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August 25, 2011

Felix Pie clears waivers (update, expected to report to Norfolk)

Orioles outfielder Felix Pie has cleared waivers.

He can now elect to become a free agent or report to Triple-A Norfolk. He has until Saturday morning to make that decision, but he can make it sooner.

If he chooses to become a free agent, he would forfeit what is left of his $985,000 salary for 2011.

Update: Pie is expected to accept the assignment and will report to Norfolk either Friday or Saturday.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 1:57 PM | | Comments (18)
        

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Rarely has anyone made $985,000 for producing so little.

I often wondered how someone could spend so much time in the major leagues with so little aptitude for the game. He had no baserunning instincts. He never seemed to know how many outs there were or where the outfielders were playing or who had a strong or poor throwing arm. That's just failure to think ahead. He never learned to be an expert judge of the flight of a fly ball. That's just failure to practice sufficiently. He never seemed to know what to do with a ball when it was hit to him. That's again a failure to THINK.

Pie had great speed and excellent hand/eye coordination. Too bad he didn't put enough effort into the mental side of the game and into practice, practice, practice.

What a waste.

@Jim: "Rarely has anyone made $985,000 for producing so little."

You clearly have no memory of Adam Eaton. The Phillies ate millions of contract dollars to run him out of town. When he was picked up by the O's, they paid the minimum salary and the Phillies paid the rest. Talk about a waste of money.

What a shocker; you mean no other team thinks Pie is worth the time of day?

Maybe that no other team wanted him for such little money, will awaken his I am good enough but nobody lets me play attitude. NOBODY claimed him, nobody saw any value. It either wakes him up or or he puts up an even more screw you I am good enough wall.

Wonder if he chooses to goto the minors or work the FA market.

Pie proved last year that when put in the lineup everyday, he produces.

This is one more case where Showalter has mis-managed a player.

Felix should choose to go to Norfolk now and get in their lineup on a daily basis and prove all over again that he's a consistent player only when given a chance to play regularly.

Showalter has not given him that chance.

Pie did two things extremely well. He ran well--I didn't say run the bases well--and he glared at the opposing pitcher with a glare that would frighten small children and some rookies. I hope that he does well at AAA and comes back as a genuine contributor. (Although for the life of me I never understood why we kept him and let Corey Patterson walk...)

The Hayden Penn spot on the 40 man roster is finally available for a real player.

This 2.7 year experiment is over and Reimold is contributing on a daily basis.

Raw ability does not transform to skill without real commitment.

As Buck said, he(Pie) has had ample opportunity to prove himself. You play your way into the lineup, seems to me he thought his performance last year bought him a free ride this ....... Never been too impressed with him. Talented but wastes it!

Does anyone here know how much baseball Pie played before turning pro? I've wondered whether Felix was a star in, say, soccer whose athleticism prompted baseball scouts to drool before he had mastered more than a little of their sport.

Felix Pie is a relative bargain when one recalls the $4 million tossed to the wind for Garrett Atkins. Pie was an exceptional outfielder prior to getting injured in 2010. He needs to clear his head, focus, stop pouting and play in Norfolk as though his professional life depends on it. That's certainly the case. I still think he has a higher upside than Reimold.

Felix Pie needs to play everyday at Norfolk. watching him in person. he constantly looks into the bleachers between pitches.
Felix could be a man in this game if he ever reaches his potential. but, time is definitely running out

Big deal, whatever.

When he played in 2010 he produced, which is all a player can do when given a chance. He's played so sporadically in 2011 that to say he was given an adequate opportunity would be unfair. Players like him on other teams seem to ultimately produce. Not surprising then is our 14 year record of ineptitude. But wait, Pie is responsible for that also.

I think he just really misses Luke Scott. Maybe we can get someone at Norfolk to throw banana chips at him.

The Norfolk season will be over in another week. Will he come back to the Orioles when the rosters expand for September?

I can see how not playing often can hurt his batting numbers, but that SHOULD NOT change how he plays in the Outfield, or runs the bases. He seems lost in everything he does out side of the batters box. I can go along with the argument that he needs regular at bats to get his offense going, but bad defense, mental error on throws, mental errors on the basepaths are not something we should have to see. (Make the error once or twice, but learn from it and stop making the mistake)

I can see how not playing often can hurt his batting numbers, but that SHOULD NOT change how he plays in the Outfield, or runs the bases. He seems lost in everything he does out side of the batters box. I can go along with the argument that he needs regular at bats to get his offense going, but bad defense, mental error on throws, mental errors on the basepaths are not something we should have to see. (Make the error once or twice, but learn from it and stop making the mistake)

I was hoping some other team would of picked him up. I hope to never see him in a O's uniform again.

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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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