About Tom Moore

TOM MOORE is from Baltimore and writes on sports for Press Box, and he previously served as a columnist for The Baltimore Examiner on many topics related to Baltimore and Maryland. Described by many as a ‘Renaissance man,’ Mr. Moore has hosted the weekly radio program The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM since 2003, and sings in a jazz/standards band, which released its first record in 2010, “Restless Journey” available on I-Tunes. Mr. Moore has also acted on stage in local theaters and on TV programs such as the NetFlix series “House of Cards” and HBO’s “The Wire.” An NCLL Final Four lacrosse player at the University of Richmond, Moore transferred to, then graduated from the University of Maryland in 2000 with a degree in Journalism. From 2000-2002, he worked as a producer for ABC Radio WMAL in Washington, DC where he was part of the station’s 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award-winning news team. A busy Maryland attorney (known better as Thomas Maronick Jr.) by day, Moore is a lifelong baseball, football and lacrosse fan and may be reached at tommooreradio@yahoo.com

Elias Silences Birds’ Bats, Mariners Take 4-2 Win

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BALTIMORE— The Seattle Mariners may have only one ace on their staff in Felix Hernandez, but in his fourth career start against Baltimore, 26 year-old Cuban lefty Roenis Elias sure resembled the King with a dominating performance that withstood a 9th inning comeback attempt by the Orioles. In 7 2/3 innings Elias allowed only one run on six hits, with a befuddling change-up that kept Baltimore off-balance the whole evening. It wasn’t until there were two outs in the 8th inning that Baltimore even had a real threat, and it was […]

O’s Cut Magic Number to 1 in Tense Win Over Blue Jays

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BALTIMORE – With a combination of strong pitching and just enough offense, the Orioles moved within one game of their first AL East Division title since 1997 with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.   With a win in Tuesday’s contest, the O’s would be able to celebrate at home, which they were not able to at any point during their last playoff appearance in 2012. “It’s pretty special to be coming here tomorrow to have a chance to do that,” said Showalter. “I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights […]

Inspired O’s Rally in 9th to Beat Yanks in Jeter Farewell Game

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BALTIMORE – In a game that began with Navy parachutists landing in Camden Yards, War of 1812 re-enactors marching into the outfield, a massive replica flag and a touching ceremony for retiring Yankee Derek Jeter, the final game in Baltimore for the Yankees in 2014 would be one to remember. The Orioles, down 2-1 in the 9th had three hits from the four batters who faced Yankees closer David Robertson to win a pitcher’s duel 3-2 on Kelly Johnson’s RBI double.  The win, with a loss by the Toronto Blue Jays […]

Cruz, Davis Lead HR Assault on NY, but Night Soured by Machado’s Injury

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BALTIMORE– A day after being shut down by St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching, the Orioles found their home run stroke once again with sluggers Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz each connecting on two-run homers, and Jonathan Schoop adding a three-run blast to lead the Birds to an 11-3 victory over the New York Yankees – but on a day that Manny Machado joined a suddenly growing injury list. Monday’s game pit the teams in different roles from what each had been usually accustomed:  the Orioles entered leading the division by six […]

O’s Fans Should Appreciate Derek Jeter’s Legacy

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BALTIMORE—The Orioles faced the New York Yankees Sunday in one of the final occasions in which retiring shortstop Derek Jeter will stand in the Camden Yards batter’s box.  Come next year fans won’t have a chance to see the player many call the greatest shortstop of his generation – and one of the greatest ever – again. Yet the Camden ovation for Jeter in his first at-bat was muted – a collection of appreciative cheers from some of the baseball fans including a large turnout of Yankee fans, as well […]

Bullpen Implodes as O’s Home Woes Continue

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BALTIMORE—With the Toronto losing to the Chicago White Sox Sunday, the Orioles had a huge chance to pick up a game in the close AL East race in which they entered the day just 1.5 games back of the East-leading Blue Jays. Yet, a  short starting performance by Miguel Gonzalez, followed by a spectacular bullpen collapse led to a 12-7 loss as the Orioles continued a frustrating trend of playing poorly at home against statistically-lesser opponents, and playing poorly at home in general, where they are now just 19-21 on […]

Norris Shines as O’s Shut Out Red Sox

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BALTIMORE — If you are the Baltimore Orioles, and your starting pitching has been mostly bad of late, with many of your starters having trouble getting out of even the third inning, you probably look to the one starter who has been consistently reliable to try to turn the tide against the always-tough Boston Red Sox. That would be Bud Norris, and against the Sox Monday, Norris delivered a gem of a game to the tune of eight shutout innings to help the Orioles to a much-needed 4-0 win. Norris […]

How the Tigers Outclass the O’s (& the Rest of MLB): It’s Science

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BALTIMORE—The Detroit Tigers win, and win a lot.  In their recent road sweep of the Orioles, the Tigers won two games convincingly, and one on a blown save, but it is the intricacies of how the Tigers did it that is simply fascinating.  The Tigers win, put simply, through science. I spoke with Tigers’ Performance Director Dr. George Carlo about the team’s performance protocols, and the differences are nothing short of startling from what other teams do.  The Tigers manage, effectively, nearly every aspect of a player’s day, from diet […]

Tigers Tame O’s Bats Again, Despite Gutsy Performance from Norris

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BALTIMORE – Despite a valiant pitching effort, the Orioles stumbled again this season against the Detroit Tigers in a series-opening 4-1 loss, in a game which featured the ejection of starter Bud Norris, and a benches-clearing incident in the 8th. Perhaps a tight duel should have been expected for a battle between two smoking-hot division leaders, though not necessarily a pitching duel, considering that each team has one of the best lineups in all of baseball, but only the Tigers have had the pitching to consistently match. But Monday’s contest […]

O’s Early Struggles Seem All Too Familiar

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Despite a middling, 12-12 start to the 2014 season, the Orioles have managed to stay in tight contention in the AL East, but all-too-familiar problems could threaten to set them back without important changes. Last year’s Orioles were in the playoff mirror for much of the season, buoyed by the spectacular season of Chris Davis in which the first baseman led the Major Leagues in home runs and RBI. Yet that team couldn’t get over the proverbial hump when consistent problems of poor starting pitching, overuse and tiring of the […]

O’s Gloves, Bats Waste Tillman’s Stellar Effort

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BALTIMORE -Despite a terrific start from ace Chris Tillman in which the starter did not yield an earned run, the Orioles’ bats were hushed by Toronto Blue Jays escape artist/5th starter Dustin McGowan who kept the Birds off the board despite multiple threats, in a 2-0 shutout loss. Tillman’s strong outing saw him throw 105 pitches, 65 for strikes, through eight full innings in which he allowed just three hits with six strikeouts. Tillman consistently stymied the lineup of Jays mashers including Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, changing speeds, working […]

O’s lose another tight one to New York on Yanks’ 9th-inning rally

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The Orioles, all season, have had trouble closing out games by allowing opponents to creep back in games they have led into the late innings.  That problem, which cost them in Tuesday’s game in which they gave away a 4-1 run 6th inning lead, came to a head again in a game the O’s led into the 6th inning. Tonight, it was Robinson Cano’s 9th inning go-ahead solo blast, followed by a triple off the wall from Curtis Granderson (both off reliever Tommy Hunter) who later came into score to […]

O’s stumble in finale, can’t complete sweep of Chicago

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The Orioles, after a paltry 3-6 road trip drove them to the fringe of the playoff discussion, quickly rebounded with three consecutive home wins against the struggling Chicago White Sox, losers of nine straight coming into Sunday’s finale, bringing the O’s to within one game of the AL Wild Card. “It’s nice to know that in other people’s opinion we’re back in playoff contention,” quipped O’s general manager Dan Duquette before the game. But just when it seemed the Orioles might be putting together a nice end-of-season run, the team […]

Bullpen, lack of clutch hits threaten to sink Birds

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The Orioles, when they have been good the past few years – the end of 2011, 2012, and the first half of 2013 – have gone on runs.  The runs have been five and six game stretches where the team packs on the wins. But just as Boston and Tampa got white hot this season, and Cleveland and Kansas City discovered this wonderful thing called “how to win games” and Oakland and Texas picked up right where they were last year, the O’s have turned downward. This season, sadly, has […]

Feldman, backed by Davis and Jones, leads O’s to rubber match win

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The return on the Orioles’ mid-season trade for right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman had been minimal at best coming into the team’s Sunday showdown against the Colorado Rockies Sunday. However, with a lot of help from Adam Jones and Chris Davis, Feldman did not disappoint in the 7-2 Orioles win.  Entering the rubber match of the three-game series with a just 5.18 ERA and a losing (2-3) record since joining the Orioles on July 2nd, Feldman was mostly strong in a 6 2/3 inning, five hit, 101 pitch performance. A 15-hit […]

Chen, Davis lift O’s over ‘Stros

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On a night when the Orioles desperately needed a win, the team turned to their ‘old reliable,’ starter Wei-Yin Chen, and he mostly delivered. Having dipped five games behind the division-leading and red-hot Tampa Bay Rays, Chen gave the Orioles 7 1/3 solid innings, allowing just three earned runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and one walk on a career high 119 pitches. “That was the most pitches I have thrown in the US,” said Chen through an interpreter, “But I feel really strong, really good today.” The game […]

Jim Johnson is the O’s “Tall Man;” now he just needs the theme music

Some of the best in baseball have nicknames.  Some just have cool names, like former ‘80’s Oakland A’s pitcher Tom Tellmann, whose name sounds like a fairy tale character, or the palindrome club of Toby Harrah, Mark Salas, Robb Nen, and Dave Otto amongst others – whose names spell the same thing forward and backward. But it is the nicknames that tend to stick, like “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, or Stan “The Man” Musial, Ted “The Splendid Splinter” Williams, and most especially Baltimore’s own George Herman “Babe” Ruth, not to forget […]

On PEDs, baseball needs to set the record(s) straight

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With Ryan Braun’s suspension for 65 games by Major League Baseball, finally a major player is facing significant time for using PEDs, and this will be a sign of things to come.  Hopefully that also means changing a few records along the way. There have been others who have been suspended here and there, like Melky Cabrera, then of the San Francisco Giants, for 50 games. But Braun is different. Although Cabrera won a World Series title, part of a team accomplishment, Braun won an individual award, the league MVP.  […]

Rangers have been an O’s nemesis over the years

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“It is hit high, it is hit deep, and it is GONE! A home run!” This familiar phrase isn’t just a paraphrase of Yankee radio announcer John Sterling’s famous home run call, but also a familiar soundtrack to when the Texas Rangers have come to bat against Oriole pitching over the years. Sure, the Orioles did beat a reeling Rangers team in the Wild Card round of the playoffs last season, but sadly that win was something of a rarity in the series. The Rangers have quietly become a major […]

Wei-Yin to the rescue – starter provides a spark, and some hope

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The return engagement of Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen from a long disabled list stint provided a crucial salve to the Orioles’ wounds and a touch of hope after a dismal stretch in which the team lost six of eight games. Chen was very strong in the O’s 6-1 win against the Texas Rangers, with glimpses of his 2012 form to boot, holding the Rangers to just three hits, with four strikeouts and only one run allowed in seven innings of work.  Chen did something so few Orioles starters have been […]
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