Home Run Derby gets big ratings in Baltimore, Davis an All-Star MVP favorite and O's introduce South Korean pitcher

July 16, 2013|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

As we lead up to tonight’s All-Star Game, here are some Orioles odds and ends:

-- ESPN’s television broadcast of last night’s Home Run Derby receieved a 5.0 overnight rating, which is up six percent from last year’s broadcast. In Baltimore, the broadcast received a 9.0 rating, which was up 137 percent locally from 2012. Baltimore was the third highest-rated market in the nation behind Detroit (9.8) and Pittsburgh (9.6).

-- Online sportsbook Bovada is giving Orioles first baseman Chris Davis 14-to-1 odds of being named the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player tonight. Only the Mets’ David Wright (11-to-1) and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (12-to-1) have better odds. Mike Trout is also listed at 14-to-1. Bovada also gives Davis a 14 percent chance of hitting a home run in tonight’s game.

--  In South Korea, a press conference was held today to introduce newly signed pitcher Jung-Hyun Yoon, according to a Yonhap News report. Earlier this month, we reported the Orioles’ signing of the 21-year-old former college pitcher. He’s believed to have signed for a bonus of around $30,000. He pitched in 11 games for Dongguk University in Seoul, going 2-1 with a 4.36 ERA. He has a 92-mph fastball and a sharp slider. Yoon is the first South Korean pitched the Orioles have signed since their failed signing of 17-year-old high schooler Seong-Min Kim. Yoon will report to Sarasota and likely begin his pro career in the Gulf Coast League.

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