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The system IS broken

I hate to write yet another argumentative post, because with the start of spring training and the hope I have for the O’s this year, I’m feeling pretty upbeat about baseball in general.  But even despite the faith I have in the new and improved O’s and their Jedi Master Buck Showalter, there is one doubt, one nagging question that can erode any O’s fan’s optimism.  That doubt is whether, even despite good scouting, player development and management, any AL East team without the financial resources of the Yankees or Red Sox can be competitive in the long term.

By and large, the Orioles haven’t been a very good organization in really any respect in recent memory.  So clearly, they are no basis on which to evaluate the competitive balance of the division.  But there is a team in this division that has consistently demonstrated their organizational competence and reaped the benefits, including division titles in ’08 and ’10 and an unsuccessful WS trip in that ’08 run.  I am speaking of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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5 Reasons the Orioles Should Sign Albert Pujols

I’m getting a little ahead of myself, I know.  Albert Pujols is still under contract with the Cardinals for the remainder of this season, and though he says his negotiation deadline has passed, it’s hard to believe he’ll be finishing his career anywhere other than St. Louis.

Furthermore, he’s going to command a massive (some might say crippling) contract, maybe the largest in the history of baseball.  Based on the Orioles spartan payroll history, and recent comments made by current Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, there is no reason at all to think that the Orioles could sign him, or that they would even try.

But, permit me to daydream for a moment, won’t you?  Here are 5 excellent reasons that the Orioles should sign Pujols, if he ever becomes a free agent.

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The Perfect Game that wasn’t….

Heartbreaking. There’s no other word to describe what happened to Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga last night. In case you missed it, Galaragga had pitched 8 2/3 innings of perfect baseball, meaning he had allowed no hits or walks. He was merely one out away from completing a perfect game and becoming only the 21st pitcher in the history of baseball to do so. And then this happened….


Sorry about the quality, this is one of the only videos of this left on Youtube

As the slow-motion replays at the end of the video clearly show, the batter was out. Meaning that while in reality Armando Galarraga had pitched a perfect game, it would not go down history that way and he would denied his place among the other great pitchers to accomplish this feat. What makes it even more sad is that after the game the umpire himself, Jim Joyce, admitted that he blew the call and acknowledged the gravity of his mistake, saying “I just cost that kid a perfect game.” He apparently also personally apologized to Armando Galarraga and was visibly in tears while doing so. Certainly he should be commended for his candor and honesty.

But is that all? Should we just accept that an umpire made a tragic mistake and move on? Or can something be done about it? Better yet, should something be done about it?

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