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By Jules Witcover | August 25, 2014
One of the unsung blessings of Twitter is the way it continually reminds us that willful ignorance is alive and thriving in the American body politic. In the past week, we were treated to widely retweeted photos purporting to show Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol throwing a gang sign. The first controversial image showed up on an unvetted CNN social media webpage called iReport, and Internet trolls took it from there. The only problem is that the hand sign in question was the greeting of Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically black fraternity of which Johnson is a member.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT - Orioles bench coach John Russell is expected to be interviewed for the Minnesota Twins' managerial position. Russell, who has been the Orioles' bench coach since 2011, has previous managing experience. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008 to 2010, compiling a 186-299 record over those three seasons. All of manager Buck Showalter's coaches, including Russell, are currently under contract for next season, so the Orioles would need to give permission to interview Russell.
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By Mary Beth Kozak | August 19, 2002
Ron Johnson Position: Wide receiver College: Minnesota Who he is: The fourth-round selection (123rd overall) in April's NFL draft, he holds the Gophers' record with at least one catch in every game (46) played. He is also the school's all-time record-holder with 198 receptions for 3,039 yards and 31 touchdowns. Favorite football moment: "That would be my first big catch when I jumped up for the fade when Chris Redman threw it [in the preseason game against Detroit]." Rookie pranks: "The DBs and some of the other guys, they chased me down and taped me up and put me in the ice tub. It wasn't that bad though."
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By Jules Witcover | August 25, 2014
One of the unsung blessings of Twitter is the way it continually reminds us that willful ignorance is alive and thriving in the American body politic. In the past week, we were treated to widely retweeted photos purporting to show Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol throwing a gang sign. The first controversial image showed up on an unvetted CNN social media webpage called iReport, and Internet trolls took it from there. The only problem is that the hand sign in question was the greeting of Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically black fraternity of which Johnson is a member.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2012
Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson had seen enough. All year the Orioles had sifted through the scrap heap and shipped former All-Stars and wanna-bes alike to the minors to be evaluated by Johnson, a baseball lifer with a keen eye for talent. Johnson had been watching the newest addition, the short outfielder with wavy blond surfer hair and a sculpted physique, and he finally snapped after the guy swung defensively and hit weakly to left. The husky Johnson lumbered over to the 30-year-old and said, "Let me ask you a question.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Before he opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles, veteran left-hander Randy Wolf unleashed a pitch that hit the suite level at Harbor Park in Norfolk. It seems like he did it on purpose. David Hall, who covers the Tides for The Virginian-Pilot, relayed a bizarre story in his piece on the Tides' 2-1 win Sunday . Hall said that in Wolf's last appearance, he warned manager Ron Johnson that something strange was going to happen. Hall wrote: During Game 1 on Saturday, he threw a pitch that sailed to the top of the grandstand and bounded off the facade of a suite.
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By MIKE PRESTON | December 2, 2002
CINCINNATI - Two years ago, Ravens coach Brian Billick would have been ecstatic about yesterday's 27-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He had a veteran club then, one that could turn it on and off when it wanted. Billick was happy yesterday, but there was guarded optimism. The Ravens are 6-6 and still have a remote shot at the playoffs with four games remaining, but there have been signs the past two weeks that this team is starting to run up against "The Wall," the period after Thanksgiving when first-year players begin to tire.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2002
A week before the season opener at Carolina, Ravens coach Brian Billick backed Chris Redman as his quarterback and deflected criticism away from his first-year starter. Redman has taken the brunt of the blame for a first-team offense that failed to reach the end zone in four preseason games. Although Billick admitted Redman has regressed at times this preseason, he referred to him as a victim of circumstance. Trying to learn on the job himself, Redman has been hurt by the mistakes of seven starters on offense who have three years or less experience.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2003
Despite a quiet preseason for Frank Sanders and Marcus Robinson, the Ravens are not changing the routes of their veteran receivers. When the team opens the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 12 days, the plan is to start Sanders alongside Travis Taylor and stick with Robinson as the third wide-out. The free-agent additions have combined for two catches for 18 yards, with Sanders missing most of the preseason with a foot injury and Robinson struggling to get into the flow of the offense.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - One true indicator of the seriousness of a baseball injury is how those in the dugout react when the potentially hurt player returns from the field. When Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton came into the visitors' dugout Wednesday night after taking a sharp liner off his right glove hand, Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson asked to see Britton's glove. "I heard it screaming," Johnson deadpanned while others laughed. So, yes, Britton, is fine - though he admits he was frightened for about 30 seconds after Minnesota Twins slugger Josh Willingham hit a scorching comebacker that deflected off Britton's glove and wrist.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Before he opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles, veteran left-hander Randy Wolf unleashed a pitch that hit the suite level at Harbor Park in Norfolk. It seems like he did it on purpose. David Hall, who covers the Tides for The Virginian-Pilot, relayed a bizarre story in his piece on the Tides' 2-1 win Sunday . Hall said that in Wolf's last appearance, he warned manager Ron Johnson that something strange was going to happen. Hall wrote: During Game 1 on Saturday, he threw a pitch that sailed to the top of the grandstand and bounded off the facade of a suite.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Caleb Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and made his major league debut, batting ninth against the Rays. He was 0-for-3 in the game. To create 25-man roster space for Joseph - a 40-man roster spot was already available - the team optioned infielder Jemile Weeks to Norfolk. Joseph, the Orioles' seventh-round pick in 2008, was hitting .261 with two home runs and 11 RBIs at Norfolk. He was the Eastern League Player of the Year in 2013 after hitting 22 home runs and driving in 97 runs for Double-A Bowie.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - One true indicator of the seriousness of a baseball injury is how those in the dugout react when the potentially hurt player returns from the field. When Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton came into the visitors' dugout Wednesday night after taking a sharp liner off his right glove hand, Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson asked to see Britton's glove. "I heard it screaming," Johnson deadpanned while others laughed. So, yes, Britton, is fine - though he admits he was frightened for about 30 seconds after Minnesota Twins slugger Josh Willingham hit a scorching comebacker that deflected off Britton's glove and wrist.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
It took L.J. Hoes a roundabout way to get to from Triple-A Norfolk to Baltimore this weekend, but the outfielder eventually made it to the Orioles to make his first major league start. Hoes left Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday evening with the goal to make it to Baltimore that night. But as his flight approached Detroit, thunderstorms forced the plane to circle, and it was diverted to Cleveland as it ran low on fuel. By the time Hoes made it to Detroit, his flight to Baltimore had left without him, so he had to spend the night there before flying to Baltimore on Sunday morning.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2012
Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson had seen enough. All year the Orioles had sifted through the scrap heap and shipped former All-Stars and wanna-bes alike to the minors to be evaluated by Johnson, a baseball lifer with a keen eye for talent. Johnson had been watching the newest addition, the short outfielder with wavy blond surfer hair and a sculpted physique, and he finally snapped after the guy swung defensively and hit weakly to left. The husky Johnson lumbered over to the 30-year-old and said, "Let me ask you a question.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Buck Showalter just wanted to know one thing from Ron Johnson and Mike Griffin. How did they steer the Triple-A Norfolk Tides to a winning record when Showalter spent the whole season stealing their players? “My gosh, I never heard a complaint,” Showalter said, gushing over Johnson, the Norfolk manager, and Griffin, the team's pitching coach. “It was just, 'What do you need? What does the club need?'” Johnson and Griffin were unsung heroes of the Orioles' improbable season, handling a dizzying array of call-ups and send-downs as the major league club coped with injuries and the struggles of young pitchers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Caleb Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and made his major league debut, batting ninth against the Rays. He was 0-for-3 in the game. To create 25-man roster space for Joseph - a 40-man roster spot was already available - the team optioned infielder Jemile Weeks to Norfolk. Joseph, the Orioles' seventh-round pick in 2008, was hitting .261 with two home runs and 11 RBIs at Norfolk. He was the Eastern League Player of the Year in 2013 after hitting 22 home runs and driving in 97 runs for Double-A Bowie.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT - Orioles bench coach John Russell is expected to be interviewed for the Minnesota Twins' managerial position. Russell, who has been the Orioles' bench coach since 2011, has previous managing experience. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008 to 2010, compiling a 186-299 record over those three seasons. All of manager Buck Showalter's coaches, including Russell, are currently under contract for next season, so the Orioles would need to give permission to interview Russell.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2005
At his introductory news conference yesterday, receiver Mark Clayton spoke about generating big plays with his ability to run after a catch. But there was a time when the Ravens' first-round pick refused to run. In June 2003, Clayton and an Oklahoma teammate were returning to school from a trip to Texas when they witnessed a fatal car crash they wouldn't soon forget. A car crossed the median on an Oklahoma interstate and struck a van head-on, an accident Clayton had to swerve to avoid.
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By MIKE PRESTON | April 25, 2004
THE TOP SEVEN wide receivers in the NFL draft had gone in the first round, but there was one more good one left for the second round, one that some scouts thought might have significant potential. And then the New Orleans Saints snatched up LSU's Devery Henderson with the 50th overall pick, just one spot ahead of the Ravens. Poof, all hope was gone, and the giant black hole in the Ravens' offense was still there for all to see. There was a buzz around the Ravens' training complex yesterday as to why the team didn't make a move up to get Henderson, a deep threat whose stock had risen lately.
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