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  1. Baltimore Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette joins Glenn Clark Radio live from spring training in Sarasota, Fla., at 10:30 a.m. Listen live here! http://www.glennclarkradio.com/listen/
  2. Glenn Clark says he's not mad at Dexter Fowler for going back to the Cubs -- instead, as an Orioles fan, he says he shouldn't be surprised. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/02/26/orioles-bizarre-offseason-leaves-fans-wanting-more
  3. With early baseball predictions pouring in, Jim Henneman says one thing is clear -- computer stat calculations don't favor the Orioles or Royals. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/02/24/computers-dont-like-orioles-royals
  4. Despite a productive offseason, national media outlets aren't favoring the Orioles, and Stan "The Fan" says that will provide extra motivation. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/02/18/entering-2016-season-orioles-should-have-chip-on-their-shoulder
  5. Dan Duquette talks with Stan "The Fan" Charles about the Orioles' offseason and the team's outlook for 2016. http://www.pressboxonline.com/videos/inside-pressbox-feb-7-2016-dan-duquette http://www.pressboxonline.com/videos/inside-pressbox-feb-7-2016-orioles-exec-vp-dan-duquette-cont
  6. Jim Henneman can't make up his mind who is teasing who in the dance between the Orioles and free-agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/02/10/touching-bases-before-pitchers-and-catchers-report
  7. With as many as six pitches in his arsenal, new Orioles pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne brings a diverse repertoire and versatility to Baltimore. Here are five things to know about the right-hander: http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/02/09/five-things-to-know-about-orioles-pitcher-odrisamer-despaigne
  8. "Bringing [Chris Davis] back probably hampers their ability to put a playoff contending team on the field," MLB Network's Steve Phillips said. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/01/22/steve-phillips-on-orioles-chris-davis-negotiations-the-process-was-painfully-ugly
  9. Glenn Clark was genuinely surprised that the Orioles re-signed Chris Davis, but he says the team is better with Davis (at any price) than without him. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/01/18/chris-davis-returns-to-the-baltimore-orioles-19-thoughts-on-the-return-of-no-19
  10. Even though Dylan Bundy knows he can't be optioned in 2016, the Orioles' pitching prospect isn't taking a major league roster spot for granted. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/01/11/dylan-bundy-could-be-wild-card-for-2016-orioles
  11. Stan "The Fan" Charles says Darren O'Day's return to the Orioles follows a new pattern where players feel good about being part of the flock. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/12/16/nothing-under-handed-about-what-lured-darren-oday-back-to-orioles
  12. Stan "The Fan" Charles breaks down why the Orioles might consider moving Brian Matusz to the starting rotation, and whether it would be a good move. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/12/07/could-brian-matusz-serve-as-cheap-option-in-orioles-rotation
  13. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had a breakout season in 2015, and manager Buck Showalter believes he deserves consideration for AL MVP. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/10/08/orioles-buck-showalter-thinks-manny-machado-deserves-mvp-consideration
  14. Jim Henneman weighs in on what seemed like the simultaneous end of the season for the Orioles and Ravens, plus Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra and more. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/09/29/jim-henneman-orioles-ravens-seasons-seemed-to-end-at-same-time
  15. As Baltimore Orioles legend Frank Robinson celebrates his 80th birthday Aug. 31, Brooks Robinson shares his memories and best wishes for his former teammate. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/08/31/brooks-robinson-shares-stories-birthday-wishes-for-frank-robinson
  16. Matt Wieters will return to the Orioles' lineup June 5, but will he provide the spark the offense needs? Paul Folkemer doesn't think he will. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/06/04/will-matt-wieters-return-spark-slumping-orioles-offense
  17. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/05/30/a-look-at-major-league-debuts-in-orioles-history
  18. Where does the Orioles' 18-run assault on the Boston Red Sox April 26 rank among the franchise's highest-scoring games of all time? Paul Folkemer breaks it down here.http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/04/27/a-look-at-the-10-highest-scoring-games-in-orioles-history
  19. At the Ripken Hot Stove dinner March 23, former Orioles Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken talked about some of the changes they see in today's game. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/03/24/cal-ripken-jr-bill-ripken-discuss-baseball-now-and-then
  20. Recieved this email about an hour ago:
  21. Here's a breakdown of the Orioles latest bullpen addition... Full Name: Dequam LaWesley Wright DOB: 1/28/85 Age: 29 Hometown: Montgomery, AL Bats/Throws: R/L Drafted: 7th Round, 2003 High School: Goshen HS (AL) Height: 5'10″ Weight: 185 Background: The Orioles signed Wesley Wright to a 1-year, $1.7 MM deal on Dec. 19, that includes a $50 K performance bonus if he appears in 60 games. A seven-year veteran now, Wright has found his groove the over the past four seasons, carrying a 3.25 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 123 ERA+, 8.5 K/9, and 3.2 BB/9 in 166.1 innings pitched. Wright was originally selected in the 7th round out of high school by the Dodgers, pitching mostly as a reliever in their farm system. He's a rule five success story, having spent his entire rookie season in the Astros bullpen in 2008 after they selected him from the Dodgers farm system. Strengths: Wright does an above average job with retiring left handed batters and should be a reliable LOOGY in the Orioles bullpen. Over his career, he has struck lefties out at a 26.6% clip along with an outstanding K/9 of 10.24. Lefties have posted a career slash line of .234/.315/.331 which may not be Andrew Miller-esque (sorry) but definitely enough to cut the mustard at the major league level. Fun Fact: Wright did not allow a single extra base hit to lefties last year in 85 plate appearances! Wright works with a low-90's two seamer that he loves to puns the bottom half of the zone with. He has averaged an excellent 52.6% groundball rate over his last four years, making him a good fit for Camden Yards. His best pitch is a his plus 83-85 MPH slider that sweeps and slightly changes planes late that he uses as his out pitch. He'll also work in an upper 70's sweeping curveball and a mid-80's changeup. Wright keeps his delivery simple, pitching from stretch with a high 3/4 arm slot. He repeats his mechanics well and has been durable throughout his career, pitching at least 48.1 innings of relief work every season since 2006. Weaknesses: Wright has a tendency to nibble which can lead to control problems, particularly against right handed batters. He has walked 4.62 batters per 9 innings when facing righties in his career as opposed to a 3.20 BB/9 versus lefties. His career K/9 also dips down to 7.40 versus righties. Despite favorable groundball rates, right handed batters haven't had too much difficulty squaring up Wright. He has allowed 30 home runs and a .479 slugging percentage to right handed batters in his career. In roughly the same amount of innings pitched to lefties, he's allowed just 7 home runs and a .331 SLG percentage. His changeup lacks ideal velocity separation, coming in roughly 5-7 MPH slower than his fastball. Command of the pitch is also erratic but he'll occasionally flash a plus one with late arm side fade to finish off a batter. Improvement in consistency and quality of this pitch could make him more effective versus righties. His sweeper curveball can get a bit loopy at times but is a decent change-of-pace pitch when spotted low in the zone. After posting K/9's above 9 the previous two seasons, Wright's K/9 plummeted to 6.89 in 2014. He remained effective, but still worth mentioning. Overall Outlook: Wright is a solid average big league reliever. His mediocre control has me hesitant to call him a viable late innings option, but he looks like a reliable LOOGY for middle innings work with - as it stands now - Brian Matusz likely being to go-to guy for a tough lefty later in the game. With Matusz projected for a $2.4 million raise, speculation has emerged that Wright could be a slightly cheaper replacement that allows the Orioles to market Matusz as a trade chip for another outfielder. We shall see if that is the case. Wright is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season. Ultimately, I expect he'll post his usual solid but unspectacular low-3's ERA with some upside to be more than that on the off chance he cuts his walk rate way down, given his strikeout stuff. (Special thanks to the Baltimore Sun, Fangraphs, video footage from MLB.com, and MLB Scouting Reports, for valuable info in putting this together)
  22. A while back, I talked a little bit about some baseball research I was doing on free agent contracts. I finally finished my paper, so if you're interested, you can get a copy here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21143372/Ryan%20Faus%202011%20An%20Analysis%20of%20Wage%20Institutions%20in%20Major%20League%20Baseball.pdf. If you'd like to check out and play around with an Excel database of about 600 contracts from 2005-2010, here's my file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21143372/baseball%20contract%20worksheet%20%28Autosaved%29.xlsx. If you have any thoughts, questions, or criticism, I'd love to hear it.
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