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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' 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

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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."

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