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February 18, 2009

Quick hits

Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara threw his second bullpen this morning, drawing the usual number of Asian and American journalists. His command was good and he showed off his sharp-breaking forkball.

He was flanked on one side by Jake Arrietta, whose fastball was crisp, and Jamie Walker, who looked like Jamie Walker. Don't kid yourselves. Walker will have a good spring. His struggles last year notwithstanding, he is a particularly tough guy to face this type of year.

Luke Scott said he will shave his bushy lumberjack beard before the start of the first full-squad workout tomorrow. I think he's just waiting for the environmental impact report.

The Orioles will hold open ballboy and ballgirl tryouts at noon on March 7 at Oriole Park. Former O's pitcher Dave Johnson and longtime umpires attendant Ernie Tyler, along with some members of the front office staff, will evaluate the candidates. Bring your own glove.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 1:10 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Just baseball
        

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Is there an age limit on the ballboy/ballgirl tryouts? Thanks

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Pete's reply: 18 or older.

Schmuckers,

... he is a particularly tough guy to face this type of year ?

What does that even mean?

How is this type of year different than others? Because it's his walk year? Because it's an odd year? Maybe because it's the last year of a decade? Help me out here man!!! Thanks!


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Pete's reply: Sorry, this time of year. I'll fix it.

hey schmuck, you have any way of getting us some video of what's going on down there? Did u bring any video equipment with you?

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Pete's reply: The Sun is posting video by photographer Doug Kapustin from down here.

"Maybe because it's the last year of a decade?"

It isn't the last year of a decade.

Let me guess you thought the new Millennia started in the year 2000?

1-10, 1-100, 1-1000

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Pete's reply: All this because I accidentally typed "type of year" instead of "time of year."


Sorry Jeff, but I'm a mathematician, and mathematically speaking, this is the last year of a decade.

Thanks for playing though :). ;-)

0-9, 10-19, 20-29.... lol... I love having this debate.

Pete,
Why do you let sarcastic people like Jeff V on here...sounds like a NY know it all jerk

Why do you think Walker will have a good year? Just wondering...Thanks!


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Pete's reply: I don't know if he'll have a great year. I think he'll be very effective at Triple-A, but probably will struggle some here.

Pete-

You've got too many pulchritudinous bloggers who have waaaay too much time on their hands, ready to leap on your every typo or mistake. People, pull yourselves away from your laptops every third day or so and step outside for some fresh oxygen. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the benefits...

Simple question: What do you think of Koji so far? I really want to know if this guy is ready in your mind--hell, in anyone's mind.

Thanks.

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Pete's reply: He's a veteran guy with great command, but not so great velocity. He'll benefit early from the fact that nobody is familiar with him.

Tough crowd Pete. But then again, we ARE Orioles fans!

Actually, Pete, this "time" of year gets you in another kind of trouble, but not your own, just Walker's. Being good this time of year - i.e. it's only Spring Training - does a person no good.

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