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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 5, 2010
D o you ever wish a losing sports franchise would come right out and be completely honest for a change? No more excuses, and no more misdirection or spin. Just, for once, be upfront and open with all the people who are actually paying the bills - the fan base. It would be a tremendous gesture of good will. It would be the greatest public relations moment in the history of sports. All it would take is swallowing an ego the size of the Chesapeake Bay, and then a speech that came from the heart.
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By Paul Tierney and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
The Orioles open their season Monday against the Boston Red Sox, so you're running out of time to draft your fantasy baseball team, if you haven't already. With just a few days left to set your roster, we spoke with ESPN fantasy baseball expert Eric Karabell about his projections for some of the Orioles' key players heading into the season. Baltimore Sun: Which Chris Davis will we see this season? Will he be the guy who hit .315 and 37 homers in the first half of last season, or who hit .245 and 16 homers in the second half?
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By Paul Tierney and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
The Orioles open their season Monday against the Boston Red Sox, so you're running out of time to draft your fantasy baseball team, if you haven't already. With just a few days left to set your roster, we spoke with ESPN fantasy baseball expert Eric Karabell about his projections for some of the Orioles' key players heading into the season. Baltimore Sun: Which Chris Davis will we see this season? Will he be the guy who hit .315 and 37 homers in the first half of last season, or who hit .245 and 16 homers in the second half?
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
The Orioles have four players in July 16th's All-Star Game for the first time since 2005 and three starters for the first time since 1997. That's pretty hard to fathom for me, a guy who has covered the event a bunch of times and only once had more than one Oriole to worry about. Starters Chris Davis at first base, J.J. Hardy at shortstop and Adam Jones at center field and reserve third baseman Manny Machado all deserve the honor. They've earned it with excellent first halves. But if we're dolling out props, a lot needs to go to the Orioles' promotions and public relations departments for their constant 'Vote Orangeā€ campaign.
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By Dave Alexander | April 8, 2005
Editor's note: On Fridays, Baltimoresun.com will run a weekly column focusing on fantasy baseball during the regular season. Here's an early look at this week's debut column. WHO'S HOT Dmitri Young, Tigers: Early leader for American League MVP honors homered three times on opening day. Then again, so did Tuffy Rhodes in 1994. Hideki Matsui, Yankees: A trendy sleeper pick for AL MVP, Matsui turned opening night showdown with Red Sox into 'Godzilla Gone Wild' with three-run homer and spectacular grab.
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By Steve Marcus and Steve Marcus,Newsday | July 14, 1991
Baseball has indeed expanded beyond the American and National League to the Fantasy League. The stadium of the mind is embodied in the burgeoning Rotisserie League, where every fan can run his own team. Organized 11 years ago by a small group of fans and writers, an estimated 2 million persons are playing in this field of schemes. The reality is that fantasy baseball has become big time, with a national expenditure of an estimated $50 million to buy teams and millions more on statistical services to keep fans up to date.
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By CHILDS WALKER | October 4, 2007
I chronicled two fantasy baseball drafts last spring. The first, a new American League-only affair that I had begun with readers, did not go according to plan. I thought I left with a thin outfield and too few reliable starters. "I hate feeling out of control," I wrote, "and that's exactly what happened Sunday." The next weekend, I drafted my National League team in a long-standing keeper league. I entered the auction with a solid core and augmented it with numerous solid bats. My pitching wasn't great, but I thought St. Louis youngster Anthony Reyes would blossom, and I also figured I could trade offense for arms if necessary.
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By MIKE PRESTON | November 4, 2006
Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is probably the most laid-back of all the assistant coaches. He'll talk all day about football, his father, Buddy, and fantasy baseball. But Ryan has been on edge this week. It's Cincinnati Week, and the Bengals are bringing their pass-happy, high-flying offense to M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow in a key AFC North game. Bengals@Ravens Tomorrow, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Ravens by 3
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By Tommy Cummings, and Tommy Cummings,,FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | March 8, 1999
Around this time of year comes a matter of paperwork.It's either that imposing-looking 1998 1040 Forms and Instruction booklet from the Internal Revenue Service or a blank bracket for the March Madness office pool.Here are a number of ways to prepare yourself for March Madness by using the vast resources of the Internet:General information: At FinalFour.net (www.finalfour.net), users can get the NCAA-sanctioned lowdown, which is a good thing because the NCAA has exclusive rights to cybercasts of the games.
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By CHILDS WALKER | February 21, 2006
Every February, they descend on your local magazine rack like locust. Their covers screech variations of the same theme: "Buy me and you'll win your league." They are fantasy baseball preview guides. When I was a kid, playing in my first few fantasy leagues, I had no idea who might dispense the best advice. I didn't know who Ron Shandler or Alex Patton were and there was no Internet. So I turned blindly to these magazines. And believe me, it can be hard to distinguish between them. These previews are written in November and December, so they can't possibly incorporate the most up-to-date news (that's why I rely more on Internet services)
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 5, 2010
D o you ever wish a losing sports franchise would come right out and be completely honest for a change? No more excuses, and no more misdirection or spin. Just, for once, be upfront and open with all the people who are actually paying the bills - the fan base. It would be a tremendous gesture of good will. It would be the greatest public relations moment in the history of sports. All it would take is swallowing an ego the size of the Chesapeake Bay, and then a speech that came from the heart.
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By CHILDS WALKER | October 4, 2007
I chronicled two fantasy baseball drafts last spring. The first, a new American League-only affair that I had begun with readers, did not go according to plan. I thought I left with a thin outfield and too few reliable starters. "I hate feeling out of control," I wrote, "and that's exactly what happened Sunday." The next weekend, I drafted my National League team in a long-standing keeper league. I entered the auction with a solid core and augmented it with numerous solid bats. My pitching wasn't great, but I thought St. Louis youngster Anthony Reyes would blossom, and I also figured I could trade offense for arms if necessary.
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July 12, 2007
INSIDE TODAY WHAT THEY'RE SAYING TODAY'S SUN COLUMNISTS Power corrupts Watching Ichiro Suzuki circle the bases for the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history was a reminder of how baseball used to be played - before the emphasis on the home runs. Sports baltimoresun.com/steele Leave a message The number of Americans who rely strictly on cell phones is increasing. This is particularly true among young adults, and the change has serious implications for those who want to reach them, including parents, politicians, pollsters and marketers.
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By CHILDS WALKER | April 19, 2007
As I researched Jackie Robinson's career last week, a question occurred: If fantasy baseball had existed 60 years ago, how coveted would Robinson have been? The Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman ranks among the greatest figures in baseball history, but I'm talking about Robinson the player. Well, let's look at his Most Valuable Player season in 1949. There were only 16 teams that year, so fantasy owners would've played a 12- or 13-team mixed format. Only two players, Ted Williams and George Kell, hit for higher averages than Robinson's .342.
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By MIKE PRESTON | November 4, 2006
Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is probably the most laid-back of all the assistant coaches. He'll talk all day about football, his father, Buddy, and fantasy baseball. But Ryan has been on edge this week. It's Cincinnati Week, and the Bengals are bringing their pass-happy, high-flying offense to M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow in a key AFC North game. Bengals@Ravens Tomorrow, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Ravens by 3
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By CHILDS WALKER | October 26, 2006
A buddy did me the immense favor the other day of sending me a link to a wonderful New York Times piece about fantasy congress. The game, created by four students at California's Claremont McKenna College, asks players to pick teams of 16 legislators (two senior senators, two junior senators, four senior representatives, four junior representatives and four rookie representatives). Teams accumulate points as their elected officials push legislation toward becoming law. As usual, I applaud these folks for taking fantasy and applying it to their area of obsession.
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By CHILDS WALKER and CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTER | March 4, 2006
I ATTENDED BASEBALL camp at Gettysburg College when I was still in elementary school. One rainy afternoon, we were trapped inside and a coach asked if anybody knew which Hall-of-Famer had come from Gettysburg. I shot my hand up and blurted "Eddie Plank." The man looked at me like I was an alien. He had meant the question rhetorically, I suppose. "Yeah, he won 326 games for the old Philadelphia Athletics," I added helpfully. Another stunned look from coach. Little did I know, but in that exchange and many others like it, I was revealing myself as a baseball "geek" - a kid so obsessed with baseball and its statistics that I would look for any possible way to connect with the game.
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By CHILDS WALKER | April 19, 2007
As I researched Jackie Robinson's career last week, a question occurred: If fantasy baseball had existed 60 years ago, how coveted would Robinson have been? The Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman ranks among the greatest figures in baseball history, but I'm talking about Robinson the player. Well, let's look at his Most Valuable Player season in 1949. There were only 16 teams that year, so fantasy owners would've played a 12- or 13-team mixed format. Only two players, Ted Williams and George Kell, hit for higher averages than Robinson's .342.
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By CHILDS WALKER | May 2, 2006
So I was sitting in the press box at Camden Yards on Sunday with a real baseball game unfolding on the vibrant green beneath. And wouldn't you know, my mind was 1,000 miles away at Tropicana Field. Actually, it was melding with my computer screen, where the box score of the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game was unfolding in CBS Sportsline's glorious real-time scoring. Wily Mo Pena had just homered to draw Boston within one run, and the Red Sox had runners on first and third with only one out. Kevin Youkilis struck out, setting up the perfect fantasy showdown.
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