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Who are the five most forgettable Orioles

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Who are the five most forgettable Orioles

Last weekend, after a list of what I thought were the five worst contracts handed out in Orioles history, some readers commented that they thought Glenn Davis’ was the worst.

Davis wasn’t originally signed as a free agent; he was acquired in arguably the worst trade in team annals. He was re-signed after one season, but it was the trade, not the signing that stands out.

The list of worst trades in team history is for another weekend, but in the spirit of Glenn Davis, let’s have a look at five Orioles fans would prefer to forget.

1) Glenn Davis

Davis was acquired by the Orioles in early 1991 for Steve Finley, Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling. Those three all had long major league careers. Davis’ was over in May 1993 at 32.

Three times, Davis hit more than 30 home runs while playing his  home games in the worst ballpark to hit home runs, Houston’s Astrodome.

Davis wasn’t a high average hitter, but the Orioles couldn’t wait to get a slugger who could pair with Cal Ripken to replace Eddie Murray at first.

Murray had been traded two years earlier, and fans thought Davis could hit home runs for years.

Davis was injured much of his time in Baltimore and fought with the late Johnny Oates, who took over for Frank Robinson in May 1991.

Injuries limited him to 49 games in 1991, but was re-signed. In 1992, he teased fans after a move to Oriole Park with 13 home runs and a .276 average in 103 games. The next year, he had just a .177 average in 30 games.

2) Alan Wiggins

Shortly after Earl Weaver returned as Orioles manager in June 1985, the team acquired the moody Wiggins from the San Diego Padres.

A season earlier, Wiggins stole 70 bases and played second base as the Padres went to the World Series.

He couldn’t get along with his manager, Dick Williams, and was sent to Baltimore. Weaver was never a stolen base guy, and that was Wiggins’ game, but he had great bat control and didn’t strike out often, and Weaver liked that.

Wiggins’ apparent lack of effort and mismatched skill set annoyed Weaver, who retired for good after the 1986 season. In the two seasons Weaver managed him, Wiggins stole 51 bases and didn’t hit a home run.

Weaver tried to motivate him. At one point, Weaver reportedly told Wiggins that he was the worst ballplayer he’d ever seen.

Billy Ripken replaced him at second base in mid-1987, and he died of AIDS in early 1991 at 32.

3) Earl Williams

The Orioles made lots of great trades during their championship years. This wasn’t one of them.

In Nov. 1972, they traded Davey Johnson, who would hit 43 home runs the next season, Pat Dobson, a one-time 20-game winner, Roric Harrison and Johnny Oates to Atlanta for Williams and Taylor Duncan, who never played for the Orioles

Weaver wanted a home run hitting catcher. In two seasons with the Orioles, Williams hit 36 home runs and batted .246, He made 12 errors in 170 games behind the plate, but did throw out more than 40 percent of the runners who tried to steal on him.

Weaver loathed Williams’ attitude and returned him to the Braves in 1975.

4) Matt Riley

Riley was barely 20 when he was rushed to the major leagues, Ray Miller, desperate to save his job as Orioles manager, begged general manager Frank Wren to bring Riley to the big leagues.

Miller, a noted pitching guru, thought Riley was his ticket to a contract extension.

Clearly not ready for the major leagues, Riley walked 13 batters in 11 innings in three starts. Tommy John surgery would delay his return to the Orioles until 2003 when he won his only two starts.

Miller returned to the Orioles during the 2004 season as pitching coach, had another shot at Riley, but his promise was gone.

Riley pitched in seven games for Buck Showalter in Texas in 2005. That was his last big league taste. As recently as 2011, the free-spirited Riley was in spring training with San Diego.

5) Marty Cordova

How could you forget a player who fell asleep in a tanning bed, burning his face?

Many Orioles fans would like to. The surly Cordova’s injury is still talked about as one of the most bizarre in baseball history.  After barely a season with the Orioles, his career was over.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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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