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The Draft was today.
Billy Rowell was selected ninth overall by the O’s.
Rowell is said to have a powerful bat and will be likely play 3rd or RF.

Here’s the total first day recap. Notice there’s a lot of infielders drafted, which good, since we have none in the farm system. Also of note, No signs of Jeffery Maier yet. There’s another day tomorrow though.

Let’s give props to Daniel Cabrera. Nice outing.

Loewen will start again. No Bruce Chen? Great.
Michelle Wie threw out the first pitch tonight. Wonder if she’ll try and make the team. She can’t be worse than Luis Matos.

Peter Gammons had this interesting chart on his blog, which shows you how the baseball draft is. Sometimes the guy who went undrafted can be better in the majors than your first round pick. It’s an exact, yet very fickle, science.

Where The Starting 30 Catchers Came From
1st round Mike Lieberthal, Michael Barrett*, Jason Kendall, Joe Mauer, Jason Varitek
2nd Brian McCann
3rd A.J. Pierzynski
4th Yadier Molina
5th Brian Schneider, Jason LaRue, Danny Ardoin
7th John Buck
8th Mike Matheny
9th Toby Hall
17th Russell Martin**, Mike Napoli, Johnny Estrada
20th Damian Miller
24th Jorge Posada
25th Paul Lo Duca**
48th Brad Ausmus
62nd Mike Piazza***
Undrafted Pudge Rodriguez, Bengie Molina, Miguel Olivo, Ronny Paulino, Kenji Johjima, Rod Barajas, Victor Martinez, Ramon Hernandez
*Drafted as SS
**Drafted as 3B
***Drafted as 1B

• From 1984 to 2004, 33 different catchers were selected in the first round (Charles Johnson and Varitek each were selected twice).

• Of those 33, six turned out to catch 130 games in a major-league season: Craig Biggio, Johnson, Dan Wilson, Mike Lieberthal, Jason Kendall, Mauer.

• Thirteen never caught in a major-league game

Gammons is solid. Even if he does wear Red Sox Pajamas.

D-Backs and Former Oriole, Jason Grimsley is about to get the black ball. This is more widespread than I think most of us have thought. It’s not just the Bonds, McGwires, Giambis, and Raffies doping..it’s the Grimslies, Lawtons, and others on down.
Get this quote:

He added that amphetamine use was prevalent in pro baseball, and that it was placed in coffee in clubhouses, marked “leaded” or “unleaded,” Novitsky wrote.

Great. I’ll keep that in mind if I ever join him and Raffy for breakfast.

Went to Drive game tonight. It was a pretty solid game.
If Chris Turner, Outfielder for the Drive, can learn to take walks and hit a single… he’ll be a major leaguer. But when you have 12 homers on the season and you’re batting .222, you need to develop your game a little. If he does learn and makes it, I hope it’s not in Boston.

Clemens pitched A ball tonight. I think the Drive play the Lexington Legends. It would have been sweet if it would have happened here…but it’s not a home game. It probably would have locked the entire downtown down.

Roger Clemens’ Career Stats for the Lexinton Legends
Innings pitched: 3
Batters faced: 13
Pitches: 62
Strikes: 41
Balls: 21
Hits: 3
Home runs: 1
Earned rums: 1
Strikeouts: 6
Walks: 0
Hit batters: 1

Maybe if he makes it the majors, they’ll retire that kid’s number one day.

The O’s and Eric Bedard lost tonight to the Jays and BJ Ryan got the save.
Irony…cruel irony.
Jays 6, O’s 4
Bedard, you frustrate me.

I’m going to order the jersey after I get back in town (June 19th),

so if you haven’t voted and care about what jersey I buy, vote.

There’s a tie that needs to be broken.
*I’ll be out of town for a big family shin-ding June 15-19th.

Enough of this. I need to go to bed.

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