New Orioles catcher Welington Castillo knows that he’s going to contribute offensively next season, knows that there’s run-producing potential up and down the lineup. Most important, he understands that he must satisfy the team with his work behind the plate.
“As far as Matt Wieters goes, he did a good job for the club,” Duquette said. “He was a high draft pick and came up through the system and worked very hard and gave us tremendous service, and we wish him well. But for our ballclub, we think Welington was the best bet on the market.” I swear, just one time, I want DD to say “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
“(Baltimore) was my first option, honestly, because it is a great team with a lot of great players. You hear a lot of good things about Buck Showalter, the manager. And I want to win here,” Castillo said. “This is a team that’s been in the playoffs a couple of years. I think this team is going to be competitive. It’s going to be competing in the league. So, I want to be part of this when this team is going to be champions. I want to be a champion with the Orioles.” - Welington Castillo
He’s looking to be a hot commodity.
Bob Milacki probably feels really dumb right about now. And if Phelps’ dad is to be believed, Bob was kind of a jerk about it.
“Major League Baseball will require teams to start many games earlier than normal beginning in 2018, thanks to a provision in the new labor agreement that goes into effect when either team faces a flight longer than 2½ hours after the game.”
“You know, getting called in that situation - just two weeks left in a postseason race - it’s not exactly like the usual circumstance to make your MLB debut. But being in the playoff race, I was just another guy in the lineup. It wasn’t about me making a debut. At that point getting wins was all that mattered.”
Birthdays and History
Happy Birthday to former Orioles Stu Pomeranz, Alex Cintron, and Jerry Adair. They share today with famous people including Conductor Arthur Fiedler 1896; writer William Safire 1929; adult magazine publisher Bob Guccione 1930; original Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson 1945; and comedian Eugene Levy 1946.
No history today because I ran out of time.
Stay inside. It sucks out there today.