Former All-Star outfielder Paul Blair has died at the age of 69, based on a spokeswoman for Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Blair's wife, Gloria, informed the Baltimore Sun he collapsed at a celebrity bowling tournament in Pikesville, Maryland following a spherical of golf.
"Paul was honestly too tired, however he never says no," Gloria Blair mentioned. "Throughout a observe round, he threw two or three balls, then sat down and informed a buddy, `I feel humorous' and type of collapsed. He misplaced consciousness they usually referred to as 911 and the ambulance took him to [Sinai], but the doctors there told me they by no means got a pulse."
Blair spent thirteen of his 17 major-league seasons with the Orioles and alongside the way distinguished himself as among the finest defensive center fielders of all-time. He ended his career as a two-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner who additionally tallied 1,513 hits; 134 house runs and 171 stolen bases.
Based on Blair's SABR bio, he was born in 1944 in Cushing, Oklahoma and grew up in Los Angeles. Blair was originally signed by the expansion Mets in 1961 however was later nabbed by the Orioles when the Mets left him unprotected. Below Earl Weaver in Baltimore, Blair blossomed. He turned renown for taking part in an improbably shallow middle area and utilizing his velocity and practiced instincts to run down balls in all directions. With the bat, Blair developed energy and in 1969 hit a profession-greatest 26 homers on the season.
After late-profession stints with the Yankees and Reds, Blair retired in 1980 and became a coach – first inside the Yankees' organization and then for Fordham University and later Coppin State. His strongest baseball legacy, though, is as some of the worthwhile fielders of the modern period.
Grant Balfour is still a free agent after his deal with Baltimore fell through.
Balfour had surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff back in 2005, but he’s been able to stay healthy of late. He’s appeared in at least 50 games in each season since 2008 and hasn’t been on the disabled list since 2011.
And Balfour told Susan Slusser of theSan Francisco Chronicle
that nothing has changed.
“My shoulder is fine, everything is fine, ” he said to Slusser (via Twitter). “I’m ready to come out there in the ninth inning, do what I do. ”
Slusser also notes that Balfour told her he is “100 percent fine” and his MRIs show the exact same thing they did three years ago when he signed with the Athletics.
In those three years with the A’s, Balfour had a 2. 53 ERA (154 ERA+), 1. 04 WHIP and 203 strikeouts in 199 1/3 innings. In the past two seasons as closer, he’s saved 62 games in 67 chances.
While he did insist he’s healthy, Balfour didn’t say anything negative about the Orioles:
Balfour says he doesn’t want to bad-mouth anyone, says of the #Orioles, “I guess they chose to go another route. ” #Athletics
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 20, 2013
Balfour has some medical experts getting his back, too. Via a Ken Rosenthal column on foxsports. com comes the following:
“The MRI that I did on him today looked exactly the same as the MRI I did three years ago, ” said [Rays team physician Koco] Eaton, who cared for Balfour with the Rays from 2007 to ’10 and performed his physical when the pitcher signed a two-year, $8. 1 million free-agent contract with the Athletics in Jan. 2011.
“It did not look normal compared to a person who does not play baseball for a living. But for someone who plays baseball for a living, it looked normal. There are abnormalities on the MRI as there are on every single baseball player’s. But three years ago, there was no issue, and he had pretty good performance when he was with Oakland. ”
Rosenthal cites another Doctor (Reds team Doctor Timothy Kremcheck), who agrees with Dr. Eaton. So it sounds like it’s possible the Orioles may have overreacted to the medicals? Here is Orioles general manager Dan Duquette on the situation:
“I don’t have anything to add other than that our doctors aren’t satisfied with the results of the physical. These medical opinions vary from doctor to doctor. The processes vary from club to club. ”
Regardless, Balfour is back on the free agent market for any club seeking an All-Star closer.
Machado Opts For Surgical procedure On Knee
BALTIMORE – Orioles third baseman Manny Machado could have surgery to restore a ligament in his left knee.
The first-time All-Star faces 4 to six months of rehab after the procedure, in response to MLB.com. Dodgers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache will carry out the surgery Monday.
Machado tore his medial patellofemoral ligament Sept. 23. He decided to have surgery after consulting with a number of medical doctors.
“I sent my MRI results to a few docs and knee specialists and we determined that in the long run and for my future as a baseball participant, this surgery can be the best plan,” Machado said in a statement launched by the group. “I will instantly begin the rehabilitation course of in hopes of being prepared for the beginning of Spring Coaching.”
Machado, 21, performed in every game this season earlier than the injury, which occurred when he stepped awkwardly on first base in a sport at Tampa Bay.
He hit283 with 14 homers, seventy one RBIs and fifty one doubles.
“He has the total support of the Orioles group with this decision,” Orioles govt vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette stated of Machado, “and we look ahead to seeing him again on the sector in Sarasota at full power.”
Info from The Associated Press was used on this report.
“The Baltimore Orioles went 29-9 in one-run video games in 2012. That ain’t happening again.”
— Blake Murphy of Past the Box Rating, March 15, 2013
Not that he doubtless wrote the post looking for reward sometime, but Blake Murphy couldn’t have been extra right. This season, as Joe Lemire of Sports Illustrated noted, the Orioles are sixteen-26 in a single-run games, a381 profitable percentage for the worst record in baseball. A season in the past, by going 29-9, they set a record for one-run success.
If anything, Baltimore’s failures at one-run baseball this season are helping to maintain them out of the playoffs. The O’s are only 1 half games out of the second wild card spot, however they’ve three groups to leap in the standings, plus the Royals to worry about a half-recreation behind. A season ago at this level, that they had a fifty nine.2 percent probability of making the playoffs, in line with Coolstandings.com. At the moment, it’s 11.6 p.c.
What happened? Are the Orioles abruptly unhealthy at tight baseball? Did supervisor Buck Showalter lose his capability to will them to close victory? Is there no Orioles Magic left of their comfortable-fitting caps?
None of the above. Going back to Murphy’s publish from March, it’s all in regards to the law of likelihood. After sifting the info and operating it via a mass spectrometer, Murphy concluded:
*Elite one-run game efficiency seems to be random.
*It is somewhat more predictable when precise talent stage is figured in.
*That is, very good groups will do slightly better in shut video games as a result of they’re, well, better, and…
*Very dangerous teams will even do barely worse in close video games because they are, well, worse.
Murphy concludes that the Orioles were taking part in “nicely over their heads” in 2012 and he anticipated the O’s to be around500 on the end of this season. Well, at seventy seven-69, it is potential that, with a poor end, they may get close. Then once more, with simply over two weeks left in the season, the Orioles actually are due to have some better luck in a single-run games. If they find somewhat Orioles Magic mud someplace, it might help them return to the playoffs — regardless of an total record in a single-run games that just about surely might be poor.
If there are some sort of magical beans that the Baltimore Orioles fed Chris Davis to vary him from an underachieving slugger into probably the most feared hitters in baseball, it is time to order up some for Michael Morse.
Morse was dealt from the Seattle Mariners on Friday to the Baltimore Orioles. In Seattle this season, he hit 13 homers with a disappointing 27 RBIs and226 batting average. The O’s are essentially hoping that the Michael Morse who obliterated baseballs in 2011 — 31 homers and 95 RBIs with a303 common — can present up and provides them a power enhance in the DH spot the ultimate month of the season.
If Morse doesn’t pan out? Well, the Orioles only gave up minor league outfielder Xavier Avery, a career259 in six minor-league seasons. It’s one other move from the Orioles that proves they’re going after it this season. They’re three half of games back within the AL Wild Card race.
The O’s had been busy on the commerce deadline, and are busy now, as contenders do last-minute scurrying to shore up their rosters earlier than Saturday’s waiver commerce deadline. The Morse deal follows a morning wherein the Indians acquired Jason Kubel and the Cardinals got John Axford.
Morse is a towering 6-foot-5 outfielder by trade who had that one monster season with the Washington Nationals. He did not present the same energy in 2012, but he nonetheless hit291. This year, nonetheless, his production took a nostril dive — 226/.283/.410.
Morse wears the same “disappointment” label that Chris Davis did when the Orioles acquired him. Their situations are totally different — Morse, for instance, is 4 years older — and simply because Davis found his groove that doesn’t mean Morse will.
But the Orioles can, and will, hope.
After getting locked in with two house runs and a career-high six RBIs within the Yankees 14-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, Alfonso Soriano stayed there on Wednesday when he related for 2 more dwelling runs and a set one other new career-excessive with seven RBIs. That is proper, 4 dwelling runs and 13 complete runs pushed in over the two days, which is two in need of the workforce’s two-day RBI document set by Tony Lazzeri in 1936.
Soriano continued his rampage in Wednesday’s 11-3 victory with a grand slam to straight away heart field off Jered Weaver in the first inning. One inning later, he doubled in two extra to push their result in 8-zero. In the fifth, the Angels have been still pitching to him — likely because he was leading off — so he homered but once more. Then in his fourth plate appearance the Angels lastly pitched round him a bit, though Soriano deserved credit score for laying off a pair sliders that he typically flails at. He is positively in a great place proper now, both mentally and physically.
“Right here, it is like extra motivation,” defined Soriano, who returned to the Yankees in a July 26 trade with the Cubs. “All of the players, they need to win. If you put the Yankees uniform on, you realize what it’s all about. It is all about wins. That is all I take to the game each night.”
Soriano became just one in every of three gamers in Major League historical past to drive in at the least six runs in consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports activities Bureau, joining the Rangers’ Rusty Greer in 1997 and the Brewers’ Geoff Jenkins in 2001.
“It is not unhealthy,” Soriano quipped. “You don’t see these days. I’ve to take these days, as a result of it isn’t easy sometimes getting one RBI in a single game. And I acquired thirteen in two games. So I’m very excited, very pleased.
The seven RBIs had been also essentially the most by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez (of course) on Oct. 4, 2009.
Walkoff sweep: The Arizona Diamondbacks finished off a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 3rd straight walkoff victory on Wednesday. After Paul Goldschmidt tied the game and later received it with a house run in extra innings on Tuesday, Aaron Hill basically did the same factor on Wednesday, solely with singles. In the ninth inning, a one-out RBI single gave Jim Johnson his third consecutive blown save — and league-main ninth overall. 5 innings later, Hill singled again off newly acquired starter Bud Norris as Arizona finally celebrated the four-3 victory.
Reds 5, Cubs zero: Cincinnati completes the sweep behind seven shutout innings from Bronson Arroyo.
Marlins 5, Royals 2: Three hits for Justin Ruggiano as he snaps of an zero for forty two hunch.
Tigers 6, White Sox four: Miguel Cabrera homered for the fifth time in six games, because that is what Miguel Cabrera does. Even on one leg.
Indians 9, Twins eight (12 inn.): Joe Mauer tied the sport with a solo home run in the tenth and within the process tied a profession-excessive with five hits. It wasn’t sufficient, though, as Jason Giambi’s three-run eighth inning residence run helped Cleveland overcome an eight-four deficit.
Rockies four, Padres 2: A outstanding double play by Yorvit Torrealba helped Colorado maintain on.
Rays 5, Mariners four: Tampa Bay rallies for 2 within the ninth capped by Jason Bourgeois’ recreation-profitable single.
Francisco Liriano will get congratulations on his stellar performance. (USA Immediately) Pirates 5, Cardinals 1: These frightened that Pittsburgh’s devastating loss on Tuesday can be their undoing can loosen up. Francisco Liriano has every little thing below management.
Blue Jays four, Pink Sox 3 (10 inn.): Walkoffs are on this week. Toronto wins on Brett Lawrie’s tenth inning single.
Nationals 6, Giants 5: Denard Span dives to the rescue for Washington.
Braves 6, Phillies 3: Craig Kimbrel converted his twenty eighth consecutive save attempt.
Rangers 5, Brewers four: Texas plated three within the seventh to take Matt Garza off the hook.
Astros 2, A’s 1: Similar painful script for Oakland. Chris Younger simply missed a walk-off homer for the second straight game.
Dodgers 5, Mets 4 (12 inn.): Andre Ethier’s ninth inning two-run homer tied the game for Los Angeles. Adrian Gonzalez later received it with — you got it — a walkoff single.
”He really has a shin that is all black and blue. It’s terrible, it’s terrible trying, nevertheless it actually seemed a bit of bit higher right this moment. He is still pretty sore. As a manager, you virtually really feel dangerous playing him. I can tell that he’s hurting, however he wanted to play today, so I put him in there.”
— Jim Leyland on taking part in Miguel Cabrera.
(USA At the moment) The great occasions by no means end in LA. Adrian Gonzalez will get the most recent Powerade bathtub.
• The Dodgers have gained a franchise document 12 straight one-run games.
• The Phillies formally launched Delmon Young.
• After blowing three saves in fifty four possibilities final season, Jim Johnson has blown three consecutive saves two different occasions in 2013. (by way of ESPN Stats & Data)