The Orioles Have Lost Their Wei

The Baltimore Orioles have lost their Wei.

Wei-Yin Chen Card.jpgLefty starter Wei-Yin Chen inked a five-year, $80 million deal with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Chen compiled a 46-32 record during four seasons with the Orioles. He finished his time in Baltimore with a 3.72 ERA in 117 starts.

Chen was at his best during the Orioles’ division-winning 2014 season when he finished 16-6 in 31 starts with a 3.54 ERA. The 16 wins were his most as an Oriole. He also had career-bests in FIP (3.89) and strikeout-to-walks ratio (3.89) that season while having his fewest home runs (1.1) and walks (1.7) per nine innings.

Chen’s departure comes as no surprise. The Orioles extended him a qualifying offer but seemed to show little interest in bringing him back. Chen expressed disappointment via Twitter in June with the club’s decision to send him to the minors. His agent, Scott Boras, termed the moved “grossly irregular.” Some might also call turning down a seven-year, $154 million contract offer – ahem – grossly irregular, but that’s a separate conversation for a different Boras client.

So with that, the tenure of the first Taiwanese player in Orioles history is over. Here are some odds and ends about Chen’s time in Baltimore.

  • Derek Jeter was the first batter Chen faced in the majors. Jeter homered on a 3-1 count while leading off the April 10, 2012 contest.
  • Chen threw down the gauntlet in his first post-game interview. Perhaps something was lost in translation, but the rookie declared that the O’s were better than the Yankees: “I pitched in Japan before, but this is totally new. The New York Yankees are a real tough lineup and a really good team, but tonight I realized our team is better.”
  • His first major league win came against the Chicago White Sox on April 17, 2012. O’s reliever Luis Ayala gave him a shaving cream pie and Tommy Hunter doused him in Gatorade afterward.
  • He finished fourth in 2012 American League Rookie of the Year voting behind Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, and Yu Darvish.
  • He never tossed a complete game in Baltimore. He pitched into the eighth inning 15 times total.
  • He was 22-0 in games when the Orioles scored six or more runs.
  • Chen was the starter in one of the more stirring Orioles postseason games in, well, a very long time. He allowed five runs in 3.2 innings of work versus the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 3, 2014. So I suppose you could say he set up Delmon Young’s eighth-inning heroics. Had Chen pitched well, that game wouldn’t have been nearly as exciting. Thanks, Wei-Yin.



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2 Responses to The Orioles Have Lost Their Wei

  1. Pen Write says:

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Very well written!

  2. El viaje mas largo es el qque se hace hacia el interior de uno mismo.
    – Hammarskjld.

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