.216 avg, .572 OPS) with 123 runs scored, 7 homers, 84 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  This is not much of a loss moving forward for the Orioles.

UPDATE:  (10/13/2016) – Paul Janish has rejected an outright assignment to AAA, so he has become a free agent.

What in the hell was Buck Showalter thinking late in the game last night?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 7:43 am

Let’s see, you are in a do or die game last night.  It’s the 11th inning of a tie ballgame.  Who do you bring into the game, 32-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, or your all-world, All-Star closer Zach Britton?  Jimenez pitched in 29 games (25 starts) during the regular season for the Orioles this year and he was 8-12 with 1 save, a 5.44 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  He gave up 150 hits and 72 walks while whiffing 125 batters in his 142 1/3 innings for the Orioles this year.  Britton pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was an amazing 2-1 with a American League leading 47 saves, a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP!  He only gave up 38 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 74 batters in his 67 innings for the Orioles in 2016!  Well, 60-year old manager Buck Showalter brought Jimenez into the game and the rest is history, as the Baltimore Orioles are done for the season!  Should this really surprise anyone, as Showalter is a pretty awful 9-14 (39.1%) in the playoffs as a manager in the show!

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