Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! I hope you are enjoying the weekend despite the dreary rain that has plagued us since Friday. Personally, I’m happy to get a little rain and cool temps instead of the disgusting heat that had become our way of life. But check back with me in a few more gray, rainy days to see if I feel the same.
Oh, right, the Orioles. Well, they lost again last night, their 101st of the season. If you’ve missed it, Adam Jones hasn’t been playing much and isn’t expected to pay again today. The Orioles say that it’s to get a look at some younger players, which I would feel better about if his replacement the last two nights hadn’t been Joey Rickard.
It seems that by this point we know what Joey Rickard is. Adam Jones might only have 20 games left as an Oriole ever. I, for one, would like to see him play.
Adam Jones benched for second straight game | Baltimore Orioles
More from Britt Ghiroli on what I was talking about above.
What now for Dylan Bundy? - Steve Melewski
Melewski, sees what the rest of us have been seeing for at least a month and calls for Bundy to be shut down.
Risk and reward: Jonathan Villar’s aggressive style exciting, frustrating as Orioles seek effective medium - Baltimore Sun
Jonathan Villar loves running! And a lot of the time he is good at it.
Evaluating The Norfolk Tides' Season - The Runner Sports
A wrap up of the Orioles' triple-A team.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies! They are:
- Rhyne Hughes, who turns 35 today. Oh man, remember the Baby Rhino? He came up in late April 2010 and got a couple hits in each of his first few games and we all thought he was the answer to our prayers (the specific prayer was, “Please get rid of Garrett Atkins”). But by the time he was sent back down in mid-May he couldn’t hit anything. He never saw the majors again.
- Kurt Ainsworth, who turns 40 today. He was one of the three players who came back in the Sidney Ponson trade to the Giants in 2003. He was not good for the Orioles, putting up an ERA of 9.82 in just 10 games from 2003-2004 before being granted free agency.
- Todd Zeile, who turns 53 today. Zeile was traded to the Orioles in 1996 for the playoff run. He only played for them for the last month, but was great in the postseason. He picked up 13 hits in nine games against the Indians and Yankees, and hit three home runs all against the Yankees in the ALCS.
- Jim Corsi, who turns 57 today. Corsi finished up a 10-year career with 13 games with the Orioles, pitching in relief.
On this day in 1979, the Orioles won their seventh game in a row thanks to a grand slam from Rick Dempsey.
In 1999, Cal Ripken grounded into the 324th double play of his career, giving him the most ever for a major leaguer.
In 2009, Brian Roberts hit his 50th double, making him the fourth major leaguer to hit 50 doubles three times.