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Tommy Hunter Card

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:

Matt Wieters (Sarasota 2014)

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.

Manny Machado Batting (Spring Training)

April 14, 2014







This guy and his Orioles ring-shaped hat celebrating the 1983 World Series. (Source:

Adam Jones in dugout (Sarasota)

April 10, 2014

Much has been written about Adam Jones' opinion regarding fans who run on the field. He subsequently grabbed headlines for his comments on Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Those topics are nice and all, but have you heard his thoughts on chess?

Brad Bergesen card

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.

Chris Tillman

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.

Harold Baines Orioles card

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.