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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Brian Graham, the Orioles' director of player development, has won this year's Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award presented by Minor League Baseball for meritorious service in player development. Graham, 53, rejoined the Orioles in 2008 as a special assignment coach in the minors and in 2009 became coordinator of minor league instruction. He was promoted to development director before last season. He has spent 32 years in professional baseball, including six with the Orioles. In 2000, he was part of Mike Hargrove's coaching staff.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Right-hander Dylan Bundy came to Camden Yards on Tuesday to discuss his offseason plan with Brady Anderson, the Orioles' vice president of baseball operations, and “to make sure we were all together on what's going on with him between now and next spring,” manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday. Bundy is currently on the disabled list at High-A Frederick with a strained lat muscle, an injury Showalter said "has just about resolved itself. " “The goal and the hope now for him is to have a normal offseason of a healthy pitcher, which he is,” Showalter said.
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By David Selig | July 22, 2012
What do Zelous Wheeler, Rougned Odor,  Bear Bay and Rock Shoulders have in common? Well, they're all actual names of minor league baseball players. And they're all in the running for "Moniker Madness" -- a bracket-style tournament on milb.com that it setting out to determine who has the best name in all of the minors. Wheeler, as you die-hards already know, is an infielder for the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk. He's only batting .212 for the Tides, but here's his chance to really make a name for himself.
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By Dan Connolly and Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Looking for another hitter to use off the bench, the Orioles promoted catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and sent starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to the club's Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. Clevenger, 28, has hit .240 in 75 at-bats with the Orioles this season and .305 in 226 at-bats with Norfolk. “We've been playing short a position player for a while, and we thought this was an opportunity to take care of that problem and give us a better chance to win tonight,” manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2010
Talking about Pedro Silveren's wedding brings tears to the eyes of Betsy Harner. It probably always will. Silveren played for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds in 2006 and 2007. He got married in March 2009, but his mother couldn't make it out of the Dominican Republic for the wedding, and Silveren asked Harner to walk with him down the aisle. "Oh my gosh, you can't even imagine what that meant to me," said Harner, wiping her eyes. Betsy and Michael Harner became close to Silveren by opening their home to him as a host family.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 17, 2000
The Bowie Baysox' annual reading incentive program - which gave out about 30,000 minor league baseball tickets last year to children in 10 school systems - is under way again. The "Read and Hit a Home Run" program, in its sixth year, gives children the chance to win two free tickets each by reading four books outside of their regular classroom assignments and submitting one-paragraph summaries of those books to their teachers. It also includes a bookmark contest. The reading program began in Prince George's County and last year included pupils from that county, as well as from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and Montgomery counties; Baltimore City; and Fairfax County, Va. A key element of the program is the selection of a pupil-designed bookmark with a baseball theme, which will be reproduced and distributed to thousands of children at participating schools.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2000
Minor-league baseball is coming to the boyhood home of Cal Ripken Jr. Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership Inc. will announce Wednesday that its Aberdeen team, which has no name yet, will compete this summer in the Atlantic League as one of two expansion franchises, minor league sources said yesterday. In its third season, the Atlantic League is for players cut by major-league teams during spring training, six-year minor-league free agents or those unsatisfied with Triple-A contracts they are being offered.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 12, 1999
John Stephens saw the bunt looping toward him, lunged for it and nearly left his career sprawled on the ground. A promising pitcher in the Orioles' farm system, Stephens was finished last season after only six games with the lower Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds because of a neck injury suffered in his futile dive. The resulting nerve damage has taken some of the zip off his fastball. It hasn't taken away his effectiveness. Just ask around the South Atlantic League. The Australia native won his fifth game in his past six decisions Friday, evening his record at 6-6 and moving him into the league's strikeout lead with 142. Having posted an ERA of 0.87 in four June starts, he has given up only one earned run in two outings for the Shorebirds this month.
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October 22, 2007
Arnold King Metcalf, an Air Force veteran and former minor league baseball player, died yesterday at FutureCare, a nursing home in Canton. He was 75, and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Metcalf pitched for two years in the New York Yankees farm system, said his son, David Metcalf of Millersville. While playing for the Yankees' organization, Mr. Metcalf was drafted into the Air Force in 1951, a year after the start of the Korean War, his son said. He was assigned to translate for a general in France.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | September 6, 1999
Without overpowering stuff, Rick Bauer must make his living by thinking positively and keeping his emotions under control. He has done both well this season.Despite a lofty ERA, Bauer has pitched longer and more successfully than any other starter on a no-name Frederick staff that helped keep the Keys in Single-A Carolina League playoff contention until the final week. He is the team's biggest winner and most used pitcher."I have to work down in the zone, get ahead and think more," Bauer said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
It's one of the more impressive streaks in all of baseball, and yet I'm terrified to write about it for fear of retribution from the baseball gods. But this has gone on for too long to continue ignoring it. Low-A Delmarva reliever Jimmy Yacobonis has made 15 appearances on the season and not allowed a run - earned or unearned - in 20 innings of work. Only two pitchers in all of minor league baseball have gone longer this year without allowing an earned run: Reds prospect Carlos Gonzalez, who has pitched 24 scoreless innings for Class-A Bakersfield, and Jeff Beliveau, a 27-year-old reliever in the Rays system who has pitched two scoreless innings in the big leagues and 21 2/3 shutout frames with Triple-A Durham.
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Sports Digest | April 22, 2014
Loyola Maryland will host the Patriot League men's and women's championships this week after both teams won regular-season conference titles. Ridley Athletic Complex will host both championships, starting with the women's semifinals on Thursday. The top-seeded Greyhounds women will host either Colgate, Holy Cross or Lehigh at 5p.m. in the opening semifinal, while No. 2 seed Navy will play Boston University, Colgate or Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet in the championship at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
In baseball, it turns out, making a perfect schedule can be as elusive as throwing a perfect game. There are a lot of rules, starting with the basics: For each major league team, 81 games must be on the road and 81 at home, with 13 home weekend series and 19 games against divisional opponents. With any wiggle room left, a team such as the Orioles might ask for a home game on Father's Day or an away game when a concert is scheduled at nearby M&T Bank Stadium. But any special request from one team can lead to a lot of eraser smudges for the rest.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Brian Graham, the Orioles' director of player development, has won this year's Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award presented by Minor League Baseball for meritorious service in player development. Graham, 53, rejoined the Orioles in 2008 as a special assignment coach in the minors and in 2009 became coordinator of minor league instruction. He was promoted to development director before last season. He has spent 32 years in professional baseball, including six with the Orioles. In 2000, he was part of Mike Hargrove's coaching staff.
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October 25, 2012
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By David Selig | July 22, 2012
What do Zelous Wheeler, Rougned Odor,  Bear Bay and Rock Shoulders have in common? Well, they're all actual names of minor league baseball players. And they're all in the running for "Moniker Madness" -- a bracket-style tournament on milb.com that it setting out to determine who has the best name in all of the minors. Wheeler, as you die-hards already know, is an infielder for the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk. He's only batting .212 for the Tides, but here's his chance to really make a name for himself.
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May 27, 1997
DON'T REINVENT the wheel when you have one. Yogi Berra never said that, but he might were he assessing the proposal by the Harford County town of Aberdeen to secure a minor-league baseball team.Aberdeen, which can learn a great deal from other recent minor-league start-ups in Maryland, already has a lot going for it.First, Peter M. Kirk, who has had success running minor-league affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles in Bowie, Frederick and Salisbury, is interested in the idea. He also sits on an expansion committee of the national governing body of minor-league baseball.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN STAFF | June 16, 2000
NEWARK, N.J. - In the radio world, Neal Conan had it all: a show on National Public Radio, 15 million listeners and the chance to cover wars and international summits. Now, as the play-by-play announcer for the Aberdeen Arsenal - a new minor league baseball team based in Harford County - he spends his days in such hot spots as Bridgeport, Conn., rides buses all night and longer, and eats too many muffins from hotel breakfast bars. What some will do for the love of baseball. Conan, 50, has taken a six-month leave of absence from NPR, trading in 23 years on its news staff, his own weekly show and national renown, for 140 one-man broadcasts on Harford Community Radio, WHFC 91.1 FM - a station with one full-time employee and a signal that barely reaches Baltimore County.
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By Chris Korman | April 10, 2012
Last week, amid the buzz over another opening day and the celebration of Camden Yards' 20th birthday, I reported a story on the future of baseball parks . Though the topic was assigned to me, it had special resonance because I essentially grew up in a minor league baseball stadium that evolved, year by year, into a park that has inspired many current trends. My first, and perhaps still fondest, memory of what was then Reading Municipal-Memorial Stadium is of essentially standing in the bullpen during a game -- there was a low fence out there, but you could just hang over it and talk to the players -- when one of the Reading Phillies' pitchers blurted, "Hold on, gotta run" before dashing onto the field to partake in a benches-clearing brawl.
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By Dan Connolly | January 9, 2012
Just gauging from his first couple of months on the job, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette likes to keep a lot of information close to the vest until he releases it all at once - even if most of it has already been reported - a true sign of old-school baseball philosophy. So we haven't officially been told about some of his more recent hires. But here's one that had been expected from the moment Duquette took the Orioles' job: Ray Poitevint. Poitevint's title has not been announced - it could be special assistant or an international scouting liaison - but he has been seen in the Warehouse and apparently is contributing to meetings about international players.
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