Jonathan Schoop doubled and scored the game’s first run last night at the All-Star Game in Miami. If Yadier Molina hadn’t homered to tie the game (and Robinson Cano subsequently homered to win it), Johnny may well have been in line for the ASG MVP Award. Ah well. Get ’em next time.
We’ve got two more days to kill without O’s baseball. Here’s some reading to help.
Now here’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile: Michael Olesker. Baltimoreans will remember Michael from his days as a commentator on the WJZ evening news. He’s now writing for JMore, a web publication dedicated to the lives of Baltimore’s Jewish community. Mike says that the O’s are boring to watch, which is true in a sense, but with MLB itself moving more and more toward a land of three true outcomes, it’s not just a Baltimore problem.
Of teams who have the best record in a league over a five-year span (as the O’s did from 2012-16), most win or at least appear in a World Series, writes Camden Depot’s Patrick Dougherty. While it is certainly disappointing that those O’s teams never made it that far (still hate you, Royals), I don’t agree with Pat that the accomplishment means little or nothing without a ring.
Camden Chat’s Alex Conway goes spelunking for any potential signs of improvement from the team, or reasons for O’s fans to have optimism for the second half. He mostly comes back with nothing but guano.
Dan Connolly on Bobby Dickerson getting emotional about Jonathan Schoop’s All-Star nod, Schoop’s night in Miami, and a very interesting note on Hideo Nomo’s no-nos.
Don’t hold your breath, Bobby.