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June 8, 2014

In the know are these Go-Go O’s

They are a team that led the American League in home runs last season with 45 more than the league average. Then they add a player who currently leads the majors in homers and is on a pace to hit 58 for the season. They are third in the American League in batting average and sixth in slugging percentage. Yet they are 13th in runs scored because they believe in the double steal and try to steal home with a 53-home run hitter at the plate with two outs in extra innings. They continue to have a hitter who delivered 51 doubles last year put down sacrifice bunts, and they employ a third-base coach who is under the impression his job is to collect tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge ...



Somebody please tell Manager Buck Showalter that Luis Aparicio no longer plays for the Orioles and that Maury Wills never did. And gently but firmly get the message across to Nelson Cruz that he is not Ty Cobb and that he should shy away from that stealinghome thing when Chris Davis, who bats left-handed and gives the catcher a wide-open doorway to make the tag, is at the plate with the game on the line.



It is maddening to watch the Baltimore Orioles play baseball
these days because they are the comedian who believes himself to be a singer, the singer who thinks he is an actor, and the 18-wheeler that fancies itself an Indy car.



The lousy starting pitching aside, this team, that is built to hit home runs and doubles, continues to run itself out of big innings and continues to employ Gene Mauch smallball tactics by giving away outs and taking the bat out of its own sluggers’ hands a rate



“On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs,” the late Earl Weaver once said. “I’m not in the habit of throwing away my most precious possessions.”

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