hard-nOsed attitude

Posted in cOaches on January 19th, 2013 by The Wayward O

Much has been made about how Earl Weaver, rest his soul, was a proto-metrics baseball revolutionary whose philosophies about bunting and home runs pre-dated the recent fad where each baseball fan poses as more of a genius than the last…


AP via New York Daily News

Well we know Earl didn’t have a “hit a home run” sign or even a “hit and run” sign, for the most part, so let’s take a look at his sacrifice bunt totals for the 14 seasons in which he managed more than 150 games.

In 1969, the Orioles were tied with Oakland for 7th among 24 MLB teams with 74 sacrifice bunts (2nd in the AL). Only the California Angels out-bunted Earl and the Os in the AL.

In 1970, the Orioles were 13th among 24 teams with 64 sacrifice bunts (7th in the AL).

In 1971, the Orioles were 7th among 24 MLB teams with 85 sacrifice bunts (2nd in the AL). The only AL team with more were the bunt-happy Brewers, who dropped down 107 and nubbed their way to a 69-win campaign.

In 1972, the Orioles were tied with Cincinnati for 17th among 24 MLB teams with 65 sacrifice bunts (11th in the AL). The only AL team stingier with the sac bunt that year was the Red Sox.

In 1973, the Orioles were 15th among 24 MLB teams with 58 sacrifice bunts (4th in the AL).

In 1974, the Orioles were 12th among 24 MLB teams with 72 sacrifice bunts (3rd in the AL). California and Texas out-bunted Earl and the the Os that year.

In 1975, the Orioles were tied with Milwaukee for 13th among 24 MLB teams with 73 sacrifice bunts (4th in the AL).

In 1976, the Orioles were tied with Houston for 20th among 24 MLB teams with 57 sacrifice bunts (9th in the AL). This is the year when Earl appears to have left the sac bunt behind. But three teams in the AL East — the Tigers, Yankees and Red Sox — had fewer.

In 1977, the Orioles were 22nd among 26 MLB teams with 48 sacrifice bunts (10th in the AL). Four AL teams, the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and White Sox, had fewer. (The numbers appear to add up incorrectly because of ties toward the top of the list.)

In 1978, the Orioles were 25th among 26 MLB teams with 41 sacrifice bunts (13th in the AL). The Yankees had fewer.

In 1979, the Orioles were 25th among 26 MLB teams with 42 sacrifice bunts (13th in the AL). The Red Sox had fewer.

In 1980, the Orioles were 24th among 26 MLB teams with 42 sacrifice bunts (12th in the AL). The Red Sox and Royals had fewer.

In 1982, the Orioles were 16th among 26 MLB teams with 57 sacrifice bunts (4th in the AL). But they leaped ahead of their AL East foes in this department and only the Rangers, Indians and Angels out-bunted Earl this year.

In 1986, Earl’s comeback year, the Orioles were 23rd among 26 MLB teams with 33 sacrifice bunts (11th in the AL).

If you look at the sweep of his career, you see a manager who would bunt with the best of ‘em during the early years, and who began guiding the Orioles toward the middle of the pack as his tenure wore on.

It took Earl until 1976, the beginning of the second half of his career, to bury the sacrifice bunt firmly “in the bottom of a long-forgotten closet,” per the famous quote.

Blog of Team couldn’t immediately tell what year he made that comment, and will figure it out at some point, but will bet it came during the late 1970s.

At that time, however, the Orioles’ AL East rivals including the Yankees, Tigers and Red Sox were doing the very same thing, cutting way back on the sac bunt. So was it the product of Earl’s genius and forethought or the product of industry cross-talk?

If you ask Blog, Weaver’s winning ways were more a function of his hard-nosed attitude toward umpires, his unwillingness to fawn over star players and his ability to understand splits and match-ups. It is clear that the central tenet of “Moneyball,” on-base percentage, was something Earl understood from the get-go.

While Earl didn’t admit until later how important his three superstars — Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson — were, their presence, too, was a key factor in Earl’s success.

Anyway, it’s true, Earl, Terry Crowley was lucky he was in fucking baseball, fer chrissake. So were you. You were a perfect fit. You might have been a night watchman, but for the game. Rest in peace.

please hire bObby v.!

Posted in cOaches, washingtOn on June 9th, 2010 by The Wayward O

There was tiniest glimmer of hope for despondent diaspora yesterday as Sun Paper reported Bobby Valentine is interested in “challenge” of managing Team.

Hopefully there’s something to it. Because another night like Tuesday will be hard to take. And another night like Tuesday is all Team has to give. (No this is not Bruce Springsteen song.)

Making matters more painful last night was how Team’s hideous inability to compete with Yankees was thrown into stark relief last night by this guy…


Image via MASN

Nats game was electric. New pitcher was fierce. They even got the W. And the Ws on their home whites looked especially fancy somehow last night.

Friends of Team: Our road is rocky. Our hearts are low. Our bats are inept. And … well hiring Top Step Bobby would be step in right direction. Trust Blog. He’s got Fire in Belly.

wayward cOleridge

Posted in cOaches on April 25th, 2010 by The Wayward O

During trying times such as these, Blog finds itself turning to CLASSICS* for GUIDANCE …

Gather ’round, kiddies, for RIME of SCAPEGOAT MANAGER.

Hear the Rime of the Scapegoat Manager
See his eye as he stops one of three
Mesmerises one of the minor leaguers
Stay here and listen to the nightmares of The Show.

And the games play on, as the innings pass by
Caught by his spell and the Manager tells his tale.

Flying West to the land of the Losing Streaks
To a place where few Teams have been
Through the boots and the Ks comes a Rookie
Hailed in Team’s name, hoping good luck he brings.

And the Team plays on, back to the East
Through insult and injury and the Rookie pitches on.

The Manager pulls the Rook of good omen
The Bloggers cry against what he’s done
But when the game ends, some justify him
And make themselves a part of the crime.

Playing on and on and East across the streak
Playing on and on and East the losses mount.

The baseball Gods begin with their vengeance
A terrible curse a thirst has begun
The organization blames bad luck on the Manager
About his neck, the losses are hung.

And the curse goes on and on for Team.
And the verse goes on and on for them and me.

Day after day, night after night,
Team struck no win nor home run
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
Victories, victories everywhere and
all the averages did stink
Victories, victories everywhere
from Team’s grasp did shrink.

There sits the Manager
There comes the call from the GM.
But how can he win with so little talent in the ‘Pen?

See … onward he comes
Onward he nears out of the sun
See, he has no crew
He has no life, wait but there’s two.

Andy and Angelos
They tell the Manager it’s Time…

The Manager’s bound to tell of his story
To tell this tale back in Double A
To teach Team’s word by his own example
That’s just the game, that’s just Baseball’s way.

And the minor leaguers are sad and wiser men
And the tale goes on and on and on.


Sure beats working at DENNY’S!

* uhh. Classics as re-imagined by Iron Maiden, to be accurate

wayward gets Off the fence … again

Posted in cOaches, sO which guys? on September 30th, 2009 by The Wayward O

Wayward O is backing manager.

This losing streak collapse is because Baltimore is not real Baseball Team capable of playing full season.

It is not because Mr. Dave Trembley is bad manager.

Give Trembley a right-handed power bat*, bring back Aubrey Huff to hit in the six-hole (and spell Little Aubrey) and bring in a starter to complement Jeremy Guthrie and young kids and Team will be OK.

Want to get rid of some people? Get rid of Luke Scott and Melvin Mora (maybe) and ship Jeff Fiorentino to Alaska Winter League.

That is all.

* Wayward O does not know who this would be