It doesn’t take much to kill the good vibes of a seven-game winning streak, does it? Between last nights atrocious game, the Twins’ victory, and the Angels going out and getting better at the trade deadline, this morning feels quite a bit different from 24 hours ago. At least it’s Friday. On to the links:
Orioles bringing up Sisco, Alvarez, Rickard and Yacabonis - Roch Kubatko (MASN) - A quick overview of the first wave of September call-ups, most notably Chance Sisco, along with some postgame quotes from yesterday’s dumpster fire of a game.
Jonathan Schoop has been one of the best second basemen - Jeff Sullivan (Fangraphs) - The Orioles’ most valuable player in 2017 is finally starting to get some national love.
Dylan Bundy is looking the part - Jeff Sullivan (Fangraphs) - Hey, why not, Sullivan’s a great writer and he put up two Orioles pieces in one day. You should read both of them.
Orioles fall short in pursuit of Miguel Gonzalez - Eduardo Encina (Baltimore Sun) - Apparently the O’s were pursuing Gonzalez last night before the deadline, but he was dealt to the Rangers instead. One suggestion I have is that if you want Miguel Gonzalez on your team, don’t release him for no reason.
Eduardo Nunez, Red Sox need not apologize for bunting on C.C. Sabathia - Scott Lauber (ESPN) - This has absolutely nothing to do with the Orioles, but I want everyone to read it because of how colossally stupid this is (the story, not the article itself). Sabathia is mad at the Red Sox because Eduardo Nunez bunted for a hit in the first inning. Seriously.
Today is the birthday of only one former Oriole: pitcher Dean Stone. You will be forgiven if you don’t remember Stone in an Orioles uniform, as he only pitched the last 19 innings of his career for the Birds in 1963.
Stone had his best season by far in 1954 for the Senators, when he went 12-10 with a 3.22 ERA. He made the All-Star Game that year, and was the winning pitcher despite not retiring a hitter. Stone entered the game and immediately threw out a runner trying to steal home. That was the only time a pitcher won an All-Star Game without retiring a batter until Tyler Clippard did it in 2011.
On this day in history...
In 1897, the Tremont Street Subway opened in Boston, becoming the first underground mass transit system in the U.S.
In 1939, Germany invaded Poland to kick off the European phase of World War II.
In 1958, Iceland expanded their fishing zone, causing a series of conflicts with the U.K. known as the “Cod Wars.” I had somehow never heard of this, and the Wikipedia page is a good read.
In 1974, the SR-71 Blackbird set the record for the fastest flight from New York to London (1:54:56), a record it still holds.
In 1985, an expedition led by Robert Ballard located the wreckage of the Titanic.