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O's Hardy not deserving of Gold Glove?

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O's Hardy not deserving of Gold Glove?

Gold Gloves, as much as any baseball award, are so subjective that snubbed feelings almost always ensue. In the case of this year’s selections, the cry is coming from the Pacific Northwest that the Mariners’ Brendan Ryan was more deserving than the Orioles’ J.J. Hardy.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes: “The Gold Gloves have often been more about traditional metrics like fielding percentage and errors, while also paying attention to the offensive prowess of candidates as much as their glovework.”

Though Hardy didn’t have an outstanding season with the bat (.238), Ryan was far weaker at the plate  (.194).

And then there are the more modern statistical measures of defense. In one of them, the total zone metric, which measures, according to baseball-reference.com, “the number of runs above or below average the player was worth based on the number of plays made,” Hardy ranked first among all American League shortstops with 21; Ryan tied for fifth at 9. However, Ryan rates ahead of Hardy — and everyone else in the AL — in BIS defensive runs saved above average. This is a measure of  “the number of runs above or below average the player was worth based on the number of plays made.” In this case, Ryan was at 27 to Hardy’s 18, which ranked second in the league.

Ryan won the Fielding Bible Award — given to just one player in the majors per position, unlike the Gold Gloves, which are awarded separately for the AL and NL — for shortstops. The Fielding Bible Awards are decided by a media and sabermetric panel, while Gold Gloves are voted on by major-league managers and coaches.

Hey, more awards. Fewer people feeling snubbed.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Hanser Alberto breaks up potential combined perfect game with 9th inning single

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Hanser Alberto breaks up potential combined perfect game with 9th inning single

The Orioles lost the series finale to the Rays Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but there was one silver lining from the matchup, and the silver lining was delivered by second baseman Hanser Alberto.

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For the first eight innings Sunday afternoon, none of the at-bats by the Orioles produced a hit, as Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combining to not allow a base runner. That was until the bottom of the ninth inning when O's second baseman Hansel Alberto decided that his ballclub would not be on the opposing side of history, and hit a single against the switch, breaking up what would have been the first combined perfect game in MLB history.

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Tuesday 7/16: Nationals vs Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park

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Baltimore Orioles join short list of teams extending protective netting to foul poles

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Baltimore Orioles join short list of teams extending protective netting to foul poles

The Baltimore Orioles became the latest MLB team to have plans to extend the protective netting all the way to the outfield foul pole lines in the lower sections, according to reports. 

This change appends the Orioles to a short list of Major League Baseball teams deciding to move in this direction, most notably, after the incident that occurred earlier this season in which Chicago Cubs' center fielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball in Houston that struck and injured a young child in the stands. 

The young child suffered a suffered skull fracture and seizure. 

“We are currently working with our experts and partners toward finalizing plans to extend the protective netting at both of our ballparks even further to each foul pole,” team spokesman Greg Bader told the Baltimore Sun on Friday. “In an effort to ensure we implement the right plan for those attending games at both venues, we are performing due diligence and will implement the plan our experts recommend as soon as possible."

The Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates have also announced plans to extend their parks netting. 

The new netting will be installed at Camden Yards and at the Orioles’ Sarasota, Fla., spring training stadium “no later than the start of the 2020 season, if not at an earlier point in time,” the Baltimore Sun reported. 

Before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Orioles extended the netting to a few sections beyond the dugout due to a growing number of baseball fans around the league being injured by balls and bats.

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