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Orioles’ Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver dies at age 82

Earl Weaver (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Earl Weaver, who had his own managerial style that did not include the hit and run, sacrifice bunts and stolen bases, died at the age of 82 on Saturday.

Weaver died about 2 a.m. on January 19, 2013 of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles’ fantasy cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette on the the Caribbean Sea. Weaver’s wife of 49 years, Marianna, was at his side when he died.

Weaver, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, managed 2,540 games with a record of 1,480 wins, 1,060 losses for a winning percentage of .583.

The fiery skipper managed the Orioles from 1968-1982 then in 1985 and 1986. He won the American League pennant in 1969, 1971 and 1979. He led the Orioles to the World Series in 1970.

His number 4 was retired in 1982 by the Orioles.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement regarding the passing of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver at the age of 82:

“Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship.  Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals.  Earl’s managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.

“Earl was well known for being one of the game’s most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans.”

Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos issued a statement about Earl Weaver.

“Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family.”

Guerrero asks, gets release from minor league contract with Blue Jays


Vladimir Guerrero (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Vladimir Guerrero is trying to get back to the major leagues and was playing well at Triple-A with the Las Vegas 51′s of the Pacific Coast League.

The veteran outfielder/DH was hitting .303 in eight games.

But the 37-year-old pulled a shocker. He asked for and received his release by the Toronto Blue Jays.

There was no word to why the nine-time All-Star who has played for Montreal, the LA Angels, Texas and Baltimore, on why he wanted to be released.

There is no doubt that Guerrero can still hit. In 2010, he hit .290 in 145 games with the Orioles.


Info compiled from Toronto Blue Jays, Radio & TV news

Pitcher who fought Billy Martin, Dave Boswell dies of heart attack at 67


Dave Boswell in 2010 (photo by Wallstreethotrod via wikipedia commons)

Pitcher Dave Boswell, who won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969 despite missing a couple of weeks after a fight with manager Billy Martin, has died at age 67 of a heart attack at his home in Joppa, Maryland.

Following a 1969 game in Detroit,  Boswell got into a fight with teammate Bob Allison and Manager Billy Martin outside the Lindell AC bar close to Tiger Stadium. After knocking out Allison with one punch, Martin knocked out Boswell giving him a cut that required 20 stitches. Despite the off-field injury, Boswell would still go on to win 20 games in 1969, helping the Twins win the American League West Division.

Boswell had a record of 68-56 for Minnesota, Detroit and Baltimore from 1964-1971.

The Baltimore, Maryland native pitched in 205 games, 151 of them as a starting pitcher. He pitched 37 complete games, including six shutouts, and finished with a 3.52 ERA.

During the American League Championship Series,  Boswell would lose 1-0 in 11 innings to the Baltimore Orioles and  pitcher Dave McNally. He later revealed that he had suffered a career-ending arm injury during the game on a slider thrown to strike out slugger Frank Robinson in the bottom of the 10th inning.


Info compiled from Baltimore Orioles, MLB, Radio & TV news

Indians sign Accardo, Lewis to contracts


Fred Lewis (file photo)

The Cleveland Indians continue to add depth to their pitching staff and outfield with the signing of Jeremy Accardo and Fred Lewis.

Lewis, an outfielder, is a career .267 hitter, who has played with San Francisco, Toronto and Cincinnati. He hit .230 with 3 homers and 19 RBI’s in 81 games for the Reds in 2010. He missed the beginning of the season with a strained oblique muscle.

Accardo has pitched in 235 games with Baltimore, Toronto and San Francisco since 2005. Accardo, who is 30, was the Blue Jays’ closer in 2007 and had a record of 4-4 with 30 saves and an ERA of 2.14.

In 2011, he pitched in 31 games for the Orioles and also spent time with their Triple-A team in Norfolk.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians news

Indians’ Talbot place on disabled list


Mitch Talbot (file photo)

The Cleveland Indians put right-handed starting pitcher Mitch Talbot on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a lower back strain.

Talbot’s next start will go to Jeanmar Gomez against the Orioles In Baltimore on Sunday.

Talbot’s spot on the 25-man roster will go to outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A Columbus.

Talbot has had it rough this season, going 2-6 with a 6.33 ERA in 11 starts. This is his second stint on the DL in 2011.


compiled from staff, Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

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