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The sad story of former Oriole Delmon Young


The sad story of former Oriole Delmon Young

The sad news that Delmon Young has been charged with allegedly assaulting and threatening a Miami hotel worker could end his once promising major league career.

Young was the top overall pick in the 2003 draft by Tampa Bay, but never became a star.

With a reputation for anger issues, Young moved on to Minnesota, Detroit, Philadelphia and back to Tampa Bay before landing with the Orioles two years ago.

His worst incident came in New York when he was playing with the Tigers. Young was arrested in 2012 for harassing people on the street and using anti-Semitic remarks.

In Sunday’s incident, he was charged with using anti-Cuban remarks to a hotel worker and a police officer. In both incidents, he was reported to be intoxicated.

From 2009-14, Young meant good fortune to the teams he played. Every year, his team made the postseason.

In Oct. 2014, he delivered one of the more memorable postseason hits in Orioles history, a three-run double against Detroit in Game 2 of the Division Series.

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Young signed a minor league contract before the 2014 season and the Orioles came him a major league deal for last year.

They hoped he would at least equal his 2014 numbers when he batted .302 with seven homers and 30 RBIs. Last year, he hit .270 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.

Young was let go last July, but no one ever picked him up.

While he was with the Orioles, there were no reported incidents, but the team feels fortunate to have dodged real trouble with Young.

In a media friendly clubhouse, Young mostly stayed to himself except for occasionally playing cards. He wasn’t comfortable being interviewed and didn’t offer much.

At 30, Young is facing serious criminal charges and with many other outfielders of his age with better resumes and reputations unemployed, he could be done.

Never a good outfielder, Young had some power. In 2010, he hit 21 home runs and 112 RBIs for Minnesota. Young was an overly aggressive hitter, and rarely walked.

Even before these charges, Young hadn’t gotten any interest around the majors. It isn’t hard to see why.

NOTES: The Orioles officially invited 17 non-roster players to spring training. Pitchers Pedro Beato, Jeff Beliveau, Cesar Cabral, Hunter Harvey, Andy Oliver, Todd Redmond and Ashur Tolliver join catchers Jonah Heim, Audry Perez and Chance Sisco. Infielders Paul Janish, Trey Mancini, Ozzie Martinez and Steve Tolleson were invited as were outfielders Xavier Avery, L.J. Hoes and Alfredo Marte.

Oliver, a left-hander was 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in games with Detroit in 2010-11.

First baseman/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich, who was briefly on the 40-man roster last month, did not receive an invitation.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm