Nelson Cruz the Orioles first half MVO

victory jump opening day 2014My most valuable Baltimore Orioles player for the first half is Nelson Cruz. Easy call, Nelson Cruz is an All-Star and has 28 home runs and a .287 average. Cruz carried the Orioles for the first quarter of the season and has been consistent all season so far. Cruz came to the Orioles as a free agent and was a huge bargain. Cruz has been so good that he got his own player profile.

Cruz has played left, right and DHed for the Orioles. In the outfield Cruz has been more than solid and has been above average.  Overall, the Orioles could not have asked for more from Cruz who is on pace to have well over 100 rbi’s.  Read more about Nelson Cruz the Orioles first half MVO

Girardi a sore loser again UPDATE

Joe Girardi by Keith Allison.jpgThe New York Yankees are at .500 on the season and falling fast.  Last night the Baltimore Orioles played the New York Yankees and won three to one in a rain shortened game.  The Orioles took two out of three and won the series.  The game had over a two hour rain delay.  The rain did not let up all night and kept going into the early morning.  The umpires finally called the game a little after midnight.

The Yankees manager once again had to open his big mouth and complain about the Orioles winning.  Here were his quotes after the game.  From this article.  Read more about Girardi a sore loser again UPDATE

Positions the Orioles could upgrade in a trade

The Baltimore Orioles are currently in first place of the American League East. They have a great chance to make it to the playoffs but, they need to make at least one move. The Orioles biggest need is a second basemen and a catcher.

Second base is especially a need because Johnathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty have been pretty good defensively but offensively they have not been producing. Schoop and Flaherty are both batting under .230. I would love the Orioles to go out and make an effort for Chase Utley. Utley does have a no trade clause but he may wave it to come to a contender now.

Catcher is a position I think they should try to address. Caleb Joseph has been great defensively but shows little offensively. I personally think that he is a great AAA player but a below average MLB player. Nick Hundley has been a nice pickup especially considering they got rid of Troy Patton for him. Patton got suspended and was bad when he came back and I thought the Orioles made a good decision. Read more about Positions the Orioles could upgrade in a trade

MLB Halfway Review

We are now approaching the All-Star break in the Major League Baseball season. There have been so many surprises this year.

The World Series champions the Boston Red Sox are ten games under .500 and in last place in the American League East. A huge shock has been the Milwaukee Brewers who are tied for first in the National League Central. The team with the best record this year has been the Oakland Athletics who have been outstanding this year despite having the 25th payroll in the whole MLB.
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Jimmy Smith arrested in Towson

Baltimore Ravens corner back was arrested last night at the Green Turtle in Towson and charged for disorderly conduct.   Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor and not a serious offense.  

Smith was arrested because he refused to get out of the way while a female friend was passing out and vomiting, according to the Baltimore Sun.  Smith was trying to help the woman who police found had cocaine.

When medics arrived Smith refused to get out of the way. Smith became confrontational with the police.
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Player Profiles: Daryl Smith

Daryl Smith: Photo Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens Have had a long history of having a great defense and great linebackers.  When Ray Lewis retired after the 2012 Super Bowl the Ravens signed Daryl Smith.  Smith at the time was a free agent coming off an injury and the Ravens got him for a one-year deal.  Smith played his college football at Georgia Tech.

Smith was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and stayed with them until 2012.  Smith throughout his career has been a great middle linebacker even when he has played on sub-par teams in Jacksonville.  Smith has also stayed healthy just about every season except for the 2012 season where he only played in two games.  Read more about Player Profiles: Daryl Smith