Monday Bird Droppings

Recaps of the last loss of the short-lived Juan Samuel era can be found at KansasCity.comThe Sunorioles.com, and MASNsports (with final post-game Juan).

Orioles Insider: The Juan Samuel managerial era in Baltimore ends in fitting fashion
"The Oriole players, who have so much respect and admiration for Juan Samuel, wanted so badly to send the interim manager off with a victory. Instead, they did the same things that they've done all year and lost 5-4 to the Kansas City Royals to fall to 32-73 on the season. They are now on pace to finish with a 49-113 record."

LATE ADDITION: Steve Melewski: Palmer on Buck: "The team doesn't know what's going to hit them."
"I get the feeling, because Buck Showalter does his homework, that this team doesn't know what's going to hit them. He is going to demand that this club play the game the right way and part of it is preparing to play the game the right way. There is no excuse for it (some of the mistakes this year) and I can't imagine that it's going to happen under the helm of Showalter. It contributes to losses on a daily basis and I think it's going to end."

Orioles Insider: Some thoughts on O's before Showalter era begins
Juan Samuel won't be unemployed long, Buck Showalter has lots of options for his coaching staff, Josh Bell is trying too hard, and Ty Wigginton never garnered as much interest as we all thought. Jeff Zrebiec also thinks it's a swell idea to make Mike Gonzalez the closer again, because he doesn't get the idea of sunk costs.

Showalter brings winning track record to O's | orioles.com: News
"Buck Showalter will be introduced in Monday's press conference at Camden Yards, and all of Baltimore -- and arguably, all of the collective baseball world -- will be left wondering if this is the man who will halt a skid of 13 consecutive losing seasons."

Showalter pays tribute to his old friend and mentor - FOX Sports on MSN
Showalter has always worn #11 (currently Juan Samuel's number) but in Baltimore he'll switch to #26 to honor Johnny Oates. 

Orioles notebook: Brian Roberts' strong play eases concerns about his future - baltimoresun.com
"Roberts ... went 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, three runs and a stolen base in five games on the trip. He also felt no ill effects from the herniated disk in his back that kept him out of the lineup and on the disabled list for nearly 31/2 months."

Off-Day Observations - 2131 and Beyond 
A few thoughts on the old manager, the new manager, and the kid we got for Will Ohman.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Florida Marlins' new reliever Ohman is energized by trade - Florida Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
"Reliever Will Ohman changed uniforms and, as he put it, ``picked up 20 games'' in the won-loss column. Actually, Ohman improved by 21 games when he was traded from the Orioles to the Marlins. ``I wouldn't say it was nice to get out,'' Ohman said of leaving the Orioles, who own the worst record in the majors. ``It was difficult losing as many games as we did." I bet it was, Will. I bet it was.

Deadline gone, but movement still at hand - Baseball Tonight Clubhouse - ESPN
"The Orioles have guys who are still Orioles, which shocked many. But the fact is, Ty Wigginton and Kevin Millwood still may move. " Actually, that's all Karl has to say about us. Saved you a trip to ESPN, didn't I?

Q & A with Buster Olney | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
"Anybody who loves the game hates the fact that steroids became so pervasive in the sport, but for a 20-year period, I think most of the elite players were using performance-enhancing drugs, and within the context of that time — when baseball wasn’t doing anything to stop the growth of drug use — this was what the sport was." Buster Olney explains why he votes for Mark McGwire and will vote for Barry Bonds when he becomes eligible.

Guillen: Asian players treated much better than Latinos | HardballTalk
"Very bad. I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one. I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?" Guillen said Sunday. "Don't take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid ... go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But that's the way it is." He makes some other points worth pondering, too. And why do 20-something Japanese players get brought over and offered translators and 18 year old Dominican kids are just thrown to small towns in West Virginia and Iowa, anyway?

IN THE MINORS

School of Roch: Checking on Zach (updated)
"Zach Britton lasted four innings tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, allowing four runs (two earned) and four hits, walking two, striking out two and throwing two wild pitches. He threw 74 pitches, 35 for strikes."

Steve Melewski: VandenHurk to debut Monday for Norfolk
"The 25-year-old right-hander is 8-4, 4.68 in 19 starts this year for Triple-A New Orleans. Over his last four starts there he pitched to an ERA of 1.33 and fanned 26 over 27 innings."

Late homers lift Tides to 11-6 win
Jeff Salazar and Nolan Reimold homered in a five-run eighth inning, lifting the Tides to an 11-6 comeback win over the Indianapolis Indians on a soggy Sunday night at Harbor Park.

Bowie won 9-6
The Bowie Baysox put 20 runners base Sunday night. Shortstop Carlos Rojas went 3-for-4 in the contest with 4 RBIs, the most he has recorded in a game since April 18, 2009, when he tallied three as a member of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

Frederick won 5-1
Frederick's pitching struggles were in the rear view mirror on Saturday night as RHP Ryan O'Shea became the first Keys starter to register his sixth win while Ryan Berry came in from the pen for the first time in his Carolina League career earning the save .

Delmarva lost 7-2
Starter Brent Allar gave up justtwo runs off eight hits and two walks while striking out five, but lasted just 5.2 IP. Reliever Kevin Landry gave up three runs while recording just one out to earn the loss.

Aberdeen lost 12-4
The Hudson Valley Renegades scored 12 runs on 16 hits Sunday night to complete a two-game sweep of the Aberdeen IronBirds.

Bluefield lost 3-2
despite a strong 6.0 IP by starter Jacob Petitt, who gave up just two runs.

The GCL Orioles had the day off.

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