October 2013

Orioles Machado, Jones and Hardy win Gold Gloves

A historic Orioles defense was rewarded handily Tuesday night, with Baltimore earning three American League Gold Glove in shortstop J.J. Hardy, centerfielder Adam Jones and third baseman Manny Machado.

It marks the second consecutive year the Orioles have had a trio of Gold Glove recipients recognized for exceptional defense and tied the Kansas City Royals for most in the Major Leagues.

The Gold Glove is the first for Machado –in his first full Major League season—Hardy’s second and the third for Jones, who won along with Hardy in 2012 and also took home the award in ’09. Jones and Hardy are the first set of AL teammates to win in back-to-back years since Adrian Beltre and Ichiro Suzuki for Seattle in 2007-08.

The Orioles had three other nominees in catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and right fielder Nick Markakis, rounding out a defense that set the Major League record with fewest errors in a season (54) and fielding percentage (.991). Baltimore had 119 errorless games.

Machado put on a clinic at third base, leading the League in fielding percentage (.973), assists (355), double plays turned (42) and range factor per game (3.02) and also finished second with 116 putouts. His 32 Total Zone Runs, which is the number of runs above or below average the player was worth based on the number of plays made, was the highest total for any defender in the majors in 2013 and tied for the 12th best season of all-time.  It was also the best defensive season by an AL infielder since Mark Belanger’s 35 in 1975.

Machado’s 4.4. Defensive Wins Above Replacement led the League and was the third-highest total in the baseball, tying him for the 8th-highest single-season total of all-time for any position. He is the first O’s third baseman to win the award since Brooks Robinson in 1975.

Hardy is the third shortstop in O’s history to win the award in consecutive years, joining Cal Ripken, Jr. (1991-92) and Belanger (six straight, 1973-78).  The captain of the Oriole infield, Hardy he led all AL shortstops in games (159) and double plays turned (108) and also ranked in the top 4 in assists (2nd – 403), putouts (3rd – 230), total zone runs (3rd – 4) and fielding percentage (4th – .981).

Jones lead all AL centerfielders in games (156), assists (11) and putouts (352) and rank was third in fielding percentage (.995). It is the third time in the last four seasons he has led AL centerfielders in putouts.

The trio of awards marks the 19th time the Orioles have had multiple Gold Glove winners in the same season. It is the 10th time in club history the Orioles have had at least three players win a Gold Glove in the same season.

Seventeen different Orioles players have earned a total of 67 Gold Gloves since the award was created in 1957, the second-highest total for any team (St. Louis – 84) and the most in the American League.

Os start pitching coach search

Pitching coach Rick Adair, who took a personal leave of absence during the 2013 season, will not return to the organization and the Orioles have begun the process of replacing him with the hope being it’s completed by the end of the month.

Adair, who took a personal leave of absence in August, was replaced by bullpen coach Billy Castro for the remainder of the season. Castro will get an interview for the job along with Rangers bullpen coach Andy Hawkins who was Texas’ Triple-A pitching coach in manager Buck Showalter’s final year with the organization.

There will be several other interviews, with Showalter working in conjunction with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and the belief being the club would prefer to go external on the hire and keep their Minor League system, including well-regarded Triple-A pitching coach Mike Griffin –who will still be considered—in place if possible.

 

Orioles 2014 Spring Training schedule

The Orioles have announced their 2014 Spring Training schedule, which you can find below. All home games will be played at Ed Smith Stadium. Note: SS denotes a split-squad game.

 Date                  Opponent                               Location                           Time

February 28       at Tampa Bay Rays               Port Charlotte                  1:05

March 1              Toronto Blue Jays                  Sarasota                           1:05

March 2              at Boston Red Sox                 Fort Myers                       1:35

March 3              Minnesota Twins (ss)             Sarasota                          1:05

March 4               at New York Yankees            Tampa                             1:05

March 5                at Minnesota Twins              Fort Myers                     1:05

March 6                Tampa Bay Rays                    Sarasota                        1:05

March 7              Philadelphia Phillies               Sarasota                        1:05

March 8              at Boston Red Sox (ss)            Ft. Myers                      1:05

Boston Red Sox (ss)                                      Sarasota                              7:05

March 9                Pittsburgh Pirates (ss)             Sarasota                     1:05

March 10              at Pittsburgh Pirates               Bradenton                  1:05

March 11              Boston Red Sox (ss)                 Sarasota                     1:05

March 12             Philadelphia Phillies                 Sarasota                      1:05

March 13             at New York Yankees (ss)         Tampa                         1:05

March 14              at Minnesota Twins (ss)           Fort Myers                 1:05

March 15              New York Yankees (ss)             Sarasota                     1:05

March 16              at Toronto Blue Jays                 Dunedin                      1:05

March 17              at Philadelphia Phillies (ss)      Clearwater                 1:05

Minnesota Twins (ss)                                    Sarasota                                7:05

March 19               Tampa Bay Rays                       Sarasota                      1:05

March 20               at Pittsburgh Pirates               Bradenton                   1:05

March 21               Atlanta Braves (ss)                  Sarasota                       1:05

March 22               at Tampa Bay Rays                 Port Charlotte              1:05

March 23               Pittsburgh Pirates                   Sarasota                        1:05

March 24               Boston Red Sox                       Sarasota                        1:05

March 25               at Minnesota Twins                Ft. Myers                       1:05

March 26               at Tampa Bay Rays (ss)          Port Charlotte               1:05

at Boston Red Sox (ss)                                  Fort Myers                              7:10

March 27                 Tampa Bay Rays                    Sarasota                         7:05

Orioles to host “Arts in the Ballpark”

Per a team release…

The Orioles will host “Arts in the Ballpark,” a series of arts and entertainment events for the public at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota beginning this fall. With free and low-cost offerings featuring family-friendly concerts, hands-on activities, and even a holiday ice show, the series will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests.

“The Orioles are excited to present the ‘Arts in the Ballpark’ series to the Sarasota community as part of our ‘Orioles in Sarasota 365’ initiative,” said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. “Hosting major, public events in addition to baseball at Ed Smith Stadium has been the Orioles’ goal since the stadium renovation was completed in 2012. Our community partners in this endeavor have embraced that vision and applied their creativity to shaping affordable family events the public will love.”

Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.orioles.com/Sarasota to view the complete schedule and to check back regularly as additional events are expected to be added. The schedule so far includes:

Play Arts!, October 26, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: A family day of free, fun, hands-on activities to celebrate expanded arts education in Sarasota County schools. The event is being held in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools and The Kennedy Center.

Ice on the Diamond – A Holiday Celebration, December 20, 7:00 p.m.: An ideal holiday outing for families, this professional ice-dancing show will be presented on a specially engineered ice rink on the stadium’s main field.

All-American Family Day & Concert, April 6: A day of free activities designed for the whole family to honor returning military veterans. The day will begin with a ceremony honoring veterans, then attendees will enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family. An exhibition softball game will take place on the Ed Smith Stadium main field featuring local veterans squaring off against Sarasota celebrities. Families can cap off a full day of fun with a free concert by a nationally known music group. Part of The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor campaign honoring veterans and their families, the event is in partnership with Booker High School, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Goodwill Manasota and Sarasota Military Academy.

Sarasota Orchestra’s Spirit of America, May 10, 7:00 p.m.: The Sarasota Orchestra closes its 65th season with a celebratory outdoor Pops concert featuring Molly Cherryholmes, a Grammy-nominated violinist, vocalist and songwriter.

Machado out six months

Manny Machado will miss Spring Training and almost certainly be delayed to start the 2014 regular season as the Orioles third baseman’s recovery timetable following Monday’s knee surgery is approximately six months.

Machado’s procedure to repair the torn medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) in his left knee went as expected according to performing surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.  The 75 minute surgery included an arthroscopy and open reconstruction of the MPFL and a hamstring tendon was used to graft a replacement for the ruptured ligament.

Machado suffered the gruesome-looking knee injury and was carted off the field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sept 23, but the injury wasn’t as bad as originally expected with test results revealing no MCL or ACL damage. The injury to the MPFL is common in younger athletes and was considered good news given how bad the initial injury looked.

The 21-year-old Machado opted to undergo surgery after consulting with numerous doctors with his MRI results and any absence will be a big blow for Baltimore. Named to the All-Star team in his first full season, Machado played Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base and had an AL-leading 51 doubles in 2013.

The O’s primarily used Ryan Flaherty in his absence in the final week of the season, with Danny Valencia and top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop other potential options currently on the team’s 40-man roster. Given that Machado  –who started every game from his debut in 2012 until the injury– is projected right now to still play a bulk of the regular season, it’s unlikely the Orioles go out and get a full-time third baseman elsewhere, although they certainly could shop the market for a utility-type player who could give manager Buck Showalter another option.

Machado to get knee surgery, out 4-6 months

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo reconstructive surgery on the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) in his left knee on Monday, a procedure that will require a 4-6 month rehab and potentially delay his readyiness next spring and into the regular season.

Machado’s surgery will be performed by Dodgers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrach at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, Calf. and doesn’t come as a total surprise given that it was mentioned as a possibility for the 21-year-old, who initially planned on trying rest and rehab for four weeks.

“I sent my MRI results to a couple of doctors and knee specialists and we decided that in the long run and for my future as a baseball player, this surgery would be the best plan,” Machado said in a team-released quote. “I will immediately begin the rehabilitation process in hopes of being ready for the start of Spring Training.”

Machado suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury and was carted off the field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sept 23, but dodged a bullet with test results revealing no MCL or ACL damage.   The injury to the MPFL is common in younger athletes and was considered a bout of good news given how bad the initial injury looked.

“He has the full support of the Orioles organization with this decision,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Machado, “and we look forward to seeing him back on the field in Sarasota at full strength.”

Named to the American League All-Star team in his first full season, Machado played Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base and had a League-leading 51 doubles in 2013.

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Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen underwent successful minor knee surgery to remove small bone spurs in his right knee, the team also announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman of the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Co. last week. Chen is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of Spring Training.

Jones to join TBS postseason crew

Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones will join the TBS crew as a special postseason guest from October 8-10. Jones will follow Gary Sheffield as a studio host for the network.

The MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS, presented by Jeep, will be hosted by Keith Olbermann with analysts Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci with commentary and insights from Dirk Hayhurst. Following each night’s game coverage, the studio team will wrap up the action on The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Johnnie Walker.

The outgoing Jones is coming off a career year in which he hit 33 homers and 108 RBIs in 160 games, setting career-highs in both categories.

 

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