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By MIKE ROYKO | October 11, 1993
The experts have spoken. The Atlanta Braves are the best of the playoff teams. The bookies have made them the favorites to get to the World Series and win it. Some sports pundits already talk of them as one of the great teams of all time.The experts just never learn.As always, they ignore that strange, mysterious and almost-always fatal malady known as the Ex-Cubs Factor.Regular readers of this column know about the Ex-Cubs Factor. But bear with me as I explain it to newcomers.Twelve years ago, a Chicago sports nut named Ron Berlerstumbled across an amazing statistic.
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By Blair Kerkhoff and The Kansas City Star | October 8, 2014
Before he brushes his teeth in the morning these days, Royals manager Ned Yost reminds himself of one thing. “Before I even get out of bed, I tell myself, 'Let's have fun today,'” Yost said. “Remember where you're at and let's have fun.” These are the best of times for Yost, in his fifth season in the Royals' dugout. He's the first manager to lead the franchise the postseason since Dick Howser and the 1985 World Series championship team. Yost owns his share of rings as a member of the Atlanta Braves' staffs from 1991 through 2002, but his first managerial tenure in Milwaukee ended two weeks before the end of the 2008 regular season with the Brewers losing ground in the playoff chase.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The scene played out on a sun-soaked afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium last week with Orioles manager Buck Showalter watching intently and chuckling. Atlanta Braves budding superstar shortstop Andrelton Simmons was on second base, trying to get the attention of Orioles rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop. Simmons was hoping to mess with the kid, distract him, make him laugh. But Schoop, who had spent several minutes before the game chatting with Simmons, wanted no parts of the potential frivolity.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Gavin Sheets, the son of former Orioles outfielder and Gilman coach Larry Sheets, was drafted in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. He was the No. 1,123 pick overall. Sheets just finished his senior season at Gilman, batting .400 with five home runs and 36 RBIs for the Greyhounds. A first baseman and pitcher, he is set to attend Wake Forest. Sheets, 6 feet 4 and 215 pounds, bats and throws left-handed. He is at least the third son of a former Oriole to be drafted Saturday.
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July 31, 2007
Good morning -- Atlanta Braves -- So you're renting Mark Teixeira? Orioles fans wonder if you're interested in a sublet.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | January 20, 2009
Former Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone talks about the biggest mistake of his career - bolting the Atlanta Braves to become pitching coach for the Orioles under old friend Sam Perlozzo. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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July 1, 1998
Meet Tom GlavineTom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves has won 91 games over the past five seasons. That's more than any major-leaguer. His ERA in April was 1.06 -- the best in the National League.After high school, Tom was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. Tom chose baseball over hockey. "I thought my chances of having a long sports career would be better as a pitcher, " he says. "Pitchers don't get bodychecked by rugged defensemen!"WHAT'S THE CALL; BASKETBALL BOOSTThe Ravens are leading the Redbirds in the fourth quarter of a high school basketball game.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | July 2, 2006
ATLANTA -- They showed the now hard-to-believe graphic on the scoreboard last night at Turner Field while Russ Ortiz was warming up before throwing his first pitch as an Oriole. In 2003 as a member of the Atlanta Braves, Ortiz won a National League-high 21 games. That same season, Tim Hudson won 16 games for the Oakland Athletics with a tidy 2.70 ERA. Three years later, on a humid night here, they were two veteran pitches, relying on stuff not good enough to consistently get major league hitters out. Inside Tejada's games-played streak reaches 1,000.
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By Blair Kerkhoff and The Kansas City Star | October 8, 2014
Before he brushes his teeth in the morning these days, Royals manager Ned Yost reminds himself of one thing. “Before I even get out of bed, I tell myself, 'Let's have fun today,'” Yost said. “Remember where you're at and let's have fun.” These are the best of times for Yost, in his fifth season in the Royals' dugout. He's the first manager to lead the franchise the postseason since Dick Howser and the 1985 World Series championship team. Yost owns his share of rings as a member of the Atlanta Braves' staffs from 1991 through 2002, but his first managerial tenure in Milwaukee ended two weeks before the end of the 2008 regular season with the Brewers losing ground in the playoff chase.
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March 14, 1991
BASEBALLAmerican League * California Angels -- Signed Ed Hockenbury (catcher).* Cleveland Indians -- Sent Tim Costo (first baseman), Jose Escobar (infielder), Barry Jones (outfielder) and Jesse Lewis (catcher) to their minor league camp for reassignment.* Toronto Blue Jays -- Designated Rick Trlicek, Nate Cromwell, Bob Wishnevski (pitchers), Carlos Delgado (catcher) and Chris Weinke (third baseman) for reassignment.National League * Atlanta Braves -- Optioned Keith Mitchell (outfielder) to Greenville of the Southern League.
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Sports Digest | March 30, 2014
College swimming Georgia sophomore Chase Kalisz , a Fallston graduate from Bel Air, won the 400 individual medley in record-breaking fashion Friday at the NCAA swimming and diving championships in Austin, Texas. Kalisz, who also swims for North Baltimore Aquatic Club, posted a time of 3 minutes, 34.50 seconds to win the 400 individual medley by nearly four seconds over Florida's Dan Wallace (3:38.17). Kalisz's time eclipsed the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and NCAA championships mark of 3:35.98 set by Michigan's Tyler Clary in 2009.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The scene played out on a sun-soaked afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium last week with Orioles manager Buck Showalter watching intently and chuckling. Atlanta Braves budding superstar shortstop Andrelton Simmons was on second base, trying to get the attention of Orioles rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop. Simmons was hoping to mess with the kid, distract him, make him laugh. But Schoop, who had spent several minutes before the game chatting with Simmons, wanted no parts of the potential frivolity.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez turned in arguably the best performance by an Orioles starter this spring, tossing six scoreless innings in a 8-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday afternoon. Gonzalez allowed just three hits with five strikeouts and no walks in front of an announced sellout crowd of 7,725 at Ed Smith Stadium.  “I was pretty happy about my performance,” said Gonzalez, who credited catcher Matt Wieters for calling several first-pitch curveballs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Ervin Santana sweepstakes have come to a conclusion. After being courted heavily by the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays recently, Santana has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, the club announced Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $14.1 million, the amount of the qualifying offer he rejected from the Kansas City Royals in the offseason. The longer Santana remained unsigned this week -- especially after the Orioles and Blue Jays emerged as frontrunners over the weekend -- it appeared that the 31-year-old would eventually go to the Braves, who suddenly need rotation help after injuries to starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.
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Sports Digest | February 8, 2014
Baseball Ex-Orioles pitcher Ayala returns to Nationals The Washington Nationals reunited with veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala , a former Montreal Expo and original 2005 National, by signing him Friday to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp, according to a person familiar with the situation. The incentives of Ayala's deal are still being worked out, but he will have a base salary of at least $1 million, the person said. Ayala, 36, signed with the Orioles last spring and was traded to the Atlanta Braves in April after allowing two runs in only two appearances.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
At first blush, the New York Yankees signing this weekend of free-agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal could be considered good news for the Orioles, at least as it pertains to catcher Matt Wieters. For one, the deep-pocket Yankees have, at least for now anyway, filled their hole at catcher, meaning the position shouldn't be a priority in the 2015 offseason when Wieters can be a free agent. Also, although five years and $85 million would be the largest contract ever given out by the Orioles in terms of average annual value (Adam Jones received an $85.5 million extension, but that was for six years)
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January 7, 1994
BaseballOrioles -- Re-signed OF Brady Anderson to a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year.Atlanta Braves -- Agreed to terms with P Mike Birkbeck on a one-year contract.Cincinnati Reds -- Signed free-agent P Jeff Brantley, who had been with the San Francisco Giants, to a one-year contract; assigned P Kevin Wickander to Triple-A Indianapolis.Colorado Rockies -- Signed free-agent P Mike Harkey to one-year contract.Kansas City Royals -- Added 3B Gary Gaetti to the major-league roster; claimed OF Tom Goodwin on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
You can add another experienced name to the list of pitching coach candidates that the Orioles are targeting. According to an industry source, the Orioles have sought permission from the Atlanta Braves and expect to interview Dave Wallace, who has been the Braves' minor league pitching coordinator for the past four seasons. Wallace, 66, has been a major league pitching coach for four different teams: the Houston Astros (2007), the Boston Red Sox (2003 to 2006), the New York Mets (1999-2000)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
You can add another experienced name to the list of pitching coach candidates that the Orioles are targeting. According to an industry source, the Orioles have sought permission from the Atlanta Braves and expect to interview Dave Wallace, who has been the Braves' minor league pitching coordinator for the past four seasons. Wallace, 66, has been a major league pitching coach for four different teams: the Houston Astros (2007), the Boston Red Sox (2003 to 2006), the New York Mets (1999-2000)
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