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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 Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
No need to worry about how you're going to watch that Orioles game while in the office Friday afternoon. There's an app for that. Much like during the World Cup this summer, sports fans can multi-task at the office thanks to the web and apps for your tablet or smart phone. American League Division Series games between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers will air on TBS - and for those stuck in the office on Friday, on www.tbs.com and via the Watch TBS app. According to TBS, "Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.
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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.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Orioles slugger Chris Davis, suspended recently for using a banned stimulant, was caught amid a leaguewide crackdown that began three years ago as players' use of Adderall spiked, according to sports physicians and other experts. Amphetamines — a drug with addictive properties — have long been a part of the game's darker side. Even the home run record-setting Hank Aaron acknowledged using the stimulants, once commonly known as "greenies. " The action by Major League Baseball sheds light on growing concern about amphetamines — a type of drug that has become increasingly potent.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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 Dean Jones Jr. and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
The Orioles recently joined a growing number of teams to institute additional security procedures to prepare for Major League Baseball's requirements at the beginning of next season. While the added measures currently are in effect at some entrances to Camden Yards, MLB has mandated that all 30 ballparks develop a screening program before Opening Day in April. "The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to the ballclub. As such, the Orioles are cooperating with Major League Baseball's efforts to implement enhanced security measures at all ballparks," Orioles vice president of communications Greg Bader said in a statement.
SPORTS
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.
BUSINESS
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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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.
SPORTS
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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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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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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