Found February 19, 2013 on
Heff's Sports Blog:
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),Â
TRADED FOR: Trayvon Robinson (OF),Â
Ronny Paulino (C), Jim Thome (DH)
Projected Divisional Standing
Third in AL East
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The Baltimore Orioles bucked their trend in 2012, shooting up the AL East ladder and making a rare playoff appearance. Their 93-69 record was not only surprising but it broke a streak of consecutive last place finishes dating back to 2008. In fact, they hadnâ€™t put together so much as a winning season since 1997.
So to say that they shocked the baseball world is certainly fair....
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...
And why doesnâ€™t Jim Thomeâ€™s Hinsdale, Illinois house have deer mounts in every room? The guy is trying to sell this massive house for $3,500,000 and doesnâ€™t have a single dead animal in the house. All mystique associated with Jim Bunyan has been ruined. And whatâ€™s up with all the tulips?
We figured Thome had goats keeping his yard trimmed.
According to his Realtor:
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? Oâ€™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...
Against all, or at least most,odds the Baltimore Orioles flew on into the playoffsÂ Â in 2012. It defiedÂ logic really. I mean on paper they had no business being there.Â They were not picked by, I would go ahead and say anyone, to even finish higher thanÂ fifth in the A.L. East, let alone make the playoffs. They even managed to take the New York Yankees toÂ five games in the League...
I know there are many of you, probably more than 50 percent of you, that donâ€™t like the Orioles, and thatâ€™s fine. But here are Kevin Gausman and Chris Davis playing cornhole in the clubhouse, as Manny Machado looks on, and I dare you to not like that.
(Image taken with love from Baltimore Sports Report on Tumblr.)
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...
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 Oâ€™Day was the final player, of 133, to agree to a contract with his team. Oâ€™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...