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The Golden Sombrero

Baltimore Orioles commentary and links to insightful articles about the Baltimore Orioles and baseball.

Updated: 2012-04-12T18:33:31.065-04:00



Got this note from the Baseball HQ newsletter that I hope everyone stopping by here is already subscribed to. If not, here's the info:

Looking for one person with the fantasy savvy, obsessionand determination to
compete in TOUT WARS as part of a featurefilm fantasy baseball documentary,
inspired by Sam Walker's bookFantasyland.

In 2006, Sam Walker, of the Wall St Journal took on fantasybaseball's best of the best, competing for one season in theultimate league, Tout Wars. Sam's journey was documented in hisNew York Times best-seller, Fantasyland.

The 2008 Tout Wars season is going to be filmed as part of afeature film documentary, produced by Wonderland Sound andVision, and Sound Pictures. They are looking for one person totake over where Sam Walker left off. You will compete against theTout Wars American League experts and have your entire seasoncaptured on film.

They are looking for someone who is a veteran of fantasybaseball, is obsessed with the game and has followed Tout Wars.They are looking for someone who is interested in not justplaying by the numbers but wants to go out and talk to scouts,players and general managers to help in their decision making.

They are looking for someone between the ages of 30-50 who willbe willing to provide complete access into their life during thefantasy baseball season. There will be some travel involved,including attending spring training. You must be available forthe Tout Wars draft in New York City the weekend of March 21-23. If you are interested and available for this experience, pleaserespond to the following questions.

Please cut and paste thequestions into an email, respond and send to by January 4, 2008.

Your name
Where are you located?
How many years have you been playing fantasy baseball?
What attracted you to fantasy baseball?
How does fantasy baseball dominate your life?
Give us a sense ofthe amount of hours you spend playing, along with stories thatillustrate your obsession in action.
What was your greatest fantasy baseball trade?
What was a decision that you will haunt you forever?
What do you know about Tout Wars and what would it mean to you to be
able to compete in this league?
How does fantasy baseball affect your home life? Your work life?
Which person in Tout Wars would you be most excited to competeagainst and beat? How do you think you would do if given a chance to compete inTout?
Have you read the book Fantasyland by Sam Walker?
What did you think of the way Sam Walker played fantasy baseball(contacting players, scouts,etc)?
Please tell us about your life outside of fantasy baseball: job,relationship, etc.


Will the Orioles be able to get anything at the trade deadline for any of their players? Here's hoping they can at least get a few decent quad-A types for Conine and Millar (if anyone wants those two).


The Stats that Matter Most - check out the win differential on the Jays. I think they are a playoff team next season.


Palmeiro is back but he isn't playing yet.

Also, it looks like Eric DuBose will be starting this weekend leaving John Maine in the minors:

Saturday starter: The Orioles have yet to announce a starting pitcher for Saturday's game against Toronto, but Perlozzo said it will be either Eric DuBose or Triple-A Ottawa's John Maine. Perlozzo indicated that unless DuBose is needed for a relief outing on Thursday or Friday, he would be the starter. DuBose, who was 8-10 with a 3.25 ERA for Double-A Bowie, was in the rotation last season before missing the final three months because of elbow surgery.


Great piece by Bob at Birds in the Belfry about Pat Gillick.


I've been too busy with other projects to post here lately. If you are looking for O's news check the Birds in the Belfry site. The message board there has a number of great O's fans.

I am writing at Creativesports and I also have a Fantasy Baseball Blog that is taking up my spare time. Check me out there if you have the time and have an interest in fantasy baseball.


Kerry's Calculus: An interview with Mike Flanagan


Kerry's Calculus: What We Think We Know - Remembering One of Life's Little Truisms

2005-02-18T21:59:23.240-05:00 - MLB - Stark: Sweet spring

2005-02-13T14:08:02.086-05:00 - His role unclear, Julio signs one-year deal with Orioles

With the addition of Reed and Kline and the probable elevation of Ryan in the bullpen, Julio is considered an attractive player for a trade.

The New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks had expressed interest, as did the Chicago Cubs, who instead took Jerry Hairston and minor leaguers Mike Fontenot and David Crouthers for Sammy Sosa.

Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie said nothing is set about the closer situation at this point.

"It's up in the air," he said. "We're confident about B.J. and we'd like for Jorge to be more consistent, but that's one of those things that we'll decide in spring training."

2005-02-09T22:28:44.340-05:00 - MLB - Olney: Circumstantial evidence

2005-02-09T22:19:14.660-05:00 - Gammons: Motown revival


Baltimore Orioles Press Release: Orioles statements on Canseco book

Orioles 1B RAFAEL PALMEIRO today issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming book by former major league player Jose Canseco:
"I categorically deny any assertion made by Jose Canseco that I used steroids. At no point in my career have I ever used steroids, let alone any substance banned by Major League Baseball. As I have never had a personal relationship with Canseco, any suggestion that he taught me anything, about steroid use or otherwise, is ludicrous. We were teammates and that was the extent of our relationship. I am saddened that he felt it necessary to attempt to tarnish my image and that of the game that I love."


New York Daily News - Sports - Daily News Exclusive: Canseco confessions

The tell-all book, "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big," published by Regan Books hits bookstores Feb. 21.

"The longtime Oakland star, who made a brief appearance with the Yankees in 2000, claims he introduced steroids to the game and injected fellow Bash Brother Mark McGwire in the rear end numerous times in clubhouse bathroom stalls.

He also describes watching disgraced Yankee slugger Jason Giambi and McGwire injecting each other when they both played with the Oakland A's, and says he personally taught All-Star and potential Hall of Famers Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez to use 'roids after he was traded to the Texas Rangers in 1992.

Canseco claims the team's general managing partner at the time - an aspiring politician named George W. Bush - had to have been aware that his players were using performance-enhancing drugs but did nothing about it."


Buy advertising space on Jeff Bagwell's ex-wife's cleavage. Bids have passed $10,000.


GM Night at Fantasy Camp - Mike Flanagan answers questions from the O's faithful.


Athletics Nation :: Billy Beane Back in AN Part III - Check out all three parts if you have time.