Have you heard that former Northeast infielder Don Gilbert, All-Metro in 1987 and the Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year, was released recently by the Baltimore Orioles?
Gilbert signed with the Orioles a couple of years ago and had done well with the rookie team in Bluefield and was expected to play for the club's Single-A affiliate in Frederick this season.
"It was a surprise because I had heard that he was doing well," said Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert, who is no relation to Don.
"He did a lot of catching during the off-season with the Oriole players who live in the Baltimore area, and I thought he was going to get a shot there, but I guess it didn't work out."
Don Gilbert, who could not be reached, holds the Anne Arundel County career records for hits (107) and runs scored (88). He batted .522 in his final season at Northeast before going on to Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S. C.
After graduating, he was playing with the Arundel Stars unlimited team when Jim Gilbert signed him to a minor-league contract.
* Another disappointment for a local pro baseball player, although not an out-and-out release, came to Annapolis High grad Craig Wilson.
Did you hear the Kansas City Royals optioned Wilson to their Triple-A club in Omaha of the American Association?
Wilson, who had played his entire career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization (the last couple of seasons in the majors), was traded to the Royals in February and was excited about getting the chance to play in the American League against the Orioles.
It still could come later for Wilson, who was K. C.'s final cut this spring. Wilson has been a backup infielder throughout his major-league career. He graduated from Annapolis in 1982 and currently lives in the Potomac area.
* Isn't it great to hear that 1989 Severna Park grad Brian Chisholm, an All-County DH (.441, four homers) his senior year, is graduating from Clemson this year?
Chisholm did not play baseball at Clemson, but has instead concentrated on earning his degree.
* Can you believe that the eighth-ranked North County baseball team (2-0) that outlasted 1-1 Broadneck, 5-2, in 10 innings Monday, had 10 hits, seven more base runners via walks (five) and errors (two) and never attempted a stolen base?
Is that some kind of county record?
Although the JV field at Broadneck is not Camden Yards, don't the Bruins and coach Mark Stover deserve a tip of the cap for getting the game in while their main field is not playable?
* Why wasn't 13th-ranked Northeast (0-1) able to play its home baseball game Monday against No. 4 Arundel (0-0), yet was able to practice on its diamond in Pasadena?
Also, the softball game between the two schools was played at Northeast Monday.
* Can you believe that Bernie Walter's Arundel pitchers have been on a mound only twice this season because of his disastrous field?
* Was Meade's 16-2 romp over Baltimore's Mervo on Monday the first victory by co-baseball coaches (Ralph Beachley and Rick Terry) in county history?
* Do you realize that on a day (Monday) that junior southpaw Jason White threw a three-hit, 4-0 shutout for Chesapeake over Queen Anne's that the Cougars' softball team got a no-hitter from senior Lori Congdon to win by 3-0 over Queen Anne's?
Did you know that was the defending state 4A champion and top-ranked Chesapeake softball team's 20th consecutive win dating to last year?
* Are you summer baseball coaches aware that April 14 at Kinder Park in Severna Park is your last chance to enter a team in the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association?
AAABA president Steve Keefer said, "It's the last call and teams interested in playing should contact the respective VP in each of our leagues."
The 15-16 leagues, VPs and meeting times at Kinder are: Joe E. Brown, 6.30 p.m., Jerry Kerbe, (410) 647-9383; and Mickey Mantle, 7:15 p.m. Butch Truitt, (410) 761-6849; 16-18 Connie Mack League at 8 p.m., Bill Nevin, (410) 969-3667.
"Teams should be prepared to discuss field availability and conflicts," said Keefer.
* After spending big bucks on long-distance phone calls the last few years to talk "run-and-stun" strategy with veteran pro and college basketball coach Paul Westhead, won't things be a lot easier for Annapolis coach John Brady now that Westhead has taken the head position at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.?
"I can drive down there and watch Paul's team practice," said Brady, who won his first state title in 1990 after employing the Westhead system. "Westhead taking that job will be great for basketball in the entire Baltimore and D. C. metro areas."