Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Baltimore Ravens first week of training camp in Westminster; Gaither and Foxworth injuries

July 30, 2010

Are you ready for some football?!

Fans all over the Baltimore region are more than ready after a depressing season thus far from the Baltimore Orioles who have only 32 wins (the O’s also recently hired ESPN analyst Buck Showalter as their manager: check their game August3 for his first game).

But Monday, July 26 marked the first day for the Ravens players minus the veterans to report, and Wednesday July 28 was the first day all players reported to training camp in Westminster, Md. at McDaniel College.

Tuesday, the first day for fans and media to check out the players practice, produced a smaller crowd of about 200 people coming out to see the new players and to get autographs—if you were under the age of 15 that is.

The players on Tuesday seemed at ease and comfortable as they threw the ball around and ran through a few plays as they prepared for the upcoming season.

Friday, July 30 was the first day all players were at McDaniel College that the sessions were open to the public and it was reported that over 11 thousand fans were in attendance at the small private college in Westminster.

A lot of buzz on two players who both once played together at the University of Maryland at Friday’s practice.

Cornerback Dominique Foxworth, who started in all 16 games suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury during a non-contact drill.  How will that affect the defense that recently lost its star safety Ed Reed for six games and its first round draft pick, outside linebacker Sergio Kindle?


There were also rumors that offensive tackle Jared Gaither suffered a back injury as he was carted off the field during practice earlier today, but was later announced it was just cramps.

Check back later for more updates from Westminster on the Ravens training camp until their first opening pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday August 12 at 8 p.m. E.T.


Orioles fire Trembley; Samuel bumped from 3B coach to manager

June 4, 2010

There have been rumors circulating around Baltimore the past month or so about whether or not the Baltimore Orioles would fire manager Dave Trembley as the O’s continued to sink further into another losing season.

Last night, it crossed through ESPN’s bottom line, but was made official Friday morning that Trembley would no longer be with the Orioles and that third base coach Juan Samuel would be promoted to interim manager.

Even though many fans have been hoping for, guessing it or preparing for the inevitable, the rumors of Trembley being asked to leave were stronger than ever before Thursdays game in New York.

“I think he was never given a fair shot. He was asked to win with a young and undeveloped core surrounded by a bunch of non-tenders and retreads. But it was time for a fresh face and to pu thim out of his misery,” Mark Huber, an avid Baltimore fan said.


Jackie Robinson day and racism in sports

April 19, 2010

Jackie Robinson is a name everyone has heard of  unless you are completely tone deaf to anything sports talk.

On April 15, MLB players, coaches, fans etc. honor the ‘first’ African-American baseball player by wearing his number 42 as a tribute.

Commissioner Allen (Bud) Selig and MLB have celebrated Robinson’s legacy as the first African-American to break the color barrier by retiring his number throughout the League in 1997 and, since 2004, dedicating April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day in his memory.

Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

However, Robinson is actually not the first African-American to play baseball in America.


Orioles lose to Blue Jays during opening weekend at Camden Yards

April 12, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays April 9, 10 and 11 2010 during their opening weekend at home at Camden Yards.

Did this come as a surprise to fans?

Many hoped for better, especially when the Friday, April 9 game was the second time the Orioles closing pitcher Mike Gonzalez failed to close the game in the 9th inning–leaving many disgruntled fans.

But the O’s are now 1-5 for the season.

Opening day at Camden Yards 2010

They are 1-5 in their division—and have yet to face big teams like the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.

The first game of the year against the Tampa Bay Rays ended the same way as Friday’s.

The O’s were ahead going into the 9th inning only to lose to their opponents.  Their record with the Rays is 1-2.


Get to know your Tigers: Towson baseball player profile

March 11, 2010

The man to look out for this baseball season is the one on the pitcher’s mound. Wes Shifflett, a senior at Towson University, played ball at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Md before becoming a Tiger. At WMHS, Shifflett earned the Wolverines’ Most Valuable Player award twice.

The left-handed pitcher has also been on the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s List three times while playing ball at Towson.

#5 Wes Shifflett.

Last season, Shifflett appeared in 15 games and started in four of those games and limited hitters he threw against to a .254 batting average with 39 strikeouts. In a big game against #14 Virginia University, Shifflett pitched one scoreless inning as well.

Q.What made you decide to play baseball at Towson?
A.I decided to play baseball at towson because I knew some of the guys that were playing here. They were from my county. I also liked the campus here a lot more than other schools. I wanted to go to a school where I would enjoy myself even if I wasn’t playing baseball.

Q. What other schools did you consider playing ball at?
A.I also considered playing at University of Maryland, Hartford University, UMBC, and George Mason.

Q.What position do you play as a Tiger, and was that the same you played in high school or other schools? How has that affected your game?
A. I am a pitcher. I used to play first base in high school, but at the collegiate level you kind of have to pick if you’re either going to be a pitcher or a position player and I had more potential as a pitcher. I do miss hitting though.

Q.What is your best memory with the team?
A. My best memory of the team was beating the University of Virginia 2 years ago when they were nationally ranked.

Q.Are there any specific pregame rituals you or your team do before a game to pump you up?
A. We dont have any pregame rituals, but we need one. Let me know if you have any ideas. (more…)

Get to know your Tigers: Towson baseball player profile

March 1, 2010

Steven Rice is a senior at Towson University. Originally from Eldersburg, Md., Rice played ball at Century High School. According to the Towson athletics website, Rice is a third-year performer in the outfield who is returning to the roster after having to sit out all of last season due to a broken wrist.

Steve Rice #32 for the Towson Tigers.

He will be seen plenty on the field in the left and possibly right field, and also may be used at a designated hitter.

He is “a hard-worker who has shown tremendous improvement…smart player with plenty of potential and a good defensive outfielder with a strong arm. [He] is a good student who has been named to the CAA Commissioner’s List for the last three years.”

Q:What made you decide to play baseball at Towson?

A: I liked the way the program was run, the school was fairly close to home, I liked the academics part of the school and I received a scholarship.

Q:What other schools did you consider playing ball at?

A:UMBC, UNC Greensboro, Hartford, Limestone, and Marietta

Q: What position do you play as a Tiger, and was that the same you played in high school or other schools? How has that affected your game?

A:I play Left Field for Towson. I played Centerfield for my high school but I have played left field for various summer teams. It has just helped me to better my game but learning to perfect various positions.

Q:What is your best memory with the team?

A:The best memory with the team is going to the CAA Championship during my sophomore year, even though we did not win the game.
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Big moves in the offseason leads to a hopeful season for the Orioles

February 1, 2010

There might be snow on the ground, but that isn’t stopping the trading and drafting for a new spring season for the Baltimore Orioles.

Everyone has been excited since the announcement of Miguel Tejada returning to Baltimore last week. Miggy first came to Baltimore for the 2004 season, and was under contract for six years–however, that commitment was broken when Miggy was traded by Baltimore in Dec. 2007 and went south to Houston to be an Astro.

But now, ladies and gentlemen…Miggy is back. He is only on a year $6 million contract this go around, but having Tejada in Baltimore brings much hope and excitement for many Orioles fans who have not had a lot to look forward to when the snow melts and America’s favorite spring past time starts up.

Some quick facts on why Baltimore should welcome back Miggy: he was ranked to be voted MVP eight times and was named, in 2002, MVP of the AL;  has been on the all-star team six times; twice has been awarded with the silver slugger award.

For those who don’t know, the silver slugger award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League.

His batting average for his career currently has him in the top 50 in the ML, at number 42 with an average of .289. His best was his 2006 career, where his average was .330 and he was ranked 4th in the AL, and last season he batted an average all season of .313 and was ranked 8th in the NL.

He also rarely misses games, so no worries on benching this slugger, Baltimore…if you remember when he played for Baltimore, he had a streak of 1,152 consecutive games, the fifth longest in Major League history, before he got hit at bat and later found out he had a broken wrist (June 2007).  Now playing third base but normally at short stop, Miggy also makes big moves in getting his team their outs—actively throughout his career, he has made 5,565 (15th) outs, and the past two seasons with the Astros, he was ranked 2nd overall in the NL in outs made.

For those of you who don’t understand, or maybe just don’t care, what any of these stats mean…there is one aspect of a baseball game that can get any fan incited enough to cheer loud or scream for their hometeam’s players—home runs! Miggy is also up there on the charts with his career number of home runs currently standing at 285, which ranks him at 28th among other active players. He also won the home run derby in 2004 with 27 home runs to win the contest.

Now that the past weeks excitement over Miggy has died down a bit…just kidding that news has excited Orioles fans everywhere to a hopeful season. But now, over the weekend, we found out that Melvin Mora, as expected, accepted a one year $1.3 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. Mora not only led the O’s in hits, homers, doubles, RBIs, runs scored and at-bats, he also was well-liked with a sense of humor and home town comradery. Mora will be missed.

Other news for the off-season in Baltimore; they traded for Kevin Millwood and signed Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez as well. They also  re-signed left-hander Mark Hendrickson to a one-year $1.2 million contract on Jan. 28.

National news, Orioles left-handed pitch er Brian Matusz received recognition from a national list for the second time this week when’s Keith Law honored him as the No. 11 prospect in the major leagues, and last week, he was listed at number 5 on (<; )

“He really knows his way around on the mound. This is a real pitcher,” MLB Network analyst John Hart said on the broadcast. “He’s got pitchability. His stuff is plenty good enough. He’s got a plus fastball, got good breaking stuff.

So far, the team seems to think these were all great choices—do you? We’ll find out what else the O’s have up their sleeve when they report for training camp in Sarasota.