2011 Orioles Retrospective: Vlad Guerrero

To say I was not a fan of the Vlad Guerrero signing is probably an understatement. It was pretty bad at the time, and actually managed to turn out even worse than I had expected (but he had a track-record!): Projected Actual PA 550 590 BA .291 .290 OBP .336 .317 SLG .467 .416 wOBA […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Koji Uehara

The Orioles brought Koji Uehara back on a one-year contract last season, making him the team’s best reliever but (1) not giving him the closer’s job (he totaled exactly 0 saves) and (2) giving him less money than Kevin Gregg got. Koji rewarded the team by not only staying healthy, but being his usual awesome […]

Dan Duquette Is The Orioles’ New GM

I said the following about the move earlier this week: “Bringing Dan Duquette in as the GM seems… fine. He’s done some OK things in the past, but that was a long time ago. Could be worse, I guess (Dave Littlefield, for example). The bottom line is that the organization is in awful shape, and […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Mark Reynolds

When the Orioles traded for Mark Reynolds, I thought it was an OK move. Reynolds is better than his batting average might suggest, but worse than his home run totals would. Dealing a reliever (even a cheap one like David Hernandez) for a starting position player is usually solid though. In several aspects, the projections […]

Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis Win Gold Gloves

Congratulations to Matt Wieters on winning a well deserved Gold Glove. The awards are obviously kinda dumb (Rafael Plameiro winning with only 28 games played at first, Derek Jeter having 5), but the certainly got it right in this case. Matt Klaassen from his recent Beyond the Box Score article: “The overall leader is the […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Chris Tillman

Chris Tillman started the season in the starting rotation, and actually managed to hang around in the majors until the end of May. At that point, with a 4.69 ERA in 10 starts, Tillman was sent down to Triple-A. That’s where he spent most of the season, before being called by up for a short […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Robert Andino

Robert Andino came into the season looking to be one of the team’s back-up infielders. Injuries (JJ Hardy, Cesar Izturis, Brian Roberts) opened up spots though, and that allowed Andino to more than double his career total of plate appearances (adding 511). He took advantage too, by starting off the year hot (.382 wOBA the […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter started out the year as a member of the Texas Rangers – well, their Triple-A affiliate anyway. When he was called up to the majors at the beginning of July, he was used exclusively as a reliever despite his past experience starting. The Orioles acquired him right before the trade deadline (with Chris Davis) […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Brian Roberts

Looking back at the 2011 season, it seems like Brian Roberts was out all year. It’s surprising to see that he actually accumulated almost 200 plate appearances. Roberts missed much of the 2010 season as well, but the big injuries there (mainly his back, but also the abdomen) looked mostly resolved. In a May game this year […]

Andy MacPhail’s Out As The Orioles’ GM

The news is now official; Andy MacPhail is leaving his post as the Orioles’ General Manager. Who is going to replace him is still up in the air (Buck Showalter declined to move up, but that he will unfortunately have a strong hand in what the next GM will be doing). Instead of looking forward […]

2011 MVP Award

And finally, the MVP. A lot of guys had great years, so the ordering is really not set in stone by any means. 10. Ben Zobrist, 2B, TBR .269/.353/.469, 6.6 fWAR, 5.1 brWAR A good fielding second-baseman who walks, hits for some power, and plays virtually everyday. 9. Evan Longoria, 3B, TBR .244/.355/.495, 6.1 fWAR, […]

2011 Cy Young Award

Now we move to the AL’s best pitchers. No surprises at the top. 5. CJ Wilson, TEX 2.94 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 3.41 xFIP, 5.9 fWAR, 5.0 brWAR Amazing that he was a reliever just a couple years ago. Even improved his control this year, getting his BB/9 below 3. 4. Jered Weaver, LAA 2.41 ERA, […]

2011 Rookie of the Year

With the regular season over, it’s getting close to awards time now. Start things off with the AL Rookie of the Year: 3) Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA .254/.291/.477, 29 homers, 2.3 fWAR, 2.1 brWAR The low OBP kills me, and this could easily be Brett Lawrie (2.7 fWAR), Dustin Ackley (2.7 fWAR), or Desmond Jennings […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Mitch Atkins

Mitch Atkins was picked up by the Orioles this past off-season on a minor league deal. The 25 year-old right-hander spent most of 2011, as expected, starting in the minors (at three different levels, but mostly Triple-A), where he was mostly mediocre (4.85 ERA, 2.2 K/BB ratio). Atkins got called up for a brief stretch in July, making three […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Adam Jones

Adam Jones has been a solid big leaguer for the Orioles since coming over in the Erik Bedard trade. He’s constantly tantalized with his raw skills, but hasn’t been able to fully utilize them to turn into the star player many hoped (or expected) he’d be. I didn’t think a break-out season was coming in […]