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By Newsday | September 20, 1990
NEW YORK -- Even as Vince Coleman and Rickey Henderson continue to pile up stolen bases, pitchers are trying to keep a leg up on would-be base stealers. The greatest success has come from the slide step, which is really a sly step aimed at cutting down stolen bases.New York Yankees pitching coach Billy Connors is credited with developing the slide step a couple of seasons ago. Connors said it was a technique developed out of frustration."You always had to work on pitchers' moves," he said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2011
Not long after their 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, several Orioles stopped by the team's video room to get one more look at the game-ending play and even more confirmation of what they all are starting to believe about young catcher Matt Wieters . "He's probably the best throwing catcher in the game right now," Orioles closer Kevin Gregg said. "I'll take my chances with anyone running on Wiets. " With pinch runner Brian Bixler on first base and one out in the ninth inning, Gregg got a called third strike on a 3-2 breaking ball to Roger Bernadina . Wieters made a perfect throw to shortstop J.J. Hardy , who tagged Bixler, ending the game and eliciting a rare fist pump by the Orioles' stoic catcher.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Orioles have been thrilled with rookie catcher Geronimo Gil's ability to throw out opposing base stealers. Now they would like to see him improve on the most fundamental aspect of his job -- catching the ball. Among American League catchers, only Anaheim's Benji Molina has thrown out a higher percentage of opposing base stealers than Gil (36.9 percent). This has been a significant development for the Orioles, who struggled to stop the running game last season with Brook Fordyce throwing out just 19.1 percent of those trying to steal.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Orioles have been thrilled with rookie catcher Geronimo Gil's ability to throw out opposing base stealers. Now they would like to see him improve on the most fundamental aspect of his job -- catching the ball. Among American League catchers, only Anaheim's Benji Molina has thrown out a higher percentage of opposing base stealers than Gil (36.9 percent). This has been a significant development for the Orioles, who struggled to stop the running game last season with Brook Fordyce throwing out just 19.1 percent of those trying to steal.
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 23, 1992
As if they don't have enough problems, the Orioles tonight open their most pivotal road series of the season, against a streaking club that historically gives them fits.The Milwaukee Brewers not only have won 16 of their last 23 games, they're certain to exploit the Orioles' hidden weakness -- an inability to throw out opposing base stealers.The Brewers, leading the majors with 93 stolen bases, amount to a very movable object. And the Orioles, throwing out base stealers at a rate of 14 percent, aren't exactly an irresistible force.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orioles manager Mike Hargrove placed his pitching staff's fate in the hands of a rookie yesterday, naming Geronimo Gil as the starting catcher and moving veteran Brook Fordyce into a backup role. The long-awaited decision ultimately came down to a comparison of throwing arms. The Orioles allowed the second-highest stolen-base total in the American League last season, with 157, and Hargrove made it a priority to change that. Gil, 26, received the nod despite having just 17 major-league games on his resume, usurping Fordyce, 31, who will make $2.2 million this season.
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June 2, 1996
Astros: James Mouton's error was his first since June 20, 1994Athletics: Mark McGwire has reached base safely in each of his 33 games this season and 47 straight games dating to last season. His streak surpasses Rickey Henderson's team record of 46 set in 1980-81.Braves: The team's 19-6 record in May was its best since moving to Atlanta in 1966. . . . Fred McGriff has four four-hit games this season -- two of them against the Reds.Giants: Second baseman Robbie Thompson was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 30, with a neck injury.
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By Ken Rosenthal | April 6, 1998
Opposing base stealers are 17-for-18, and the Orioles are 5-1.The Detroit Tigers stole five bases yesterday, and the Orioles won, 6-3.Is it an issue, or isn't it?Not yet. And maybe not all season.But can the Orioles win a World Series this way?That's the question they need to answer."You've got to be concerned," general manager Pat Gillick said. "We're just going to see how it goes for a while. Maybe it will get better."The manager, players and coaches insist it will get better, and the months ahead will determine whether their forecast was accurate.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | May 18, 1993
There's nothing wrong with Chris Hoiles' performance at the plate that another 50-75 batting average points, five homers and 20 RBI wouldn't cure.But that's not the big deal these days for Hoiles, who is reveling in his performance behind the plate.Last year, Hoiles became the second Orioles catcher to hit 20 home runs, despite missing two months and 51 games with a broken right wrist.But Hoiles, who was second to Detroit's Mickey Tettleton in fielding percentage, suffered through a miserable season in terms of throwing out runners, stopping just 16 percent of those attempting to steal.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 30, 1997
SEATTLE -- As long as Chris Hoiles is a major-league catcher, he knows that baseball people will first see what he doesn't possess. He's heard the whispers and been asked the questions for too long to believe it will ever change."
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orioles manager Mike Hargrove placed his pitching staff's fate in the hands of a rookie yesterday, naming Geronimo Gil as the starting catcher and moving veteran Brook Fordyce into a backup role. The long-awaited decision ultimately came down to a comparison of throwing arms. The Orioles allowed the second-highest stolen-base total in the American League last season, with 157, and Hargrove made it a priority to change that. Gil, 26, received the nod despite having just 17 major-league games on his resume, usurping Fordyce, 31, who will make $2.2 million this season.
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August 6, 2001
AMERICAN LEAGUE Who's hot Mike Lansing of the Red Sox has three extra-base hits in his past two games and has hit in 13 of his past 15 games. Who's not The Rangers have struck out 32 times during their three-game losing streak. Line of the day Mike Sweeney, Royals first baseman AB R H RBI HR 5 2 4 5 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Who's hot Mike Matheny of the Cardinals has thrown out 55 percent of would-be base stealers (22 of 40). Who's not The Expos are 7-12-1 in the 20 series since Jeff Torborg took over as manager.
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By Ken Rosenthal | April 6, 1998
Opposing base stealers are 17-for-18, and the Orioles are 5-1.The Detroit Tigers stole five bases yesterday, and the Orioles won, 6-3.Is it an issue, or isn't it?Not yet. And maybe not all season.But can the Orioles win a World Series this way?That's the question they need to answer."You've got to be concerned," general manager Pat Gillick said. "We're just going to see how it goes for a while. Maybe it will get better."The manager, players and coaches insist it will get better, and the months ahead will determine whether their forecast was accurate.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 30, 1997
SEATTLE -- As long as Chris Hoiles is a major-league catcher, he knows that baseball people will first see what he doesn't possess. He's heard the whispers and been asked the questions for too long to believe it will ever change."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jason LaCanfora contributed to this article | December 18, 1996
The Orioles are back in the running for designated hitter Eddie Murray, and are pursuing former All-Star outfielder Eric Davis and backup catcher Tony Pena.According to league sources, the Orioles have discussed contracts with Murray and Davis, and may have with Pena. Orioles assistant general manager Kevin Malone confirmed the club's interest in those three players, all free agents, who would at least lend plenty of experience. Murray will be 41 at the start of the 1997 season, Davis 34 and Pena 39.Orioles general manager Pat Gillick told Murray's agent last month that he wasn't sure if the club could fit the future Hall of Famer into its budget.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | July 11, 1996
Jim Busby, a onetime All-Star outfielder who played center field for the Orioles and Washington Senators in the 1950s, died of a heart attack Monday in Augusta, Ga. He was 69.Busby played and coached in a 25-year major-league career that began in 1950 when he was one of the Chicago White Sox's first draft choices to be offered a signing bonus. His base-stealing skills, coupled with those of teammate Minnie Minoso, helped give the team the nickname "Go-Go Sox.""Jim was one of the premier center fielders of his time," said Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson.
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August 6, 2001
AMERICAN LEAGUE Who's hot Mike Lansing of the Red Sox has three extra-base hits in his past two games and has hit in 13 of his past 15 games. Who's not The Rangers have struck out 32 times during their three-game losing streak. Line of the day Mike Sweeney, Royals first baseman AB R H RBI HR 5 2 4 5 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Who's hot Mike Matheny of the Cardinals has thrown out 55 percent of would-be base stealers (22 of 40). Who's not The Expos are 7-12-1 in the 20 series since Jeff Torborg took over as manager.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | June 10, 1994
Here's a riddle: What do baseball catchers and police commissioners have in common?Answer: Their jobs depend on keeping the theft rate down.Lately, pilfering bases has been no laughing matter for base stealers, who are taking fewer and fewer chances and getting cut down when they do try to run."It's harder and harder every year. It seems like they keep coming up with something new to stop you," Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson said.The trend is not new.Since Vince Coleman stole 109 bases for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987, only one player, the Oakland Athletics' Rickey Henderson, the all-time steals leader, has as many as 90 in a season.
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June 2, 1996
Astros: James Mouton's error was his first since June 20, 1994Athletics: Mark McGwire has reached base safely in each of his 33 games this season and 47 straight games dating to last season. His streak surpasses Rickey Henderson's team record of 46 set in 1980-81.Braves: The team's 19-6 record in May was its best since moving to Atlanta in 1966. . . . Fred McGriff has four four-hit games this season -- two of them against the Reds.Giants: Second baseman Robbie Thompson was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 30, with a neck injury.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | June 7, 1995
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Damon Buford had a beef about being returned to the minor leagues and now Greg Zaun is voicing his about staying there.Zaun was bypassed when the Orioles recalled catcher Cesar Devarez from the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last week, and he is wondering about his future in the organization."
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