July 26, 2000
Quote: "We signed him as an insurance policy. The premiums are paid and now we have to cash in that policy." - Rangers manager Johnny Oates on Bill Haselman, who will be the everyday catcher with All-Star Ivan Rodriguez out for the year It's a fact: Angels left fielder Darin Erstad tied a major-league record Monday for putouts by an outfielder with 12. Who's hot: Johnny Damon of the Royals is batting .516 (32-for-62) over his past 14 games. Who's not: The Devil Rays' Esteban Yan has allowed 23 homers, tying the team record.
December 22, 2005
I guess the Yankees needed another weak-armed center fielder to replace Bernie Williams, who will DH. Johnny Damon will be a smart addition for a few years, but his arm, age and declining defensive skills will become more of an issue before the contract expires, and he will be ill-suited as a corner outfielder. But in the meantime, the New York media will have all sorts of fun with him, and he'll distract some of Derek Jeter's teenage stalkers. Still waiting for the Jeff Conine signing to become official.
July 12, 2005
DETROIT - It is, of course, an outrage. Brian Roberts is the best leadoff hitter in the game this year, but when Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona unveiled the American League lineup for tonight's All-Star Game at Comerica Park, the Orioles second baseman (and maybe Most Valuable Player) was at the bottom of the batting order. The AL leadoff man will be Johnny Damon, who - and maybe this is just a coincidence - plays for the Boston Red Sox, along with No. 3 hitter David Ortiz, cleanup man Manny Ramirez and catcher Jason Varitek.
December 23, 2005
On the day when the really big news in major-league baseball was the Yankees' signing of Johnny Damon - just the latest big-name player to jump for big bucks from one big-payroll team to another - the game lost a man who proudly put in 37 seasons with the same club. Elrod Hendricks, who died Wednesday just a day shy of 65, was a true rarity, and not just because, in his playing days, he was a left-handed-hitting catcher who knew how to handle pitchers. He was an old-school gentleman who, as the Orioles' bullpen coach since 1977, set a standard for loyalty unlikely to be matched in the game today.
December 24, 2005
Hendricks embodied the spirit of O's, city Orioles fans, Baltimore and all of baseball have lost a true diamond gem in Elrod Hendricks. He gave his heart, his soul and his eternal smile to the game he loved and the community he cherished. I can't remember Elrod ever turning away an autograph seeker or missing "Orioles Caravans" to offseason banquets and charity events. He even played Santa Claus to area children this very week. Elrod was a championship catcher and coach who totally embodied the spirit of a team and its town.
July 22, 2008
Out of the major leagues since being released by the Orioles in March, Jay Gibbons is expected to sign a minor league deal this week with the Milwaukee Brewers. An announcement could come as early as today, according to baseball sources. Gibbons, who probably will start in either Double- or Triple-A, was unavailable for comment last night. Gibbons, a 31-year-old outfielder who hit 121 homers for the Orioles over seven injury-riddled seasons, has been playing with the independent Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks.