I received an odd email this past Saturday night. It was a press release from the Baltimore Orioles that went on to read, “Orioles to make major announcement on Sunday,” with the announcement to come around 11:30 a.m.
My first thought was, “Why are they sending a press release about an announcement?”
Once I curbed my sarcasm, I wondered about what it could actually be about. Perhaps Peter Angelos was selling the team? Perhaps they were having a press conference to celebrate being in first place? Maybe they found out that the hole in Mark Reynolds’ glove was in cahoots with the hole in his bat?
It turned out to be great news, and no, it was not Angelos selling the team…that calls for a press conference AND victory parade.
The Orioles had reached an agreement with Adam Jones, a six-year contract extension worth at least $85.5 million. Last winter the O’s and Jonesy agreed on a one year, $6.15 million deal to avoid arbitration.
Jones, 26, has greatly helped his case this year with his bat and his glove. As of Monday night, Jones is hitting .308 with 14 home runs, 31 RBI, 34 runs, and eight stolen bases.
Vice President of baseball operations Dan Duquette wanted to keep the star center fielder around and stated, “I think Orioles fans need to know that we’re committed.” Keeping Jones around certainly gives fans that impression.
There is more positive news floating around Baltimore: second baseman Brian Roberts played his first organized baseball game since suffering a concussion last May. Roberts is currently playing with Baltimore’s AA affiliate, the Bowie Baysox, and played three innings, hitting leadoff and walking both times during his first game back. So far in four games, Roberts has one hit in six at bats with a double and a run batted in. He will head to Norfolk this week to complete his 20-day rehab assignment.
As great as it would be to have Roberts back on the field, I hope he is putting his health first and is 100 percent well.
If not, second base has been in the very capable hands of Robert Andino since Roberts went out last year.
Two pieces of good news in one day? Both dealing with the Orioles? Looks like things are turning up!
by Andy Mindzak