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Bobby Grich Was The Victim of Some Bad Baseball Cards and Some Even Worse Hall of Fame Voting

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I came across this article on Bobby Grich's baseball reference page. I know he played longer for the Angels but being a fan of both teams, I can appreciate players like Grich, Baylor, Ford, Aase, and DeCinces from that era.

Bird's Eye View - Episode 31 - Bubblegate and Beyond

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Leading Off We start by taking a moment to recognize the events that took place today – the terrible events that took place at the Boston Marathon. Say what you will about Boston, for its sports (and Lord knows we have), but tihs transcends rivalries. Jake and Scott make a plea for thoughts, prayers, and support (1:10). Moving on to actual O’s content, the guys review The Brian Roberts Watch (4:45). and the Medical Wing (5:25). Stupid Arguments Baltimore sports fans are capable of tremendous stupidity (6:00). This week, people actually debated whether Adam Jones dropped that ball because he was chewing bubble gum. Really? Are we doing this? Really (6:45)? The other stupid argument from this week was which backup second baseman is worse (11:30)? Alexi Casilla and Ryan Flaherty are doing their best to make an argument for who is the best/worse option to replace the injured Brian Roberts. Bullpen Gets Its Swagger Back The bullpen has gotten back to its 2012 form (21:00). After the first week of games, we all wondered if the bullpen could get back to the level that made them so scary last year. The Birds’ bullpen has responded by making opposing hitters’ life miserable. The guys go through the ‘pen, from Johnson (24:30) to the forgotten man – Patton (34:45). Potpourri Here are the items that didn’t fit into any other categories: Connor Jackson retires (38:00) Wait, WHAT? Jackson was the last ML cut, and he was bound to make the roster at some point this season. Connor Jackson’s retirement comes as a great surprise. He said that he simply lost the love of the game… Buck Showalter indicated that there might be more to the story, but we’ll have to wait until Jackson is willing to comment himself.E Earl Weaver celebration (39:45) The celebration for Earl Weaver has been moved from 2:00pm top 6:00pm. This accommodates ticket holders from the 7:00 ballgame who want to take part in the celebration. Unfortunately, it also shuts some fans out from a celebration of a great Baltimore sports figure. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The guys go through the players they want to praise and call out from the week’s games. Who makes the list, and who gets a free pass (45:30)? Feel Free to Share Your Feedback! Comment on the show notes, below. Email us directly at contact@birdseyeviewbaltimore.com Click on our Social Media links above and to the right. Check us out on iTunes! You can also listen to Bird’s Eye View on iTunes. Be sure to rate the show, and leave a comment to let us know what you think.

Bird's Eye View - Episode 30

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Leading Off The 2013 season is finally here! It’s nice to be able to talk about real baseball. It’s a sad day for The Brian Roberts Watch (01:33), and the guys take a run through the Medical Wing (04:03), and the roster in general. The O’s pulled a trade today, sending Luis Ayala to the Braves for a minor league arm (05:21). Opening Day Opening Day at Camden Yards has that extra dose of Orioles Magic (09:58). How did 2012 compare to previous years? The ceremonial first pitch was pretty weak (14:10). The Ravens’ refusal to participate in Opening Day was pretty bush league (15:08). Buck has a ton of respect for Earl Weaver (15:06). Get a Grip on Reality! It’s only been 7 games. Some fans are ready to jump off a cliff (19:02), others are in full apology mode – others are sure the Birds will still win 100 games. Are any of them right? What kind of assessments can you actually make this early in the season? Jake and Scott lay out the case for both sides, and try to bring some reason to the discussion (21:43). Pitching Woes and Lineup Ups/Down This team needs more innings from its starters. A quick look at the first run through the rotation (or so) and how each starter looked(21:00). The bullpen has had its moments, too, but the early going has shown us that they can’t be as good as the all-world 2012 bullpen. Manny Macahdo and other lineup considerations (31:00). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is back for the first time in 2013(38:20)! Jake and Scott reveal the players that made their list in the first 7 games.

Chris Davis is blasting off

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My column on Chris Davis, his fast start and why I always thought he could do this.

Recap: Orioles 9, Twins 5

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One blogger's recap of the home opening win

Bird's Eye View - Episode 29

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Bird’s Eye View returns for our last pre-season podcast, on our brand-new home. Come on in and look around – go ahead and put your feet up on the table. This new site is here for your enjoyment. Let us know what you think of the look and feel!

Bird's Eye View - Episode 27

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We open up with a discussion of the World Baseball Classic, and Jake's sheepish confession: he's been watching. And he likes what he sees (2:45). The Canada/Mexico brawl, scary as it was, was notable (4:15). We talk about whether it's good for the US to win a competition designed to grow the game internationally (9:00), and profess Adam Jones as a True American Hero (8:40). Next, on to Spring Training (yes, we have to). The first series of cuts have been made, but no surprises thus far (11:00). Scott mocks Jake for his love of Xavier Avery. The media loves the Bundy/Gausman connection (13:00), and the Brian Matusz identity crisis continues (14:30)! Jake gets a little too excited over The Brian Roberts Watch (16:00).  Visiting hours at the Medical Wing (17:15): how bad are the injuries to Nick Markakis and Noland Reimold? Is the silver lining that we get a better look at fringe players, or are we reaching? Lastly, we examine the 25-man roster (20:30).

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