What they're saying about the Orioles: June 9
Here's a look at what other media outlets have said about the Orioles in the past week:
• Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman evaluates MLB’s 12 new managers and how they’re faring. He gave O’s manager Buck Showalter a sparkling review:
He changed the culture last year, proving he was exactly the right man to shake up the moribund organization. Unfortunately, they are one of many teams beset by injuries, in their case to several infielders and pitchers (even so, they are only 5 ½ games behind the Red Sox in the impossible AL East). In the end, he may be the best choice of all. An expansion of the playoffs would be something else to cheer in Baltimore.
• Steve Melewski talked to Baseball America’s Jim Callis about the signability of Orioles’ top pick Dylan Bundy. Callis said while it may come late, it will happen.
Callis fully expects the negotiations to go smoothly and lead to the O's getting Bundy signed.
"They may be looking at it from a standpoint and I said this about guys like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, you are a prisoner of your own talent," Callis said. "Dylan Bundy is so good that they are going to offer him more money than he can possibly turn down.”
Because Bundy was one of the top picks in the draft, it seems likely that the contract talks will drag out to the last minute.
"Bundy may not sign until August 15 at 11:58 p.m. You just don't take the guy at number four wondering 'I hope we can sign him,'" Callis said. "When you take him at number four, you're committed to getting him signed."
• Yahoo!’s Steve Henson examines famous bloodlines with the players selected in the 2011 MLB Draft. The O’s eighth-round pick, Johnny Ruettinger, is the nephew of Rudy Ruettinger, the subject of the movie “Rudy.”
He's fast enough that teammates called him "Johnny Lightning," but it's only the second-best nickname in the family. His uncle is Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger, the subject of the movie classic "Rudy," about a walk-on football player at Notre Dame who made his only appearance in the last game of his career and recorded a sack.
• SI’s Joe Lemire ranked the O’s 19th in his weekly power rankings, a two-spot leap from last week. He called Showalter’s crew the best cellar dweller in the league.
The Orioles swept the A's in a three-game series for the first time since 2005 -- and first time at home since 1998 -- but, then again, everyone is sweeping Oakland these days. Baltimore, at 29-31, is by far baseball's best last-place team, again mired behind a stout class of AL East teams. But its current place 5 1/2 games out of first is the closest they've been to the top of the division on the morning of June 9 since it led the East on that date in 2005. Last year the O's were 22 games out already and over the past five years they've been an average of 11 1/2 games behind first in the division.
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