Friday, August 17, 2007

Quick Hits: More Weiters and the Rundown...

The Baltimore Orioles no doubt have had a good week, and the signing of Matt Weiters was a sign that the team is serious about the future. It not only showed the fan base the team is committed to a goal, but also showed to the world that we are ready to move past this down decade.

Despite the chatter online and on the radio, the team got the deal done, and I as a fan am glad. Although Weiters may or may not ever see time in an Oriole uniform, reading the various articles online from the major newspapers and scouting sites say he is the real deal.

Considering the team’s tenuous history recently with draft picks, Wednesday served to be a day to remember.

As well, with the team playing solid baseball as of late and winning 4 out of 6 games against both the Red Sox and Yankees, things do not look that bad.

Looking back, Sam Perlozzo was a good guy and wanted to be here; however, a change had to be made and putting Dave Trembley in the managerial position has perhaps salvaged 2007.

The O’s may or may not reach the elusive goal of .500, but the second half of the season has been fun to witness and it says a lot about the guys on the field.

When the 2007 season ends, the first order of business should be to hire Dave Trembley as the “manager” of the Orioles. The second: Sign Erik Bedard long term. The checkbook might as well be opened now, because if the organization waits, his price will become astronomical later.

The Oriole take on the Blue Jays in Toronto this weekend for a three game series, and Heathir Irvin of Oriole Magic has a series preview. Also, check out the scouting report of the series from the Baltimore Sun.


The Baltimore Sun has audio on their site of the phone conference that Matt Weiters and Scott Boras had with the scribes and media last night.

Roch Kubatko in an article in the Baltimore Sun has more details about the signing of Weiters, and some of the drama they had to ensue. A great read, and it gave me a little perspective on the business of baseball along with how anxious and nervous the team was to get the deal done. As well, Roch takes a look back at the week in Oriole-land in his blog, Roch Around the Clock.

Kevin Millar has Q&A up on the Orioles MLB site.

Finally, young Oriole super fan, Ray Daughtery will be featured on This Week in Baseball which airs this weekend on your local FOX affiliate.

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