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'He's the guy': A lot rests on Wieters' young shoulders - baltimoresun.com
Matt Wieters is no longer the new kid in town and he's ready to take on a big role on the team in 2010. Also, I know they are usually reserved for veteran players but I think this article might be our first official "best shape of his life" of the spring. -Stacey

Fight for Fifth
Baysox.com looks at five former Baysox as candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation: Chris Tillman, Jason Berken, David Hernandez, Troy Patton, and Jake Arrieta. I'm not sure what baysox.com is smoking, but they seem to be enjoying themselves over there. -Stacey

Orioles Team Report - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
Yahoo! has been very complimentary of the Orioles this off season and this team report is no exception. I'm bothered by the fact that they say Jim Johnson's season ended early due to arm problems and that he'll be fighting to return to form. JJ never spent any time on the DL and in fact pitched in three of the team's final five games. Things like that make me wonder what other misinformation I'm being fed that I just don't know about. -Stacey

Regarding Matt Albers' weight | Examiner.com
Jay Trucker wonders if Matt Albers will be in the best shape of his life coming into spring training but guesses probably not. He comments on people calling Matt "Fat Albers," when he stinks up the joint but does not point out when he pitches well and we call him "Phat Albers." Shame. -Stacey

PressBox: Five Questions As Orioles Head For Spring Training
Pete Kerzel poses five questions about the rotation, bullpen, lineup, Wieters, and surprises. -Stacey Matt Wieters (Mitch Stringer/PressBox) The Orioles team in Sarasota, Fla., for spring training and Grapefruit League play bears only a passing resemblance to the group that finishe

SNY.tv: Minor Developments: Top pitchers
It's just a short blurb on Brian Matusz on a list of promising young pitchers, but I always enjoy hearing an out of towner say that he's "smitten" with one of our guys. -Stacey

The Schmuck Stops Here: Zrebiec: Get me out of here
I'm not going to be continually pointing out the "hilarity" on Peter Schmuck's blog this spring training, but since this is the first one of the year please allow me one hearty sigh. -Stacey

The Nationals ticket sales desperation continues - Maryland Business
Basically, the Nats will practically pay you to watch them play. -zk

KFFL - Article - Fantasy baseball team profile: Baltimore Orioles
Interesting fantasy stuff about Camden Yards' effects on players. Did you know that plyers strike out at OPACY less than anywhere except Coors Field? Maybe it's because instead of whiffing they're hitting dingers off our pitcHing. -zk

PressBox: Media Guide: Not All Are Happy Marks Is Departing
I find this article extremely annoying. The writer, Dave Hughes, says that some advertisers are not happy Anita Marks has left 105.7 because she's "good looking and willing to do lots of promotions," and at the same time the comments received by listeners glad to see her go had a "strong hint of sexism." Anita Marks relative attractiveness aside, the fact is she had little knowledge of Baltimore sports and her personality bordered on infuriating. It's possible these comments were sexist, I don't know. Only one example is given: "Thank god she's gone. ... She wouldn't have gotten out of my Broadcasting 101 class. A horrible experiment mercifully ended. I can tune in to 105.7 in the afternoons again." That's not sexist at all. Overall I just think it's pretty ridiculous that in the same article it's noted that those who liked Anita liked her because she's a woman and those who disliked Anita disliked her because she's a woman (and I'm not sure either of those things are even true). I mean, I could probably talk about this all day, but I won't. -Stacey

And on this day in Camden Chat history....zk rounds up the spring training news in 2006, SC previews the Devil Rays in 2007, Reddrummer9187 wonders if Jeremy Guthrie can repeat in 2008, Titov posts some Roger Clemens slam poetry, and 7Swords of Salat says ZAUN five hundred times in 2009.

Why'd you turn against me, Gordon? For six years, I taughtcha how to skate, I taughtcha how to score, I taughtcha how to go for the "Open Thread". You could have been one of the greats! And now look at yourself. You're not even a has-been. You're a never-was.