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February 1, 2011

A few more minor signings

According to Baseball America, via mlbtraderumors.com, the Orioles have signed a few more pitchers for minor-league depth.

They are right-handers Chris Jakubauskas and Mark Worrell and lefty James Houser.

Like Nick Bierbrodt, whose signing was announced last week, none of the above trio has been invited to big league camp at this point. That could change as the Orioles re-evaluate the number of arms they need before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 14.

Jakubauskas, 32, pitched in 35 games with the Mariners in 2009 and one game with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010. He is 6-8 with a 5.48 ERA in his big league career.

Worrell, 27, pitched four games in relief for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008.

Houser, 26, made his debut June 24, 2010, pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing three runs for the Florida Marlins in his lone big league appearance. He was a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays' in 2003.

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:45 PM | | Comments (8)
        

Comments

Of these guys, the only one I remember is Jakubauskas, and the only thing I remember is that his name is IMPOSSIBLE TO PRONOUNCE.

Good look Jakubauskas.

Wait til that moron gary thorne tries to pronounce Jakubauskas. Or maybe my dreams came true and he wasn't renewed for this year.

2 young former 2nd rounders..worth the chance. Worrell had TJ surgery in 09, so maybe he comes back strong this year or next. Jakubauskas seems more like Vandenhurk.

Pitching depth at AAA is good to have.

Dan...any news on Dennis Sarfate? At times, he looked OK. Strong arm, but way too inconsistent. Any outlook on him?

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There was talk he was headed to Japan. Don't remember if that got done.

Dan,

By chance is Mark at all related to former Cardinal Todd Worrell? Man was his stuff nasty!

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Not that I could find. But you are right. He was tough in his prime.

Hey Big Al --- from your lips to God's ears! Not having to listen to that moron Thorne would make this the greatest season in a decade ---- REGARDLESS of what happens on the field!!!!

Hey guys, it's fitting that we are talking about Gary "I never know what pitch it was, so what the hell, I'll just guess" Thorne in a minor league player column. He deserves to be in a minor league baseball announcer column. He's a hockey announcer who is way over his head doing baseball. Just awful. The OVER/UNDER each game for him getting the pitch wrong, while it friggen tells you in the upper right corner of the TV screen is about 15 per game. THAT is minor league BS. We are beginning to get back a little respect in the field, it's time we do the same in the TV booth.

Thorne also routinely gets the location of the pitch wrong, the counts wrong, and which player is actually batting.

He went 2/3 of an inning once announcing the visiting team's batting order while the Orioles were hitting.

The absolute worst thing that could happen was when Jim Palmer complimented him on the "throttles back on the change up" comment he made. Now he uses it all the time.

We've had some real winners. Thorne and him not knowing what the heck is happening, Buck Martinez and his swarling drawl and odd voice inflection changes that he doesn't use in his normal speaking voice or in interviews, and Micheal Reghi and his constant smacking of his lips before every sentence.

Maybe one other place the Orioles can look for an upgrade is the broadcast booth. I personally liked Ronald Reagan when Cal Ripken came to the plate. Ripken drills a pitch and the President says, "Well, Homerun." Before it cleared the fence mind you. "What's that worth these days, three points?"

Remember the good old days when John Lowenstein did the color on O's broadcasts? I miss Brother Lo and also Brooks Robinson when he did color. Palmer is good for his insights in to the game and he isn't afraid to tell the truth when things go bad, which unfortunately is the route its' been going for 13 years.

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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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