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By Matt Vensel | March 26, 2013
Not many national baseball analysts are picking the Orioles to return to the playoffs, let alone finish first in the big, bad A.L. East this season. But one prominent MLB reporter believes the Orioles will take the division. “I'm picking the Baltimore Orioles to win,” ESPN's Buster Olney said on his "Baseball Tonight" podcast . Olney, once an Orioles scribe here at The Baltimore Sun , pointed to the team's pitching depth as one of the main reasons why he likes their chances.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
We already knew that Adam Jones was the Orioles' undisputed king of Twitter, but now he can add ESPN.com blogger to his digital resume. With Buster Olney taking vacation this week -- or at least as much of a vacation you can take as a baseball writer in the summer -- the Orioles center fielder was his fill-in today on ESPN's popular "Buster Olney Blog. " (You need an Insider account for full access.) Jones' headline was "When Baseball Changed in Baltimore," which he explains was Aug. 3, 2010, the day Buck Showalter was hired as manager.
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By Matt Vensel | August 16, 2011
Remember the batting stance guy? (If you said no, he is Internet-famous for doing crazily spot-on imitations of the batting stances of real-life baseball players and putting them on YouTube.) Well, now he has done some crazily spot-on imitations of baseball reporters, including former Baltimore Sun baseball scribes Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Ken Rosenthal. His Tim Kurkjian impersonation makes me giggle. [ Via Deadspin ]
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
If you stayed up late enough last night, you know that Chris Davis delivered the Orioles' most recent walk-off heroics with an RBI single in the 13th inning against Boston. His bloop base-hit against Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson came on a fastball, a pitch he's done plenty of damage against in his torrid start this season. But there's actually another pitch that Davis punishes like none other -- the slider. Buster Olney wrote this morning about the top pitchers and hitters by specific pitch . Davis, according to the stats culled by one of ESPN's researchers, has an OPS of 1.624 against sliders, by far the best in the majors.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
If you stayed up late enough last night, you know that Chris Davis delivered the Orioles' most recent walk-off heroics with an RBI single in the 13th inning against Boston. His bloop base-hit against Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson came on a fastball, a pitch he's done plenty of damage against in his torrid start this season. But there's actually another pitch that Davis punishes like none other -- the slider. Buster Olney wrote this morning about the top pitchers and hitters by specific pitch . Davis, according to the stats culled by one of ESPN's researchers, has an OPS of 1.624 against sliders, by far the best in the majors.
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January 27, 1996
The Orioles 1996 Winter Carnival will be held between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. today at Camden Yards. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, and are available at the Orioles box office. For information, call (410) 685-9800.There will be clubhouse tours, batting cages and speed pitching machines, a play-by-play booth, trivia contests and baseball card dealers. Available for autographs at various times will be Bobby Bonilla, Roger McDowell, Chris Hoiles, Rick Krivda, Bill Ripken, Jimmy Haynes, Mike Flanagan, Tippy Martinez, Ken Singleton and Elrod Hendricks.
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February 17, 2012
As Orioles pitchers and catchers get ready to report to spring training tomorrow, we take a look at what other media outlets have to say about the team. * ESPN's Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney ranked the Orioles last of 30 major league teams in their inaugural Future Power Rankings (ESPN Insider required to read full entry). Here are Bowden's and Olney's comments on the Orioles. Olney: "This will be the 15th season since the Orioles last appeared in the playoffs, but there are few signs that they are moving in the right direction, or that they have established the kind of organizational bedrock needed to build in baseball's toughest division.
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By Dan Connolly | January 9, 2013
ESPN's PR staff sent out snippets of their various reporters and commentators discussing Wednesday's Hall of Fame vote. More than anything, I believe it shows just how varied the thought processes are of voters and Hall of Fame (and potential) Hall of Fame members. Curt Schilling (Hall of Fame eligible, Baseball Tonight) on receiving 38.8 percent of the vote “I'm elated. I haven't gotten anybody out in six years. It's incredibly humbling and flattering and I'm excited just to be in the conversation.” Barry Larkin (Hall of Famer, Baseball Tonight)
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By BUSTER OLNEY | September 1, 1996
(Through Friday's game)UPS AND DOWNSWildcard race * UP * What excitement, what thrills, what uncertainty! What ulcers, which is the way it's supposed to be.Brady Anderson * UP * Who would've guessed he'd hit 40 homers? Who would've guessed 30 homers?Todd Zeile * UP * Maybe he's not Denny Neagle, but it comes down to this: Is he better than Brent Bowers, the man he replaces in the lineup? Absolutely.Randy Myers * DOWN * That loss Thursday night ... Ouch.Denny Neagle * DOWN * Would've been nice for the Orioles to get him. And Greg Maddux, and Sandy Koufax, and Walter Johnson.
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By Matt Vensel | March 26, 2013
Not many national baseball analysts are picking the Orioles to return to the playoffs, let alone finish first in the big, bad A.L. East this season. But one prominent MLB reporter believes the Orioles will take the division. “I'm picking the Baltimore Orioles to win,” ESPN's Buster Olney said on his "Baseball Tonight" podcast . Olney, once an Orioles scribe here at The Baltimore Sun , pointed to the team's pitching depth as one of the main reasons why he likes their chances.
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By Dan Connolly | January 9, 2013
ESPN's PR staff sent out snippets of their various reporters and commentators discussing Wednesday's Hall of Fame vote. More than anything, I believe it shows just how varied the thought processes are of voters and Hall of Fame (and potential) Hall of Fame members. Curt Schilling (Hall of Fame eligible, Baseball Tonight) on receiving 38.8 percent of the vote “I'm elated. I haven't gotten anybody out in six years. It's incredibly humbling and flattering and I'm excited just to be in the conversation.” Barry Larkin (Hall of Famer, Baseball Tonight)
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February 17, 2012
As Orioles pitchers and catchers get ready to report to spring training tomorrow, we take a look at what other media outlets have to say about the team. * ESPN's Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney ranked the Orioles last of 30 major league teams in their inaugural Future Power Rankings (ESPN Insider required to read full entry). Here are Bowden's and Olney's comments on the Orioles. Olney: "This will be the 15th season since the Orioles last appeared in the playoffs, but there are few signs that they are moving in the right direction, or that they have established the kind of organizational bedrock needed to build in baseball's toughest division.
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By Matt Vensel | August 16, 2011
Remember the batting stance guy? (If you said no, he is Internet-famous for doing crazily spot-on imitations of the batting stances of real-life baseball players and putting them on YouTube.) Well, now he has done some crazily spot-on imitations of baseball reporters, including former Baltimore Sun baseball scribes Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Ken Rosenthal. His Tim Kurkjian impersonation makes me giggle. [ Via Deadspin ]
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June 8, 2011
Here at Baltimore Sports Blitz, it’s all Bundy, all the time. Well, at least for the rest of the week. But I’m sure you don’t mind me passing along more information on Orioles first-round draft pick Dylan Bundy, a high school pitcher out of Oklahoma that ESPN’s Buster Olney believes was the best prospect in the 2011 draft. “In the eyes of a lot of the scouting directors and general managers around baseball, the best player in the draft was Dylan Bundy,” Olney said in an appearance on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on Wednesday . “I had one general manager actually say to me that Dylan Bundy, in his eyes, is the best pitching prospect that he has ever seen,” Olney said.
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By Buster Olney Pub Date: 12/10/96 and Buster Olney Pub Date: 12/10/96,SUN STAFF | December 10, 1996
When Orioles general manager Pat Gillick built the Toronto Blue Jays into a championship contender, he used the Rule 5 draft as a major source of talent, plucking the likes of George Bell, Kelly Gruber and Willie Upshaw from other organizations.Gillick is trying the same tack with the Orioles, who landed three players in yesterday's Rule 5 draft -- pitchers Mike Johnson and Tom Davey from Toronto's minor-league system, and infielder Danny Magee from the Atlanta Braves.The Orioles will pay $50,000 for each, and must keep them on their major-league roster all season or offer them back to their original teams for $25,000.
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By BUSTER OLNEY | September 8, 1996
(Through Friday's game)UPS AND DOWNSThe Trade -- Up -- Project the first-week production of Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia over a whole season and they'd hit about, oh, 130 homers between them.Brady Anderson -- Up -- Barring some Maris-like finish, he's not going to be the AL MVP. But he's going to get his share of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place votes.4-Man Rotation -- HORZ -- Helped the Orioles get back in the race, but it's time to drop it and give Coppinger, Mussina their usual rest.Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- He doesn't need any cork to hit 30 homers, about .300 with 120 RBI. All in all, quite a year.
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