This is the fourth article of my weekly series "What People are Saying about the Baltimore Orioles."
This week, the topics consist of the Birds' hunt for Sano, the Tillman callup, a rejected deal, and more. Let's find out what people had to say.
- Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports that the O's "expressed interest" in Miguel Sano becoming an Oriole:
"Orioles director of international scouting, John Stockstill, is back from the Dominican Republic tonight. In recent days he has met with the representatives for Dominican shortstop Miguel Angel Sano.
"We certainly expressed an interest in him becoming a Baltimore Oriole," Stockstill said."
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec writes that the O's are expected to call up 21-year old pitching prospect Chris Tillman on Wednesday:
"Orioles manager Dave Trembley wouldn't officially announce Tillman as Wednesday's pitcher, but he said the club will call up somebody from the minors to make that start and who it is won't come as a surprise. It has been speculated for weeks that the major league debut of Tillman, who is 8-6 with a 2.70 ERA for Triple-A Norfolk, is imminent."
96.3 The Big Jab in Portland, ME had former O's GM Jim Beattie on this week, and he discussed a deal bringing Mike Lowell and A.J. Burnett to the Birds in 2005. This deal, however, was shot down by team owner Peter Angelos. You can hear the entire broadcast here.
- Bleacher Report's Isaac Barrow believes Nick Markakis is proving he deserved his 6-year extension:
"However, Markakis is the ultimate package. This year, "experts" claim he is having a bad year. Oh really? 11 homers, 63 RBI, a .297 average, 11 outfield assists, a .353 on base percentage, 29 doubles, and 41 extra base hits hardly warrant a bad year. In fact, Markakis, surprisingly enough, has the most RBI for any full time right fielder.
He has more RBI than NL All Stars Jayson Werth and Brad Hawpe, and other solid right fielders such as Justin Upton, Ryan Ludwick, Andre Ethier, Shin-Soo Choo, Matt Kemp, Nelson Cruz, and Alex Rios. He also leads baseball in outfield assists (11).
What a horrendous year he's having. I mean, why would you award this kid with a six-year extension? It's not as if he's going to provide average, production, or defense. Right?"
- B/R's Lawrence Barreca (me) writes about the Orioles' outfield arms:
"Whether it be rookie Nolan Reimold in left, 23-year old Adam Jones in center, or the recently signed Nick Markakis in right, one thing is for certain: I highly suggest not trying to advance a base when these guys have the ball in their hands."
- Dean Hybl of Bleacher Report writes how the Orioles' offense needs to provide the young pitchers with support:
"Little could help the confidence of a young pitcher more than having his offense provide some early runs and allow him to settle into a groove. That certainly was the case for Bergesen early in the season and would be helpful to Tillman and the other young hurlers as they look to gain experience at the major league level.
The long-term success of the Orioles is betting on these young pitchers taking the Birds back to the days when they could bank on a quality start every night.
If they are going to be successful, the Orioles also need to hearken back to another trait of the great Baltimore teams of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, consistent offensive production."
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