Athletics release Jim Johnson

File:Jim Johnson.jpgThe Oakland Athletics have released former Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson. Johnson was traded to the Athletics this offseason and has a really tough go of it since joining the Athletics. Johnson has a 6.92 era and has only recorded two saves. For a closer that is still due a majority of his one-year $10 million dollar contract the Athletics really did not get their value back.

Johnson had his best season in 2012 for the Orioles when he recorded 51 saves and had a 2.49 era, Johnson was an All-Star that season. Johnson is known for being a good teammate and being good in the community. I would suggest that Johnson take the rest of the season off to get his head and arm right. Johnson has shown a dip in velocity and has been overused most of his career. Read more about Athletics release Jim Johnson

Ross tears Achilles during conditioning test

New Baltimore Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles during his conditioning test today, according to Jeff Zrebiec.  Ross was signed to bring a veteran presence to the Ravens secondary and has spent most of his career with the New York Giants.  Ross won two Super Bowls with the Giants and was a key player for both of them.  Ross missed most of last season with a back injury and only recorded four tackles and one interception.
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Rice suspended two games

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be suspended two games, according to multiple reports including  Rice who was arrested this offseason for a simple assault charge that gained tons of media attention.  I was expecting a four-game suspension for Rice.  Rice will miss not be paid for the first two-games.

Some things that may have worked in Rices favor is that Rice married his fiance and went into counseling before he even went to court.  This was also Rices first off the field issue and he had a very good reputation before this happened and was a strong member of the Baltimore community. 
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Should the Orioles deal Harvey?

13276416475_708a5a40ae_oThe most tense point of Major League Baseball’s regular season is rapidly approaching, as the July 31st trade deadline is now one week away. Within the next week, several stars will switch teams, as contenders look to bolster their roster to make a push for the postseason. The Baltimore Orioles are one of those contending teams. The O’s have several prospects that will undoubtedly draw interest. Hunter Harvey is  near the top of that list.

Harvey, the O’s’ first round pick in 2013, has pitched well in pro ball. He dominated in the Gulf Coast League and with the Aberdeen IronBirds last year. This year, Harvey has pitched to a 2.94 ERA over 16 starts with Delmarva. Harvey’s fastball sits in the 90s, and he also has a devastating curveball that throws hitters off balance. He is still working on developing a changeup. Read more about Should the Orioles deal Harvey?

Brother Lo's big hit: beating the Angels this week

wpid-724px-bud_norris.jpgNo other way to describe the 1979 Orioles season than it was pure magic. Just one win in the last three games and it would have been perfect. So after breezing to the regular season title, the Orioles had to take on the California Angels to make it to the World Series. And that West Coast team had our old pals, Don Baylor and Bobby Grich along with a future Hall of Fame hurler, Nolan Ryan.

Game one in Baltimore pitted two Hall of Famers in fact, Ryan for the Angels and Jim Palmer for the Birds. Another future Orioles, Dan Ford hit Palmer for a solo homer to start the scoring. Rick Dempsey and Mark Belanger drove in runs in the third and this game was tied at 2-2. Read more about Brother Lo's big hit: beating the Angels this week

Orioles lineup 7/23/2014

The Baltimore Orioles play the Los Angeles Angels in the final game of the three-game series.   The Orioles already have the series win with wins in the first two games.   The Orioles could get the sweep tonight with Chris Tillman on the mound.  Tillman always pitches well against the Angels and the on the west coast.

Manny Machado is out of the lineup for the second straight game.  Here is the lineup.
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Browns fans show new low, urinates on Art Modell's grave

1980-modell-browns crop.jpgA Cleveland Browns fan has urinated on Art Modell’s grave and posted a video of it here. I would embed the video but the Browns fan surprisingly figured out how to make the video unsharable. Modell rests at Druid Ridge Cemetery and it is a public place so anyone can go and pay their respects, in this case their disrespect.  Honestly, no grave deserves this kind of disrespect and Modell by all accounts was a good man.

The act shown in the video is both gross and completely disrespectful.  Urinating on a mans grave is just about as low as someone can go.  Fans can get passionate about their sports teams and hate on some players, coaches and owners from other teams but too far is too far.  Fans need to know that attacking a person personally, attacking their families, attacking their home, or now attacking their grave is just way too far.  Sports are meant to entertain us, it is ok to be passionate about it, but it is just a sport.  Read more about Browns fans show new low, urinates on Art Modell's grave