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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - With the Orioles' season opener nine days away, they've finally found someone to assist in broadcasting their televised games. Buck Martinez has been hired as an analyst for broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet and the Orioles Television Network. He replaces Mike Flanagan, who was hired in December as vice president of baseball operations. A former manager with the Toronto Blue Jays, Martinez will join play-by-play man Michael Reghi and analyst Jim Palmer. "We're excited to add Buck to our television announcing team," said Joe Foss, vice chairman and chief operating officer.
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July 27, 2009
Royals@Orioles 7 p.m. [MASN2] Bruce Chen (left) goes against one of his former teams. Kansas City also has Orioles pitching rejects Sidney Ponson and John Bale. If tonight's O's starter Rich Hill (7.64 ERA) doesn't watch it, he, too, could become a Royal someday.
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By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | December 15, 2005
Sidney Ponson, the former Orioles' pitching ace jailed this week on a drunken driving conviction, requested that he serve his five-day sentence in protective custody at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore, according to state prison officials and his attorney. State officials confirmed yesterday that they had granted the request. Arthur Alperstein, Ponson's attorney, said it was normal for someone who has a "high profile" to be segregated from the jail's general population.
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By From Sun staff and news services | June 27, 2009
NBA 51st pick McClinton seen as combo guard by Spurs After a longer than expected wait, Jack McClinton finally got the news late Thursday night: the former Calvert Hall and Miami Hurricanes guard was taken by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the NBA draft. He was the 51st overall pick. "It was crazy," McClinton said of the wait. "I just heard so many things, hearing the Knicks are going to take you at No. 29. But you don't know anything until it happens." Rumors of the Knicks' interest picked up steam when they acquired the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | December 14, 2005
When Sidney Ponson hit a judge and went to jail last winter, I was dispatched to Aruba to check things out. Someone had to do it. The trail led me to a jail in a touristy neighborhood called Noord where Ponson spent most of his 11 days behind bars. It wasn't exactly a hard-time hellhole. The one-story building was small, quiet, clean. A beach was a half-mile away. Palm trees fluttered nearby. A watch commander at the front desk smiled and said "all the guys in the back" liked Ponson, as if they were frat brothers.
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By MIKE PRESTON | June 26, 2002
EVERY YEAR around this time, the question arises: to trade or not to trade Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson? Before last night's start against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards, Ponson's trade value was increasing. He was 3-3 with a 3.30 ERA in his previous 12 outings, and during that span had nine quality starts - six or more innings pitched with three or fewer earned runs. That has been enough to start trade rumors about Ponson. Again. But unless the Orioles can make a blockbuster deal that would bring them a proven and dynamic offensive talent, they shouldn't listen.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2004
For the third time in less than a month, the Orioles' Sidney Ponson will be matched against one of the toughest pitchers in baseball when he faces the Toronto Blue Jays in today's series finale. He has pitched twice against Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez. This time, it will be Roy Halladay, who won 22 games last year and earned a little honor called the American League Cy Young Award. It is a burden Ponson freely accepted when he signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract in January.
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By LAURA VECSEY | July 25, 2003
NEW YORK - Emboldened, proud and, yes, gloating, Sidney Ponson stood on the top step of the visitors' dugout yesterday. He signed an autograph or two. He craned his neck to get a good, long satisfied look at humbled (for the moment) Yankees fans spilling out of the stadium. For a sweaty moment of well-earned hubris, Ponson looked more like a king than a knight. Win No. 14 on the season for Ponson was recorded in the heat yesterday. "The hotter it is the more I like it," said the island man. It was reached against the Yankees, against Roger Clemens, in spite of a front office motto that Ponson is not an ace, therefore will not get ace dollars.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 29, 2005
THAT WASN'T just a Sandy Alomar one-hopper that injured Sidney Ponson's pitching hand and knocked him out of what could have been his last start for the Orioles last night. That was a message, clear and pointed, from whatever higher authorities govern baseball and control what is right and just. The message? Sorry, Orioles. You're the ones who gave Ponson $22.5 million in January 2004. He's your problem. You can't run from that failed gamble, trade him and make him someone else's problem.
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By Peter Schmuck | July 4, 2005
SIDNEY PONSON walked off the field in the second inning yesterday to a chorus of boos, and who could blame the crowd of 41,655 for being disgusted after 1 1/3 innings of fireworks in broad daylight? Sir Sidney surrendered six runs and any real hope of the Orioles picking up an important game on the first-place Red Sox in a performance that was ugly even by the standards of a guy who entered the game with the ninth-worst ERA (5.35) among American League starting pitchers and now has allowed the most hits (136)
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By From Sun news services | March 4, 2009
Hours after Alex Rodriguez played yesterday for the Dominican Republic in a tuneup for the World Baseball Classic, the New York Yankees announced that he would have his ailing hip checked by a specialist. An exam Saturday revealed a cyst in Rodriguez's right hip. The slugger is scheduled to visit Dr. Marc Phillipon today in Vail, Colo. The third baseman's status for the World Baseball Classic is uncertain. Rodriguez, 33, felt tightness and stiffness in his right hip this spring and was examined by team physician Chris Ahmad on Saturday, the Yankees said.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | December 19, 2008
It appears the Boston Red Sox are out of the running for Mark Teixeira. After several outlets earlier reported that club officials were meeting last night with Scott Boras, agent for the free-agent first baseman, Red Sox owner John Henry e-mailed media members and said the team had dropped out of the bidding. According to the Boston Globe Web site, Henry's e-mail, sent at 10:45 p.m., said: "We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | December 17, 2008
It has been more than three years since the Orioles finally got fed up with the off-the-field antics of pitcher Sidney Ponson and released him - without pay - for conduct detrimental to the team. So much time has passed, in fact, that the news of his arbitration hearing today has been met with a collective yawn from the many Orioles fans who would just as soon forget that unhappy chapter in the team's unhappy recent history. Really, why should you care whether a rich, young guy gets an additional $11 million or a rich, old guy gets to keep the same amount?
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | November 21, 2008
More than three years after the Orioles released and terminated the contract of Sidney Ponson after his third arrest in a nine-month span, a grievance arbitrator will finally decide how much money - if any - the organization owes the pitcher. Orioles general counsel Russell Smouse confirmed yesterday that the grievance would start being heard Dec. 17 in Baltimore by arbitrator Shyam Das. The hearing could take several days, and there is no definitive timetable for Das to render a decision.
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By BILL ORDINE | June 20, 2008
While former Oriole Jay Gibbons, who admitted his culpability for involvement with performance-enhancing drugs, had to beg for a second chance in baseball (he recently signed with the independent Long Island Ducks), ex-Oriole Sidney Ponson is on his umpteenth opportunity. Granted, Ponson's transgressions are of the temperamental and off-the-field, scrapes-with-the-law variety, but he has to count himself plenty lucky - lucky that major league pitching help (or a reasonable facsimile) is at a premium.
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June 19, 2008
Adding depth to their injury-riddled pitching staff, the New York Yankees signed right-hander Sidney Ponson to a minor league contract yesterday. With a history of off-the-field problems, Ponson was released Monday by the Texas Rangers for being a disruption to the team. He performed well on the mound, however, going 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA. Texas designated Ponson, a former Oriole, for assignment June 6 "for disrespecting teammates and club personnel," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.
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June 19, 2008
Adding depth to their injury-riddled pitching staff, the New York Yankees signed right-hander Sidney Ponson to a minor league contract yesterday. With a history of off-the-field problems, Ponson was released Monday by the Texas Rangers for being a disruption to the team. He performed well on the mound, however, going 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA. Texas designated Ponson, a former Oriole, for assignment June 6 "for disrespecting teammates and club personnel," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2000
JUPITER, Fla. -- Sidney Ponson became the first Orioles pitcher to go six innings yesterday. He had to navigate some choppy waters to get there. At times, the waves were over his head. Looking to balance an uneven spring, Ponson raised more questions about his readiness for an April 5 start at Camden Yards after giving up six runs and 11 hits. He walked one and didn't allow a homer, the only positive developments in an 8-4 loss to the Montreal Expos. He also didn't record a strikeout.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 9, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --News item: Former Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson worked out for six major league scouts Thursday in hopes of making a comeback after being released by three teams over the past three years. My take: Stop laughing. He's only 31 and he threw the ball well - hitting 94 on the radar gun with good command of several pitches. If he has his head on straight, he probably can help somebody. News item: New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin agreed to a four-year contract extension worth a reported $21 million.
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March 20, 2007
On former Oriole Sidney Ponson, who criticized Baltimore fans This town gave Sidney more chances than anyone else would. He did himself in by being a subpar player and, more importantly, a subpar person. All the team did for him and now he talks bad about them. ... Make him go back to Aruba and run a tiki bar. Fans kept coming to watch [Ponson] pitch, even though [he] didn't give them a ... thing to cheer about.
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