The Season’s over

I’m kinda bummed that baseball season is over, but sadly this is the part of the season that us O’s fans have to live for…the off season. After 162 games of heartbreak, heartache, and a few wins, this is the time that we have to cross our fingers, hope, pray, and pray some more that this offseason will be different. Kind of like in 2003, when Lee Mazilli was named manager, Raffy was brought back, Javy Lopez was signed, and the O’s signed Miguel Tejada. That brought some buzz and misplaced hope. The only one that worked was the Tejada signing and now I believe, its time to cut bat on that. The other three moves turned out to be fiascos in every since.

-Mazilli was not a good fit. The argument can be made that a year and a half isn’t enough time. I’ll agree with that. The team had that great start under him in 2005. But apparently the whole team hated his guts.

-The Javy Lopez that came to Baltimore was not the one that played for the Atlanta Braves. The one that played for the Braves had timely hits, hit homeruns, had decent defense, stayed healthy, and didn’t whine. The one that came to Baltimore couldn’t hit his weight, did not hit homeruns, lacked on defense, COULD NOT STAY HEALTHY, and whined a lot. I still believe that he was juiced in Atlanta and came off while he was in Baltimore, that’s my thinking away. Regardless, he was a bad signing.

-Raffy…do I need to bring this subject back up?

So while we clamor for glitzy signings and big moves, let’s hope MacPhail is careful not to make the mistakes of his predecessors. No more Danys Baezs, David Seiguis, LaTroy Hawkins, Steve Klines, Sidney Ponsons, Omar Daals, or Marty Cordovas.

I’d love to see the O’s sign an Andruw Jones or Tori Hunter, but I’d much prefer it if the O’s can trade and get young centerfielder who has yet to hit the bigs or barely hit the bigs with a high ceiling….perhaps Felix Pie? I really don’t want the team to waste money on free agent band aids like they have in the past (Albert Belle) and commit to rebuiliding.

A few moves I’d like to see

– Tejada traded for multiple prospects (The loser of the ARod sweepstakes gets Miggi, I predict Miggi will be in Wrigley on opening day)

-Jay Gibbons released. No sucker is trading for Jay, its time to admit that this was a bad bad contract and cut bait.

-Erik Bedard extended. I doubt he takes it, but put the money out there. If he spurns it, start stopping him.

-Shop most of the vets on the roster. No one on a team with a decade losing streak is untouchable.

A few moves that the O’s have made.

-John “T-Bone” Shelby had been named 1st base coach

-Rick Kranitz was named pitching coach

-Bench coach has not been named

I watched very little of the World Series this time around. It seems that the ALCS and sometimes the NLCS is the best of the postseason. The Series seems to always be a sweep. And I didn’t think I could stomach watching a Red Sox win in game 4. So its goodbye to baseball until the spring. I’ll be round with hopefully good moves to post about in the offseason.

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Mazzone fired

The dream is over. Leo Mazzone was fired after two seasons with the O’s. After his pal, Sam Perlozzo was fired in the middle of season, I was skeptical that Leo would be back. But Leo said the right things about wanting to get the ship turned around and being there to see the young pitching take it to the next level. Too bad it never happened. I say that with all sincerity too.

I’ve always been a fan of Leo. I grew up watching up the Braves, so I’ve seen plenty of Leo and was excited when he came to the Orioles. But for a variety of reasons, things never clicked.

-Injuries (Kris Benson, Adam Loewen, Hayden Penn come directly to mind)

-bad singings of former pupils of Leo (Russ Ortiz, Jim Brower off the top of my head)

-young pitching performing well in the minors but not at MLB level (Liz, Olson)

-pitchers not getting it (DANIEL CABRERA!)

-rancid bullpen

Anyway you slice it, things didn’t work. Does this mean Leo is a bad pitching coach? No way. But maybe it means he was a bad fit for the team. Maybe he’s better suited for a team like those Braves teams, that have the vets, and things just need to be tweaked. Pitchers like Bedard, Guthrie, Benson (last season), and Trachsel did well to very good with him. These were pitchers who were vets (Guthrie was technically a rookie) and established players. The others, not so well.

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He didn’t have the same success in Baltimore. With a significantly less talented group, Mazzone’s pitchers posted a 5.65 ERA in 2006 – 29th of 30 major league teams. This year, the club finished 29th again, this time with a 5.17 ERA.

That mark was punctuated by a 6.89 ERA in September, the worst big-league ERA for that month in the last 51 seasons.

In Mazzone’s defense, at the end of his tenure here he was dealing with a team that was decimated by injuries to four-fifths of his starting rotation, closer Chris Ray and disappointing setup man Danys Baez.

At least Trembley is getting to pick his own staff, now he needs to give Terry Crowley the heave-ho. I would have been fine if Leo stayed, but I think its pretty apparent the Crowley needs to go.

An aside here: The season is over, and my posting has been lacking. I’m never going to address my lack of posting when it occurs. It happens, people are busy. But I lost a lot of interest in the team towards the end of the season, I’m sure plenty of you guys did too. With the offseason upon the team, I’ll post when noteworthy things happen, whether they be O’s related or not.

Duquette Resigns

Jim Duquette resigned today after two seasons with the club. Duquette had one year left on his contract, but he decided to seek a front office opportunity elsewhere.

Duquette, 41, was hired from the New York Mets after the 2005 season to work in tandem with executive vice president Mike Flanagan. However, the June hiring of president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and MacPhail’s intention to bring in a top aide, who he is more familiar with, severely limited his role in the decision-making process with the club.

“[Andy] informed me that he had intentions on bringing on another hire to an undefined role, but one that was going to be a significant role and one that I viewed would further diminish my role here,” Duquette said this afternoon in a conference call with reporters. “That was really the impetus to ask him to accept my resignation. I appreciate his honestly, I appreciate the opportunity for me to start fresh and get myself going in a different organization.”

I never really thought Duquette was the problem. In his two seasons with the O’s, I can’t really judge him due to the two-headed gm tandem and the dark overlord Angelos looming over them. I really don’t know know what moves were Duquette’s. That being said, he seemed a lot sharper than Flannagan (who I want to resign or to be reassigned). Good luck to Dave and I hope he finds a spot in front office somewhere where he can make some moves.

In other O’s news.

JR House, Rob Bell, and the Molina catcher whose not kin to the other Molinas have been outrighted to Norfolk. In other words, they won’t be Orioles next seasons. I wish we could have seen more of House, but we won’t see anymore. He definately had a little pop in his bat than Paul Bako. Bako got 3 of his 8 RBI on his lone homerun in NY way back at the the start of the season. But with all the moves going on, let’s hope to see a little more housecleaning (Terry Crowley and Flannagan).

I’m hoping MacPhail is making this team his and cleaning out the house. Let’s wait and see what the offseason holds though.

It’s over

I spent the last day of the regular season in Charlotte, watching my Panthers, looking very much like the O’s, losing 20-7. It was a good time….before the game anyway. There’s great fans around here.

Since the season has ended, there’s already been some moves.

– Bench coach Tom Treblehorn has been dismissed

-1st Base Coach Sam Meiijas won’t return.

glad to see some changes are coming already. Let’s hope to see some come our way.

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-Victor Zambrano and Jaret Wright were released.

-AA Bowie’s manager Bien Figueroa won’t be back

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