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One fewer in front office?

FOXSports’ Ken Rosenthal, via Twitter, is reporting that Orioles special assistant Wayne Krivsky has accepted a job with the New York Mets. Says so right here. The Orioles haven’t made an announcement and I’m trying to get confirmation at this late hour. Rosenthal doesn’t include a new job title for Krivsky, the former Cincinnati Reds GM who joined the Orioles in November 2008. Update: It’s

A time for sharing

I’d like to step outside the MLB rumor mill for a few seconds and point out that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim voted a full postseason share to the estate of Nick Adenhart, the rookie pitcher who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in April. A press release from MLB reported that a full share for the champion New York Yankees totaled a

This and that

New nomination for most annoying commercial: The Hillshire Farms “Go Meat!” ads. They make me want to smash out the back window of my car with a kielbasa. Sports Illustrated has named Derek Jeter as its Sportsman of the Year. He’s the first Yankee to be honored since the magazine created the award in 1954. Would you feel better about the choice if he played

Countdown to Indy

We learned one thing about Ravens rookie linebacker Paul Kruger last night: He has tight end hands. That wasn’t an easy pick, and it might have saved the Ravens’ season. If I’m Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, I’m pulling Hines Ward aside this morning, slamming his head with a 2-by-4 and asking whether he’ll start on Sunday. The countdown to the winter meetings has officially started

The Commish

Tigers Woods and his wife requested that police delay interviewing them about “the accident” until today. I didn’t know you could do that. The next time I’m pulled over for a traffic violation, I’m going to request that the officer hold off writing the ticket until later. Give me some time to collect my thoughts. Somewhere, John Daly is breathing a huge sigh of relief

Selig’s days numbered?

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Bud Selig will step down as commissioner of Major League baseball following the 2012 season. According to sources, Selig informed owners of his decision last month during a meeting in Chicago. Andy MacPhail has been the rumored successor to Selig since the day he joined the Orioles’ front office as president of baseball operations. As The Tribune’s Phil Rogers

Tiger and Edgar

Until more details surface that might change my mind, I’m nominating the Tiger Woods “crash” as the biggest non-story of 2009. Early reports had Woods involved in a “serious automobile accident,” as if it could be life-threatening. Later, we found out that he suffered “lacerations” to his face and was released from the hospital. Lacerations: n. A jagged wound or cut. See also: Scrape. It’s

Kids in the Hall

I received my Hall of Fame ballot earlier today from the BBWAA, which must mean I’m eligible to vote for the first time. Newcomers to the ballot include former Orioles Roberto Alomar, David Segui, Pat Hentgen and Todd Zeile. Alomar most certainly deserves induction, though perhaps not on the first ballot. He won 10 Gold Gloves and was a career .300 hitter with 2,724 hits,

Not getting Miggy with it

I’ll be heading to Ocean Pines later today with my daughter, who retains complete control of the radio, to spend the weekend with my parents, sister and niece. I barely moved from my couch yesterday while going 1-2 picking against the spread. I guess somebody woke up the Broncos. Just my luck. I allowed my daughter to accept an invitation to spend Thanksgiving with her

Many thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope you ate a light breakfast. Today is a marathon of eating, not a sprint. Pace yourselves. So is it the tryptophan in the turkey that makes you drowsy, or the carbohydrates in the potatoes and stuffing? Or maybe it’s the boxed wine. That’s my theory. We tend to blame the turkey, but it’s apparently built around a myth. Says

Liz is gone (updated)

The San Diego Padres have claimed pitcher Radhames Liz off waivers. Now he can be reunited with Oscar Salazar. Liz, 26, appeared in two games with the Orioles this season and allowed 10 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in eight starts with Double-A Bowie, and 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA in 17 games (six starts) with Triple-A

Which Orioles rookie isn’t Topps? (Updated)

Topps is unveiling its 51st All-Rookie team this morning, and a certain highly touted and much-publicized Oriole went ignored. Matt Wieters didn’t make the list. I’ll take my eggs over-easy, with a side of outrage. The New York Mets’ Omir Santos beat out Wieters for top (or Topp) rookie catcher after batting .260 with 14 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBIs and a .688 OPS in

Updating Hendrickson

Free-agent pitcher Mark Hendrickson isn’t preoccupied with thoughts of his next contract. He got married over the weekend, so his priorities have shifted. Hendrickson just told me that he remains encouraged that he’ll re-sign with the Orioles, but nothing is imminent. “Right now, it’s always kind of tough because it’s the Thanksgiving week. Usually, everything slows to a crawl in the world of Major League

Welcome Matt

I caught up to pitcher Matt Albers yesterday as he was heading to the Texans-Titans game (I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I took Tennessee +4 ½). For the past two weeks, Albers and Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Troy Patton have been working out at a facility about 20 minutes north of Houston. “There are about 20 to 25 guys who either play

To Dye for

A report from FOXSports.com that free-agent outfielder Jermaine Dye is willing to play first base next season, and how he could be “a right-handed hitting alternative at first for several clubs, including the Braves, Mets, Giants and Orioles,” has stirred up some readers. It’s important to stress that the report doesn’t state that the Orioles are interested. They’re just tossed into the mix because they

Talking to Bergesen

Brad Bergesen continued his running program yesterday, the third time he’s picked up the pace without having any issues with his leg. Bergesen told me that he starts with a five-minute walk, then a five-minute run, then a five-minute power walk. “It all felt good,” he said. “I’ve been doing my core training for three weeks now, going into a fourth. Everything’s good. I still

Jones goes from Gold Glove to Golden Arm

MASNsports.com’s Dan Kolko, who is providing constant updates on the Ravens-Colts game today from M&T Bank Stadium, noted that Orioles center fielder Adam Jones stood on the sideline during warmups wearing a Johnny Unitas jersey. Jones is playing it smart. He’s a Colts fan because he’s a huge Peyton Manning fan, but he must know how poorly that choice would be received in Baltimore. Better

Rough day for Perrault

Orioles farmhand Josh Perrault served up a two-run homer to White Sox prospect C.J. Retherford in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving Peoria Javelinas a 5-4 win over the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the AFL championship game. The Desert Dogs had won five straight titles before today. Perrault was charged with two runs and three hits. He also struck out two. Matt Angle, leading

Born to blog, and to update Bergy

My ears are still ringing from the Springsteen concert last night, so I’m having trouble hearing this blog. At least I still have my voice, though I tried my hardest to destroy it during Thunder Road. There’s nothing like a 3 ½-hour show from The Boss to leave you exhilarated and drained at the same time. I could have sprinted all the way back to

Roster move

The Orioles have claimed catcher Craig Tatum off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds and designated pitcher Chris Waters for assignment. Tatum, 26, batted .239 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 64 games at Triple-A Louisville. He appeared in 26 games with the Reds and went 11-for-68 (.162) with one homer and six RBIs. Tatum is a former third-round pick who will compete for a

No runs, no hits...one Erik?

ESPN’s Keith Law posted his top 50 free agents, which you can read by clicking here (you need to be an insider). The top three shouldn’t surprise you: Matt Holiday, Jason Bay and John Lackey. Law ranks third baseman Adrian Beltre at No. 27, with the following comment: The last time Beltre entered his walk year, he had a career season, with 48 home runs

Yo, Adrian

If you woke up feeling a little different today, perhaps a little more energized, it’s because free agency has officially started. It’s not too late to rush out and buy a cake. You should have gone to sleep earlier so today would arrive faster. Sort of like Christmas. I’m not quite as pumped about it. The rumor mill spins out of control and the Orioles

Revisiting the Steve Johnson roster decision (plus AFL update)

Andy MacPhail, president of baseball operations, said it’s “understandable” that so many fans are obsessing over Steve Johnson’s exclusion from the 40-man roster. But he also noted during our brief conversation earlier today that Johnson spent the majority of the 2009 season pitching at the Single-A level. The Orioles are counting on other teams passing on the chance to select him in the Rule 5

Lincecum goes back-to-back

San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum won another NL Cy Young today, but he also became only the second pitcher to receive fewer first-place votes than another candidate. Lincecum received 11 first-place votes, 12 second-place and nine third. Runner-up Chris Carpenter received nine votes for first, 14 for second and seven for third. St. Louis teammate Adam Wainwright received 12 votes for first, five for

Quick non-AFL check

Players from the Orioles’ organization are spread out beyond Arizona. Lou Montanez has played two games in Puerto Rico, going 3-for-7 with a double, home run, RBI and walk. He’s also been hit by a pitch. Busy man. Luis Lebron, added to the 40-man roster yesterday, has pitched in four games in the Dominican. He’s tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking

Because You Asked - The Wrath of Khan

Everybody loves a good sequel. If only there was more than a small handful. The Godfather Part II. Rocky II. Kill Bill Vol. 2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The Empire Strikes Back. Aliens. And every single “Because You Asked...” They should have done Cast Away II, where the plane’s going down and Tom Hanks is thinking, “Really? Again? Oh come on!” And how

40-man moves (updated)

The Orioles have added six players to their 40-man roster: pitchers Brandon Erbe and Luis Lebron, and infielders Josh Bell, Pedro Florimon, Rhyne Hughes and Brandon Snyder. The roster is at its capacity. Teams must submit their rosters to the MLB office by Friday afternoon. The Orioles could create more room by the deadline and protect other players from the Rule 5 draft on Dec.

And the winners are...

The Angels’ Mike Scioscia was named the AL’s Manager of the Year after receiving 15 first-place votes, 10 for second and one for third. Minnesota’s Ron Gardehire was the runner-up. He received six first-place votes, 12 second and six third. The Yankees’ Joe Girardi (four, three, five) finished third. Seattle’s Don Wakamatsu and Texas’ Ron Washington also received first-place votes. Detroit’s Jim Leyland garnered two

Minor matters

Major League Baseball will announce its Managers of the Year in the AL and NL later today. I’m predicting that Minnesota’s Ron Gardenhire is honored after leading the Twins to the Central Division title, with Texas’ Ron Washington and Seattle’s Don Wakamatsu also collecting votes. The Twins looked like toast after Justin Morneau was shut down, but they made the playoffs. And it’s not like

They Bop

I had no idea that Delino DeShields spent the summer as hitting coach for the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League. So you can imagine my reaction when I read yesterday that he was named manager. Delino DeShields? Yep, that guy. I never thought of DeShields as manager material, but the Cincinnati Reds obviously disagree. Perhaps a baserunning instructor, but definitely not a motivational speaker.

Quick AFL check

Josh Bell went 1-for-5 with a double in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-4 loss to Scottsdale. Bell (.321) started at third base and batted cleanup. Right fielder Matt Angle led off for the Desert Dogs and went 0-for-4 with a walk and run scored. Eddie Gamboa allowed an unearned run and two hits in the bottom of the eighth, which proved costly when Phoenix rallied

And the winner is...

Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke received 25 of a possible 28 first-place votes to win the AL Cy Young Award in a landslide. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, the runner-up, received two first-place votes. Detroit’s Justin Verlander had the other first-place vote and finished third. CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay were fourth and fifth, respectively. Greinke also had three second-place votes.

Heavy Cy

Major League Baseball will announce the AL’s Cy Young Award winner later today, and judging by the title of this entry, you probably think I’m choosing CC Sabathia. Well, you’d be wrong. I’m guessing that Kansas City’s Zack Greinke takes home the hardware after going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 229 1/3 innings. Greinke had six complete games, which used to

Latest on Hendrickson

The Orioles placed a call yesterday to reliever Mark Hendrickson’s agent, Joe Urbon, and were waiting to hear back from him. There isn’t much to report beyond that little nugget. Teams no longer will hold exclusive negotiating rights with their free agents after Thursday. Hendrickson would like to re-sign with the Orioles, who are interested in keeping him. Manager Dave Trembley speaks highly of the

Quick AFL check

Third baseman Josh Bell hit his second home run tonight in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 11-1 win over Mesa. Bell also doubled, walked and drove in three runs. He’s batting .329 with seven doubles and 18 RBIs. The double came against former Oriole Randor Bierd. Bell homered off right-hander Tim Kiely. Matt Angle, batting leadoff and starting in center field, went 1-for-3 with an RBI,

And the winner is...

Oakland closer Andrew Bailey has been named the AL’s Rookie of the Year. Bailey received 13 first-place votes. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus finished second, one point ahead of Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello, after garnering eight first-place votes (one more than Porcello). Jeff Niemann was fourth, followed by Gordon Beckham and Brett Anderson. Florida outfielder Chris Coghlan won the NL award.

Injury updates

I had the craziest dream last night that Bill Belichick went for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 28-yard line with 2:08 left and his team holding a six-point lead. Must have been something I ate. Maybe Belichick needs a bench coach. I hear Dave Jauss is still available. I exchanged e-mails with Orioles manager Dave Trembley, and not to tease him about Notre Dame.

The kids are alright

Interesting strategy by the Jaguars today to keep taking a knee in the final minute with the ball on the Jets’ 1-yard line and trailing by one point. They played for the field goal and to ensure that the Jets wouldn’t have any time left on the clock for a game-winning drive. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew could have easily scored on a burst up the

This and that

If I see one more advertisement that includes a talking pothole or dogs that save Christmas, my head might explode. But at least I can be reminded every 12 minutes that I need to buy diamonds or I’ll die alone. With the winter meetings coming up in three weeks, I find my thoughts drifting back to a few names that were tied to the Orioles

Quick AFL check

Here’s a rarity in the hitter-happy Arizona Fall League: A 1-0 game. Matt Angle homered in the second inning to provide all the scoring in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 1-0 win over Peoria Saguaros. Angle, starting in center field, went deep for the first time in the AFL. Josh Bell was 1-for-3 with a double and walk. He’s batting .320. Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit,

Spring ahead

One of my loyal readers unearthed a portion of the Orioles’ 2010 spring training schedule on 4sarasota.com. Plenty of dates still need to be filled, but you can check out the rough draft. The Orioles apparently will open at home - and that’s Sarasota, in case you’ve been away for a while - on March 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll also see the

Quick AFL check

Third baseman Josh Bell went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 9-7 win over Mesa. He’s batting .319 as the AFL season winds down. Right fielder Matt Angle was 0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two strikeouts, leaving his average at .263. Eddie Gamboa picked up the save with a scoreless ninth. He struck out a

Cuba again?

A story has moved on the AP wire that quotes Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos as expressing interest in again staging exhibitions against the Cuban national team in Havana and Baltimore, as he did back in 1999. Click here for the story. “Hopefully as next spring approaches, both governments will see clearer to improve the relations and make it rather easy for there to be

Finishing up well-done interview with T-Bone

Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with three RBIs yesterday for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, leaving his average at .324. Josh Perrault tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out two. Former Oriole Adam Loewen went 1-for-5 with an RBI and four strikeouts. He’s batting .179. Special thanks to Jay Cutler for those five picks last night. The guy who took San Francisco -3 appreciated

Quick chat with MacPhail

Major League Baseball announced its Silver Slugger Award winners. No Orioles on the list, but congrats to Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. American League: 1B - Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees 2B - Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays 3B - Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays SS - Derek Jeter, New York Yankees OF - Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners OF - Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox

Staking out T-Bone

Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI last night in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 12-3 win over Scottsdale. He’s batting .317. Matt Angle (.278) was 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk and two runs scored. Brandon Waring (.257) was 0-for-4 with an RBI in his final game in the AFL. I placed a call to Orioles first base coach John “T-Bone” Shelby yesterday because

Snyder leaves AFL

Brandon Snyder has taken his last swings in the Arizona Fall League. Snyder returned home to attend a wedding this weekend, and he won’t rejoin the Phoenix Desert Dogs. He batted .354 with five doubles, one triple, three homers and 18 RBIs in 17 games. Brandon Waring is starting at first base tonight, but this will be his last game, too. He also has a

Interest in Uggla?

The FOXSports blog from the general manager meetings in Chicago includes mention of the Orioles and Giants as the clubs in strongest pursuit of Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla. Click here to read it. Both teams would move Uggla to third base. The Orioles have an opening, and they need a right-handed power bat. It does make sense, though Uggla hasn’t played third in the

This and that

Sammy Sosa says “cosmetic cream” is the reason his skin tone is lighter. That doesn’t happen on the clear days. Now that the Gold Glove winners in the American League have been announced and dissected, I find it amusing that so many people are ripping the voting process because they deem Adam Jones as being undeserving. Are these the same folks who railed about the

If the glove fits... (updated)

Major League Baseball will announce the AL’s Gold Glove winners around 3 p.m. You can watch live on ESPNews if your boss isn’t looking over your shoulder. Adam Jones will become official, and we’ll learn whether Torii Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki will join him. You’ll probably collect on your bet if you choose them. The assumption is that Grady Sizemore’s injury-filled season, which resulted in

GM meetings

The general manager meetings begin today in Chicago, which will bring more rumors and speculation than actual activity. Some deals are struck, but it’s mostly a way for executives to lay the groundwork for next month’s winter meetings in Indianapolis. They’ll express interest in players, discuss parameters of a deal and agree to continue those talks. It gives them a better sense of who’s available

Waiver claim (updated twice)

The Orioles have claimed right-hander Armando Gabino off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and added him to the 40-man roster. Gabino, 26, went 6-4 with three saves and a 2.94 ERA in 38 games (seven starts) with Triple-A Rochester. He also appeared in two games with the Twins. And I’ll admit that I can’t picture the guy. Name sounds familiar, but...nothing. I’ll do some research.

Baseball Prospectus chimes in

Baseball Prospectus has released its list of the top 11 Orioles prospects - a nice, round figure - and Brian Matusz is No. 1. He’s also the only five-star selection. Josh Bell, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton are four-star choices. Matt Hobgood, Brandon Erbe, Brandon Snyder and Mychal Givens are three-star selections, and Brandon Waring and Cameron Coffey receive two stars. Click here to view

Your thoughts on Delgado?

I began my morning with a quick check of mlbtraderumors, and decided to cut-and-paste their Top 50 Free Agents list. Should make for some good discussion, especially with Carlos Delgado, at No. 43, going to the Orioles. Keep in mind that these are just predictions, and nobody has inside information about Delgado. He would make sense in one sense. The Orioles need a first baseman

Odds and ends

Is Maryland still playing football this season? Maybe I should ask whether they’ve started. Bodog posted its 2010 World Series odds. You have to scroll down pretty far to find the Orioles: New York Yankees 11/4 Boston Red Sox 13/2 Philadelphia Phillies 9/1 Los Angeles Angels 10/1 St. Louis Cardinals 10/1 Los Angeles Dodgers 11/1 Chicago Cubs 15/1 New York Mets 15/1 Tampa Bay Rays

Jones as good as gold

I heard some rumblings earlier today about Orioles center fielder Adam Jones winning a Gold Glove, with the official announcement coming in another week or so. His brother apparently spilled the beans on his MySpace page. My first thought: People still use MySpace? My second thought: He ought to know. I’m told that it’s true, which means Jones will be only the second Orioles outfielder

In decline

Good morning to all. Teams throughout baseball were busy this week declining options on their players, turning them loose on the free agent market. Three of them intrigue me at the moment. Could Jermaine Dye, at the right cost, provide that right-handed power bat for the middle of the order that manager Dave Trembley places high on his wish list? Dye has averaged 33 home

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