Missing Manny


13 - Machado 2Wednesday was a hard day in Birdland. The rumors of Tuesday turned to doubts Wednesday morning, with headlines that the trade of Manny Machado was far from a done deal. I’d almost come to terms with the fact that Baltimore’s Beloved Manny would be going to Los Angeles, but the gut-wrenching fear that he could still end up in one of my not-favorite teams started all over again.

A little after 7 pm Wednesday night, however, it finally became official: Manny Machado had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Manny. He deserves a better team. But I’m sad for Baltimore and Orioles fans. We deserve a better team, too.

Manny Machado was supposed to be the second coming of Cal. The heir-apparent to Cal Ripken was signed in the first round of the 2010 draft. He played a handful of games in 2010 in the rookie leagues and short season A before being assigned to the Orioles low- and high-A affiliates in 2011. He spent most of 2012 in double-A before being promoted to the Orioles on August 9, 2012. After that point Manny and O’s fans never looked back (except for the 3-game rehab stint with the Frederick Keys in 2014).

MachadoBaltimore loved Manny. We still do. That’s why its so hard to say goodbye.

I was irritated with the O’s in 1992 when they released Billy Ripken, but I understood. I was sad in 2001 when Cal retired, but he’d earned it. I was annoyed in 2013 when the O’s traded Jake Arrieta, but I got over it. I was mad in 2014 when the they failed to re-sign Nick Markakis, but I forgave. I was angry when they traded or failed to resign  prospect after prospect, but each time I let it pass. But this time, I’m furious.

This time it feels like the team that we’ve stood by for the last three decades, while they pulled themselves up from their 54-107 1988 season (which included that 21-game losing streak through most of April) really doesn’t care about the fans. The astounding lack of decent pitching, while constantly signing outfielders, is bad enough. Signing aging guys who were good on other teams is annoying. Constantly bringing guys up and sending them down again is frustrating. But trading Manny away is almost enough to make me give up on them once and for all. It might very well be unforgivable.

IMG_1602This time, the Orioles are going to have to work really hard to make it up to us – as well as to the remaining players. Because they deserve better, too. Yes, we still have Adam and Jonathan and Trey. But don’t they deserve to play on a good team, too?

Have the Orioles relied on the fans’ good will for too long? Has it become painfully obvious that they never loved us, like we loved them? Is it time to break up with them once and for all?

Its definitely time for a break. At least for the next few months, I’m totally a Dodgers fan.

Next year, I might have to follow the Yankees. (That’s how mad I am.)

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

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Best of the Week: 7/8/18 – 7/14/18


That time when Adam Jones spent game 2 of a double header in the Orioles bullpen:

Getting Ready for the All-Star Game


The All-Star game is coming and Washington, DC, is beginning to get ready! I saw this on the way home one night last week. I don’t know if there were any other banners with any other players. All I saw was my favorite: Manny Machado.

~ baseballrebecca

Remembering the 1998 Brawl


Tino Martinez in 1999 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the epic on-field brawl between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. It all began when Orioles’ pitcher Armando Benitez hit Tino Martinez in the back after giving up a 3-run home run to Bernie Williams. Check out the video below.

ESPN recently published a piece about the 1998 season, noting parallels to this year. According to the article, one result of this and other on-field brawls in the 1990s was a tougher stance by MLB and greater discipline of those involved in such incidents. For his part in the Os-Yankees brawl, Benitez got an 8-game suspension. Darryl Strawberry and Graeme Lloyd were suspended for 3 games each, and Jeff Nelson and Alan Mills were each suspended for two games.

Have things changed much in the last two decades? Just last month benches cleared during a Yankees-Red Sox game. Retaliation pitches and bench-clearing incidents seem to be a part of baseball culture. As frustrations boil over and tempers flare, the possibility of aggression emerges. Is this simply part of the game, or a social issue that needs to be addressed?

~ baseballrebecca

 

Stat-urday, 5/19/2018


Brooks_Robinson_1955In honor of Brooks Robinson‘s birthday yesterday, here are a few stats and facts about Baltimore’s “Human Vacuum Cleaner:”

  • Robinson spent 23 years in the Major Leagues – all with the Baltimore Orioles!
  • Games played: 2,896
  • Hits: 2,848
  • Home runs: 268
  • Batting average: .267

Robinson was an 18-time All-Star, 16-time Gold Glove winner, AL MVP in 1964, World Series MVP in 1970, and Robert Clemente Award winner in 1972. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

For more stats, check out his Baseball Reference page.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca