Roar from 34's blog
April 17, 2014
The closer's role carries a mystique. Granted, part of that is due to theatrics, the type of aura cultivated by ancillary factors like entrance music and mound mannerisms. Turn off the music and tone down the movements, however, and there's still a belief among baseball men that not just anyone can close.
Go ahead and Google these two words: closer demoted.
Here's a sampling of what you'll find, starting with former Orioles closer Jim Johnson:
April 15, 2014
For review: .340/.393/.575.
That's Matt Wieters' career slash line against the Tampa Bay Rays. In other words, he's a Rays killer.
April 9, 2014
Beating the Yankees is sweet. Tuesday's game was particularly so for me as it came during a glorious stretch of daytime baseball.
April 6, 2014
Jim Hunter made the point during Sunday's Orioles radio broadcast that a four-game losing streak wouldn't matter as much were it later in the year; however, because the O's lost four straight during the season's first week, there has been particular concern among fans. He's right, at least for me.
April 4, 2014
This week's Flashback Friday can take you back to the mid-'90s or really any time since then.
The topic? Opening Day designated hitters for the Orioles.
April 2, 2014