Courtesy of Fangraphs and a few personal touches, we get a quantitative idea of what tonight’s extra inning loss for the Baltimore Orioles meant in terms of Meme Probability Added. For a more complete complete picture, check out the live updates of tonight’s game in New York.
Posted by Dustin Parkes under #YOLOrioles, Baltimore Orioles, OriLOLes, Postseason on Oct 10, 2012
At one time, many years ago, Miguel Tejada was a very good baseball player. Those days are long gone and Tejada will turn 38 later this month, which would suggest that a resurgence is not in the cards.
Still, our favourite punching bag, the Baltimore Orioles, have signed the former AL MVP to a minor-league deal. If he can somehow claw his way to the Majors, it will be his third stint with the franchise.
Tejada last played with the San Francisco Giants last season before being released at the end of August with a terrible .239/.270/.326 slash line and four home runs in 343 plate appearances playing mostly third base and shortstop. Tejada’s defensive value is non-existent at this point, but might be able to play occasionally at third and help out at DH, but even the Orioles can’t be expecting much at this point.
The six-time All-Star will have a physical tomorrow and will begin his trek back to the big club at extended spring training in Sarasota, Florida.
Posted by Dustin Parkes under OriLOLes on May 02, 2012
This past December, the Baltimore Orioles signed Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to a two year contract worth more than $8 million. Wada, and his high strike out/low walk rates in Japan represented an intelligent risk for a franchise that had an off season full of missteps.
However, as we’ve learned over the last few years, the Baltimore Orioles tend to legitimize Murphy’s Law on a frequent basis.
Yesterday, we linked to a story out of Baltimore that centred around pitcher Dontrelle Willis, with the Orioles on a Minor League deal, curiously being placed on the restricted list after pitching only three and two third innings for Triple A Norfolk.
When reached for comment, Willis was dumbfounded as to why he would have remained under the organization’s umbrella after requesting his release.
I don’t understand what’s really going on. I don’t know if there’s been a miscommunication there. I talked to my agent and we talked about it, I talked to the proper representation, I talked to Dan [Duquette] personally. It was face-to-face. I don’t know what’s going on. And now if I want to sign with another team, I can’t.
The latest report from MLBTR has the Orioles refusing to grant the Minor League pitcher his release after the pitcher left the Minor League team without permission.
On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, the Baltimore OriLOLes lost an exhibition game to State College of Florida, a former community college in Sarasota, by the score of 2-1.
Upon hearing such news, your first reaction might be to ask what players from the Baltimore Orioles’ active roster participated in this game.
To which, I would respond: “A good many.”
Last week we brought your attention to the Korean Baseball Association (KBA) placing a ban on Baltimore Orioles scouts, prohibiting them from attending any organized game in South Korea. The repercussions were the result of a kerfuffle that the Orioles caused when they convinced 17 year old left handed pitcher Kim Seong-Min to forego his final year of high school in his homeland to sign a $550,000 contract.
You see, the KBA doesn’t typically appreciate direct contact between Major League Baseball teams and high school players that haven’t completed their studies, and in response to the Orioles involvement, the organization not only levied a punishment against the franchise, but also banned the young pitcher from playing or coaching in South Korea for an indefinite amount of time.
Lost in the footnotes of the story was that the KBA lodged an official complaint with MLB over Baltimore’s actions, claiming that the Orioles’ actions hindered the development of youth baseball programs in South Korea, something that the two parties had previously signed an agreement to protect. It ends up that the complaint was effective because according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, MLB is set to void Kim’s contract.
I know we’re hard on the OriLOLes from time to time, but think about it this way: If I were to lay out this entire scenario to you without naming the team involved, and your life depended on guessing what organization it was that handled this situation so poorly, what Major League Baseball club would you guess?
Oh, and did I mention that ESPN’s Keith Law described Kim as “a 5’9″ Korean HS lefty throwing 80-83 with no feel for a breaking ball?”
Update from Korean writer Jeeho Yoo:
@masnSteve Clarifying Jang situation w/ LAA, contract wasn’t “voided” but was held up for 30 days at the time also, like the O’s situ. today
— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) February 16, 2012