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Chris Davis doesn’t want to play another game without fans in attendance amid coronavirus fears

Chris Davis doesn’t want to play another game without fans in attendance amid coronavirus fears

According to Rich Dubroff of baltimorebaseball.com, Chris Davis isn’t too fond of playing another game without fans. 

With more and more states and sporting events being canceled, or changed to be played without fans present, there’s a growing fear that games will have to be played without fans in attendance. As it turns out, those fears are also held in the Orioles locker room. 

“We don’t even want to go down that road again,” Davis told Dubroff. “Hopefully, it doesn’t become more of an issue that it has been.”

Davis and the Orioles have already played a game without fans, in 2015 against the White Sox. He homered in the first inning and the Orioles beat the White Sox 8-2. In the aftermath of the Baltimore riots, the Orioles played with an official paid attendance of zero against the White Sox on April 29.

Major League Baseball has recently closed the clubhouse to the media, joining the NHL, NBA and MLS in restricting access due to fears of coronavirus.  

With just over two weeks until Opening Day, the potential for more cancellations and changes to the schedule only appears to be growing. 

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Cal Ripken Jr. reflects on his consecutive games streak 38-years later

Cal Ripken Jr. reflects on his consecutive games streak 38-years later

On this date back in 1982,  Baltimore Orioles' "Iron Man," Cal Ripken Jr., began his consecutive-games streak which lasted 16 years and 2,632 games.

It's widely considered the most unbreakable record in Major League Baseball and across all sports.

"The Iron Horse," (go figure) Lou Gehrig was the previous consecutive-games record holder at 2,130. Light work for Ripken. 

"I didn't set out to break this record," Ripken Jr. said on Twitter Saturday afternoon. "I was always someone who wanted to go out and play every day."

Ripken Jr. went on to tell a fascinating story regarding game one of the streak, which came against the Philadelphia Phillies -- One that involved 14-year veteran, and now Phillies bullpen coach, Jim Gott.

"As it turns out, May 30th, 1982 was Jim Gott's first major league victory," Ripken Jr, explained. "He pitched really well against us and was always a tough pitcher on me personally. He got his first win that year so they presented him a ball from that game."

"When I broke the record, he came and presented me that ball," Ripken Jr. continued. "I thought it was the nicest gestures that he wanted me to have it as 'the first game of the streak' ball, as oppose to his first major league win."

38 years later, Ripken's incredible feat is even more impressive than when he first achieved it. 

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Could signing Bartolo Colon make sense for the Orioles if baseball returns? 

Could signing Bartolo Colon make sense for the Orioles if baseball returns? 

It appears “Big Sexy” is ready to make his big return to Major League Baseball, according to ESPN.

Colon is hopeful that with expanded rosters and the possibility of a season with less than 100 games, the starting pitcher will be able to find himself on an MLB roster if the season is able to start back up.

The 47-year-old has a number in mind, too: 46.

He wants to pass Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most number of innings pitched by a Domincan pitcher. In order to accomplish that, he said he’ll sign “with the first team who wants me.” Marichal threw 3,507 innings in his career. Colon needs a team to help him reach that number.

Could the Orioles be that team?

The Orioles have shown they’ve got no reservations about adding veteran talent to the back-end of the starting rotation, as they added Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Milone just a few weeks before Spring Training began in February. With starting pitching an issue, they could dip into the veteran pool to eat some innings

And if they’re looking for a boost, Colon could add some innings. If nothing else, it could be fun. 

Colon has pitched in the majors for 21 seasons since 1997 for 11 different teams. He’s accumulated a 247-188 record with a career 4.12 ERA in 575 games. He’s pitched 3,461 ⅔ innings in his career and posted a WHIP of 1.312. 

He last pitched in the majors for the Rangers in 2018, where he went 7-12 with a 5.78 ERA. He threw 146 ⅓ innings in 28 games, 24 of which were starts. 

The Orioles aren’t expected to be remotely competitive in 2020, even if a season takes place. The addition of Colon, as long as it doesn’t interfere with innings pitched for some of the younger players in the organization, could be a fun storyline to monitor as Colon looks to set the record for innings pitched by a Dominican player.

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