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By RAY FRAGER | March 27, 2009
I mentioned the Delmarva Shorebirds would be offering a Matt Wieters bobblehead to the first 1,000 fans Sept. 4. The Frederick Keys announced they will be handing out Wieters bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans May 9. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/osondeck)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
If the circumstances were different, Matt Wieters might have been surrounded by reporters during Thursday's media availability at Camden Yards. As his Orioles teammates faced cameras and questions, the injured catcher faced the reality of sitting out the team's first American League Championship Series in 17 years. Wieters, who hasn't played since early May and underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June, said the 2014 playoffs are the most significant games that he has missed since he had to sit out a summer All-Star game as a 13-year-old in Goose Creek, S.C. “It's difficult in the aspect that you want to be out there with your guys, you want to be out there on the battlefield playing, but at the same time, the way the guys have played have really made it easier for me,” Wieters said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Catcher Matt Wieters doesn't show much emotion on the field. He's Baltimore's Matty Ice. So it was interesting to see him show some not just once, but twice, in the late innings on Thursday night. The first was fairly understated. He fist-pumped after throwing out Desmond Jennings, who was attempting to steal in the ninth. Wieters has now thrown out 7 of 9 would-be basestealers this year. The other one was a lot more obvious - Wieters bat-flipped after hitting his walkoff grand slam in the 10th.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
When Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce was sidelined for five games last week, his absence left a big hole in the lineup. Nobody realized it more than manager Buck Showalter. "He's in a little bit different stage of his career where people are counting on him, and he's kind of become a guy that we're leaning on," Showalter said. "That's what I've tried to relay to him, that you're a valuable part of this club. " Pearce, who was released by the Orioles earlier this season - and for the first six years of his career was the definition of a replacement player - has been one of several unlikely contributors for a team that won the American League East crown and is preparing to start the postseason on Thursday at Camden Yards.
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By DEAN JONES JR | October 26, 2008
Orioles prospects Matt Wieters and Brian Matusz took part in the Arizona Fall League's third annual Rising Stars Showcase on Friday night. Wieters showed off his defensive skills. The 22-year-old catcher threw out two base runners during the game. Offensively, Wieters had an uneventful night with a strikeout in the first inning and a walk in the fourth. Matusz entered with a runner on second base and one out in the seventh inning. He recorded two strikeouts to get out of the inning unscathed.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 15, 2007
NEW YORK -- Less than 24 hours before the deadline to sign draft picks, the Orioles remain about $5 million apart from reaching a deal with their top selection, Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters. And while team officials maintain they haven't given up hope of signing the fifth overall pick, it will take a dramatic change to reach an agreement before tonight's midnight cutoff. According to club sources, Wieters' adviser, Scott Boras, is asking for a deal that slightly exceeds the approximately $10.6 million deal that Mount St. Joseph graduate Mark Teixeira signed after he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2001.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | August 24, 2007
Matt Wieters wore an Orioles jersey yesterday with his last name across the back, pulled over a long-sleeve black dress shirt. It wasn't the most stylish look, but it seemed like a perfect fit for the former Georgia Tech catcher and the team that drafted him. Wieters passed his physical exam and signed his minor league contract yesterday, making him an official member of the organization after being the fifth overall selection in the June amateur draft....
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By Todd Karpovich and Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun | June 29, 2008
BOWIE -- Matt Wieters lined a double down the right-field line that scored two runs in his debut for Double-A Bowie last night against Altoona, showing the power and poise that have made him the crown jewel of the Orioles' farm system. The catcher earned a promotion Friday from Single-A Frederick after batting .345 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in 69 games. In the first game of a doubleheader against the Curve, Wieters batted fifth, going 1-for-3, and no one attempted to steal a base on him in Bowie's 7-1 victory.
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By Dan Connolly and Mike Klingaman and Dan Connolly and Mike Klingaman,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | May 30, 2009
It took one pitch, just one play, for the soggy but spirited crowd at Camden Yards to have a reason Friday night to cheer super-prospect Matt Wieters. The fans didn't need much of a reason, not after 11 losing seasons often devoid of bright spots or inspiring young talent. So when Wieters, the fifth overall pick in baseball's 2007 amateur draft and reigning Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year, walked to the bullpen for pre-game warm-ups before his major league debut, the Orioles fans who braved thunderstorms and arrived early stood and clapped.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,Sun reporter | August 19, 2007
The freshman started at first base against powerhouse Miami. Four innings into the game, heat exhaustion sapped Georgia Tech's catcher, so the kid moved behind the plate. In the top of the ninth, he hit a two-run homer to put the Yellow Jackets ahead. And finally, holding that one-run advantage, he stripped his gear, moved to the mound and earned the save. Faced with this preposterous display of all-around excellence, Matt Wieters' teammates handed him a nickname: God. He could probably walk on water, too, they figured.
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By Alejandro Zuniga, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
The Orioles have reached the All-Star break, and Caleb Joseph can't believe he's still on the team. Joseph, who made his major league debut May 7, has emerged as the regular catcher in the lineup since Matt Wieters went on the disabled list in early May. Since the Orioles traded for Nick Hundley on May 24, Joseph has played in 11 more games than the seven-year veteran. "It's pretty fast-moving," Joseph said. "Before you know it, you're in the big leagues, and then it's the All-Star break, and you're still in the big leagues.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters still has his right arm in a metal splint after season-ending Tommy John surgery last month. And while he returned to the team for the first time Thursday since surgery, Wieters said he expects to be around the team, and have the splint off, when he rejoins the team for good after the Orioles' West Coast trip following the All-Star break. Before Friday's game, Wieters talked about being back with his teammates, making the All-Star Game and his rehabilitation.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Injured Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who is out for the season as he recovers from Tommy John elbow surgery, joined the club Thursday at Camden Yards. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wieters “looks great” and is in good spirits. The catcher will travel to Minnesota for the All-Star Game and hopes to rejoin the Orioles in late July, after the club's West coast road trip. Wieters was voted to the All-Star Game despite playing in just 26 games this year, the last on May 10. He batted .308 with five home runs in 104 at-bats.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and injured catcher Matt Wieters still lead their respective positions in American League All-Star Game voting, according to fan voting results released by Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon. Despite cooling off at the plate in June, Cruz maintains a comfortable lead over the Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, 2,944,267 votes to 1,948,211. Wieters, who underwent season-ending elbow ligament reconstruction surgery earlier this month and hasn't played since May 10, has been in first place since the first updates were released.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in his pregame news conference that he hasn't heard anything from the league office about Manny Machado's suspension appeal, so the club is just waiting. He said he doesn't think it's too difficult of a situation. “Not really -- he's prepared for it,” Showalter said. “The dynamic to this is Tuesday. We need a starting pitcher there, and that's why you are cautious to give up a relief pitcher for someone to replace Manny. Because we don't really have somebody on the roster that you feel like physically can go real deep if the team allows them to.” Basically, the Orioles are expecting to lose Machado for between three and five games, starting in the next day or two. They would like to replace him with an infielder, and Jemile Weeks has been summoned to Baltimore, if needed.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Right fielder Nick Markakis ranked 10th among American League outfielders in the most recent All-Star Game fan balloting, but manager Buck Showalter campaigned Wednesday for the team's longest-tenured player to make his first Midsummer Classic. “Oh sure, you kidding?” Showalter said when asked if Markakis was deserving. “I am biased. I'm not sure who the other [top vote-getters] are. … He makes our highlight reel every night.” Markakis, 30, passed Ken Singleton on Monday for sole possession of sixth place on the Orioles' all-time hits list.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | August 16, 2007
In an 11th-hour deal that seemed doomed for much of the past few days, the Baltimore Orioles signed Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters to a contract that will pay the 21-year-old approximately $6 million in a signing bonus. Principal owner Peter Angelos and new president Andy MacPhail worked on the deal while in Toronto for the quarterly owners' meetings last night and, with 10 minutes left before the midnight amateur signing deadline, reached a pact during a phone call with Wieters' agent, Scott Boras.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | August 14, 2007
With less than two days left to broker a deal with first-round pick Matt Wieters, the Orioles are losing confidence that they can sign the Georgia Tech catcher by tomorrow's midnight deadline. When asked to characterize talks, a team source said the sides are "a long way away" from agreeing to a contract. According to a baseball source, Wieters, a 6-foot-5, 21-year-old junior whom the Orioles selected fifth overall in the June amateur draft, is seeking a contract similar to the one signed by Maryland native Mark Teixeira in 2001.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Catcher Matt Wieters said Wednesday that it seemed inevitable that he would need season-ending elbow surgery shortly after he resumed throwing less than three weeks ago. He also said it was important to undergo the procedure immediately in order to have the best chance of being ready for Opening Day next season. Wieters, who had Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery Tuesday, said he felt good a day after the procedure and is looking forward to beginning the rehabilitation process quickly to ensure that he's back for the beginning of the 2015 season.
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