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The Baltimore Orioles may not have won the World Series, but somone in O's gear did win a World Series.
Greg Merson took home the $8.53 million purse at the 2012 World Series of Poker on Wednesday, beating out Jesse Sylvia with king high on the final hand. The 24-year-old Merson outlasted 6,597 contestant in the main event, and the final table was whittled down from nine to just one over the course of a 12-hour marathon poker session.
Wearing Baltimore Orioles shirts for most of the tournament's final days -- including an Adam Jones jersey for the final one -- Merson even earned a shout-out from the O's outfielder before his big night.
Check out a photo of Merson's outfit in a photo taken with of the last three players standing.
Photo via Twitter/@WSOP
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Add a nice little exclamation point to the Birds’ magical 2012 season.
All three Orioles that were finalists at their position for Gold Glove awards – J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters – were declared the victors last night.
It was Hardy’s first Gold Glove, Wieters second (and second consecutive) and Jones’s second (first since 2009).
While it was no shock that Hardy...
Yesterday, the Orioles made one contract move, as they exercised their $1 million option for right handed reliever Luis Ayala. Ayala – his inherited runner track record aside – was damn impressive out of the bullpen, pitching to a 2.64 ERA in 66 appearances.
However, it was the option that the club declined that has Birdland all atwitter today.
In a move that was widely expected...
Just like last year, the Birds have three finalists for the Gold Glove award at their respective positions. Last season, it was Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, and Adam Jones that were the finalists, with Wieters and Markakis taking home their first such honors. Jones won the award in 2009, becoming the first Oriole since Mike Mussina in 1999.
Now it looks like the O’s are likely...
Three members of the Baltimore Orioles have won American League Gold Glove Awards for their defensive prowess this season: center fielder Adam Jones, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy.
The trio helped the Orioles reached the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. It's the first Gold Glove for Hardy and the second for Jones and Wieters.
''We're so proud...
The Baltimore Orioles had a great, very surprising 2012 season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and baseball in the beltway is peaking when you take the success of the Washington Nationals into account as well. But Baltimore GM Dan Duquette is going to have some work to do in order to repeat the success that his team had in 2012.
You can point to...
The Baltimore Orioles refused to pick up the $11 million option yera on first baseman Mark Reynolds' contract but exercised the $1 million option on reliever Luis Ayala's 2013 contract. The Orioles have until Nov. 30 to offer arbitration to Reynolds before he becomes a free agent, MLB.com reported. Reynolds' 2011 salary was $7.5 million. The 29-year-old Reynolds,...
The Baltimore Orioles today have exercised the 2013 club option on right-handed reliever Luis Ayala and declined their option on first baseman Mark Reynolds.
Reynolds was in position to receive $11 million next season. He will get a $500,000 buyout, and remains under club control through the arbitration process.
Reynolds hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs in 135 games.
The Baltimore Orioles have exercised a $1 million option on right-handed reliever Luis Ayala and declined an $11 million option on first baseman Mark Reynolds .
Reynolds gets a $500,000 buyout as part of the contract he signed with Arizona in 2010 and is eligible for salary arbitration. He hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBI in 135 games.
The 34-year-old Ayala went 5-5 with a 2...
J.J. Hardy won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award for his play at shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles this season. The selection left many wondering why Brendan Ryan of the Seattle Mariners did not win the award. Seattle Mariner fans who got to watch Ryan's wizardry at short are screaming the loudest, naturally. But many others are also crying foul. While the awards themselves...
“Careful what you wish for” isn’t just a cliché or a phrase that genies use in Disney movies. ”Careful what you wish for” can also be applied to you, Mr. or Ms. Fantasy Baseballer, wishing a rookie pitcher gets put into a major league rotation. Rookie pitchers are prone to the roofie. To misquote Shakespeare, [...]
By: Trent Stevens - AngelsWin.com Contributor
John Kruk was quoted saying, “He's not as consistent as Adam Jones, and just because you make one spectacular--er, I mean, two spectacular catches, doesn't mean you deserve the Gold Glove." When I first heard that I was taken aback because I mean, how could you not give the gold glove to the Angels’ savior Michael...