Jeff Tackett lives in Los Angeles now, not Hollywood - an important distinction for a guy who managed to squeeze two cameo appearances in feature films into the four years he served as a backup catcher with the Orioles between 1991-94. A trip back to Baltimore last weekend, a family vacation to help one of his sons scout out potential college choices, reminded Tackett how
Sometimes talking about the 2011 Orioles gets tiresome, especially when they’re losing. So instead of rehashing another failure, let’s go back in time. It was on June 30, 2009 that the Orioles completed the greatest comeback in franchise history, and it was one of the most fun games I can remember watching. After falling behind 10-1 to the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles scored five
Balloting for the All-Star Game continues through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, and it’s not too late to help Orioles outfielder Adam Jones - a MASNsports.com blogger, in case you didn’t know - in his push to Phoenix for the July 12 Midsummer Classic. The latest results for the American League’s outfield should be particularly troubling to O’s fans. It’s not that there isn’t an
There are two days left in June, and for the entire month, there has been exactly one game when the starting pitcher for the Orioles pitched at least seven innings. That game was June 10, when Jake Arrieta pitched seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. That’s it. Since his disappointing return from the disabled list, Brian Matusz is averaging less than 4.5 innings per
Chad Myers’ dream was hatched watching the excitement of Orioles opening day in April reach a fever pitch on social media platforms. “I was looking at my social media stuff and seeing people leaving work early and getting tickets to the sold-out opener and I wondered, ‘Why can’t we recreate the atmosphere of opening day?’ The sellout crowd, the hype, the people getting to their
After a good rookie year in 2009, Nolan Reimold just couldn’t get his act together in 2010. There’s no way to know exactly what happened to Reimold last year, but between his documented personal issues, the fact that he was recovering from surgery on his Achilles tendon and his impressive minor league numbers since being drafted, not many people were writing off Reimold’s 2009 as
The Morrill family of Yarmouth, Maine, took the usual assortment of souvenirs with them when they headed out of Baltimore on a nine-hour drive home Monday morning. There were t-shirts, Buck Showalter bobbleheads, miniature baseball bats, O’s drawstring backpacks, caps - all memories of another fun weekend at Camden Yards, a trip that’s become an annual summer excursion for Melissa Morrill and her five kids.
Mark Reynolds has been on fire over the last four weeks, hitting .296/.446/.648. He leads the Orioles in home runs, doubles and walks. He trails only J.J. Hardy in on-base percentage and is arguably the best hitter on the team. Despite all of that, Reynolds remains at the bottom of the lineup, hitting ahead of only Robert Andino or Blake Davis and sometimes Felix Pie
Voting for the All-Star Game is over, and we’ll soon know which Orioles will be representing Baltimore at the Midsummer Classic, which will be played July 12 in Phoenix. But while player choices are no longer up for vote, you can still cast your ballot for the top moments in All-Star Game history. A list of 16 memorable moments has been whittled to eight choices,
It has not been a good week for the Baltimore Orioles, as they have struggled in interleague play, losing two out of three games to the Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates. Much like the Orioles, the Pirates and Nationals have been your traditional bottom-feeders recently; however, they have improved greatly this season. They are not seen as contenders, but they are no longer doormats, either.
Brian Roberts may be missing from the Orioles lineup, but he’s been busy putting the finishing touches on one of every summer’s top fundraising events: Brian’s Baseball Bash. The sixth annual event, which raises money for programs at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, will be held July 24 at 6 p.m. at Dave and Buster’s at Arundel Mills Mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle. This
We are a time during each and every season where teams looking forward to playing in October are looking for help via trades. They need an extra piece to contend and often look at second division teams to acquire a player or two for the stretch run. Meanwhile, teams that know they are realistically out of contention for the season are looking to dump expensive
The cities of Baltimore and Pittsburgh have been through quite a bit with their baseball teams in the last decade. They are roughly four hours apart in terms of driving distance, and of course, have passionate fan bases when it comes to their sports. As we all know, both cities have quite a few parallels; however, none of them mirror more closely than the futility
There’s been a lot said about the Orioles’ Brian Matusz going into this season. As the O’s are still in a rebuilding phase - despite the addition of talent onto the roster - how they will do next season and beyond will depend on their pitching. Well, Matusz is an essential part of that and everyone is hoping for the best for him and the
For a generation of Orioles fans, watching former O’s skipper Earl Weaver throw out of the first pitch at the 2011 home opener at Camden Yards probably wasn’t all that nostalgic. After all, do they really remember the fiery manager who routinely won American League pennants and pushed the buttons that allowed the Orioles to reach four World Series during his Hall of Fame tenure?
As long as I have been an Orioles fan, I have always had one name in my mind: Frank Robinson. For me growing up, Frank Robinson was an iconic symbol unlike any other. I always tell everyone Cal Ripken Jr. was my favorite all-time Oriole growing up, but Frank was my all-time favorite ballplayer. Honestly, due to my age, I really didn’t see him play
The Orioles’ offense is struggling. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. The O’s made offseason additions to address the punchless offense of 2010 thorough both trade and free agency. However, those moves have had mixed results. J.J. Hardy has been a great addition to the lineup. Mark Reynolds, in his own unorthodox way, has actually been a productive hitter, even with a .206 batting
As the Orioles’ ninth-inning rally fizzled out last night to extend their losing streak in Toronto to 16 games, it made me wonder how the team has fared late in games this season. I didn’t remember a lot of come-from-behind victories for Baltimore this season and the numbers for the offense kind of show you why. OPS for Baltimore broken down by inning for 2011:
Over the past month, we’ve been taking a look at the all-time Orioles lineup. Each day on the MASN Orioles page on Facebook, we went through each position and had readers and followers vote and debate on the greatest Oriole to ever step foot on the diamond. It was a process that was well-received, with more than 1,000 comments from fans and players’ names stretching
When the Orioles travel to Washington, D.C., to face the Nationals in an interleague series beginning Friday night, MASN viewers will again have the opportunity to enjoy a rarity in broadcast sports television: a three-man booth featuring a collection of play-by-play announcers and color analysts from both teams. Orioles play-by-play veteran Jim Hunter and his D.C. counterpart, Bob Carpenter, will both call portions of the
Yesterday we talked about the current season. Today, let’s talk about the future. The Orioles need to lock up J.J. Hardy. And they need to do it now. Remember how desolate the prospects at shortstop looked for the Orioles this past offseason? Internally, we were looking at Robert Andino and that’s about it. In the free agent market, there were retreads like Jerry Hairston Jr.,
We all know the story. The Baltimore ball club has been a losing club for 13 straight seasons and they have a very good chance to have a 14th straight sub-.500 season in 2011. But for a rebuilding team, how much does that matter? The Orioles took steps in the offseason to improve the offense and turn that trend around. But the Vladimir Guerrero and
As any of you who have read my posts over at Dempsey’s Army know, I love to beat a dead horse. So today I will, once again, examine the addition of Vladimir Guerrero to the Orioles lineup - and the stunning lack of power Guerrero has added to the batting order. When Guerrero was signed this offseason, he was hailed and the final piece of
Tim Nordbrook’s “Aha!” moment came a few games into his rookie season, part of a commonplace baseball activity that’s often taken for granted. The 25-year-old shortstop had just ranged into the hole to grab a ground ball, then thrown the batter out at first base. Orioles infielders were whipping the ball around the horn when the native Baltimorean got an attaboy from third baseman Brooks
Only once in a career that spanned nine seasons and nine different organizations did Jeff Manto have four or more home runs in a single year. But as Orioles fans should well remember, the 1995 season was a special one for Manto, who completed a run of homers in four consecutive at-bats on this day 16 years ago. His power surge tied a record he
I no longer live in a major league town. Having moved to North Carolina a few years ago, I don’t have the luxury I enjoyed for many years in Baltimore of catching a big league game on a moment’s notice. It’s one of many taken-for-granted things I miss now that I’m away from the place I’ll always consider home. These days I find that I’m
I want to begin by congratulating the Orioles on their fine selection of Matt Taylor in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with the 155th pick. I don’t know a thing about Taylor other than the fact that we share the same name, so I fully support the move and look forward to his first T-Shirt Tuesday at Camden Yards.
I recently read an interesting Wall Street Journal article by Matthew Futterman that, like many statistical analyses these days, challenged conventional baseball wisdom. In this instance, the cherished-but-challenged wisdom is as follows: “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” Futterman writes that baseball is in fact very much a sprint and that the beloved boys of summer generally know how they’ll finish the season even
Admit it: you’ve passed by Old Otterbein United Methodist Church on Conway Street a bazillion times en route from lunch or dinner at Harborplace to an Orioles game at Camden Yards. Since 1771, Baltimoreans have been worshiping at the historic brick structure, now wedged between the Convention Center and the Sheraton Hotel, and this 2007 YouTube video proves that parishioners apparently have a sense of
It’s not often that I find myself 10 pages deep into MLB.com’s sortable player statistics, but that’s how far you have to go to find Mark Reynolds if you search by batting average. It turns out that page 10, which in this case lists players ranked between 451 and 500 for average, is a pretty interesting place for Orioles fans. In addition to Reynolds who,
Brian Matusz and Zach Britton currently are pitching back-to-back in the rotation. Yes, the rotation is in a bit of a shambles, what with it only having four members, one of whom is just back from the disabled list. But Matusz and Britton are pitching back-to-back in the Orioles rotation. Two lefties who are renowned around baseball just happen to be pitching consecutive games for
Jeremy Guthrie pitched an amazing baseball game last night. Undone in the eighth inning, Orioles fans who stayed up past midnight hoping for a win will only remember the crushing home run by Justin Smoak, but Guthrie was fantastic. He’s been fantastic for most of this year, and for much of his time in Baltimore. But with one year left on his contract, Guthrie could