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July 6, 1995
Greg Zaun, Orioles catcherTop five things about being in the major leagues:1. Knowing that I've made it to the top of my profession2. The ballparks3. The spreads after the gameBTC 4. All the chewing tobacco I can possibly imagine on the road5. Not having to worry about whether or not I can make my next car payment
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By ED HEARD and ED HEARD,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1995
An Ellicott City man escaped injury when he confronted a robber with a knife in his bedroom Monday afternoon, Howard County police said.John Hecht, of the 3600 block of Morning View Court, had just gone back into his home about 3:50 p.m. after mowing grass and found a man inside, police said.The man -- who apparently had entered through an unlocked rear door -- flashed his weapon, ordered Mr. Hecht out of his way and ran from the home, taking an undetermined amount of cash, police said.The robber was described as a white male, about 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, wearing a baseball cap.Orioles catcher Greg Zaun to attend Patapsco assemblyOrioles catcher Greg Zaun will congratulate students at Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City at a 10 a.m. assembly today for surpassing their fund-raising goal.
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NEWS
By ED HEARD and ED HEARD,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1995
An Ellicott City man escaped injury when he confronted a robber with a knife in his bedroom Monday afternoon, Howard County police said.John Hecht, of the 3600 block of Morning View Court, had just gone back into his home about 3:50 p.m. after mowing grass and found a man inside, police said.The man -- who apparently had entered through an unlocked rear door -- flashed his weapon, ordered Mr. Hecht out of his way and ran from the home, taking an undetermined amount of cash, police said.The robber was described as a white male, about 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, wearing a baseball cap.Orioles catcher Greg Zaun to attend Patapsco assemblyOrioles catcher Greg Zaun will congratulate students at Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City at a 10 a.m. assembly today for surpassing their fund-raising goal.
SPORTS
By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | July 23, 1995
It's not just the number, which he hand-picked himself, that reminds careful observers of his uncle.It's everything about the kid wearing the uniform, Greg Zaun, that makes him look like a Rick Dempsey clone.The way he blocks pitches; the way he snaps the ball back to the pitcher from his knees; the way he presents a low target; the way he comes out of the crouch to rifle a throw to second base; the way he sits his mask on top of his helmet and walks to the pitcher's mound. The mannerisms are unmistakable -- and we've seen them all before.
SPORTS
By Buster Olney | March 5, 1995
Greg ZaunWhat he would be doing if there were no strike: Zaun had hoped to compete for a job with the major-league team, in the event that new manager Phil Regan decided to keep a third catcher behind Chris Hoiles and Matt Nokes. Zaun, 23, was the regular catcher at Triple-A Rochester last summer, hitting .237 with seven homers and 43 RBIs in 123 games, with defense being his strong suit.Where he is instead: Zaun is at his parents' home in Glendale, Calif., in the Los Angeles area.How he's filling his time: rr Every day except Sunday, Zaun says, he gets up in the morning and lifts weights.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | April 17, 1992
BOSTON -- After deliberating for 11 days, the Orioles and Rick Dempsey reached an agreement yesterday that satisfies both parties and the American League.Dempsey's role is not clearly defined, but he will work as an instructor throughout the organization, concentrating on the major-league level. He also will do marketing and promotional work.Invited to spring training as a non-roster player, Dempsey lost to Jeff Tackett in his bid to become backup catcher to Chris Hoiles. He has remained in uniform and continued to work out with the Orioles since the season began.
SPORTS
July 2, 1995
Ups and downsJamie Moyer -- UP -- So, beating the Brewers and the Blue Jays isn't like taming the Indians. Big deal. He pitched great, and it still counts in the standings.Sid Fernandez -- DOWN -- Talking retirement, but the short-term solution is to drop him out of the rotation.Greg Zaun -- UP -- As Chris Hoiles' stock plummets, Zaun's value increases. Can't help you much with the bat, but he's a good catcher.Armando Benitez -- WHO KNOWS -- He wouldn't wear the goofy clothes and he didn't handle the situation well, but remember, he's just 22.JKevin Bass -- UP -- It's a gimme: He'll be back in '96.Jeffrey Hammonds -- WHO KNOWS -- An enigma.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | July 23, 1995
It's not just the number, which he hand-picked himself, that reminds careful observers of his uncle.It's everything about the kid wearing the uniform, Greg Zaun, that makes him look like a Rick Dempsey clone.The way he blocks pitches; the way he snaps the ball back to the pitcher from his knees; the way he presents a low target; the way he comes out of the crouch to rifle a throw to second base; the way he sits his mask on top of his helmet and walks to the pitcher's mound. The mannerisms are unmistakable -- and we've seen them all before.
SPORTS
By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | August 24, 1994
No position is as tough to learn, as taxing to play on a daily basis, as difficult to scout.No wonder baseball's decision makers commit so many errors when it comes to evaluating catchers.Baseball brains repeat the same mistakes over and over in regard to catchers.First, teams tend to draft catchers too high. Second, ballclubs tend to give up too soon on prospects, thus enabling a competitor to reap the benefits of their investments.A study of history repeatedly shows teams desperate for catching bypass sure things in the draft to gamble on catchers, only to regret it.In 1966, Steve Chilcott was the first player chosen in the second June draft.
SPORTS
By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1995
Greg Zaun went to Mass before making his first major-league start. Eight-thirty in the morning, and he prayed. For hits?"No," he said emphatically, Zaun's tone suggesting that, of course, you can't ask God for something like that.Then he paused. He couldn't lie about his prayers."Yeah," Zaun acknowledged, "I prayed for hits."He had two hits, in fact, among the 15 by the Orioles, in their HTC 10-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday, before a sellout crowd of 47,561. In doing so, the Orioles split a four-game series with first-place Boston, remaining eight games behind.
SPORTS
July 6, 1995
Greg Zaun, Orioles catcherTop five things about being in the major leagues:1. Knowing that I've made it to the top of my profession2. The ballparks3. The spreads after the gameBTC 4. All the chewing tobacco I can possibly imagine on the road5. Not having to worry about whether or not I can make my next car payment
SPORTS
July 2, 1995
Ups and downsJamie Moyer -- UP -- So, beating the Brewers and the Blue Jays isn't like taming the Indians. Big deal. He pitched great, and it still counts in the standings.Sid Fernandez -- DOWN -- Talking retirement, but the short-term solution is to drop him out of the rotation.Greg Zaun -- UP -- As Chris Hoiles' stock plummets, Zaun's value increases. Can't help you much with the bat, but he's a good catcher.Armando Benitez -- WHO KNOWS -- He wouldn't wear the goofy clothes and he didn't handle the situation well, but remember, he's just 22.JKevin Bass -- UP -- It's a gimme: He'll be back in '96.Jeffrey Hammonds -- WHO KNOWS -- An enigma.
SPORTS
By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1995
Greg Zaun went to Mass before making his first major-league start. Eight-thirty in the morning, and he prayed. For hits?"No," he said emphatically, Zaun's tone suggesting that, of course, you can't ask God for something like that.Then he paused. He couldn't lie about his prayers."Yeah," Zaun acknowledged, "I prayed for hits."He had two hits, in fact, among the 15 by the Orioles, in their HTC 10-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday, before a sellout crowd of 47,561. In doing so, the Orioles split a four-game series with first-place Boston, remaining eight games behind.
SPORTS
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."
SPORTS
By Buster Olney | March 5, 1995
Greg ZaunWhat he would be doing if there were no strike: Zaun had hoped to compete for a job with the major-league team, in the event that new manager Phil Regan decided to keep a third catcher behind Chris Hoiles and Matt Nokes. Zaun, 23, was the regular catcher at Triple-A Rochester last summer, hitting .237 with seven homers and 43 RBIs in 123 games, with defense being his strong suit.Where he is instead: Zaun is at his parents' home in Glendale, Calif., in the Los Angeles area.How he's filling his time: rr Every day except Sunday, Zaun says, he gets up in the morning and lifts weights.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | August 24, 1994
No position is as tough to learn, as taxing to play on a daily basis, as difficult to scout.No wonder baseball's decision makers commit so many errors when it comes to evaluating catchers.Baseball brains repeat the same mistakes over and over in regard to catchers.First, teams tend to draft catchers too high. Second, ballclubs tend to give up too soon on prospects, thus enabling a competitor to reap the benefits of their investments.A study of history repeatedly shows teams desperate for catching bypass sure things in the draft to gamble on catchers, only to regret it.In 1966, Steve Chilcott was the first player chosen in the second June draft.
SPORTS
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."
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | April 13, 1992
The Frederick Keys proved last season that a team doesn't have to win a pennant to be a hot item at the box office.Despite finishing fourth in both halves of the Single-A Carolina League schedule, the Keys packed 318,364 customers into Grove Stadium and outdrew all teams in Double-A and nine in Triple-A baseball.The quest to top that begins tonight with the home opener against the Winston-Salem Spirits. The Keys started the season on the road, dropping two of three to the Lynchburg Red Sox before yesterday's rain-out.
SPORTS
By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1994
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mark Smith undoubtedly is the spring's least noticed .471 hitter. He's one of several impressive, but generally overlooked, rookies on the Orioles' roster.A No. 1 draft choice in 1991 (the ninth player selected overall), Mark is easily the least known of the three Smiths in the Orioles camp (Lee is the new closer and Lonnie is bidding for an outfield job). But manager Johnny Oates insists that the 23-year-old outfielder has not been overlooked by the organization."He's a guy we've talked about a lot in our meetings," said Oates.
SPORTS
By KEN ROSENTHAL | February 22, 1994
SARASOTA, Fla. -- You should have seen him in 1989, playing in the Florida Instructional League. Greg Zaun told everyone he'd be going to The Show, but it took him so long to get his first hit, they stopped the game and gave him the ball.In a sense, you've already seen him. The way he walks, the way he talks, the way he catches, he's just like his uncle, Rick Dempsey. His early minor-league teammates even called him "Red" -- short for baseball's rear-end slang for hothead.Come to think of it, you definitely saw him, if you were watching nTC closely at the All-Star Game last July.
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