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what's next for d.c., a super bowl parade?


OK, I'm not one of those bash-DC-for-anything types.

I tend to be more worried about what my teams and my city are doing rather than fret over everyone else.

But this extended spotlight D.C. is receiving is starting to grate on me a little bit.

This time last month, "The District" was still experiencing a hangover from the celebration connected to the Capitals and their Stanley Cup win.

I didn't mind that, being a lifelong Caps fan and all, but the fact is they're the Washington Capitals, not the Baltimore Capitals. That was their win down there. We just enjoyed it from afar, basically.

Last night, they got to revel in the Home Run Derby, with hometown hero Bryce Harper collecting the hardware at the end of the night with a wild 19-18 win over Kyle Schwarber.

And tonight, the folks down there get the All-Star Game in their stadium.

I don't think having a brand new MLS stadium counts for all that much, but D.C. even has one of those and we don't. They opened their new state-of-the-art soccer facility last week while we still have...Patterson Park?

Bryce Harper electrified the D.C. crowd last night by winning the home run derby, only the third player to ever win the event in his home stadium.

Hey! Someone...anyone. How about a little love for Baltimore?

When are we getting an event or a moment that we can celebrate?

Yeah, yeah, I know. "You guys just had a Super Bowl parade in 2013."

That seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it? Maybe it's because the Ravens have only made the playoffs once since then. Perhaps it's the Orioles and their current woes that have everything tilted the wrong way.

But dangit, it sure feels like D.C. is getting all the lucky breaks and we're not getting any in Charm City.

Heck, the best baseball player we've had in Baltimore since the 1990's (Murray and/or Ripken) is about to be shipped out of town, too.

At least Manny's not going to the Nationals. I don't know that I could stomach that right now.

It's almost worse that he's going to the Phillies. Even considering that Philadelphia sports fans might be on the verge of prospering makes my skin itch. Creeps...

Anyway, I watched the Home Run Derby last night and kept wondering, "When do we get a turn?"

We don't have a hockey team, so that parade is out.

I don't see the Wizards winning the NBA title anytime soon, but at least they have a team to root for and possibilities of success. We don't have a NBA team to call our own in Baltimore.

And the Orioles...

Sometime tomorrow when the first domino falls and Machado is traded to (insert team here), the "rebuilding" officially begins. If you think 28-69 stinks like your Aunt Betty's feet at the annual August family picnic, wait until you see what 2019 and 2020 bring us.

So, while the Nationals dabble in the post-season year-after-year, we buy stocks and bonds on the Orioles finishing in last place.

Last night's love affair with Bryce Harper was a little hard to stomach, but only because Baltimore never really got that chance with Manny. The closest we came was his 1st inning home run on Sunday against the Rangers. Then the rains came and he was pulled from the game. No final at-bat, no standing ovation from a half-filled ballpark. Nothing.

I know what the critics will say.

"Your baseball owner created this friction with Major League Baseball, he deserves all the shunning one man can handle."

Maybe so.

But should the baseball fans of Baltimore be neglected because Peter Angelos can't settle a decade long feud with the D.C. ownership group?

We can't have good things until he's gone? Is that the deal?

If so, that stinks.

Meanwhile, there are whispers that Baltimore/D.C. is a finalist for World Cup games when that event returns to the U.S. in 2026.

Don't believe it. At least not the "Baltimore" part.

Boston (Foxborough) will get games.

New York (New Jersey) will get games.

Philadelphia will likely get games.

That leaves D.C. and Baltimore.

Both of those cities aren't getting games. One will, one won't.

I don't see any chance we win that battle over D.C.

More salt in the wound, albeit eight years away and all.

Who knows, by that time, maybe our baseball team will be good again.

And by then, we might have a high moment or three with the Ravens. I heard they drafted a quarterback in the first round recently. The last time they drafted a quarterback in round one, you know what happened...


o's grades in today's "juice" podcast


It wasn't a pretty exercise, but I handed out mid-season report cards in today's edition of "The Juice".

Go ahead and give it a listen if you can stomach all the bad grades.

Three guys on the team actually got grades ABOVE "B". Everyone else...not so much.

Seriously, though, go ahead and check it out and see if you agree. I mean, the team's 28-69, but maybe you see things differently than I do.

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The Orioles beat the Rangers on Sunday, actually winning their final series headed into the All-Star break. You'd be forgiven if you didn't know that, however. Understandably, the actual results of the games almost don't seem to matter anymore as all of the attention is focused on where Manny Machado is going to be playing at the end of the month, and when he'll be leaving Baltimore.

As expected, Machado is drawing heavy interest around the league. Players of his caliber just aren't available at the deadline very often, and a number of tight races around the league means that there are easily north of half a dozen teams who could very much use that kind of upgrade to their lineup. And with that interest comes an avalanche of "reports," rumors, and updates on the state of the market, the nature of the offers on hand...and corrections to previous reports.

So in an attempt to make some sense of the chaos, allow me to present my own handicapping of the likely landing spots for Machado.

To form the list I'm using the six teams who have been connected to Machado the most consistently, from a wide variety of reporters, and who are still confirmed to be in contact with the Orioles as of Sunday. The rankings are based on my own assessment of the teams' respective farm systems, Machado's potential impact on their playoff chances, and their likelihood of pulling the trigger on a deal.

The rankings, from the least likely to the most likely:

6. Yankees: I know everyone thinks of the Yankees always making the big splashy move and getting their guy, but that actually hasn't often been the case since Brian Cashman took control of the team's baseball operations a decade ago. If anything Cashman has been reluctant to deal his top prospects for veterans, let alone rentals, and his current group is even stronger than guys he previously deemed off limits like Manny Banuelos and Mason Williams. And while the Yankees are in a real race for the division with Boston, they're running away with a wild card spot already and avoiding a one game playoff isn't worth giving up a big time prospect for a rental. Furthermore, while we always imagine stars putting on pinstripes, Machado doesn't fit the Yankees' roster well at all, especially as he continues to assert that he doesn't want to move back to third base this season. The Yankees need pitching, both now and in the future, and there's just no good fit here on paper.

Fittingly it was reported on Sunday that the strength of the Yankees' offers have been drastically overstated, and that the Bombers aren't willing to part with any of their top 10 prospects to get Machado. There's still depth in their system, and they might be able to make a strong offer by packaging two or three guys from the 11-20 range in their organization, but I don't see that happening, or the Orioles being satisfied with such a package.

It's hard to imagine Manny doing this for another team, but it looks inevitable he'll be in another uniform when the regular season resumes this Friday.

5. Indians: The Indians have been hanging around discussions for weeks now, but much like the Yankees it's just hard to see a fit here. That's especially true if Machado remains insistent on playing shortstop, because Francisco Lindor ain't moving for anybody. At third, though, things become a little bit clearer. That would allow fellow MVP candidate Jose Ramirez to move to second base, where he's better suited anyway, and the struggling Jason Kipnis would have his role reduced. The move would likely lock down the A.L. Central for the Tribe, and provide a needed boost to a team that feels like an afterthought to the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees right now.

The problem is that the Indians don't have much in the way of high end prospects. Their only consensus top 100 prospect is Francisco Mejia, a top 10 prospect, and he's not going to be moved for a rental. Triston McKenzie was on all the top 100 lists last year, but his stock has fallen, and the Indians would still probably be unlikely to move him. They do have good depth through their top 15 though, and I'm putting them ahead of the Yankees because their long term window isn't as bright, and they may be motivated to make a big move after following a near miss in the 2016 World Series with a first round exit last year.

4. Diamondbacks: All along, the Diamondbacks have made the most sense as a landing spot for Machado. They need an upgrade in the infield, including at shortstop, and with the Dodgers dealing with injuries this is easily their best chance to make a run at a division crown for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, they also have the weakest farm system of anyone said to be chasing Manny, with right-handed pitcher Jon Duplantier representing their only prospect who is anywhere close to grading as elite. The Diamondbacks would almost certainly have to include him in any deal, and he'd be a good piece to get back to be sure. He does have a recent injury history, however, and we know how the Orioles are with sketchy medical reports. The O's reportedly haven't ruled him out entirely, but it seems likely that they'd demand someone else in Arizona's top 4-7 range, meaning that the Diamondbacks would have to give up a lot more of their assets relative to other team's. I wouldn't rule that out though because, again, Machado is a perfect fit for them both in terms of roster and competitive timing.

3. Dodgers: Like the Yankees, the Dodgers have a deep farm system loaded with top tier talent to deal from. There's half a dozen guys in the Dodgers' system who could easily lead a deal to acquire Machado. And unlike the Yankees, Cory Seager's injury creates an obvious fit for Machado in L.A., and even lets him stay at shortstop. But the Dodgers are another team whose front office just doesn't seem likely to trade away any of their top prospects for a rental, even one as good as Machado. We've already heard that they won't consider parting with Alex Verdugo, Keibert Ruiz, Yadier Alvarez, or Dustin May. Those guys are scattered throughout their top 10 according to most evaluators, so it stands to reason that they aren't interested in trading anyone from their top 10.

That would be in keeping with the way they approached the deadline last season, when the only prime asset they were willing to talk about was Willie Calhoun, who profiled as a DH. They took some flak from that in the national press....and then went on to make it to Game 7 of the World Series. This year they're right back in the thick of things, sitting right at the top of their division despite the adversity they've faced in the first half. Combining those two factors with the fact that they look like they'll be able to restock themselves for quite some time, and I would be surprised if they really go hard after Machado. The only reason I'm ranking them ahead of the Diamondbacks is the depth of their system, which includes some interesting prospects outside of their top 10 that might pique the Orioles interest. I'd keep an eye out for names like Jordan Sheffield (RHP) and Omar Estevez (INF)in particular.

2. Phillies: We've already heard that the Phillies have increased their offer for Machado at least once, which suggests that their interest is real and very strong. The Phillies weren't necessarily expected to contend just yet, but they look like the N.L. East's best team at the moment, and they've already started adding veterans like Jake Arrieta and Carlos Santana to their young core. Machado would be a nice capstone on the roster, and make them a bona fide contender for the pennant in the process. After a massive rebuild, they've got the process to make a deal, and the guy running their team just so happens to be the guy who drafted Machado in the first place.

But like just about everyone else, the Phillies don't seem to be eager to move any of their top prospects, especially their pitchers. Top prospects Sixto Sanchez (RHP) and Scott Kingeary (INF) are said to be off the table, while shortstop J.P. Crawford has already cracked the big leagues and is reportedly a favorite of Philly's brass. More than one report has said they're willing to part with right-hander Adonis Medina, however, which is definitely a workable starting point. Medina is a couple of year's away from the big leagues yet, and only 21 years old this season, but his fastball sits in the mid-90's and scouting reports give him good marks for both his slider and changeup. So far his results are encouraging too: In his first season of full season ball he's racked up 75 strikeouts against 26 walks in 71 innings, and his less than impressive 4.92 ERA is backed by a solid FIP of 4.39. His groundball rate is above 50% for his minor league career.

With more live arms in the mid-range of their system, the Phillies could easily build a strong offer around Medina. I think they'll do just that, and I very much Machado to call Philadelphia home in 2019. That said, in the near term I still think that Philadelphia will ultimately be outbid by the...

1. Brewers: First of all, the Brewers have been the team most consistently linked to trade talks for Machado for weeks now. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have faded, the Indians and Braves have supposedly been on the periphery for the most part, the Yankees are late additions, and the Phillies have been in and out of the "frontrunner" lists. The Brewers, however, have been one of the listed among the strongest suitors in every report, and with reports that they would like to build a package around outfielder Brett Phillips they've also got the best prospect on the table right now of any team in the mix. Phillips isn't likely to be the Orioles top target, as they're deep in outfield talent and his plus power is backed by questionable grades on his hit tool. But if the Brewers threw his name out early, that tells you how serious they are in talks.

What really sets the Brewers apart from the rest of the list, however, is their historical willingness to make bold moves to contend in the short term. This is the team that's moved top prospects for C.C. Sabathia and Zack Greinke, with pretty good success, so adding Machado now at a point when they can contend with the Cubs and Cardinals, and before the Reds' stable of top prospects starts producing at the big leagues, would be in keeping with previous behavior.

The Orioles have said to be targeting 23 year old right-handed pitcher Corbin Burnes, who throws in the low-to-mid 90's, commands all of his pitches well, and figures to be big league ready by next season.

Before it's all said and done I think the Brewers are going to agree to center a deal around him, and Machado will carry them to an N.L. Central title before departing for a $350 million+ deal with the Phillies this winter.

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british open preview: poulter (gasp!) finally breaks through


The British Open (no, I'm sorry, I will not refer to it as The Open Championship) starts tomorrow at Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland, where players who have stepped foot on the property this week say it's playing hard and fast.

You're seeing lots of irons off tees and plenty of 335 yard 3-woods.

Alas, it's Scotland, and the weather can change as often as Chris Davis strikes out. Like, two or three times a day.

Our Top 7 list concludes today with our predicted champion. But first, a couple of darkhorses for those of you who might place a wager or two on the event and need someone that would net a nice return.

I love the chances of Lee Westwood this week. Clearly in the November of his career, Westwood still has good golf left, as he showed last week at the Scottish Open. I've always thought "he'll win one, sometime". This could be the one. Out of nowhere. You can get him at 100-1, I think.

I'm not sure he's exactly a "darkhorse", as a win for Paul Casey wouldn't be as surprising as one from Westwood, but Casey doesn't have a major win in his career and it seems almost unfair. He's too good to not have a major trophy to add to his collection. At 30-1, he's a nice bet.

You can definitely call Tyrrell Hatton a darkhorse and it's OK. You might even call him "British Open champion" after this weekend. At 60-1, he's a whale of a bet. He's coming off a T9 at the Scottish Open and a player worth watching.

Is it finally time for Ian Poulter to be a major champion? #DMD says "yes".

Now...to our winner.

We started on Wednesday, July 11 with Francesco Molinari at #7.

Tommy Fleetwood checked in at #6 yesterday.

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick was our #5 pick.

Zach Johnson came in at #4. Spoiler alert: He's the only American you'll see on this list.

And Rafael Cabrera-Bello was #3 on Sunday, July 15.

At #2, it was Sweden's Alex Noren.

This won't be a popular pick here in the U.S., but I can only call 'em like I see 'em. And even though I'd rather see someone else win -- anyone else, really -- I have a weird feeling the time has come for Ian Poulter to finally claim that elusive major championship.

I'd say "I hope I'm wrong", but a 50-1 wager I placed a few days ago won't let me say that.

I know Poulter's not very popular.

But he's playing great golf these days. When he needed to win the week before Augusta just to get in the Masters field, he did it. It's hard enough to win an event on the PGA Tour, let alone do it when you have to do it.

And his form has continued over the last three months, sniffing around at several other events, including last weekend's Scottish Open.

Carnoustie has delivered weird outcomes along the way. 1999 was the Van de Velde collapse and the Paul Lawrie comeback. 2007 was the Harrington 72nd hole screw up, the Garcia miss on the last putt in regulation, and the Padraig-playoff-win with the whole world rooting against Sergio.

An Ian Poulter win this week will be popular with Poulter and his family and that's about it.

Well, and one guy from Baltimore.

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#dmd comments


DF     July 17
@T.J. -- Eddie Pepperell

Radio GAl     July 17
The creepy selfie tour has resumed. Press Pass for a series of pictures on your various social media ?? All Star game? Where is the copy? Where are the hard hitting interviews that only someone with his intellect can execute? "I am not allowed to ask questions", well here is your chance tough guy.....but I'll post a selfie with a non-sponsor, former sponsor, possible future sponsor....rather than do real work.



Funny that "Such" quoted one of the funniest lines in film history last week. "Enough about me, lets talk about you, what do you think of me??". Well on the Sunday voice show that airs Thursday???? the host/sports expert?/car salesman with a vanity problem greeted the LF as the "great N.A". The LF almost nailed the Groucho remark. "Hello to you, what do you think of my Unabomber Junior letters to the Orioles?" Now how is one supposed to answer that? "Well, Little Fella, I read them, was disgusted by the language, the "sameness" of all of it, the self centered view points, the repetition and who in the hell do you think you are? writing such vile, dark and scary threatening letters to a BASEBALL team?.....by the way, you are nuts". But that sponsor will never state that obvious conclusion....needs to "guess" about things he has no idea about.....and talk about a "thing" that is usually left to 12 year old boys or men with latent tendencies about men wearing briefs who pretend to fight each other. Men in tight underwear grappling???? HMMM...sounds like a circle something?? I'm sorry to all of you MEN.....watching or following WRESTLING will NOT get you very far with ladies of sophistication or in reality any woman who can walk up right.



The sponsors wall is getting quite thin. NEW sponsors have already left. WE hear breathless live reads for the "entries are up at Laurel Park" I just pulled them up......another time machine moment at the radio empire....they are the entries for JUNE 29th!!. Yet they are still advertised in every transition segment. The funniest run company in history. Incompetence at every turn...but he is so serious. I hope the "Wizard" is not relying on Repeat Radio for his Laurel information.

T.J.     July 17
@Drew, give us one name of a guy who could win the British that we've never really heard of. In other words, give us this year's Vandevelde except in the end he wins instead of loses.

casual observer (the original)     July 17
Funny to read all the growing reports of O’s getting a good haul for Manny, what with all those earlier reports about how stupid they were for waiting this long. Even now, we still get the stories alleging how hard it is to deal with the O’s in trade talks. Top that off with the MLB trading “deadline” generating mock draft like rumors from all sorts of “sources close to the situation”, it’s all so laughable.

Yawn. The O’s will trade Manny, they’ll get some guys, certain pundits will like the names, others will talk about how they could have gotten “more”, and meanwhile, none of these experts will have seen any of these guys play in any games, and like the loser trolling the ASG game, none of them truly know what they are talking about.

The O’s have earned the right for none of us to have confidence in them to do this well, but odds are, they will do something. And hiring this business guy with a good reputation, mending fences with Brooksie, etc, are all signs that maybe the sons are going to undo some of the dysfunction inflicted on this franchise by the old man. Maybe this turnaround will happen, maybe it won’t, but one thing is certain – if anything does prove, we know who will try to claim “credit” for it, because we know everyone at the warehouse has read every repetitive and profane word of a certain someone’s “Ode to Myself”.

And BTW, this year is close to the worst year ever in the history of MLB, how on earth could 2019 or 2020 be any worse??


Scott     July 17
Poulter = good pick.

unitastoberry     July 17
@Delray.....It's hillarious how the outside world had no idea whats been going on in Balmur with the Orioles since 96.

HERMAN     July 17
If there is a more dysfunctional owner in sports than Angelos it's Dan Snyder. All indications are he is just a loathsome individual. The chances of his ownership meddling bringing a Super Bowl parade to DC are slim.

I've read and heard many, many stories about Dan Snyder and none of them are favorable. None.

Being a Skins fan must be miserable knowing you send that creature your cash.

George     July 17
Hard to believe Poulter is only 50-1. At the Scottish Open he hooked a tee shot into a bush, and when the marshal told him where the ball was, Poulter launched into a profanity-laden tirade. The marshal, in his report of the incident to the tournament director, wrote “I would like him [Poulter] to be reminded that even though most of the world knows he’s an arsehole, there’s no need to go proving it to the rest.”

TimD in Timonium     July 17
Went to open ing night for the new DC United stadium and, yes, it's a really cool place to see a pro game. 20,000 seats and every one of them has a great view of the field. Watch the Redskins move to that neighborhood next.

DELRAY RICK     July 17
NEW YORK PAPERS today saying how dysfunctional O'S are bout trading for MANNY. Nobody seems in charge. DODGERS AND MILWAUKEE have the best shot. Here comes PHILLY.

J.J.     July 16
@Davey: Stenson

Davey     July 16
Predictions on DF's winner for the British Open? I think its Rory.

Unitastoberry     July 16
Met many members of the Colts and Orioles never once asked for a autograph. Never bother them while eating at a restaurant or with others. Jim Parker talked to me in a parking lot for 30 minutes what a great guy he was. Never had a bad encounter.

Player     July 16
I don’t know about the old days but fans today are Grade A goobers. After a hundred times getting a selfie taken and put on Fbook it gets pretty old. A minute of my life wasted by some fool. It’s hard to have a conversation with someone with no self respect who wears a jersey with my name on it

CJ     July 16
Herman, one illustration of your point. 1975. Navy-Marine Corp Stadium. A bunch of us went, driven to the Redskins-Colts rookie game that they played in Annapolis by my oldest brother who was 17. We were tossing the ball around before we went in.....and Johnny Unitas pulls up in a huge Buick.

We were respectful kids who were taught not to ask for autographs["he is just a man, like you"]. We said hello to "Mr. Unitas" and he tossed a few with us. He then asked if we needed tickets to get into the game...we had them and said "it was great to meet you". He then said the "coolest" thing ever. "Thanks for remembering me, boys' and he pigeon toed walked into the stadium.



Nice man who I met later at a golf tournament. His right hand was messed up...he had to "tie" his hand around the club with a bandage.

HERMAN     July 16
Any discussion of local heroes and best all time greats should have a line-of-demarcation somewhere around 1975. Before that the players made good money, but nothing compared to what they made afterwards. In the 1960's players took side jobs around town, some with the Brewery ownership, in the off-season. They were personable, they were neighbors, you'd see them regularly.

When the big bucks came so did the Diva behavior. Many became unapproachable, stand-offish. Arrogant.

Brooks is comparable to Arnold Palmer. He'd stop and talk to anyone anytime. A gem of a human, a great ballplayer and great person all in one. I've met players from the mega-bucks generations, some acted as if making eye contact with them was a cardinal sin. Money changed things. When ballplayers made five times more than the average joe a year they were still grounded to some degree. When they began to earn in one year what the average Joe couldn't earn in a lifetime invisible velvet ropes appeared, keeping everyone at bay.

Tom     July 16
Wow, when did CJ become Mr. Negative?

DELRAY RICK     July 16
CJ-----WOW!!!! Tell us how you REALLY feel. Get a warm glass of milk and lay down before you blow a casket.

Darren     July 16
Congrats to your golf students!

CJ     July 16
JohnIN ESSEX

Right on. Not only entertaining, but he tells things that are NEW in pitching and hitting and defense and strategy. BUT, if he gets a full time gig, there will be the usual nimrods who say "They should hire Ben, to manage the team, run the front office, etc.". Just because you are on TV, doesn't mean you can MANAGE anything, let alone people. Is it like this in other towns? Here in Baltimore we have the affinity for wanting guys who played for the team to come back and save the day.

A rundown on them

Cal, knows baseball as a player, the smartest thing he ever did was NOT TALK very much...because he would have outed himself as DUMB as.........the next guy

RICK DEMPSEY.....he got himself axed from the Dodgers for two reasons....VERY dumb and a back stabber. His reverence in this town is confounding. HE sucked as a player, the pitching staff[for the most part] was not super stoked to throw to him[loved calling fastballs to "up" his base stealing percentage]. His patter on the pre-game and post-game is NOTHING. His "fake hustle" while he played meant NOTHING. Climbing the screen for a foul ball? Stupidest thing ever....and yet he is revered by non savvy fans.....just like...

ELROD HENDRICKS.... a marginal player who should have been fired LONG before he was. LAZY coach. Had a reputation as a nice guy....deep down WAS NOT. I hired him for a promotion....was miserable to deal with...wanted CASH up front with no paper trail, surly right up until the time the "fans" walked in. A fake...just like...

BRADY ANDERSON. In the rear view his career looks Okay. Did a lot of homering and base stealing. To me, he was preening pretty boy, who would do anything to up his numbers. The proof to me that he was on some miracle stuff? In his 50 homer season...he had his appendix plucked out and returned a week later. Wolverine is asking for that secret....Brady knows about hair gel and working out....his role is weird...and his unprofessionalism is OFF the charts. I was at a game a couple of weeks ago and he was on field for some sort of platitude given out to someone....and he had on a white work out shirt....as inappropriate as the LF claiming that he has the answers to anything. THEY are cut from similar cloth.

obsevration tower     July 16
The whole sit Manny or not is a moot point now as they do finally appear "close". Then again, as someone mentioned, it is the Orioles lol

But sitting him for 10 more games does not seem like an option, even though the great Luke Jones thinks so....Luke willing ly works for LF, so not sure his judgment is always sound

unitastoberry     July 16
Frank Robinson could carry a baseball team if the pitching was decent. All you young guys should research him. Brooks is Mr Oriole but Frank is the greatest Oriole of all time imo and he only played here 6 seasons.

Jason M     July 16
Manny did his part in the first half, he put up monster numbers that would make any team he joined more likely to win the world series. O's a re smart to wait and see which team wants to give their team a pennant the most and play everyone off each other. Manny is the real deal, and Philly sounds good to me also.

David Rosenfeld     July 16
@Steve: I put Machado in the same sentence as those guys purely on his baseball talent. I am not suggesting his career deserves to be compared to them. I don't think anyone's Orioles career going forward can ever be compared to Brooks or Cal obviously.

BO     July 16
Machado is going to the Yankees, watch and see.

Ryleigh's     July 16
Love reading your coaching stories, Drew. I also greatly appreciate that you make those stories about the kids and not you, unlike a certain someone we all know. Keep on keeping on, my friend.

Steve from Cape Coral     July 16
@ David, Your adoration for # 13 is unbelievable !!! I get it that you a young guy and haven't watch as many great Oriole players as I have. But # 13 can't carry Franks ball bag, let alone be mentioned in the same sentence with Frank. Opposing pitchers feared facing Frank, that guy could do so much damage at any given time. # 13 is a nice ball player, but don't put him in the same sentence with Frank, Brooks, Boog, Eddie or even Cal, he's not there yet !!!

JohnInEssex     July 15
Have heard him on occasion in the past broadcasting for the Orioles, and listened to him some more today on MASN...here's hoping that Ben McDonald gets a full time MASN TV gig and/or 105.7 radio gig. Fun to listen to!

Robin Towson     July 15
@Chris- this no nothing won't take long to repsond. Nice job isolating the Atlanta attendance figures; here is a list of the rest of the league;



Good luck arguing facts, especially the YOY that starts with a negative.



https://soccerstadiumdigest.com/2018-mls-attendance/

Jeff P.     July 15
Even @LukeJones gets it.



If Manny Machado competing on an infield exposed to roughly 10 minutes of rain was too risky, the thought of him playing in as many as 10 more second-half games before the July 31 trade deadline sounds just as reckless.

Casual Observer     July 15
Ummm, RJ, you actually wrote that quote. Today.



"Just no practical reason to sit Manny." You wrote that.



I love ya bro, but you got owned on this one.

RJ     July 15
If I was @Brien here's where I'd get all snarky, but let me just leave this up here:



Deciding to not send Manny out after a rain delay because of a wet field is not the same as not playing him at all in any games because "he might get hurt".



No egg here, especially since the quote in "quotes" offered up does not seem to have been typed anywhere "today"...

Jeff P.     July 15
No reason to sit Manny because he's getting traded.

I'll just leave this up here.

Buck on removing Machado after rain delay: "A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game. We know that. You all know. You're smart. I think you know what's going on."

Chris     July 15
@Robin has no idea what he/she is talking about. 72,000 in Atlanta today to see a regular season MLS game. Yet "soccer isn't popular in the U.S." according to that know nothing.

Jeff P.     July 15
Lots of egg on people's faces here today. "No practical reason" to sit Manny.

Until it rains and they don't want him to get hurt I guess.

eric     July 15
O's and Yanks arent talking because we've told them Sheffield and Andujar or we'll go somewhere else. Great chance to get 2 really good prospects for Machado, 2 good ones for Britton, 1 good prospect each for Brach,Jones and Givens plus number 1 overall pick gives you golden opportunity for top 5 farm system. Lets see these clowns screw it up

RJ     July 15
@PM @TJ Who says a deal is "imminent"?? Deadline is more than two weeks away, and need I remind you, this is the Orioles organization here. And thinking that any of these self-proclaimed "insiders" tweets mean anything is as silly as not playing your best player cause you plan to trade him. Just no practical reason to sit Manny. Hunter Harvey got hurt sitting in the dugout, so should MAnny stay in his room 24 hours a day?? And he is not the first, or the last, "MVP" type player to get traded mid-season

Robin Towson     July 15
Now the World Cup is over. And the elite media folk can stop romanticizing about soccer in the USA, as they have been doing for years.



Fact is World Cup rating are down in the neighborhood of 42% in the ole USA (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-03/us-world-cup-ratings-down-42-percent-without-american-team).



Been hearing for years about how popular the sport is and is becoming, in fact it's 2018 and the lead story on this site is we are a coin flip to make the next over hyped tourney.



However, there have been some really good articles about soccer development in the USA. Maybe we should look at the training methods of other successful countries and model after their success. (https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/mac-engel/article214279879.html)

TJ     July 15
I agree with Pat Morrone. There's no use to play Machado if a deal is imminent. Nothing good comes from it.

George     July 15
Americans aren’t the only ones who disrespect their national flag. The players of France are using the Tricolour as dresses and doo-rags.

Brien Jackson     July 15
Fwiw I don't really think the Yankees are going to budge on giving up their top 3 or 4 prospects right now, especially since they need pitching a lot more. My bet is Milwaukee. Unlike the Yankees and Phillies they can't afford to bid on Machado as a free agent, and they don't have as rosy of a long term outlook. I think they're the ones to blink on the asking price and make a run at it all this year. Plus they've done that before in 2008 and 2011, giving up A LOT to get Sabathia and Greinke.

Pat Morrone     July 15
@RJ, I have to disagree with you on this one. The Orioles future is literally tied into what they can get for MM at this point. If he takes a fastball to the wrist or blows out his ankle stepping on first base the wrong way, the Orioles will get nothing except a draft pick next summer. Yes, lots of teams play players who are going to get traded. But none of those players are MVP candidates like Machado is. You're wrong on this one.

Ron Mexico     July 15
The O’s reconnecting with Brooks, hiring multi sport executives to promote organizational stability........its almost like the Angelos sons have a diminutive, self serving, helper sitting on their shoulder guiding them do what’s right for the community. If local self proclaimed multimedia empires catering to 100,000 combined visitors per week (LOL) benefit, so be it.

Vince Fiduccia     July 15
Great to have Brooks back with the Orioles. Thank you, John Angelos. This move along with hiring a C.O.O. for business are both very postive signs.

RJ     July 15
The notion that Manny should sit out games until he gets traded is silly. Teams trade players at every deadline, no one ever sits someone cause "he might get hurt".

Of course, the notion that O's could mess this up is not silly at all, it's a legit concern. And another reason Manny can't sit, unless you want him idle for an entire month lol

another fantasy gm     July 14
I haven't heard anything about a Manny for Andujar trade, either.

Tom J     July 14
So Brooks was just on the Fox broadcast saying he is back with the O’s as a consultant to John and Lou Angelos to help get people back to the park. Thoughts Drew or anyone? Just showed him sitting next to John it looked like. They better not screw over the GREATEST Oriole EVER again like the old man Angelos did and treat him like crap. That will be the final straw for me.

Tom Tsepas     July 14
The state of the oriole way frank is old birds like me waxing poetic about the pitching in the 70s , earl weaver and cal ripken.....and how they were the “winningest” team in MLB from 2012-2016......well why they did that it appears their division rivals reloaded.....five out of the last 20 aint good enough for me....

H     July 14
UTB- I believe that the key to the 4th and 12 thing is coaching. Don’t confuse your own defense with your play call and, for goodness’ sake, pressure the passer. As the saying goes, a prevent defense prevents you from winning.

Brien Jackson     July 14
Well no, DR, because that wouldn't have been my point, would it? I very much wanted to say it was "silly" to call a 23 year old hitting ~.280/.320/.500 "anxious" and "worst in the AL."

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There's something to be said for that old saying, "living vicariously through you".

It typically depends on how close you are to someone, but it's a great feeling when someone has success and you can revel in it with them, all the while acknowledging it's their accomplishment and you're just there for the ride.

I've been very fortunate over the last six years to have coached some extraordinarily talented young golfers.

Within the last week, three of them have been successful at their respective levels of competition. I'm like a proud poppa, beaming at both their play on the course and their development as young men.

Last week at the Maryland Open, my 2013 Calvert Hall co-captain, Jimmy Grem, completed 54 holes of stroke play at even par, shooting 70-67-73 to finish tied for first after regulation play.

On the 54th hole, Jimmy faced an 8-foot putt to join what was already a 3-man playoff and he made it. A few minutes later, he needed another 8-footer to stay alive at the second playoff hole and he made that one, too.

That he fell to eventual champion Ryan Cole on the third playoff hole (Cole made birdie to win) was almost an afterthought. Grem, a professional who is part of the Eagle's Nest professional staff, played the best golf of his life on what was one of the toughest Maryland Open venues in recent memory.

After a stellar career at Calvert Hall, Jimmy Grem went on to play at Towson University and is now an aspiring professional in the PGA.

I always greet the players from that 2013 Calvert Hall team by calling them "Champion". No matter the player, no matter his role, I address them all as "Champion", as that group won the 2013 MIAA title in dramatic fashion, beating a Mount Saint Joseph team at Rolling Road (who hadn't lost at home in four years) in the semi-finals and then edging Gilman in the finals at Caves Valley.

Grem backed up that "Champion" moniker last week with his exceptional play.

One of my current players, rising junior Harrison Silva, also played in the spotlight this past weekend, winning the Hunt Valley club championship.

Silva defeated several quality players on his way to the final, including a back nine 31 in his semi-final match on Saturday that moved him into the championship match.

It was also great to see Silva's Calvert Hall teammate, Austin Steckler, caddying for him on Sunday in the championship match. I stress to my high schoolers all the time that any success one of them has should be celebrated by everyone. Steckler, who has played in every match at Calvert Hall as a freshman and sophomore, has enjoyed his own fine play recently, but seeing him "on the bag" with Silva on Sunday was just as good -- to a coach, anyway -- as seeing him post a low round in a tournament somewhere.

Two other players on my team, Patrick Hurdle (senior) and Michael Crowley (junior) have both enjoyed second place tournament finishes recently. It's only a matter of time before they both break through in the winner's circle.

And incoming Calvert Hall freshman Lorenzo Sanz had a week to remember last week, winning three one-day events in succession. I'm super excited to have Sanz at Calvert Hall and can't wait to see him compete in the challenging MIAA A-Conference.

I have a rule at Calvert Hall golf. During the summer months, every tournament score must be texted to me. I don't care if it's 94 or 74, I want to know. Lately, those texts have been sharing great news about scores and accomplishments.

I couldn't be more proud of those guys and everyone on the team who continues to improve.

And speaking of golf, Drew's Morning Dish is again sponsoring the Jerry's Auto Group 5th annual golf classic to benefit kids in wheelchairs through MDA of Greater Maryland.

The event is today, at The Suburban Club in Pikesville. The #DMD foursome is made up of players from my Calvert Hall team, so we're hoping to put another "w" in the books!

Jerry's has donated over one hundred and seventy thousand dollars from the first four golf tournaments. Their goal this year is seventy-five thousand dollars in donations.

Funds go to send kids in the Baltimore area to MDA summer camp, help with necessities for local families like wheel chairs and lifts, plus some of the money goes to research for cures.

I play in several of these events every year. The Jerry's tournament is one of the best, ranging from organization of the event to food, prizes and the message that Jerry's is working hard for their community.

I'm proud to be associated with the Jerry's Auto Group tournament again in 2018.

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Who?

#13

At the All-Star break, it’s time to talk about Manny Machado, #13, who can’t possibly be here in town for more than a few more days.

I’m hoping he ends up in Philadelphia, both this season and in the future. That way we won’t see him until 2021, unless that World Series matchup happens. Anyway…

I’ve said this here before, but Manny Machado is the most talented player I’ve seen in an Orioles uniform.

Frank Robinson left the team after the 1971 season, and I wasn’t born until 1973. So, I’ll leave it up to those of you who saw him play to make the choice between him and Manny. Frank finished in the top three in the MVP voting three times in six years here in town…pretty good.

Machado is not the best pure athlete to play for the Orioles; all you have to do is watch him run the bases to see that. Certainly Eddie Murray, one of the great power hitters of all-time, was better in that category than Manny. Heck, Chris Davis is probably the best pure power hitter to wear the uniform.

Manny, however, hits the ball harder, consistently, than anyone I’ve seen. It’s like the difference between Tiger Woods in his prime and most everyone else; there’s something different about the contact he makes.

Meanwhile, in his nearly 800 games playing third base for the Orioles, Manny proved to be the most special fielder of his era. He took what could be expected at the position of the best players and brought it up a notch.

It’ll be interesting to see if Manny is a better player somewhere else, in the so-called prime of his career, than he was here. I wouldn’t bet on it.


What?

26-24

Moving to tennis, at Wimbledon, you may have seen or read about the men’s semifinal match between American John Isner and South African Kevin Anderson, which went to five sets and took six-and-a-half hours before Anderson won the fifth set 26-24.

John Isner has now played in the two longest Wimbledon matches ever after taking six and a half hours to lose in five sets to Kevin Anderson last week.

You also may remember eight years ago at Wimbledon, when Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a match that defied logic. It took three days, twice suspended by darkness on an outer court, before Isner won the fifth set 70-68.

The fact that Isner was involved in both is no accident. He is 6-foot-10 with a serve that’s nearly impossible to return, but his size has often limited his movement around the court when the other guy is serving.

Right now, the U.S. Open is the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments to use the tiebreak in the final set. That should change immediately, beginning in Australia in January.

The fifth set (third set for women) is no different than any other set. The rules of the game are the same. If a tiebreaker is good enough to be used in every other set, why isn’t it good enough for the last set? If playing one doesn’t demean the match in each of the first four sets, why does it demean it in the fifth?

A tennis tournament like Wimbledon is an event that’s very difficult to keep on schedule. Wouldn’t it be better, and fairer to all the players, if there was no chance that a match could end up like Isner’s two marathons?

Here’s a compromise, and just for Wimbledon, it being what it is in the history of the game. If it goes to 12-12 in the final set, then go to a tiebreak.


Where?

1999

The Open Championship returns to Carnoustie this week. The Scottish course is often noted as the most difficult of those on the Open “rota,” the collection of clubs that host the event, especially if the weather is poor.

19 years ago, they played the event at Carnoustie for the first time in 24 years. In about 20 minutes on Sunday, the tournament went from a total slog to be won by a virtual nobody to one of the most insane finishes of any golf tournament ever.

Actually, the tournament was still won by a virtual nobody, Paul Lawrie, just not the virtual nobody it should have been, Frenchman Jean Van de Velde.

I’ve missed many of the great Open final rounds recently because I’ve been out playing golf myself. Phil Mickelson’s 2013 triumph at Muirfield and his duel with Henrik Stenson at Troon in 2016 come to mind.

I was watching Van de Velde choke it away, though. The weather was really rainy that weekend in Baltimore, and there wasn’t much else to do for some reason.

All these years later, I’m still struck by several things about the end of the tournament…

The ABC crew broadcasting the event to the United States was completely beside itself the whole time. I have never heard anything like it on a golf tournament since, even from Johnny Miller.

After Van de Velde got lucky with his driver on his tee shot, he hit a bad 2-iron on his approach to the green. Later, when he was asked about that strategy, as opposed to hitting an easier club back onto the fairway, he said something to the effect of “I’m a professional golfer. I’m supposed to be able to hit a 2-iron.”

He was right, of course, though it’s always been easier to question his strategy than simply to say that he hit a really bad shot at the worst time.


When?

69

The 2018 Orioles enter the All-Star break with 69 losses. I’ll repeat that. 69 losses.

A reminder that the hapless 1988 Orioles entered the break with 59 losses. The break was a week earlier in the season that year, but even if you add an extra week they’d lost only 63 games.

For what it’s worth, the Kansas City Royals enter the break with 68 losses, so we’re not completely alone. With 27, the Royals also have fewer wins than the Orioles.

Also, for what it’s worth, you may remember the 2014 season. That was when the Royals and Orioles played each other in the American League Championship Series.

Might as well be 14 years ago, not four years ago.

We know all about the Orioles, but the Royals probably aren’t so familiar to us. So, here’s some reasons why they’re just as bad as we are.

Lorenzo Cain, terrific outfielder, now plays for Milwaukee.

Eric Hosmer, a first baseman excellent with the glove and the bat, signed with San Diego this past offseason. The first four years of his contract are worth $84 million.

In every game in that four-game sweep of the Orioles, manager Ned Yost went to a three-headed bullpen monster of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, each of whom seemed to throw harder than the other. The Royals caught lightning in a bottle with them that season.

When Herrera was traded to Washington about a month ago, that meant that none of them were around anymore.

If we hadn’t seen it with our own eyes, it would be hard to believe that these two teams were close to the class of the league for a few years.


Why?

9-7

I always like to examine quarterbacks when I look at the upcoming Ravens’ season. I don’t mean Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson; I mean the quarterbacks for the other teams.

Frankly, the reason the Ravens were one play away from the playoffs in 2017 was the litany of backups they got to play against. Brett Hundley, anyone?

In 2018, I see three immediate wins thanks to the usual two games against the Browns and the home opener with the Bills, who’ll likely start A.J. McCarron. Whatever the case, Buffalo will have the least experienced group of QBs in the NFL.

I don’t see the experienced Andy Dalton winning both games against Baltimore, though I don’t see him losing both either. Make it four wins.

Though it’s impossible to predict what the season will look like for Tampa by December 16, I don’t see it being so great. Jameis Winston only has to sit out the first three games, but he’s not going to win here. That’s five.

It gets harder after that. Case Keenum had a career year in Minnesota last year and was signed by Denver in the offseason. My bet is that he won’t lead the Broncos to victory in Baltimore September 23. Six.

The Chiefs are all in on Patrick Mahomes in 2018. They host the Ravens in December, and I’m willing to give the visitors a real chance there. Seven.

What the hell. Maybe John Harbaugh’s team will avenge last year’s loss to the Titans in Nashville by flipping the script this season. It’s not like Marcus Mariota and his team are world beaters. Eight.

Otherwise, I’m really not that confident. Home games against the Raiders and Saints bring two great QBs into town, for instance.

Somehow, I think the Ravens will get that ninth win. But I don’t see any more than that.

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The British Open (no, I'm sorry, I will not refer to it as The Open Championship) is set to start next Thursday, July 19 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

It's the third of four majors on the professional golf circuit this year. Patrick Reed won The Masters back in April and Brooks Koepka repeated as U.S. Open champion last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Who will raise the Claret Jug on Sunday, July 22nd?

I'm glad you asked.

Over the next week, #DMD will give you the projected top seven finishers at this year's event.

One thing you might be wise to expect: a playoff. The last three British Opens played at Carnoustie required a playoff to determine the winner.

In 2007, Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in extra holes.

In 1999, Paul Lawrie came back from a 10-shot deficit to win a playoff over Jean Van de Velde and Justin Leonard.

In 1975, Tom Watson edged Australia's Jack Newton in a playoff.

So, if you're suspecting this year's event at Carnoustie might need "overtime", you might very well be right.

But #DMD doesn't think so.

Is 36-year old Alex Noren ready to enter the winner's circle at a major championship? #DMD thinks so.

The winner won't need anything but 72 holes to get the job done. So, let's look at the top seven finishers, shall we?

We started on Wednesday, July 11 with Francesco Molinari at #7.

Tommy Fleetwood checked in at #6 yesterday.

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick was our #5 pick.

Zach Johnson came in at #4. Spoiler alert: He's the only American you'll see on this list.

And Rafael Cabrera-Bello was #3 on Sunday, July 15.

We're now down to our final two players.

At #2, it's Sweden's Alex Noren.

The last time they played the British Open in Scotland, Henrik Stenson, another Swede, won his first major title. Don't be shocked if it's back-to-back Scotland wins for the Swedish, as Noren has the game to capture the Claret Jug.

Noren is ranked 14th in the world and is currently 31st on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list. He has 11 international wins -- none yet on the PGA Tour -- a T6 at last year's British Open.

It's only a matter of time before Noren wins a major. Like a lot of guys who play on the European Tour and dabble in the U.S., you might not have heard of Noren, but you can rest assured he's capable of beating anyone over four days.

He's made 10 of 12 cuts on the PGA Tour this year, with two second place finishes and third place finish as well.

On the European Tour, he just won the French Open three weeks ago for his 11th win on that tour.

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#dmd comments


DF     July 17
@T.J. -- Eddie Pepperell

Radio GAl     July 17
The creepy selfie tour has resumed. Press Pass for a series of pictures on your various social media ?? All Star game? Where is the copy? Where are the hard hitting interviews that only someone with his intellect can execute? "I am not allowed to ask questions", well here is your chance tough guy.....but I'll post a selfie with a non-sponsor, former sponsor, possible future sponsor....rather than do real work.



Funny that "Such" quoted one of the funniest lines in film history last week. "Enough about me, lets talk about you, what do you think of me??". Well on the Sunday voice show that airs Thursday???? the host/sports expert?/car salesman with a vanity problem greeted the LF as the "great N.A". The LF almost nailed the Groucho remark. "Hello to you, what do you think of my Unabomber Junior letters to the Orioles?" Now how is one supposed to answer that? "Well, Little Fella, I read them, was disgusted by the language, the "sameness" of all of it, the self centered view points, the repetition and who in the hell do you think you are? writing such vile, dark and scary threatening letters to a BASEBALL team?.....by the way, you are nuts". But that sponsor will never state that obvious conclusion....needs to "guess" about things he has no idea about.....and talk about a "thing" that is usually left to 12 year old boys or men with latent tendencies about men wearing briefs who pretend to fight each other. Men in tight underwear grappling???? HMMM...sounds like a circle something?? I'm sorry to all of you MEN.....watching or following WRESTLING will NOT get you very far with ladies of sophistication or in reality any woman who can walk up right.



The sponsors wall is getting quite thin. NEW sponsors have already left. WE hear breathless live reads for the "entries are up at Laurel Park" I just pulled them up......another time machine moment at the radio empire....they are the entries for JUNE 29th!!. Yet they are still advertised in every transition segment. The funniest run company in history. Incompetence at every turn...but he is so serious. I hope the "Wizard" is not relying on Repeat Radio for his Laurel information.

T.J.     July 17
@Drew, give us one name of a guy who could win the British that we've never really heard of. In other words, give us this year's Vandevelde except in the end he wins instead of loses.

casual observer (the original)     July 17
Funny to read all the growing reports of O’s getting a good haul for Manny, what with all those earlier reports about how stupid they were for waiting this long. Even now, we still get the stories alleging how hard it is to deal with the O’s in trade talks. Top that off with the MLB trading “deadline” generating mock draft like rumors from all sorts of “sources close to the situation”, it’s all so laughable.

Yawn. The O’s will trade Manny, they’ll get some guys, certain pundits will like the names, others will talk about how they could have gotten “more”, and meanwhile, none of these experts will have seen any of these guys play in any games, and like the loser trolling the ASG game, none of them truly know what they are talking about.

The O’s have earned the right for none of us to have confidence in them to do this well, but odds are, they will do something. And hiring this business guy with a good reputation, mending fences with Brooksie, etc, are all signs that maybe the sons are going to undo some of the dysfunction inflicted on this franchise by the old man. Maybe this turnaround will happen, maybe it won’t, but one thing is certain – if anything does prove, we know who will try to claim “credit” for it, because we know everyone at the warehouse has read every repetitive and profane word of a certain someone’s “Ode to Myself”.

And BTW, this year is close to the worst year ever in the history of MLB, how on earth could 2019 or 2020 be any worse??


Scott     July 17
Poulter = good pick.

unitastoberry     July 17
@Delray.....It's hillarious how the outside world had no idea whats been going on in Balmur with the Orioles since 96.

HERMAN     July 17
If there is a more dysfunctional owner in sports than Angelos it's Dan Snyder. All indications are he is just a loathsome individual. The chances of his ownership meddling bringing a Super Bowl parade to DC are slim.

I've read and heard many, many stories about Dan Snyder and none of them are favorable. None.

Being a Skins fan must be miserable knowing you send that creature your cash.

George     July 17
Hard to believe Poulter is only 50-1. At the Scottish Open he hooked a tee shot into a bush, and when the marshal told him where the ball was, Poulter launched into a profanity-laden tirade. The marshal, in his report of the incident to the tournament director, wrote “I would like him [Poulter] to be reminded that even though most of the world knows he’s an arsehole, there’s no need to go proving it to the rest.”

TimD in Timonium     July 17
Went to open ing night for the new DC United stadium and, yes, it's a really cool place to see a pro game. 20,000 seats and every one of them has a great view of the field. Watch the Redskins move to that neighborhood next.

DELRAY RICK     July 17
NEW YORK PAPERS today saying how dysfunctional O'S are bout trading for MANNY. Nobody seems in charge. DODGERS AND MILWAUKEE have the best shot. Here comes PHILLY.

J.J.     July 16
@Davey: Stenson

Davey     July 16
Predictions on DF's winner for the British Open? I think its Rory.

Unitastoberry     July 16
Met many members of the Colts and Orioles never once asked for a autograph. Never bother them while eating at a restaurant or with others. Jim Parker talked to me in a parking lot for 30 minutes what a great guy he was. Never had a bad encounter.

Player     July 16
I don’t know about the old days but fans today are Grade A goobers. After a hundred times getting a selfie taken and put on Fbook it gets pretty old. A minute of my life wasted by some fool. It’s hard to have a conversation with someone with no self respect who wears a jersey with my name on it

CJ     July 16
Herman, one illustration of your point. 1975. Navy-Marine Corp Stadium. A bunch of us went, driven to the Redskins-Colts rookie game that they played in Annapolis by my oldest brother who was 17. We were tossing the ball around before we went in.....and Johnny Unitas pulls up in a huge Buick.

We were respectful kids who were taught not to ask for autographs["he is just a man, like you"]. We said hello to "Mr. Unitas" and he tossed a few with us. He then asked if we needed tickets to get into the game...we had them and said "it was great to meet you". He then said the "coolest" thing ever. "Thanks for remembering me, boys' and he pigeon toed walked into the stadium.



Nice man who I met later at a golf tournament. His right hand was messed up...he had to "tie" his hand around the club with a bandage.

HERMAN     July 16
Any discussion of local heroes and best all time greats should have a line-of-demarcation somewhere around 1975. Before that the players made good money, but nothing compared to what they made afterwards. In the 1960's players took side jobs around town, some with the Brewery ownership, in the off-season. They were personable, they were neighbors, you'd see them regularly.

When the big bucks came so did the Diva behavior. Many became unapproachable, stand-offish. Arrogant.

Brooks is comparable to Arnold Palmer. He'd stop and talk to anyone anytime. A gem of a human, a great ballplayer and great person all in one. I've met players from the mega-bucks generations, some acted as if making eye contact with them was a cardinal sin. Money changed things. When ballplayers made five times more than the average joe a year they were still grounded to some degree. When they began to earn in one year what the average Joe couldn't earn in a lifetime invisible velvet ropes appeared, keeping everyone at bay.

Tom     July 16
Wow, when did CJ become Mr. Negative?

DELRAY RICK     July 16
CJ-----WOW!!!! Tell us how you REALLY feel. Get a warm glass of milk and lay down before you blow a casket.

Darren     July 16
Congrats to your golf students!

CJ     July 16
JohnIN ESSEX

Right on. Not only entertaining, but he tells things that are NEW in pitching and hitting and defense and strategy. BUT, if he gets a full time gig, there will be the usual nimrods who say "They should hire Ben, to manage the team, run the front office, etc.". Just because you are on TV, doesn't mean you can MANAGE anything, let alone people. Is it like this in other towns? Here in Baltimore we have the affinity for wanting guys who played for the team to come back and save the day.

A rundown on them

Cal, knows baseball as a player, the smartest thing he ever did was NOT TALK very much...because he would have outed himself as DUMB as.........the next guy

RICK DEMPSEY.....he got himself axed from the Dodgers for two reasons....VERY dumb and a back stabber. His reverence in this town is confounding. HE sucked as a player, the pitching staff[for the most part] was not super stoked to throw to him[loved calling fastballs to "up" his base stealing percentage]. His patter on the pre-game and post-game is NOTHING. His "fake hustle" while he played meant NOTHING. Climbing the screen for a foul ball? Stupidest thing ever....and yet he is revered by non savvy fans.....just like...

ELROD HENDRICKS.... a marginal player who should have been fired LONG before he was. LAZY coach. Had a reputation as a nice guy....deep down WAS NOT. I hired him for a promotion....was miserable to deal with...wanted CASH up front with no paper trail, surly right up until the time the "fans" walked in. A fake...just like...

BRADY ANDERSON. In the rear view his career looks Okay. Did a lot of homering and base stealing. To me, he was preening pretty boy, who would do anything to up his numbers. The proof to me that he was on some miracle stuff? In his 50 homer season...he had his appendix plucked out and returned a week later. Wolverine is asking for that secret....Brady knows about hair gel and working out....his role is weird...and his unprofessionalism is OFF the charts. I was at a game a couple of weeks ago and he was on field for some sort of platitude given out to someone....and he had on a white work out shirt....as inappropriate as the LF claiming that he has the answers to anything. THEY are cut from similar cloth.

obsevration tower     July 16
The whole sit Manny or not is a moot point now as they do finally appear "close". Then again, as someone mentioned, it is the Orioles lol

But sitting him for 10 more games does not seem like an option, even though the great Luke Jones thinks so....Luke willing ly works for LF, so not sure his judgment is always sound

unitastoberry     July 16
Frank Robinson could carry a baseball team if the pitching was decent. All you young guys should research him. Brooks is Mr Oriole but Frank is the greatest Oriole of all time imo and he only played here 6 seasons.

Jason M     July 16
Manny did his part in the first half, he put up monster numbers that would make any team he joined more likely to win the world series. O's a re smart to wait and see which team wants to give their team a pennant the most and play everyone off each other. Manny is the real deal, and Philly sounds good to me also.

David Rosenfeld     July 16
@Steve: I put Machado in the same sentence as those guys purely on his baseball talent. I am not suggesting his career deserves to be compared to them. I don't think anyone's Orioles career going forward can ever be compared to Brooks or Cal obviously.

BO     July 16
Machado is going to the Yankees, watch and see.

Ryleigh's     July 16
Love reading your coaching stories, Drew. I also greatly appreciate that you make those stories about the kids and not you, unlike a certain someone we all know. Keep on keeping on, my friend.

Steve from Cape Coral     July 16
@ David, Your adoration for # 13 is unbelievable !!! I get it that you a young guy and haven't watch as many great Oriole players as I have. But # 13 can't carry Franks ball bag, let alone be mentioned in the same sentence with Frank. Opposing pitchers feared facing Frank, that guy could do so much damage at any given time. # 13 is a nice ball player, but don't put him in the same sentence with Frank, Brooks, Boog, Eddie or even Cal, he's not there yet !!!

JohnInEssex     July 15
Have heard him on occasion in the past broadcasting for the Orioles, and listened to him some more today on MASN...here's hoping that Ben McDonald gets a full time MASN TV gig and/or 105.7 radio gig. Fun to listen to!

Robin Towson     July 15
@Chris- this no nothing won't take long to repsond. Nice job isolating the Atlanta attendance figures; here is a list of the rest of the league;



Good luck arguing facts, especially the YOY that starts with a negative.



https://soccerstadiumdigest.com/2018-mls-attendance/

Jeff P.     July 15
Even @LukeJones gets it.



If Manny Machado competing on an infield exposed to roughly 10 minutes of rain was too risky, the thought of him playing in as many as 10 more second-half games before the July 31 trade deadline sounds just as reckless.

Casual Observer     July 15
Ummm, RJ, you actually wrote that quote. Today.



"Just no practical reason to sit Manny." You wrote that.



I love ya bro, but you got owned on this one.

RJ     July 15
If I was @Brien here's where I'd get all snarky, but let me just leave this up here:



Deciding to not send Manny out after a rain delay because of a wet field is not the same as not playing him at all in any games because "he might get hurt".



No egg here, especially since the quote in "quotes" offered up does not seem to have been typed anywhere "today"...

Jeff P.     July 15
No reason to sit Manny because he's getting traded.

I'll just leave this up here.

Buck on removing Machado after rain delay: "A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game. We know that. You all know. You're smart. I think you know what's going on."

Chris     July 15
@Robin has no idea what he/she is talking about. 72,000 in Atlanta today to see a regular season MLS game. Yet "soccer isn't popular in the U.S." according to that know nothing.

Jeff P.     July 15
Lots of egg on people's faces here today. "No practical reason" to sit Manny.

Until it rains and they don't want him to get hurt I guess.

eric     July 15
O's and Yanks arent talking because we've told them Sheffield and Andujar or we'll go somewhere else. Great chance to get 2 really good prospects for Machado, 2 good ones for Britton, 1 good prospect each for Brach,Jones and Givens plus number 1 overall pick gives you golden opportunity for top 5 farm system. Lets see these clowns screw it up

RJ     July 15
@PM @TJ Who says a deal is "imminent"?? Deadline is more than two weeks away, and need I remind you, this is the Orioles organization here. And thinking that any of these self-proclaimed "insiders" tweets mean anything is as silly as not playing your best player cause you plan to trade him. Just no practical reason to sit Manny. Hunter Harvey got hurt sitting in the dugout, so should MAnny stay in his room 24 hours a day?? And he is not the first, or the last, "MVP" type player to get traded mid-season

Robin Towson     July 15
Now the World Cup is over. And the elite media folk can stop romanticizing about soccer in the USA, as they have been doing for years.



Fact is World Cup rating are down in the neighborhood of 42% in the ole USA (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-03/us-world-cup-ratings-down-42-percent-without-american-team).



Been hearing for years about how popular the sport is and is becoming, in fact it's 2018 and the lead story on this site is we are a coin flip to make the next over hyped tourney.



However, there have been some really good articles about soccer development in the USA. Maybe we should look at the training methods of other successful countries and model after their success. (https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/mac-engel/article214279879.html)

TJ     July 15
I agree with Pat Morrone. There's no use to play Machado if a deal is imminent. Nothing good comes from it.

George     July 15
Americans aren’t the only ones who disrespect their national flag. The players of France are using the Tricolour as dresses and doo-rags.

Brien Jackson     July 15
Fwiw I don't really think the Yankees are going to budge on giving up their top 3 or 4 prospects right now, especially since they need pitching a lot more. My bet is Milwaukee. Unlike the Yankees and Phillies they can't afford to bid on Machado as a free agent, and they don't have as rosy of a long term outlook. I think they're the ones to blink on the asking price and make a run at it all this year. Plus they've done that before in 2008 and 2011, giving up A LOT to get Sabathia and Greinke.

Pat Morrone     July 15
@RJ, I have to disagree with you on this one. The Orioles future is literally tied into what they can get for MM at this point. If he takes a fastball to the wrist or blows out his ankle stepping on first base the wrong way, the Orioles will get nothing except a draft pick next summer. Yes, lots of teams play players who are going to get traded. But none of those players are MVP candidates like Machado is. You're wrong on this one.

Ron Mexico     July 15
The O’s reconnecting with Brooks, hiring multi sport executives to promote organizational stability........its almost like the Angelos sons have a diminutive, self serving, helper sitting on their shoulder guiding them do what’s right for the community. If local self proclaimed multimedia empires catering to 100,000 combined visitors per week (LOL) benefit, so be it.

Vince Fiduccia     July 15
Great to have Brooks back with the Orioles. Thank you, John Angelos. This move along with hiring a C.O.O. for business are both very postive signs.

RJ     July 15
The notion that Manny should sit out games until he gets traded is silly. Teams trade players at every deadline, no one ever sits someone cause "he might get hurt".

Of course, the notion that O's could mess this up is not silly at all, it's a legit concern. And another reason Manny can't sit, unless you want him idle for an entire month lol

another fantasy gm     July 14
I haven't heard anything about a Manny for Andujar trade, either.

Tom J     July 14
So Brooks was just on the Fox broadcast saying he is back with the O’s as a consultant to John and Lou Angelos to help get people back to the park. Thoughts Drew or anyone? Just showed him sitting next to John it looked like. They better not screw over the GREATEST Oriole EVER again like the old man Angelos did and treat him like crap. That will be the final straw for me.

Tom Tsepas     July 14
The state of the oriole way frank is old birds like me waxing poetic about the pitching in the 70s , earl weaver and cal ripken.....and how they were the “winningest” team in MLB from 2012-2016......well why they did that it appears their division rivals reloaded.....five out of the last 20 aint good enough for me....

H     July 14
UTB- I believe that the key to the 4th and 12 thing is coaching. Don’t confuse your own defense with your play call and, for goodness’ sake, pressure the passer. As the saying goes, a prevent defense prevents you from winning.

Brien Jackson     July 14
Well no, DR, because that wouldn't have been my point, would it? I very much wanted to say it was "silly" to call a 23 year old hitting ~.280/.320/.500 "anxious" and "worst in the AL."





Drew is here.

Every weekday.





O's SCOREBOARD
Sunday, July 15
Orioles
6

Rangers
5
WP: T. Scott (1-1)

LP: M. Minor (6-6)

HR: Machado (24), Guzman (9), Choo (18)

RECORD/PLACE: 28-69, 5th (of course)

breakfast bytes

All-Star Game: Sale (American) and Scherzer (National) are starting pitchers for tonight's game in DC.

Home Run Derby: Harper comes back to beat Schwarber, 19-18.

Orioles sources refute story that handshake deal with Philly for Machado is done.

Steelers/Bell fail to agree on new deal; star running back will play under franchise tag one more season.