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May 11, 2010

Patterson's arrival imminent

Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Corey Patterson is expected to leave Syracuse, N.Y. on Wednesday for Baltimore, a source told the Sun.

It’s possible he won’t be activated by the Orioles until Thursday, when the club faces a right-handed starter for the first time in their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards.

Patterson, 30, who played with the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, batted .368 in 14 games with the Tides. He joined Norfolk in late April after he failed to make the Seattle Mariners out of spring training.

Patterson's Tides are in Syracuse to play the Chiefs, the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate.

No word on a corresponding move, but outfielders Nolan Reimold and Lou Montanez are the most likely candidates to be demoted.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 11:00 PM | | Comments (17)


Back to the future with Corey Patterson.

Is Patterson the direction this team is now going toward? I cannot believe this is happening.

Patterson may not be the future, but neither is Montanez. Maybe not Reimold either. Reimold is hurt, Lou is a AAAA player. If Patterson has a hot start here & helps to win 2-3 games and the team puts together a winning streak, then it's worth it. If not, cut him & bring back whoever got sent down - he'll have some confidence back, and we lose nothing. Low risk proposition here. It's not like we have a glut of future Hall of Famers that we're talking about demoting.

Needs to be REIMOLD. Why? Because Nolan Reimold has talent, hustle and can be a huge slice of the O's future success. Montanez? Nice guy with no expected impact, regardless of how he does in minors.

Get Reimold away from the "Crow" immediately. He will find his stroke and return in 10 days.

Now for Jones...

Corey Patterson is going to fit in perfectly with this club. Just another clueless batter on a team that has yet to show even an iota of improvement from last year's disaster of a season.

The M's beat us with Griffey sleep, sad, sad, if the O's had that going on they would top it off with a loss. This means most MLB teams can beat us with one hand tied behind their backs.

I was at the game Tuesday night and saw that Nolan Reimold looks completely lost, both offensively and defensively. A stint at AAA may do him wonders.

I also think the O's offensive struggles are tied to low on-base percentages and the failure to set-the-table for what little power they possess in the middle of the lineup. Corey Patterson may address those concerns.

I say demote Reimold and promote Patterson to start daily in left field. Do it now. Why not?

When is the move to fire Crowley going to be made? He needs to go if not also Trembley. I ve been a huge fan of Trembley and saying its not his fault but enough is enough of his laid back attitude. Something has to give!

Corey thats "Change you can believe in"

Corey Patterson has speed on the bases and is a gamer that could add some much needed spark in the lead-off position. Brian Roberts who only played the first week of the season still leads the club in stolen bases. That is sad.

Why? Was Luis Matos not available?

THIS TEAM IS A JOKE. i can relax, the season is saved.....

I think they should demote Reimold. He's obviously a part of the long-term picture, so he needs to play every day under less pressure and get his stroke back. At this point, it appears that Montanez is pretty much a AAAA guy, so you might as well keep him around as a spare part for now. It's not like this team is going anywhere this year (again).

Once again, a perfectly example of the terrible stewardship of Andy MacPhail. Corey Patterson has no spot on a winning team. Believing that a 30-year old who has a hot three weeks in the minor leagues is a different player than the one who's been a complete failure in the major leagues over a significant period of time shows that we have terrible talent evaluation skills. If we're going with youth, then go with youth. We were told two months ago to trust in the rookies and the young guys and now we're going to give up on them and bring up a 30 year old major league reject. Hey, let's replace David Hernandez with Adam Eaton. Maybe we can replace Atkins with Kevin Millar? The fact is that Andy MacPhail has consistently been unable or unwilling to bring in major league quality players to surround our core of Markakis, Jones, and Weiters and that's why the main reason why team is so bad. The secondary reason is that we over-evaluated our players, thinking that they're far better than they are, like Jones, Hernandez, and Markakis.

Good. Let Jones sit for a week or two while he figures out how to lay off breakiong stuff in the dirt. Send back Reimold or Montanez, it doesn't matter, since they are equally bad. Hopefully by the time Jones gets his act together, Patterson can move to left and give the remaining Bobsey twin a little time off, too.

With Patterson we may score 2 runs/game.

Once again the Orioles just recycle yesterday's garbage. Does anyone in this organization have a clue of what direction we're supposedly heading in? I guess the real question is . . . do we even have a direction?

The organization is top heavy with pitching prosprects but the cupboards look rather bare for position players.
Promoting Patterson will not help.
Firing Crow will not help.
Firing Trmbley will not help.
What manager could win with this roster?
So many major leaguers not earning their keep.
Markakis, Jones, Reimold, Scott, Atkins the list is endless.
What a train wreck.
Either trade a young pitcher now (Hernandez) for real batting help or wait for the off season to acquire/overpay for real bats via free agency.
When do the Ravens start training camp?

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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