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Nick Johnson Retires, FanGraphs Weeps

Eight times on base. Had Nick Johnson reached base just eight more times in his ten-year career, he would have become just the 41st player in history to leave the game with a .400+ OBP (min. 3,000 PA). Eight times on base in ten years. I say we blame the Orioles, because it was with them that he reached base just 33 times in 102 PA last season (.326 OBP). He went into the season...
Via Fangraphs
January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Johnson retires, never reached his potential

Former elite Yankees prospect Nick Johnson retired on Monday at the age of just 34. Johnson played last season with the Orioles, posting a .714 OPS in 38 games with the team. His issue last year wasn't productivity, but the same thing that plagued him over his entire career: injuries.  During his major league career, which began in 2001, Johnson put together a career line...
Via The Outside Corner
January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Johnson retires from baseball

Once a on-base machine, Nick Johnson has retired from baseball. Johnson, 34, had struggled to stay healthy over the last three seasons. Johnson appeared in only 38 games with the Orioles last season while struggling with wrist problems. The biggest asset Johnson brought to big-league clubs was his ability to get on base. He finishes his 10-year career with a .268/.399/.441 batting...
Via Tireball.com
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Johnson, Sidelined Orioles Designated Hitter, Has Missed More MLB Games Than He's Played

It's become one of those rites of baseball. Every spring, the Yankees emerge in pinstripes, the Fenway franks hit the grill and Nick Johnson begins his inexorable march toward the disabled list. No one was surprised Thursday when Johnson, now the designated hitter for the Baltimore Orioles, landed on the 15-day disabled list, the 14th time in 12 seasons he's been sidelined...
Via NESN.com
June 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles place Johnson (wrist) on DL

The Orioles placed designated hitter Nick Johnson on the disabled list with a wrist injury and recalled outfielder Xavier Avery. Johnson sprained his right wrist in Wednesday's loss to the Angels after one at-bat. He has undergone multiple surgeries on that wrist. He's batting .207 with four home runs and 11 RBIs this season. Avery was a second-round pick in the 2008...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles and All-Star Possibilities

Options….so many options   Over the past ten years or so the Orioles have had a rough go of it sending players to the All-Star game. Pretty much the only reason they had anyone in the all-star festivities was because of the MLB rule that each team has to be represented. They have sent such Orioles greats at Ty Wiggington and George Sharell. However, this year the O’s can make...
Via Blog So Hard Sports
June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Shadows of the recent past: Part II

Redemption at the End of the World I am not a conspiracy theorist. There are no secret organizations controlling the world, Oswald killed Kennedy, 9/11 was NOT an inside job and the Freemasons are little more than a group of middle-aged guys drinking beer in a fancy basement. The world is random, and humans don't handle random well. We don't its a fact. In his book Freakonomics...
Via Oriole Post
June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Royals-Orioles Preview

(AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles were happy to have a day off after a grueling stretch, but an off day probably isn't good news for the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles have won all four games after not playing the day before heading into Friday night's opener of a three-game home set against a Royals team that has struggled following time off. Baltimore (28-17) dropped two...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Royals-Orioles Preview

The Baltimore Orioles were happy to have a day off after a grueling stretch, but an off day probably isn't good news for the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles have won all four games after not playing the day before heading into Friday night's opener of a three-game home set against a Royals team that has struggled following time off. Baltimore (28-17) dropped two of three...
Via AP on Fox
May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox take two of three from the Orioles; Johnson homers twice, Arrieta loses

This afternoon, the Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox, 6-5. They could not get the series win, and are 28-17 on the season. Jake Arrieta pitched well; however, he once again suffered with inconsistency on the afternoon. Despite only being at .500 – with a record at 22-22 – the Red Sox are still formidable and have a tough lineup with a mixture of veterans and youngsters. The...
Via Oriole Post
May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox 6, Orioles 5

Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach hit sixth-inning homers to turn a tie game in Boston's favor, and the Red Sox withstood two home runs by Nick Johnson in a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. Scott Podsednik also homered for the Red Sox, who climbed back to .500 (22-22) with their 10th win in 13 games. Boston took two of three from the Orioles, who were seeking...
Via AP on Fox
May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Rays edge O's to prevent sweep

Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist homered, Carlos Pena ended an extended slump with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 Sunday and avert a three-game sweep. James Shields earned his sixth win for the Rays, who snapped a three-game skid and won for only the second time in eight games. Tampa Bay entered the series tied atop the AL...
Via Fox Sports
May 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Rays on top in AL East with close win over O's

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist homered, Carlos Pena ended an extended slump with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 Sunday and avert a three-game sweep. James Shields earned his sixth win for the Rays, who snapped a three-game skid and won for only the second time in eight games. Tampa Bay entered the series...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Rays 9, Orioles 8

Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist homered, Carlos Pena ended an extended slump with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 Sunday and avert a three-game sweep. James Shields earned his sixth win for the Rays, who snapped a three-game skid and won for only the second time in eight games. Tampa Bay entered the series tied atop the AL...
Via Fox Sports
May 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles 4, Rays 3

Nick Johnson's first homer in two years gave Baltimore a seventh-inning lead, and the Orioles edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Friday night in a duel for first place in the AL East. Johnson's two-run drive off Joel Peralta (0-2) put the Orioles in front 4-3, and the bullpen made the margin stand up. After spending last season in the minors, Johnson received an invite to spring...
Via AP on Fox
May 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Rays struggle late, lose to division-leading O's

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Nick Johnson's first homer in two years gave Baltimore a seventh-inning lead, and the Orioles edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Friday night in a duel for first place in the AL East. Johnson's two-run drive off Joel Peralta (0-2) put the Orioles in front 4-3, and the bullpen made the margin stand up. After spending last season in the minors, Johnson received...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Nick Johnson on his .400 Career OBP

Nick Johnson needs a typical Nick Johnson season to secure his legacy. Not as an injury-prone first baseman — that’s his other legacy — but as an on-base machine. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter came into the year as one of fewer than 60 players in history [minimum 3,000 plate appearances] with a career OBP of .400 or better. Now with the Baltimore Orioles, Johnson was right...
Via Fangraphs
May 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles 6, Red Sox 4(13)

Chris Davis drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the top of the 13th inning and the Baltimore Orioles outlasted the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Friday night. Mark Reynolds, who hit his first homer of the season in the third, added a sacrifice fly in the 13th and Jim Johnson put Boston down in order to end the game after 4 hours and 37 minutes. Troy Patton (1-0) pitched two scoreless...
Via AP on Fox
May 05, 2012  |  Discuss

The 12 Best Mustaches In Orioles History (AKA The Dirty Dozen)

Today’s guest post comes from Doug Ramey, the proprietor of D.C. sports blog Fatpickled. Follow him on Twitter and enjoy his admiration for lip fur. There’s no doubt Nick Johnson has brought a pretty impressive mustache to the 2012 Orioles roster. But let’s be honest, his ’stache has gotten around the league like Kim Kardashian gets around NBA locker rooms. The Yankees, Marlins...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Bucks wins 1000th, Matusz finally wins, and Johnson finally gets a hit

It was a night of milestones in the Bronx for the O’s on Tuesday. The accomplishments ranged from the dubious to the quite impressive. First, new Oriole Nick Johnson, after starting his O’s career with an abysmal month of April during which he went o-for-26. He was also hitless through his first two at bats Tuesday, extending the streak to o-for-28. But then, something (sort...
Via B-More Birds Nest
May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Nick Johnson Is Still Batting 0-For-April; Average Dips To .000!

Just now noticing that Nick Johnson was in the lineup last night for the Orioles in a battle against the Blue Jays. Our hero, as you might remember, is having a rough season. He entered the game 0-for-23 for the season. Guess who went 0-for-3 last night? Yeah, things just aren’t going Nick’s way these days. He’s now the only position player or DH to remain hitless. According...
Via Busted Coverage
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Baltimore’s Nick Johnson still hasn’t gotten a hit

When we first brought you the news that Baltimore Orioles DH Nick Johnson was hitless after 23 at bats, we thought it would a onetime thing that we all would laugh about and then forget. But it seems that that may not be the case.You see, a week has gone by and Johnson still hasn’t gotten a hit.After three straight DNP’s Johnson was put into the lineup yesterday where he went...
Via No Guts, No Glory
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Matusz improved; Orioles win 4th in row, sweep Blue Jays

The Baltimore Orioles continued their surprising start to the new season as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, to earn a series sweep and win their fourth in a row. They are now 12-7 and have a share of first place in the American League East with the Tampa Bay Rays. For Brian Matusz, Thursday night’s start was crucial. If he faltered, or got hit hard again, the southpaw...
Via Oriole Post
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Nick John is Bad

There was a time, not too awfully long ago, that Nick Johnson was a solid MLB 1st baseman. That time is not now, as he's just plain awful nowadays.  Currently he is being paid by the Baltimore Orioles, who despite Johnson's complete uselessness, are in 1st place in the AL East with a 12-7 record.  Johnson has managed to play in 8 games, while stealing 26 at bats from a...
Via More Hardball
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Game 19: Orioles 5, Blue Jays 2

Things I didn't expect to hear at the end of April - the starting pitching is carrying the Orioles (the pitchers allowed 1 earned run in this series with the Jays). Yep.The Good: Brian Matusz continues to improve on the mound. I didn't have a great angle to see the plate, but it seemed like maybe he had more consistent command of the fastball. Off-speed stuff was still...
Via Camden Crazies
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss
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