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Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O'Day made history this morning. And the right-hander did so without even appearing in a game.O'Day agreed to a two-year, $5.8 million deal with Baltimore on Monday to become the 133rd and final arbitration-eligible player to settle without going to a hearing. This is the first year such an occurrence has happened since the arbitration process came into existence in 1974. Previously, the all-time low for arbitration hearings in a season was three, set in 2005 and then again in 2009 and 2011.On the contrary, baseball has seen as many as 35 cases go to hearing in 1986. The practice used by teams in recent years to sign their young players to multi-year contracts has significantly reduced the amount of players who go to hearing.Teams and players usually avoid having to go to a hearing at all costs. Aside from the friction and potential animosity it creates between a player and team, one side either wins or loses, meaning that the arbitrator either rewards the player with the full salary they demanded, or the arbitrator gives the lower salary to the player offered by the team. There is no compromise unlike the settlements achieved outside the hearing room.Via ESPN
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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones gave rookie teammate Kevin Gausman a tasty spring training treat Sunday morning. Here is the scoop.Gausman, a top pitching prospect for the O's, apparently loves powdered doughnuts. In fact, one of his rituals includes eating four of the sugary gems in between each inning he pitches.So, in an effort to feed (no pun intended) Gausman'...
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, has a bizarre ritual during games - he eats powdered donuts. Specifically, Gausman eats one donut before taking the mound, and four between each inning. Gausman's preferred brand of powdered donut was Hostess, and he was distraught when the company shut down last year.
But when he arrived...
SIGNED/RESIGNED: Nate McLouth (OF), Nolan Reimold (OF), Tommy Hunter (RHP), Matt Wieters (C), Chris Davis (INF), Troy Patton (LHP), Brian Matusz (LHP), Joel Pineiro (RHP), Jim Johnson (RHP), Jason Hammel (RHP), Darren O'Day (RHP),
TRADED FOR: Trayvon Robinson (OF),
Ronny Paulino (C), Jim Thome (DH)
There are few things Orioles fans know of first round pick, top-prospect Kevin Gausman. Most know he’s good. Some know of his pre-game ritual of pounding down powdered donuts.
I think it’s safe to say that center fielder Adam Jones knows both:
EAT UP GAUS #WelcomeToTheGrindRookie instagr.am/p/V1TyCGpnBv/
— Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) February 17, 2013
Thanks to @simplyaj10...
Do you remember the story about how upset top Baltimore Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman was when he learned that Hostess was shutting down shop last fall? O’s outfielder Adam Jones was paying very close attention. Just to rehash your memory. . .Gausman eats one powdered mini donut before he takes the mound, then four between each inning he pitches. Realistically, Gausman could eat...
And why doesn’t Jim Thome’s Hinsdale, Illinois house have deer mounts in every room? The guy is trying to sell this massive house for $3,500,000 and doesn’t have a single dead animal in the house. All mystique associated with Jim Bunyan has been ruined. And what’s up with all the tulips?
We figured Thome had goats keeping his yard trimmed.
According to his Realtor:
There will be no arbitration hearings this year marking the first time in the 39 year history that no cases will be brought before an arbitrator.
Darren O’Day was the final player, of 133, to agree to a contract with his team. O’Day and the Orioles finalized a two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles worth $5.8 million.
Previously the record low for hearings was three set...