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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Gregg Zaun has spent a lifetime trying to get bigger. As a kid who didn't break 100 pounds until he was in the ninth grade, he wanted to grow, his eagerness compelling him to hang from chin-up bars in the hope he would stretch.As an adult and a catcher for the Orioles, he wants to grow in the eyes of those who decide where he will play, when he will play. Zaun wants to stay in the majors, and for a long time."When I walk away from this game," Zaun said, "I want people to say that guy could really catch.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | February 16, 2010
When he arrived for Orioles spring training the previous two years, catcher Matt Wieters was a camp curiosity. In 2008, he was the big-money draft pick who hadn't yet played a game for the organization and was there for a taste of the big leagues. Last year, he was the can't-miss phenom, baseball's top prospect who was trying to soak everything in before an inevitable call-up later in the year. Now, as pitchers and catchers report Wednesday, Wieters has a different role.
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April 12, 2000
Quote: "They thought the Z's had become too powerful and they had to break it up." -- Rangers reliever Jeff Zimmerman, who last spring had Gregg Zaun, Todd Zeile and Mike Zywica as teammates. It's a fact: White circles containing uniform numbers for Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson were dislodged from the Fenway Park facade by strong weekend winds. Who's hot: Scott Schoeneweis, making his second major-league start, pitched a three-hitter Monday night. It was the Angels' first complete-game shutout in almost two years.
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By Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 15, 2010
When he arrived for Orioles' spring training in each of the past two years, catcher Matt Wieters was a camp curiosity. In 2008, he was the big-money draft pick who hadn't yet played a game for the organization and was there for a brief taste of the big leagues. Last year, he was the can't-miss phenom, baseball's top prospect who was trying to soak everything in before an inevitable call-up later in the year. Now, as pitchers and catchers report Wednesday, Wieters has a different role.
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April 9, 1993
The Bowie Baysox, the Orioles' Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, open their season tonight in London, Ontario, and will play their home opener at Memorial Stadium on April 16. Here's a look at the team that will play its home games in Baltimore this season because its new stadium hasn't been built in Bowie.Ticket prices Box seats: $7; Adult general admission: $5; Military, students $3; Over 60: $3; Children under 5: free. Call (410) 467-0101 or (800) 956-4004.Tonight's projected starting lineup Brad Tyler, 2B; Jim Wawruck, LF; T. R. Lewis, DH; Jeffrey Hammonds, CF; Stanton Cameron, RF; Brent Miller, 1B; Tim Holland, SS; Sam Ferretti, 3B; Gregg Zaun, C; Jason Satre, P.ManagerDon Buford, 56, began his managing career last season with the Hagerstown Suns, going 59-80.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1996
VIERA, Fla. -- On the morning of his first exhibition game as manager of the Orioles, Davey Johnson woke up at 5 a.m. yesterday and tried to think through his plans for the afternoon, his lineup, his pitching rotation.But he couldn't have imagined a better beginning. The Orioles whipped the Florida Marlins, 10-1, pounding out 12 hits and playing errorless in the field, and the pitchers didn't allow a single walk. Good stuff for the Orioles.About the only blemish could be found on starting pitcher Mike Mussina.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | July 15, 1993
The stage was set for the Bowie Baysox last night.In town for an encore was The Famous Chicken to do his act at Memorial Stadium, and Brien Taylor, the No. 1 pick in the 1991 summer draft, was pitching for the Albany-Colonie Yankees.The Baysox had enjoyed their biggest advance ticket sale of the season -- more than 8,000 -- with a crowd of more than 10,000 expected.Then, the entire show was blown away in about two minutes.A severe thunderstorm struck at about 5:30 p.m. and head groundskeeper Jimmy Juergens and members of the front office hastily applied the new lightweight tarpaulin the team purchased two weeks ago."
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By Buster Olney | February 17, 1996
Gregg ZaunHis projected role for the O's: Backup catcher, unless the Orioles acquire another catcher who cannot be sent to the minor leagues. For instance, if the Orioles trade for Toronto's Randy Knorr -- something that has been discussed -- they likely would keep Knorr over Zaun. Knorr is out of options and cannot be sent to the minors; Zaun has options and can be sent to the minors without being passed through waivers.Number crunching: Orioles pitchers had a 4.29 ERA when throwing to Zaun last year.
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 24, 1996
The Orioles tonight open their biggest road trip of the seaso with their offense sputtering. General manager Pat Gillick says a quick fix is unlikely, and even if he could make a dramatic trade, it probably would be for a pitcher.Thus, it's the responsibility of manager Davey Johnson to revive his attack in Texas and New York, where the Orioles will face first-place teams ranking second and fourth, respectively, in the American League in ERA.He can start with a lineup change.Now batting second, Roberto Alomar.
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By Ken Rosenthal | April 7, 1996
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gregg Zaun, pinch catcher."That sounds all right," Zaun said. "I like 'stopper' better."Hey, it's his creation.His, and Davey Johnson's.The Orioles aren't just winning, they're redefining the way the game is played."If Zaunie keeps this up," Chris Hoiles said, "he's got to be in contention for the Rolaids Relief Award."Zaun, 24, appeared as a late-inning replacement for Hoiles in each of the Orioles' first four games before starting last night against Minnesota."Spot starting," he said before going 1-for-3 in the Orioles' 8-3 loss to the Twins.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 8, 2003
In last month's amateur baseball draft, the Orioles chose two catchers in the first 14 rounds. One came out of Oklahoma City, the other Hawaii. Both of them played in college. If history is a good indicator, neither of them will have a significant impact on the major league roster - or get anywhere near it. The long odds that have become an industry-wide issue stretch more than 40 years in Baltimore. Andy Etchebarren, drafted out of high school in 1961, spent 11 1/2 of his 15 seasons with the Orioles.
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April 12, 2000
Quote: "They thought the Z's had become too powerful and they had to break it up." -- Rangers reliever Jeff Zimmerman, who last spring had Gregg Zaun, Todd Zeile and Mike Zywica as teammates. It's a fact: White circles containing uniform numbers for Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson were dislodged from the Fenway Park facade by strong weekend winds. Who's hot: Scott Schoeneweis, making his second major-league start, pitched a three-hitter Monday night. It was the Angels' first complete-game shutout in almost two years.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1996
Being No. 2 is suiting Scott McClain just fine.Shifted to the second spot in the Rochester batting order, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound third baseman responded with his hottest streak of the year, hitting in 13 straight games and batting .410 over 14."I felt he needed a new challenge," said Red Wings manager Marv Foley, who has instituted an odd lineup that includes his catcher (Gregg Zaun) leading off and his designated hitter (Billy Owens) in the ninth spot.McClain, smooth at third base despite his size, had hovered around .260 most of the season, but the surge brought him to .285.
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By Buster Olney | August 11, 1996
(Through Thursday's games)Ups and DownsWild-card hopes -- UP -- If they played Milwaukee the rest of the year, the Orioles would be in the postseason, no problem.B.J. Surhoff -- UP -- Beat up on his old buddies from Milwaukee.David Wells -- UP -- Booted Bernie Brewer out of the mug, and shut down the Indians. What a week.Homers -- UP -- Closing in on club record for homers, and there's still a month and a half to play.Rocky Coppinger -- UP -- If they make the playoffs, he'll be one of the biggest reasons for the turnaround.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | August 3, 1996
CLEVELAND -- The Orioles hammered Orel Hershiser in April, moving manager Davey Johnson to speak about what a tremendous pitcher Hershiser had been. In paying tribute, and without meaning any disrespect, Johnson talked of Hershiser's greatness in the past tense.Hershiser is worthy of present tense now, and if he keeps on pitching as he has over the last two months, he could play a significant part in the Indians' future -- the playoffs and World Series.Last night, Hershiser limited the Orioles to two hits in seven innings as Cleveland won in an 11-1 rampage.
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 24, 1996
The Orioles tonight open their biggest road trip of the seaso with their offense sputtering. General manager Pat Gillick says a quick fix is unlikely, and even if he could make a dramatic trade, it probably would be for a pitcher.Thus, it's the responsibility of manager Davey Johnson to revive his attack in Texas and New York, where the Orioles will face first-place teams ranking second and fourth, respectively, in the American League in ERA.He can start with a lineup change.Now batting second, Roberto Alomar.
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By Lois Szymanski and Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 11, 1995
ON WEDNESDAY, Westminster's East Middle School held its fourth annual Read-a-Thon awards assembly in the school gymnasium and invited Baltimore Orioles catcher Gregg Zaun to celebrate with participants.Plans for the event began early in the school year when students collected pledges for the amount of pages read during a Nov. 3 Read-a-Thon. Students gathered on sleeping bags to read, while teachers and chaperons kept a watchful eye. Throughout the evening drawings were held for books and other prizes.
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By Buster Olney | August 11, 1996
(Through Thursday's games)Ups and DownsWild-card hopes -- UP -- If they played Milwaukee the rest of the year, the Orioles would be in the postseason, no problem.B.J. Surhoff -- UP -- Beat up on his old buddies from Milwaukee.David Wells -- UP -- Booted Bernie Brewer out of the mug, and shut down the Indians. What a week.Homers -- UP -- Closing in on club record for homers, and there's still a month and a half to play.Rocky Coppinger -- UP -- If they make the playoffs, he'll be one of the biggest reasons for the turnaround.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1996
Gregg Zaun said yesterday that Orioles catchers need help from the pitching staff if the team is to improve its ability to throw out base stealers.Zaun (5-for-26) and Chris Hoiles (6-for-39) are a combined 11-for-65 in throwing out attempted stealers this season, a 16.9 percent success rate.The problem was heightened this past weekend against speedy Kansas City. The Royals stole five times Saturday without being caught and were 8-for-10 in the three-game series. Tom Goodwin stole second twice yesterday, both times scoring on an ensuing single.
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By Ken Rosenthal | April 7, 1996
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gregg Zaun, pinch catcher."That sounds all right," Zaun said. "I like 'stopper' better."Hey, it's his creation.His, and Davey Johnson's.The Orioles aren't just winning, they're redefining the way the game is played."If Zaunie keeps this up," Chris Hoiles said, "he's got to be in contention for the Rolaids Relief Award."Zaun, 24, appeared as a late-inning replacement for Hoiles in each of the Orioles' first four games before starting last night against Minnesota."Spot starting," he said before going 1-for-3 in the Orioles' 8-3 loss to the Twins.
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