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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 Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
The timing of Bud Selig's pre-retirement news conference at Camden Yards Tuesday was delicious. It was 20 years to the day after major league players walked out and initiated the most disastrous labor showdown in baseball history. The great work stoppage of 1994-95 turned the fans against both the players and owners, and the owner with the biggest target on his back was the acting commissioner, who would eventually become the permanent commissioner and run Major League Baseball for a total of 22 years.
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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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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles took an early lead in the court battle against the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball over television rights fees from the teams' shared regional sports network. A New York court temporarily blocked a recent Major League Baseball decision that would have diverted tens of millions of dollars in profits from the regional network MASN that flow primarily to the Orioles. The Orioles say that money is critical to maintaining competitiveness and affording quality players.
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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 Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
On Tuesday, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association named center fielder Adam Jones as the Orioles' recipient of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award. The honor values athletes who “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game” and is the only big league award voted on by former players. Jones, along with the 29 winners from the other clubs, was selected for his work ethic and passion for baseball. “He represents all the best qualities of a teammate and competitor,” Brooks Robinson, Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman and Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association president, said in a statement.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
When Ebony Johnson learned that she and her softball team would spend MLB All-Star Week in Minneapolis, she admitted to being a little more excited than her players. "They're just 11 and 12 years old," she said. "So many of them haven't left the city. Some of them haven't left the state. Some of them have never flown before. But they are very excited about it. " Johnson coaches the 12-and-under softball team affiliated with the Orioles' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program, a youth outreach initiative that promotes interest in baseball.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Put the champagne on ice, Baltimore. With seven ballparks left on his journey, a man touring our great nation in search of the best ballpark hot dog gave the fare at Oriole Park at Camden Yards the highest ranking of his summer-long trip after taking in Tuesday night's loss to the Chicago White Sox. “I was pleased to give Baltimore the top score, but I was not surprised because of the history and reputation Orioles Park has," Tom Lohr,...
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The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Players selected on the final day of the major league baseball first-year draft rarely receive national attention, but the Washington Nationals turned some heads Saturday by picking Ryan Ripken (Gilman), son of former Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. The Nationals chose Ripken, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound first baseman out of Indian River State in Florida, in the 15th round (No. 454 overall). He batted .321 with one home run and 24 RBIs in 42 games as a freshman this year. In 2012, Ripken was drafted in the 20th round by the organization for which his father spent the entirety of his 21-year major league career.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Gavin Sheets, the son of former Orioles outfielder and Gilman coach Larry Sheets, was drafted in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. He was the No. 1,123 pick overall. Sheets just finished his senior season at Gilman, batting .400 with five home runs and 36 RBIs for the Greyhounds. A first baseman and pitcher, he is set to attend Wake Forest. Sheets, 6 feet 4 and 215 pounds, bats and throws left-handed. He is at least the third son of a former Oriole to be drafted Saturday.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
In recent years, the Orioles' first-round draft picks haven't required much seasoning before they arrived on Eutaw Street. Manny Machado was up just over two years after his selection in 2010, while Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, the club's last two first-round picks, each reached the majors in their first full seasons. But in last year's amateur draft, the team's two first-round selections - pitcher Hunter Harvey and outfielder Josh Hart - represent the kind of high-ceiling, long-lead developmental projects rarely seen in the Orioles system.
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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 Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
No one will argue that the Orioles' offense could use a bit of a boost. Whether two men who joined them Thursday in batting practice could provide it is a different conversation entirely. Former Orioles Harold Reynolds and Brady Anderson were in full uniform yesterday before the Orioles' 3-1 loss to Houston, with Reynolds taking his hacks in the batting cage and trying to regain his late-80s All-Star form. Reynolds, now an MLB Network analyst, will broadcast today's Civil Rights Game in Houston.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said before Friday's Civil Rights Game that he sees Baltimore as a leading candidate to host the 2016 All-Star Game. “Yes, they're certainly a very, very viable candidate,” Selig said before the Orioles' game against the Houston Astros. “When you think back, Camden Yards really started this whole ballpark expansion, and I believe that's one of the primary reasons for baseball attendance being at the historic high that it is today.” Selig, who is retiring at the end of this season, will select the locations for the 2016 and 2017 All-Star Games, and said he hopes to continue alternating the game's site between leagues.
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