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Tha Crossroads

 

I feel like this needs to be discussed with all the Jeff Samardzija talk flying around lately, are the Orioles buyers or sellers this year and more importantly which one should they be? As you can probably tell, I think the O’s are at a crossroads as an organization and how they answer the above question (both in words and even more so in actions) will have a huge impact on the teams we see in the next 4-5 years.

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Let’s Talk About Adam Jones

God damnit.

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That is the only way I know how to start this entry.  I like Adam Jones a lot.  Yes, I was against the contract he signed but strictly from a financial responsibility angle.  I was happy to have him sign long term and after the rest of the contracts started falling his may prove to be a good if not great deal in retrospect.

But as much as I like him he is an extremely frustrating player to watch.  I recently (and it seems like a bad version of Groundhog Day sometimes) watched him strike out on 3 consecutive swing and misses where the pitcher threw zero pitches inside the strike zone.  In fact, none were close.  Amazingly, doing a little bit of quick research for this entry I found out that pitchers don’t watch any game tape at all because guys still throw him strikes.  Last season Continue reading

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Closing Time

Should you be worried that the Orioles traded away their saves leader from the past two years and haven’t signed a “proven” replacement?

No.  Not at all.  Not even if you put value into saves as a stat category or a basis for judging a pitchers talent (which you shouldn’t because they are not.)

Coffee is for closers

Coffee is for closers

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What To Expect When you’re Expecting, Free Agent Edition

First of all… hey, how’ve you been?  I know that you don’t really care but I feel like I owe you an explanation for my absence from this blog.

You see, I’m what you would call a “hater.”  I do my best work when I am angry or blasting someone for doing/saying something that I think is downright stupid. That was very very easy to do when the Orioles were terrible for pretty much my entire life after middle school.  Then something crazy happened; 2012.  The Orioles were far from perfect and in fact very lucky in my opinion to do as well as they did.  Anyway, I #BuckledUp and enjoyed the ride.  We were at more games down the stretch than I can remember and we were at every playoff game at OPACY.  It was terrible.  The playoff games were both the best and worst experiences of my life as a fan of anything. Continue reading

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(Hip) Breaking News

Hey Guys, the Orioles signed Jamie Moyer today.  He is old.  In fact, he might be older than a lot of the fathers of his current Norfolk Tides teammates.  Except JC Romero, Willie Eyre, Joel Pineiro, Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts, Bill Hall and Nate McLouth.  They are all also old.  Instead of fielding a AAA team it’s like they are trying to field an AARP team down in Norfolk.  Seriously, the average age down there is so old that everyone had to be re-immunized for polio.  But really, when these guys started in the league the main obstacles to reaching the bigs were dysentery and fording the Snake River.

So there it is, get yourself down to Norfolk and catch the exciting Tides baseball club before the inevitable dementia/alzheimers outbreak.

See you at the yard (I’ll borrow Moyer’s bifocals)

~Jjaks Clayton

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Endy Chavez Is Really Good

We’ve all heard the age old anecdote “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all” so here are my thoughts on Endy Chavez: Continue reading

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Baltimore: The City That Reads…Stupid Shit On The Internet (And Loves It)

Hello Baltimore, for the most part when I write here I don’t use foul language but I’ve had enough and some is bound to come out in what follows.  It’s been a while since anyone has written anything in this space.  Most of you probably haven’t noticed because no one reads this thing.  In the sparse history that I have written for this blog I have come to realize that the fact no one reads this blog is, to me, a compliment.   It’s a running joke around here that we don’t get many page views (almost ever) and the Orioles season so far has made me very proud that virtually no one wonders when there will be new content on ESH.  That sounds strange, doesn’t it?  Well, I’ll explain. Continue reading

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So Long J. Guthrie

Over the weekend the Orioles traded starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers  Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.  This is going to be a different kind of post from me, I promise no stats and no research.  Straight from the heart.

I love baseball and more than that, I love the Orioles.  I am an Orioles fan.  The word fan is just a shortened version of fanatic, which means we are all a little crazy.

World English Dictionary

fanatic  (fəˈnætɪk)
1. a person whose enthusiasm or zeal for something is extreme or beyond normal limits

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This Is Birdland, Mr. Gutsy

It was a cold and dreary night in Birdland and the city was under attack from an enemy to the north and his army of followers.  The super villain, Captain Jeterus, was executing his plan to flawless perfection by weakly hitting the citizens of Birdland over and over again.  Not strong enough to actually hurt because of his lack of power, Jeterus chose to dink and dunk Birdlandians into an annoyingly soft submission.  It doesn’t take much these days as the metropolis is full of despair after decades of failure in protecting itself from the two evil empires of the north.  Hungering for help and thirsting for a hero, everyone in Birdland is on their last breath waiting to be saved.  A few have stepped up to join the fight, somewhat heroically, but soon learn that they cannot do it themselves.  Birdland is too far gone, too downtrodden and fractured to be saved by just one man.  In making one final push to save all those who call Birdland home and believe in the thought of good over evil, these are the stories of those men:

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It’s the return of the ESH Poll Question

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Unwritten Rules

There has been a lot of uproar lately about baseball’s “unwritten rules” and I’ve come to the conclusion that people don’t have any idea what they are talking about.  Much like fighting in hockey, people think the point is just to punch someone in the face, or throw a ball whizzing past their dome just to get your jollies off. Continue reading

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Vlad The (Rally) Impaler

Yesterday all of Birdland exploded with talk of Vlad Guerrero.  Unfortunately (as a lot of us predicted when he was signed in a publicity stunt) this explosion was not due to how he has been tearing up the league with his offensive pedigree.  No, it is because he has been almost worthless to anyone but opposing pitchers by selectively hunting down Orioles rallies and would be rallies and murdering them with the type of cold-blooded ruthless regularity that you would only expect to find from a comic book villain.   Continue reading

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Vlad Guerrero

He sucks, we told you so.

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You (Still) Can’t Spell Mark Without K: A Snapshot In The Season Of Mark Reynolds, Volume II

The Orioles have played 47 games since my last spotlight on Mark Reynolds and his evil strikeouts so I thought it was time to update you all on how strikeouts are still overblown as being an indicator on sucking as a professional batter. In those 47 games, Reynolds has played in 46 of them and struck out 48 times in that span.
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He Got Something Right…

I have made it public knowledge that I rarely agree with Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun but in his latest entry for the paper about some dos and don’ts at OPACY has at least a couple instances where I completely 100% agree with him.

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Turd Bergesen

With the Orioles offense being unexpectedly TERRIBLE so far this season a lot of pressure has fallen on the starting rotation to carry the team to respectability. For the most part, they have done their job. Guthrie has been solid as always, Arrieta seems to have taken a step forward and Zach Britton has been as good, if not better than you can expect a rookie to be through a month of his MLB career.

Those 3 starters have an obvious stranglehold on a starting spot and give me hope for the rest of the season. This offense can’t be this bad over a whole year, can it? Plus, hopefully in a couple of weeks time we get back last years best O’s starter, Brian Matusz, to add into the mix. Yes, I expect him to be at least very close to the quality he was last year if not a little better. Guthrie, Matusz, Britton, Arrieta and one of Tillman or Bergesen. If you read the headline, you know which way I (and the O’s) should lean. For those of you who still love you some Bergey and consider him a good pitcher…this blog post is dedicated to you.
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You Can’t Spell Mark Without K: A Snapshot In The Season of Mark Reynolds, Volume I

It is May 3 and we are a month into the 2011 MLB Season.  The Orioles have played 27 games so far and have a record of 13 wins versus 14 losses.  I wrote a piece a few months ago about Mark Reynolds and how everyone freaks out about his monstrous strikeout numbers and I figured I had a decent sample size from this year to go back and see if I was right or not.  Continue reading

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2011 Eutaw Street Hooligans Fantasy Draft Recap

On Sunday we had the draft for our second ever Eutaw Street Hooligans fantasy baseball league.  It has taken until Friday to get the recap up because I did about a thousand times more prep for this piece than I did for the draft itself.  Not a surprise if you have ever fantasized about me played fantasy sports with me before.  I’m terrible at it, and I will prove that by the end of the year.   Continue reading

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TWIT: March 20 – March 26

Oh TWIT, how I’ve missed you.  I took a week off  but now I am back and ready to go.  A lot went on in the twitterverse last week.  I’ll sum it up for you:
Everyone in the world fills out NCAA Brackets and for the last week everyone in the world has used twitter to complain that their brackets are completely busted, like Rihanna (or a window) after some time with Chris Brown… too soon?  First of all, I don’t condone hitting women, unless they deserve it.  Equal rights everybody, I’m just saying.  But really, you shouldn’t ever hit a lady.  I love women.  Please don’t write me letters, I was joking.
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This Week In Twitter: March 6 – March 12

This week in twitter we learned a couple things.  First and foremost, we learned that if you want to know what really happens at spring training you come to the Eutaw Street Hooligans and our on the scene reporter, Detective Tom Ludlow: Continue reading

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