Well, we are in day two of a long off-season for the Orioles and rather than wait, changes have already been ushered.
Jaret Wright and Victor Zambrano have been released from their contracts, and the news should not have come to any surprise for fans. Wright only lasted three starts before his shoulder injury flared up, and although he tried to come back in September, it was for nothing.
Victor Zambrano -- need we say anything? There's a reason why teams have dumped him. He's not good, and his performance against the Blue Jays and on against the Yankees on Sunday show that's he for the most part is washed up.
Rock Kubatko has more on the developments in his blog, Roch Around the Clock.
Spencer Fordin has an Orioles Year in Review piece up. It's a nice little read; however, it does not tell us anything we do not already know.
The Baltimore Examiner reviews the Orioles' season, and columnists Sean Welsh and Matt Palmer argue who should be the team MVP - Markakis or Bedard...
The Orioles minor league system has made great strides over the past few years; however, it is still barren and a lot of their prospects are not ready for the big leagues as evidenced by the callups in September. As well, the Baltimore Sun looks at the organization's best and worst prospects.
Pressbox Online has an interview with ESPN's Tim Kurkjian and he laments about the state of baseball in the Baltimore-Washington area. He's a bright man, and a great baseball mind and the series of quotes you see below describe
"I am discouraged about the Orioles for the Orioles’ sake. I really thought they had started to get things moved around, and maybe they have as far as developing young players, and now they have to keep them healthy for once. But just the way they have played in the last couple of months, they just don’t look as competitive as a major league team should look. I’m not sure anybody is to blame, and maybe everybody is to blame.
I worry about them for one very big reason. People in
I don't think anymore needs to be said.
As well, if you have a moment, check out Jim Henneman's piece on the site...
- Anyone catch the Rockies-Padres game? Wow. Boy, can you count on old Jorge Julio or what. Considering his mind and focus has never been on the game, he imploded when the season was on the line and when everything counted! If not for Trevor Hoffman being that much worse than Julio, he would be a guy whose name would live in baseball infamy. Now, Julio's implosion will most likely just be forgotten.
- Yet another fool is implicated in the Signature Pharamacy probe, and this time it is New York Met reliever, Scott Schoenweis.
According to the AP, "Relief pitcher Scott Schoeneweis received six shipments of steroids in 2003 and 2004 from the Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN.com reported yesterday."
I have no idea if the Mets and their fans feel better about things considering they choked this weekend and lost the NL East pennant.
Now Schoeneweis is denying he ever got steroids.
From Fox Sports: "New York Mets reliever Scott Schoeneweis says he has never heard of Signature Pharmacy or received shipments from Florida in response to allegations that he got steroids from the company at the center of an investigation into illegal prescription drug sales.
"I don't even know what that is," Schoeneweis told The Daily News in New York late Monday. "Steroids in Florida? I never received anything from Florida. I'm not going to comment. I never even heard of it."
Good lord. If that's the case, when why were you hooked up with Signature Pharmacy and why is your name on the orders?
Just say you did it.
However, I am wondering about the timing of these announcements. Why was this not done earlier, and why do we hear about these things at the most convenient times (ala, the Mets imploding and the News coming out a few days later...)