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Brady Anderson influenced new assistant hitting coach


Brady Anderson influenced new assistant hitting coach

Mark Quinn and Brady Anderson have a long association. The new Orioles assistant hitting coach met Quinn, who was officially named to the position on Thursday when both were playing in the majors.

Anderson approached Quinn before a game, and later the two played together with Portland in the San Diego organization in 2003.

The Orioles vice president of baseball operations reached out to Quinn when there was an opening.

Quinn first experienced Anderson’s thirst for working out after they played in the minors.

“I had no idea what I was getting into. Brady Anderson knows more about the human body and training, diet than any person I’ve ever met and ever talked to,” Quinn said.

“I felt like I got around a guru…somebody who knows more than anybody in the business.”

The 41-year-old Quinn hit .282 in four major league seasons with Kansas City from 1999-2002. His big league career ended abruptly because of a hamstring injury.

“My body just gave out on me,” Quinn said. “I’ve learned so much about hitting since I finished my professional career.”

For the last eight years, Quinn has been running a hitting school in Houston. He wasn’t sure he wanted to leave his business.

“I didn’t know what a professional coaching career entailed,” Quinn said. “I wanted to get around guys who wanted to be the best at their craft. I think I can help.”

He’s noticed that baseball is different than it was when he played.

“The game has changed a little bit. There’s a lot more on the analytical side, more video, advanced scouting. I would love to dive into that and see where I can help.”

“I’ve learned how to approach failure a little bit better,” Quinn said.

Quinn replaces Einar Diaz, who was named Major League coach. Diaz spent the last three seasons as assistant hitting coach.

The Orioles officially announced that the rest of their coaching staff will return. First base coach Wayne Kirby and bench coach John Russell will begin their sixth seasons. Bobby Dickerson (third base) is in his fourth season. Pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti start their third season and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh is in his second season.

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 


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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense


David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."