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O's campaign for Reimold for ROY - The Schmuck Stops Here -
The Orioles public relations department has sent out a release making a case for outfielder Nolan Reimold to be the American League Rookie of the Year, based on the fact that he leads all AL rookies in batting average (.274), home runs (14), on-base percentage (.364) and slugging percentage (.461). Not bad for a guy who didn't make the Opening Day roster. The club makes the case that over the last 25 years, only four American League players have led their rookie class in four of the five major offensive stats (RBI is the only category Reimold doesn't lead), and all four of them -- Tim Salmon, Nomar Garciaparra, Ben Grieve and Evan Longoria -- won the Rookie of the Year Award. -duck

Mickolio sore - The Schmuck Stops Here
As if the Orioles need any more good news, reliever Kam Mickolio is returning to Baltimore to have his sore arm examined by orthopedic specialist Dr. John Wilckens. Mickolio has been experiencing some tenderness in his right bicep, but team officials expect him to rejoin the club in New York for the weekend. -duck

Matusz, Waring earn O's top minor league honors --
Last year's top pick, lefty Brian Matusz, has been named the Orioles' organization's minor league Pitcher of the Year, and Brandon Waring, an offseason trade acquisition, is its position Player of the Year. -Stacey

Janet Marie Smith focuses on Baltimore Orioles Sarasota venue - Tampa Bay Business Journal:
Janet Marie Smith rejoined the Baltimore Orioles to oversee renovations of the team's new spring training venue in Sarasota and upgrades and renovations at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (And she's got her hands full with that place!) -duck

SCANDAL! Speaking of Janet Marie Smith, it appears she was forced out of her most recent job with the BoSox by John Henry's young bride: John Henry’s new wife takes reins in conflict over team’s real estate -
Henry benched Janet Marie Smith, the team’s vice president for planning and development, just weeks after his June wedding to Linda Pizzuti. "Janet Marie was told to go because Linda’s taking over the whole damn place," said one person familiar with Smith’s exit. Another source said, "Janet was thrown under the bus and everything is a mess as a result of the young bride. The Chinese symbol for conflict is two women under one roof." -zk

Year of the stolen base - Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
2009 was the year of the stolen base and overall team speed. The Shorebirds are going to finish with the most team stolen bases since the 2000 season. With two home games left, the Shorebirds have also averaged 3,583 fans per night this season - that is the largest average attendance since 2002. -duck

Former O can't stop The Captain Derek Jeter from history -
Former Oriole Chris Richard finally has returned to the majors - just in time to commit a costly throwing error at first base on a potential double-play ball, and to make a futile dive for Derek Jeter's single that tied Lou Gehrig's franchise record for career hits. -duck

Metro - Shrinking attendance a cause for concern amid lost season for Blue Jays
Just so you don't think we're unique...the Blue Jays are starting to get a taste of what the Orioles have known for years: a diminishing record means diminishing attendance. -zk

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