Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Alan Mills, 1993 Fleer Ultra #143

After spending the past two seasons as the pitching coach at short-season Aberdeen, Alan Mills seems to be settling in nicely after his 2014 move to the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Orioles' Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate, who plays its home games in Salisbury, had the lowest team earned run average of all full-season affiliated clubs across minor league baseball in the month of May. That's a 2.11 team ERA, and if I'm not mistaken, that's all farm systems, not just the Baltimore organization. The Shorebirds feature 2013's first-round draft pick, righthander Hunter Harvey (3-4, 2.31 ERA, 67 K/58.1 IP), as well as the fantastically-named Sebastian Vader (7-3, 3.26 ERA, 3.4 K/BB). I'm sure that Mills has plenty of pitching wisdom to offer his charges, but I can't help but wonder if he's also able to motivate them through fear. After all, would YOU want to make that guy angry?

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