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By Steve Gould | March 14, 2012
Major League Baseball has delivered on its pledge to formulate a policy for players' social media use, as Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports points out . I'm not going to delve into all the details of the policy (Calcaterra does a nice job outlining them in his post), but much of what you'd expect to be in it is there. A lot of it as common sense - don't condone steroid use in a tweet, for example - but as we've seen all too many times, common sense takes a back seat when some athletes get their hands on a smartphone.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
NEW YORK -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made headlines for his frank comments about fans who storm onto the field during games , as happened in the eighth inning Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Jones' comments have become a national story, prompting discussion on player safety in the game. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is reviewing Jones' comments, an MLB spokesperson told The Baltimore Sun this afternoon. That's not the only place Jones has been seen over the past 24 hours.
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June 30, 2011
Don't spoil the fun Phil Rogers Chicago Tribune Please, Bud Selig, don't step in. For the good of the sport, Major League Baseball will probably step in to seize control of the Dodgers from Frank McCourt. But watching from a distance there's something entertaining about the whole fiasco. What will Frank do next? Will he hire himself as the third-base coach, paid $10 million a year? Will he sack Ned Colletti and hire his son as general manager, at $20 million a year?
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Peter Schmuck | April 5, 2014
It may have taken decades for Major League Baseball to come around to the idea of using video review to confirm or overturn questionable umpiring decisions, but it didn't take Orioles manager Buck Showalter very long to come up with a plan to make the most of the new, expanded replay system. If you're going to successfully navigate a new program that is designed to second-guess the baseball world's best umpires, who better to put in front of the replay monitor than someone who had worked as an umpire himself?
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March 27, 2012
Giving back is great Mike DiGiovanna Los Angeles Times The pluses of playing regular-season games overseas far outweigh the minuses, especially as they pertain to Japan. Considering how much that country has contributed to Major League Baseball over the past two decades — Hideo Nomo, Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, now Yu Darvish, extensive media coverage of the game and fertile marketing terrain — it's important that the game give something back. It's good for younger, less-traveled players and those living more of a sheltered existence, to gain the cultural experience of going to another country, of visiting areas hit by the 2011 tsunami and connecting with families of storm victims.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
The bidding war for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to begin. The 26-year-old Cuban defector was granted free agency Wednesday by Major League Baseball, meaning teams can begin contract negotiations. This week, Cespedes established Dominican residency, which was the major hurdle for him to become a free agent. The Orioles are one of six teams -- along with the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, and Indians -- that Cespedes recently said have shown the most interest in him. Baltimore is indeed interested.
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Baltimore Sun staff | August 22, 2012
In celebration of Oriole Park at Camden Yards' 20th year anniversary, the club debuted the above infographic that details the ballpark's impact on Baltimore and Major League Baseball.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
A couple quick things to share with you from sunny Nashville (We can only assume it is sunny. But it is very temperate inside the hotel.) Major League Baseball's pre-integration committee reviewed candidates from the sport's beginning until 1946 and chose three people for induction: umpire Hank O'Day, former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and former player Deacon White. Ruppert is the guy who actually purchased that kid from Baltimore away from the Boston Red Sox in January 1920, in case you were wondering.
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By Matt Vensel | August 16, 2011
Remember the batting stance guy? (If you said no, he is Internet-famous for doing crazily spot-on imitations of the batting stances of real-life baseball players and putting them on YouTube.) Well, now he has done some crazily spot-on imitations of baseball reporters, including former Baltimore Sun baseball scribes Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Ken Rosenthal. His Tim Kurkjian impersonation makes me giggle. [ Via Deadspin ]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Major League Baseball has ruled it will not approve the Orioles' contract with 17-year-old South Korean Kim Seong-min, a move that caused much controversy in the pitcher's home country. The action comes five days after the Orioles apologized for an "unintentional breach of protocol" in signing Kim, regarded as the country's top left-handed high school pitcher. MLB did not approve Kim's deal because the Orioles failed to conduct a proper "status check" of his eligibility status, according to an industry source.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Even though the Orioles have made plans to honor late public relations director Monica Barlow as part of a pregame ceremony on Opening Day, players would like to have another way to remember Barlow on the field throughout the season. That's not the easiest thing to do, because Major League Baseball has strict uniform regulations that prevent players from making alterations to uniforms on their own. The Orioles will honor Barlow - as well as team investor and Baltimore-born novelist Tom Clancy, former Gold Glove outfielder Paul Blair and 10 other members of the Orioles family who passed away since last Opening Day - during a pregame video tribute Monday before the Orioles play their season opener against the Boston Red Sox. Barlow died Feb. 28 after a nearly four-and-a-half - year battle with lung cancer at age 36. But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said this past week that Barlow meant so much to them as players that they have discussed ways to carry her memory onto the field with them during every game.
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By Peter Schmuck and Ed Encina, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
Major League Baseball made official new rules to protect catchers from flagrant home-plate collisions. Starting this season, a runner who deviates from a direct path to the plate to initiate contact with a catcher will be called out even if the catcher loses the ball, and runners will be declared safe if the catcher blocks the plate without the ball. Orioles manager Buck Showalter and a small contingent of Orioles personnel attended a meeting on Sunday in Port Charlotte, Fla., where MLB officials briefed them on both the collision policy and the new expanded replay system.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
Right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman have each owned the title of being the Orioles ' top prospect over the past 12 months, depending on who's doing the ranking and what time of the year it is. In MLB.com's end-of-the-season rankings, Gausman had passed Bundy as he was ranked as the game's 14thprospect, one spot ahead of Bundy at No. 15. In the most recent MLB.com rankings - released Thursday night online and on MLB Network  -...
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Peter Schmuck | January 18, 2014
Now that Major League Baseball has been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, we can all take comfort in the fact that truth, justice and the National Pastime will forever be protected by modern video technology. Don't misunderstand the sarcastic tone. The decision to dramatically expand the use of video replay to reverse bad umpire rulings is the correct one for our time. There's no reason to let bad calls stand when there is an almost foolproof way to replace them with good ones.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
A new series on MLB Network, "My Most Memorable Game," debuts tonight at 9 p.m. with Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. talking about a notable game from his career. Anyone want to guess which one he'll be discussing? OK, so it's not surprising that the Iron Man will talk about the game against the California Angels on Sept. 6, 1995 at Camden Yards -- the night he broke Lou Gehrig's record by playing in his 2,131st straight game. But it should still be an interesting show for Orioles fans.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
As we head into the afternoon on Day 3 of the winter meetings, the Orioles remain quiet. No signings, no trades, a lot of discussion -- oh, and plenty preparation for tomorrow's Rule 5 draft. According to an industry source, the Orioles have still not made an offer to any closer. It looks like they're staying pat. But that doesn't mean the Orioles aren't trying to make any moves. Dan Duquette isn't riding Space Mountain or anything like that. And, really, what's the difference between making a move here under the winter meetings spotlight or a week down the road?
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
As we reported last night, the salary of Joe Blanton is a sticking point in a deal to bring the husky right-hander to Baltimore. The Orioles just aren't paying $3 million or anything close to it for a two-month rental, No. 4-type starter So if not Blanton, whom do the Orioles get to put in their starting rotation? There aren't a lot of choices. Lefty Jason Vargas long has been a guy the Orioles have liked - they talked about dealing for him this winter. And Vargas is having a solid year, albeit with his home games at Safeco Field.
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By CHILDS WALKER | April 29, 2009
I applaud Major League Baseball for taking another step toward making its draft an event for fans. I look forward to seeing the qualities of Dustin Ackley and Aaron Crow debated in prime time. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/toydept)
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
While a top Major League Baseball security official said Friday that fans should expect beefed-up security next year, including possibly walk-through metal detectors, a MLB spokesman said no decisions for 2014 have been made.   Speaking on a sports symposium panel at Harvard titled “Preparing for the Worst: Crisis Management,” MLB security director John Skinner suggested that while some aspects of screening will be left up to the teams, the commissioner's office plans to recommend walk-through metal detectors next season, according to an Associated Press report.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
While reports out of the final day of Major League Baseball's general managers' meetings Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., said that the Orioles could explore trades involving cornerstone players J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters, the team is not actively shopping either player, according to a club source. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday night that he's met with more than half the major league clubs to gauge whether they could be trade partners, but he added that Hardy and Wieters are “core players on our ballclub.” He also met with several free-agent representatives in Orlando and made preliminary offers to multiple pitchers.
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