The Schmuck Stops Here - Headlines from en ©2014, Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:02:00 -0400 Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Sept. 22, 2014,0,3726160.storylink?track=rss Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:02:00 EDT NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologizes, and the league's wait begins By Peter Schmuck,0,2989621.story?track=rss For 45 minutes Friday afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell performed an act of contrition for his bungling of Ray Rice's domestic-violence incident and the league&rsquo;s inadequate and inconsistent response to a long list of bad acts by NFL players. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:00 EDT It's a Mid-Atlantic Clinch-mas By Peter Schmuck,0,6310079.story?track=rss Just chalk it up as one more thing that nobody could have imagined when this baseball season started. The Orioles and the Washington Nationals clinched their respective East division titles almost simultaneously. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:10:00 EDT Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles,0,368838.storylink?track=rss Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:17:00 EDT RGIII can't catch a break as ankle injury takes him out By Peter Schmuck,,0,1503817.story?track=rss For a few tantalizing moments, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looked like his old self again in the first quarter of Sunday&rsquo;s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. Then his star-crossed career came unraveled again. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:27:00 EDT Timing of Chris Davis' suspension is a blow for the Orioles and fans By Peter Schmuck,0,3038961.story?track=rss News comes as team is surging toward postseason and on heels of messy Ray Rice saga<br/><br/>The way things have gone this week in Baltimore, it would not be a tremendous surprise if news broke tomorrow that Francis Scott Key plagiarized "The Star-Spangled Banner." Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:03:00 EDT Remembering Paul Blair a half century after O's debut Peter Schmuck,0,3492684.story?track=rss Paul Blair doesn&rsquo;t have a statue behind center field at Camden Yards, and he wasn&rsquo;t honored by the Orioles with a uniform patch this season after he passed away last December. But he does have a legion of fans in Baltimore who plan to honor him with signs and cheers when the Orioles and the New York Yankees play a doubleheader at Camden Yards on Friday. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:22:00 EDT NFL investigation into Ray Rice video raises more questions By Peter Schmuck,0,3260362.story?track=rss How can it be 'independent' if two league owners are involved with overseeing it?<br/><br/>NFL commissioner Roger Goodell&rsquo;s decision to hire former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct what is being called an independent investigation of the league&rsquo;s handling of the Ray Rice situation is a decisive move aimed at restoring public confidence in the sport. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:55:00 EDT Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Sept. 8, 2014,0,166446.storylink?track=rss Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:40:00 EDT It's hard to imagine Ray Rice not receiving further punishment after new video surfaces By Peter Schmuck,0,5995815.story?track=rss The release of a video that appears to show Ravens star Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator doesn&rsquo;t tell us anything we didn't think we already knew, but it makes the NFL look even worse for the way it handled the aftermath of the incident. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:08:00 EDT


Eduardo A. Encina left the Florida sun in 2012 to return home and cover the Orioles. A Jessup native and University of Maryland graduate, Encina previously covered another AL East team, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune.

Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 16 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 12 seasons, including the past eight with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Dean Jones Jr. is the sports content editor overseeing Orioles coverage. A Towson University graduate, he started working at The Baltimore Sun in 2007. He previously managed high school sports coverage and also covered the Orioles minor league teams.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.

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