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Markakis voted Orioles' MVP for 2009 | News

He may be slumping, but the Orioles themselves consider Nicky to be their MVP, edging Brian Roberts by one vote. -Stacey

Mora preparing to leave Orioles 'with my head up' --

"If I go in 10 days and be a free agent, I'll go with my head up. That I did everything I was supposed to do with the Orioles," Mora said. "Whatever I am going to be next year, I'll never get tired of thanking the Orioles, because I made my career here." There's not much to add to that. Melvin Mora, thank you for nine mostly good years. -duck

Should The Deity be in AL ROY discussion? -Amber's Blog at 

"Not to undermine Nolan Reimold's hopes of being voted AL Rookie of the Year, but I can't help but pose the question: Should Matt Wieters' name be amongst the candidates as well?" Uh, no. But thanks for asking, Amber. Four great weeks don't a ROY make. -duck

Four teams ready to start bidding for Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman - Sports Rumors - MLB - Yahoo! Sports

The O's are interested in the Cuban defector but not if the bidding reaches Dice-K proportions. Certainly can't blame them for that. -Stacey

Matt Hobgood talks about his season at Bluefield-

Feel good alert! Quote of the article: "I want to get there as soon as I can. With arms like Matusz, Tillman and Arrieta and some other great arms, in a couple of years we could be taking the AL East by storm." -Stacey

The Hall of Very Good: Talkin' Baseball with Chris Hoiles

Chris Hoiles is awesome. In this interview he talks about his famous grand slams, possible HOF caliber teammates, and his new business. -Stacey

O's Baez would like to remain in AL East -

"Orioles reliever Danys Baez doesn't know where he'll pitch next year, but he would like it to be on the East Coast and wouldn't mind remaining in the American League East." And I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato chips ... I think Judge Smails has your answer, Danys. -duck 

I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually Open Thread.