Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
in the last row of the stadium. Uecker, a longtime play-by-play announcer for the Brewers, is clearly thrilled and honored, saying: "This will be great for fans and even better for pigeons."
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
a blog post by High Heat Stats contributor Doug, ol' Sheetsy had the biggest-ever dropoff in single-season slugging percentage between his best season (.563 in 1987) and any other season in his career (second-best was .343 in 1988). Considering that this 220-point drop in his slugging mark came immediately on the heels of that great 31-homer effort, it's no wonder that the 1987 and 1988 seasons were the only two years that Larry got enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title. Those putrid '88 Orioles could have used the Larry Sheets of 1987, and instead he hit one-third the home runs in almost exactly the same number of trips to the dish. That's enough to sour a team on a player right quick.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
June 15, 1983 in a 10-inning, 11-8 O's victory at Milwaukee. Batting leadoff for the Birds, "T-Bone" reached base five times in six tries, with a pair of walks, three singles, two runs scored, two batted in, and a stolen base. His efforts helped the Orioles rally from a 7-0 hole in the seventh and eighth innings, though the biggest blow was a Cal Ripken three-run homer. But Shelby was right there again as Baltimore put up a four-spot in extras: his single off of Brewers reliever Bob Gibson (no, the other one) scored Joe Nolan with the go-ahead run, and John subsequently stole second and scored the eventual winning run on a Ripken double. Not a bad day's work for the center fielder.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
my two-week old rant about the team's lame offseason look as stupid as possible. I love that the Birds are only committed to Cruz for one year, and I trust that they're smart enough to keep an outfielder's glove away from him. He's paid the price for his dalliance with performance-enhancing drugs, having served a 50-game suspension last season. Nelson has slugged .515 over the past six years, and he should give the Orioles another productive bat in the middle of the lineup. The O's are a better team today than they were a week ago. I don't know why that surprises me.