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May 9, 2010

MLB: Pretty in pink...but

Major League Baseball is celebrating Mothers Day with its annual promotion of breast cancer awareness. Players are wearing pink batting gloves and ribbons and using special bats that are painted pink.

It's a great thing, of course, but I'm trying to figure out just what MLB officials were thinking when they told Matt Wieters that he couldn't wear a specially made chest protector with some pink in the padding and his mother's name (Pamela) embroidered tastefully on the collar.

Wieters was forbidden from wearing it because it didn't meet MLB's uniform requirements -- on a day when the sport totally relaxed its uniform and equipment rules for the same reason. I know that rules are rules, but this kind of thing just makes MLB officials look like mindless martinets.

Though it certainly isn't on the same level, it's kind of reminiscent of the time NFL officials told Peyton Manning he could not wear black high-top shoes as a special tribute after the death of Johnny Unitas.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:14 PM | | Comments (57)
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Baseball is run by idiots, especially that fool from Milwaukee in charge.............

Well Peter I suspect the MLB officials look like mindless martinets because that's what too many of them are.
They should be encouraging the players to do things like Weiters tried to, instead they're squashing them. Idiots.
How about a column on this Pete? maybe it'll get picked up and someone in the MLB brain trust will be smart enough to change this for next year.

Amazing how this team forgot how to hit. Jones actual takes a walk and has a hit. Who would've thought dropping him in the lineup would wake him up. It took 30 games to figure that out. WOW great Managing!

Matusz has a ruff outing but our pitching has been fairly good. These guys have showed then can except with runners on. PLEASE CHANGE THIS SO CALLED MANAGER THAT HAS TO GIVE JONES A DAY OFF BEFORE DROPPING HIM IN THE ORDER. Give CAL a chance!!!

Matusz has a ruff outing but our pitching has been fairly good. These guys have showed then can except with runners on. PLEASE CHANGE THIS SO CALLED MANAGER THAT HAS TO GIVE JONES A DAY OFF BEFORE DROPPING HIM IN THE ORDER. Give CAL a chance!!!

Matusz has a ruff outing but our pitching has been fairly good. These guys have showed then can hit except with runners on. PLEASE CHANGE THIS SO CALLED MANAGER THAT HAS TO GIVE JONES A DAY OFF BEFORE DROPPING HIM IN THE ORDER. Give CAL a chance!!!

Pete, I think you have it backwards. Peyton Manning WAS authorized to honor Unitas with high-topps because he was on the Colts. It was either Kyle Boller or Chris Redman (forget which) that was prohibited from doing the same - causing some controversy around here, obviously

At least that's what I remember.

Record since sweeping Boston?

2-5

Ah.... all those post after the Boston series.... where are they now?


Wayne, reveling is Orioles losses. Break it down any way you want, but you'd rather see the O's lose so you can be right.

There's Wayne, the king of selective memory. Look, we get it, losing bad, winning good. Hey, the Orioles are 0-2 since yesterday afternoon -- MacPhail obviously has no idea how to prepare a team for day-night doubleheaders. You know, he's lost more games than anyone in baseball over the past 24 hours.

Nice looking pup, Peter. Any chance he could mistake Wayne for a fire hydrant?

When the NFL told Peyton Manning he couldnt wear hi cleats, Chris Redman wore em anyway

Wieters shouldve worn it anyway too

and I've been right for years... It's just that since AM arrived, I've been correct more than usual... So have many others

Why do apologists like Robert/Shamrock love losing so much ?

Just look at the Blue Jays who I hate but they trade there franchise best player, call it a rebuilding year, cut there payroll. With good managing , a guy most teams interviewed for the last ten years to meet minority standards with no intentions of hiring. After he one 2 W.S. tittles. He even told the blue jays he wasn't interviewing but they said you don't have to its your job. It shows with a bit of direction good things can happen. Want to double the attendance hire CAL at least people will show to see it. And maybe, well at least some hope.

Just look at the Blue Jays who I hate but they trade there franchise best player, call it a rebuilding year, cut there payroll. With good managing , a guy most teams interviewed for the last ten years to meet minority standards with no intentions of hiring. After he one 2 W.S. tittles. He even told the blue jays he wasn't interviewing but they said you don't have to its your job. It shows with a bit of direction good things can happen. Want to double the attendance hire CAL at least people will show to see it. And maybe, well at least some hope.

I don't love losing. I don't like proceeding without an idea of what will get the team where it wants to be. Blowing it up and starting over with, who, JP Ricciardi? That would be better? He sure spent a lot of money, inside and outside the organization. How'd that work out for the Blue Jays?

No, anyone with even a small understanding of baseball history knows that turning a losing team into a winner takes 5 years, give or take. This is year three under MacPhail.

Losing stinks. Proceeding without a plan keeps the losing cycle going. Changing planners doesn't necessarily improve results. If anyone's got a sure-fire plan for success, I'd love to hear it. We all would.

Most of the blue jays moves like Halliday were by his replacement Antoplouses or something like that, but JP wood have more vision then this guy.

Pete,

I agree with you whole heartedly for a change! Is there anyway we can blame Andy, I'm open to all suggestions!

The fact that we can't hit our way out a paper bag leads me to believe that over time, this too will destroy our pitchers from lack of support and eventually another reason not to pitch in Baltimore!

I told you so!

The truth will set you free!

Boycott Birdland!

Folks,

Get over yourselves, all winter Wayne, Gil and I were preparing you for this and all the warehousers, Kool Aid Drinkers and Baltimore Sun Bloggers, said we have a plan, were counting wins and losses, this year will be different!

What did we tell you? Exactly what your seeing! When you rehire a minor league manager, you have an owner who won't spend money and a 1970's-1980' GM and only the Pirates have a lower payroll! The aforementioned group has no special knowledge, no baseball skills, we merely didn't buy into the Plan, the Suns hype of the plan and paid attention to what other teams had done as well as the probability prospects actually work out!

Were not a square 1, were about 6 years less than square 1. The culture of this organization has to change immediately if they ever want to attract quality management and players. It will NOT happen overnight! PA either needs to clean everyone out and build some trust with a proven baseball man or sell this team. We are in a 12 do loop of futility, and as we attempt to grow 2-4 mediocre talents the Yanks, Sox, Rays and Blue Jays are buying proven all-star talent, you never catch up!

I told you so!

The truth will set you free!

Sorry Robert, I know more than you'll ever learn about baseball.

5 years is a made up number dopey apologists like you say repeatedly in the hope that other dopes will blindly believe it. Propaganda, Herr Goebbels

Detroit lost 119 games in 2003

Det went to the World Series in 06. Thats 3 yrs. OOps


MacFail was hired in June 07 and the orioles were in last place. When June 2010 gets here, the Os will still be in last place.

As a matter of fact win totals have decreased every yr that andy (losingest exec in 20 yrs) macFail has been here


The main difference between the orioles and detroit is that Det had an owner, GM and mgr who knew how to win and werent afraid to take chances and spend money

119 losses to the world series in 3 years. Mcfail has gone from 93 losses to most likely 103 losses in 3 yrs

The Orioles will not be any closer to winning in 2012 than they are now. Stop spinning and lying, herr propoganda minister

Its "really about the yr after next" doesnt work anymore

This yr was supposed to be "about wins and losses" according to Andy MacCollossalFailure

Get your facts straight and take your horse manure where it belongs

Today's happy thought for all the corporal mortifier's around...

If the O's continue splitting games like they did this weekend, they finish with 74 wins, a 10 game improvement over last season... hahaha!!! eat it ya lunatics! I love that any glimmer of positivity sends you all into a tizzy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHdZFppSZss

Whoever is posting that Nazi sh*t can stick it. This is baseball. You area name-calling lowlife, and that stuff has no business here.

You can say all you want about your idea of what works and what doesn't in baseball, but keep that other stuff in your litterbox at home, where it belongs.

None of my business how the blog is run, of course, but I do have a sense of history, and of where the lines of decency are. You, nameless, gutless punk, have crossed it.

We can argue baseball all day. When you are ready to join civilization.

Robert = Josef Goebbels

74 wins! a parade on Pratt St

Woo-hoooo

The O's play 500 baseball for 130 games ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?


AHAHAHAHAHAHA


BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL


PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTT

I think we should name keith rowe manager he was a hell of a manager in his day
bawmer

I think we should name keith rowe manager he was a hell of a manager in his day
bawmer

Ty Wigginton is going to be an All Star an have a better year than Ben (the Juicer) Zobrist had last year.

Matt Wieters has started his career almost identically to that of Joe Mauer.

Josh Bell is playing better in AAA.

(angry ranting resumes in.... 5... 4... 3... )

Too bad baseball doesn't know shame because it should be ashamed of itself.

Again.

Interesting O's reference in the Pgh. Post-Gazette today. Writer Dean Kovacevic clearly and logically lays out the arguments against the perennial call for bad teams to promote players. He cites Hayden Penn as a player promoted, despite clear indications he was not ready, because the parent team was struggling and needed pitching, Agree or not with holding players back, it's a well-reasoned article which (gasp!) sticks to baseball and doesn't go off into personalities.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10129/1056781-63.stm

Tidbit: The Pirates, low-spending like the O's, have spent lavishly in the draft. Not that it's gotten them squat yet, but an interesting approach.

Interesting article but I have to take exception with anyone who thought Hayden Penn was an "elite-level prospect." C'mon. You could watch the guy pitch one inning and tell he wasn't going to amount to much and you could just be a baseball fan and see that. The same way you can look at Matusz and tell there's legitimate talent there. Penn was considered a big-time prospect by the Orioles because they had nothing better at the time.

Ok SHAMROCK, two can play this game...If Andy Macphail's losers can pick up the pace and improve the pathetic .281 winning percentage to .410 the rest of the way{ 53 and 77} this dysfunctional group will lose exactly 100 games. Andy will still be bullish on the plan but will be the GM for the York Revolution. Egg sucking equivocators respond in 4,3,2,1....


Call the Orioles and demand change at the GM position now

That's your case SCAM? That's it?

Do you see their record?

Do you lose in your job? In life? In everything you do?

Is that why the Orioles look so good to you, even while being the worst team in baseball?


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Pete,

I am curious what your take is or anyone on here for that matter on the responsibility players have to report injuries in a timely manner. I get why in the NFL that players would hide injuries since the entire salary isn't guaranteed, but in MLB, it is so while I am not hoping for greedy owners to get more money back, I do feel that guys like JJ, Gonzo and Roberts should be held accountable. JJ was hurt from jump street and instead of saying anything that not only would've saved him from going to AAA, but from also possibly having surgery, but he said nothing and his injury only got worse. Gonzo was bad all ST so I always wondered why the O's didn't have him examine to err on the side of caution because his velocity was flat out awful and now if this guy needs major surgery, he probably wouldn't be ready to go till next summer so the 12 mil is gone. Brian waited a month with his back injury before telling the F.O. so I find it really hard to believe that if he was treated right away that perhaps he would be playing right now because the back is something that needs to be caught early plus who knows what type of exercises he did after he felt the initial pain that might have made it even worse, but even if he ended up where he is at now, there wouldn't be any second guessing.

I also wanted to say that the M's fired their hitting coach, but we have yet to do anything so while Crowley will probably never be fired since he's lasted this long already, I hope DT is gone on Monday and I also hope Luke and Nolan are playing for the Tides because Luke is lost at the plate and Nolan needs confidence. They can't do anything with Izzy, but they can't keep throwing guys like Luke, Adam and Nolan out there and expect to win or be competitive. If I'm a SP and I see 4 guys hitting under .230, I am psyched to go on the mound and it's not like anyone on the bench is pushing for more playing time so the O's can wait or do something!


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Pete's reply: Well, Brian got treatment right away. He just didn't tell the media about the injury until spring training, and he had no financial reason to hide anything. I don't know where JJ was at the start of training camp. Some players are reluctant to tell anybody they are hurting because they want to be tough guys. Cal kept a lot to himself to limit speculation about the streak. The only one that is really fair to question is Gonzalez, because nobody knows if he was hurt when he signed. Otherwise, these guys get paid anyway so they aren't trying to protect their salaries.

Quick,can anybody tell me the only team in baseball to not have double digit wins at the 10th of May.Nope,not the Pirates,nope,not the Royals,nope not Seattle,It's our own Orioles.aren't we proud.How's the plan working,DUMBROCK,or is it PETROCK?Gil,Wayne,Bob L.,myself and several others have pointed out repeatedly that this plan and team and ownership and management is flawed.Then you have goofball Robert saying the plan should take 2 more years because we are only in year 3,when McFail himself said before the season that a)this is the best team he has ever headed north with(I think he had his directions messed up,because we are definitely headed south),and b)this season will be measured in wins and losses.So here we are Robert,you're contradicting your own GM and telling us we are idiots for not buying into his plan that hasn't produced anything on his timetable,not yours.Talk about blind trust.Combine MCFail,Angelos and Trembley and what do you have?Three Blind Mice.And with Wigginton's bat starting to cool off,it's going to get much worse.He's dropped 40 some points in the last week.Enter b for bad,very very bad.And if you didn't see this coming something was terribly wrong.Garrett Atkins?Mike Gonzalez,who wasn't even Atlanta's primary closer?Mark Hendrickson,who can't get lefthanders out.Jason Berken pitched well all spring and so far all year but he only gets in the game when it's already over.Fat Albers?Jim Johnson?C'mon,who thought he was ready to be a legitimate closer?He couldn't even handle the 8th inning consistently.Kevin Millwood,good pickup,but do you see some of the lineups Trembley has put on the field when he pitches?It's pathetic it's pathetic,it's the pathetic slide.

Wayne, reveling is Orioles losses. Break it down any way you want, but you'd rather see the O's lose so you can be right.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2010 4:53 PM

and I've been right for years... It's just that since AM arrived, I've been correct more than usual... So have many others

Posted by: wayne | May 9, 2010 5:15 PM

There you go, wayne lovers. He doesn't deny that he'd rather see the O's lose than be wrong. What a guy.

before some of you folks light your torches, grab your pitchforks and storm the warehouse, take a second to remember what 'the plan' is. in a nutshell it is 'grow your arms and buy your bats'. this is the first time in a long time that i have seen the orioles have the luxury of sending a tillman back down to work on his game, or, keep a talent like arrieta down to polish his. they have also had enough talent to revamp the bullpen (albeit they are thin on lefthanders and i hope that patton was sincere when he stated that he would be willing to pitch in relief).
my guess is that mcphail will be scratching out at least one very large check this off-season because the first half of the plan seems to be tracking well.
so if we can make it through this season, i think, we'll get some good baseball and a historic building will be preserved.

I know ppl will be shocked to know that a team with 3/4 of its Infield playing out of position is struggling defensively, but here are the numbers that confirm it

The Orioles rank #29 with a team -14.3 UZR/150 slightly better than The lowest the Astros with a -14.5 UZR/150.

Individually the performers are as follows:

1B: Garrett Atkins (-4.0)
2B: Ty Wigginton (-46.0), Julio Lugo (-49.3)
3B: Miguel Tejada (13.5)
SS: Cesar Izturis (21.6)
RF: Nick Markakis (-8.2)
LF: Nolan Reimold (-86.4), Felix Pie (-0.1), Lou Montanez (0.0), Luke Scott (3.4)
CF Adam Jones (-34.1)

There was no ranking yet for catcher.

Bellevue Bob. There's no doubt we have a few decent arms but there are far too many holes that have to be filled on this team before we can come close to competing.
MacPhail has had almost 4 years to assemble a winner and it looks like we are moving backwards. Our offense is regressing because MacPhail chose to fill holes with substandard players like Scott/Atkins etc and this has been his pattern since his arrival.
I'd be more optimistic if there was light at the end of the tunnel but I don't see it. His rebuilding approach is like the proverbial leaking dyke. Fill holes and more appear...now we don't have a closer or any consistent power hitters and a bench full of pop gun hitters, with marginal skills to boot.
I think it's time to consider the MacPhail experiment over but unfortunately, we are stuck with him until the end of 2010. I can't recall too many cases of a GM being fired in the middle of the season but on the other hand, it gives King Peter time to find someone else.
Of course, an argument can be made that no one can turn this mess around, especially since Angelos seems to be less than committed to winning any more.
Maybe the sad reality is that the once-proud Orioles franchise has become another KC, Pittsbugh, Cleveland-a team that exists to boost the W/L records of good teams and give the rapidly decreasing die-hard ball fans something to do once or twice a week.


Even though the starting pitching has been so-far-so-good this season, I think that it's going to be difficult to "buy the bats" when you have a team with the worst record in MLB.

And what happens when the starting pitching falters, like yesterday? You get 6-0 losses, like yesterday.

Also, you have to wonder how likely it is that Kevin Millwood will want to remain here. How many decent outings will he have to have before he gets his first victory?

What has Andy done since he got here in early June 2007 that any other half witted half ass "baseball person"
could not have done? He traded some veterens for prospects and calls it a "rebuilding plan." That's the plan? That's all we get in his fourth season? This is the best he could do? And what's worse, he thinks it's working. 9 and 23 is working?

Now major league hitters are adjusting to our 'can't miss" pitching prospect Brian Matusz, who some on the blog were ready to nominate for the Cy young award. Our "All Star Gold Glove centerfielder" may be headed back to AAA. Our top First Base prospect was hitting .181 at Norfolk when I checked last week, and the club is toying with the idea of bringing up Corey Patterson. Are you kidding me?

There is no plan, only chaos, brought to us by Andy "The Music Man" Macphail. Yes, there's trouble right here in River City. Most of us wised up to this grand scam years ago. The rest are still waiting for Professor Harold Hill to form the Boy's Band.

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Pete's reply: Try to be fair, Gil. The Bedard deal was a total steal, and the fact that you dislike MacPhail and are impatient doesn't change that. He knows the business and he's been here 2 1/2 seasons. Do you honestly think Pat Gillick would have this team in the playoffs by now?

wow Pete,

I just read your article on MacPhail. Great piece of journalism. I'll go as far as saying courageous.

What happened? Did you get a job offer out west?

Call the Orioles and demand change at the GM position now.

Gil,

Fans need to call the city of Baltimore to pry the team off Angelos crusty claws.

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Pete's reply: Now, you want the City of Baltimore to run the team. You are a glutton for punishment.

Shamrock,

Come on now, you know I don't want the O's to lose. I believe in your heart of hearts, you believe I'd much rather be wrong about this team. That I'd much prefer witnessing winning baseball at the Yard rather than what we've all had to endure.

I honestly wish that AM was the man. I gave him the benefit of the doubt when hired, even though I inwardly questioned his track record since 1990.

It's just that it didn't take long to see how this guy was a fraud.

Tell me Sham, what's AM's timeline?

In Chicago, 5 years had passed before anyone realized (we're still losing 90 games?). Same thing is happening here Sham..... Only when AM was about to be run out of Chi-Town did he start to get desperate. And low and behold, they started to win (some). But it was WAY too late.

So why are we allowing the same thing to continue in Baltimore? Especially when, nearing his 4th year, AM suggest that 65 wins would be a success.

Why would you or anyone settle for such failure?

So no Shamrock, I don't wish this team to lose. Quite the contrary in fact.

But I think you know that.....

Shamrock,

i knew that you were dumb, but to suggest that Wigginton will have a better yr than ZObrist is to use your words just "plain dumb"

What shall we bet ?

Zobrist will have a higher BA, OBP,SLG and OPS than Wiggy.

He'll also have more SB's and a better fielders rating

You're forgetting your names again.

WE had the Zobrist argument when you were posting under one of your other aliases- LMAO

Pete,

I don't dislike anybody personally. I dislike performances that produce poor results whether is business or sports. Andy Macphail ii now in his fourth season as GM and has been on the job nearly three full seasons. I believe that is sufficient time to make value judgements as to his success or failure so far and the team's record of wins and losses since he has been the GM speaks for itself. The team is headed in the wrong direction right now by any measure. He can't live off the Bedard trade, that was one transaction, albeit a good one. He is not the only GM to make similar "steals."

The simple fact is that his plan is a one dimensional long term gamble and the farm system still lacks near term promotable position players. Macphail has no fall back position and seems bewildered and frustrated himself at the current state of affairs. He seems determined to continue to do what he is doing and it is not working. How much patience should the owner or the fans have? Another two years? Five? Ten?


I say he has already failed and deserves to be fired right now before he does further damage. But I'm sure he is a decent person and a good man, just a Baseball GM past his prime who has made a bad situation worse.

wayne, Keith Rowe, Gil, et al,

Until you can answer who you would have brought in that would have mattered, quit patting yourselves on the back and get over it.

I'm not tied to McPhail in any way shape or form or "The Plan." They can fire him tomorrow, I could really care less. It doesn't retroactively change the free agent market from this past winter does it? Does it keep Roberts from getting hurt? Gonzalez? JJ? Pie? Koji?

If any of you were the GM's this winter, the other couple of you would be exclaiming what an epic failure you were for guys like Ben "6.38 6HR" Sheets, Jason ".248 1 HR" Bay, Chone ".185" Figgins or whoever else we had to have at all costs this winter.

For kman, is it really the manager or the players that Toronto aquired? Oh and your master plan of trade your ace for young players? We did that, see Erik Bedard. Also, on this blog success in the 90's means zero. Wayne will tell you as much. Well if it's the Twins anyway.

The minor league manager debate is bogus too while I'm ranting. Any guesses on where Bobby Cox started his career? Jim Leyland? Tony La Russa?Dare I even say it, Earl Weaver? Oh right, the minors. Shhhhh don't tell anyone though since former minor league managers don't know how to manage in the majors so all of their wins would mean less. They may even take back World Series rings if the secret gets out.

James C. you are the voice of reason and your points are well made. At this point with Macphail I don't think it is the "who" but the "what." Macphail has betrayed the trust and confidence of the fans and the owner by overtly not trying to win for four years now. For perspective, my son was in elementary school when Macphail got here, now he is finishing his freshman year in high school. You just can't take the helm of a team that has had 10 losing seasons in a row and not attempt to put a competitive product on the field while rebuilding. Macphail has no plan other than what he is doing, which is to trade an occasional veteren for a few prospects and hope that they stick. Macphail is still planning to lose and the record shows it. Let's just get rid of him before he does any further damage, then we can debate on who should replace him and what the organization should do going forward.

The chest protector issue just was out of Jealousy, MLB is mad because they didn't think of it. I thought that it was a very classy idea from Matt.
When I heard that MLB wouldn't allow him to wear it for 1 game,
"BIG Brother" must control!!!!!!!
Besides MLB couldn't get a"cut" of the profits, you know A Sons and Mothers Love, heaven forbid.

Typical MLB cluelessness, or greed, take your pick... try this one on for size. Ernie Harwell passed away this past week, as everyone knows. As part of their celebration of his life, the flagship station broadcast his final game. Nice little touch, except... "Due to MLB restrictions, this audio stream is not available".

Yep, a seven year old, absolutely meaningless 1-0 game between two fourth-place teams (DET v. TOR), and it can't be streamed cause MLB wasn't making a dime off it.

Better to beg forgiveness than beg for permission, especially the party you'll be begging is a professional sports league.

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