Update on Suk-min Yoon

Norfolk Tides’ starting pitcher Suk-min Yoon has been dominant in his last two starts. Over his last two starts, Yoon has posted a combined 0.00 ERA, allowed 10 hits, and walked five. Those numbers are far better than Yoon’s first three starts of the season where he allowed 25 hits and 13 earned runs over 12.1 innings pitched.

Yoon’s last start, game one of a double header against the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday, was his best game thus far this season. In 5.0 innings, Yoon allowed just two, yes two, hits, walked three, and had three strikeouts, throwing 79 pitches.

In Yoon’s second to last start, he pitched just as good as his last. Yoon pitched 5.0 innings in which he allowed eight hits and two walks but gave up two unearned runs. Though Yoon left the game having only pitched 5.0 innings, he gave his team a chance to win as Norfolk lead 4-2.

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Examining the Ravens 2011 draft class

55px-Torrey_Smith_and_2013_Superbowl_trophyWith the 2014 NFL draft approaching quickly I think it is time to look back at the Baltimore Ravens 2011 draft class. It has been a few years and the players have had a chance to establish themselves in the NFL. Some of these grades are also based on where the player was drafted. Overall this was a very strong draft class and one of the better draft classes in Ravens history. Most of the players were involved in the Ravens Super Bowl win in 2012.

First pick: Round 1, 27th overall: Jimmy Smith took some time to develop and has battled injuries. Smith has been so good that I wrote a player profile on him, full thoughts on Smith can be found there. Smith fell to the Ravens because he had off the field concerns but he has been a model citizen since joining the team. Smith has been a very good pick for the Ravens. Grade A

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Sterling case marks a change in our culture

I, like many sports fans who have cleared their thirtieth birthday, was not shocked to hear that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had made some racist comments. Sterling has made them before. Many times in fact. I can remember lawsuits, including Elgin Baylor’s claiming racial and age discrimination, and stories about Sterling’s behavior and attitude going back over a decade. What I cannot remember is there ever being this kind of outrage before. Read more about Sterling case marks a change in our culture

A tough week for Maryland Baseball

Maryland_terrapins_logoIt has been a rough week for the University of Maryland baseball team. After last week’s loss to West Virginia, the Terps managed to bounce back with a win over a solid George Mason team. However, Maryland could not carry any momentum into the weekend, as they were swept by Boston College. The Eagles were near the bottom of the ACC before this weekend. Today, Maryland lost to James Madison.

The Terps did get some good starts over the weekend. Jake Stinnett, the team’s ace, struck out ten hitters on Friday, but Maryland couldn’t generate any offense in a 5-1 loss. On Sunday, sophomore Jake Drossner, who has been a pleasant surprise for the ballclub, turned in another good outing. Drossner only allowed four hits, but the Terps once again failed to find any offense in a 5-2 loss.

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Orioles sign Pearce

200px-Steve_Pearce_on_June_10,_2012The Baltimore Orioles have announced that they have signed Steve Pearce to a major league contract. Pearce was designed for assignment on April 22 to make room for T.J. McFarland.

With Chris Davis being out for some time with an injury the Orioles do not have a true backup first baseman.  Pearce can play first base and the outfield, though I do not think he plays either that well.  Bringing back Pearce is clearly a depth move.

Here is the Orioles press release.

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Machado to be activated tonight (if there is a game)

479px-Manny_Machado_8-10-2012The Baltimore Orioles plan to activate Manny Machado tonight and start him at third base, according to Brittany Ghiroli.  Machado has been on the disabled list the entire season and has recently had a very success rehab assignment with the Frederick Keys.  Machado had a .667 batting average, four doubles and one triple with the Keys.

The weather looks questionable in Baltimore and if there is not a game then Machado will remain on the disabled list.

Here is Ghiroli’s tweet about Machado.

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Player Profiles: Tanner Roark

Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark


Coming off a complete game shutout on April 26 against the San Diego Padres, Tanner Roark thrust himself into the spotlight and into what looks like the permanent starting rotation for the Washington Nationals. But it wasn’t all such a bright future for the 27 year old right hander.

Born on October 5, 1986 in Wilmington, Illinois, Tanner’s sports career started when he played one season with the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League for the 2008 season. To say the least he struggled, in just three games he pitched 9 2/3 innings while giving up 23 hits as well as 25 runs, which comes to an astounding ERA of 21.41.
Even with his dreadful start for the Miners he would be drafted in the 25th round of the 2008 Amateur Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. Then in July 2010 he was traded to the Nationals for Cristian Guzman, Guzman was traded due to the arrival of the now starting shortstop Ian Desmond. Read more about Player Profiles: Tanner Roark

Brown signs exclusive rights contract

Omar Brown Ravens Stadium Practice 2013The Baltimore Ravens have announced that Omar Brown has singed his exclusive rights free agent contract.  Brown is a free safety with three career tackles and a sack.  The Ravens originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012, he was on the sidelines during the Ravens Super Bowl victory.

Brown adds special teams depth and is developing as a defensive player.

Here is the Ravens tweet on Brown.

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