I might from Boise, Idaho, a town hours and hours away from the nearest pro baseball team-glancing at a map I'd say the Seattle Mariners are the closest I could get to a hometown team-but I was raised by a rabid Dodgers fan.
As Friday¿s 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline looms, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is still attempting to improve the club¿s 25-man roster by adding an outfielder with on-base skills and potentially another pitcher. According to sources in and outside the organization, every indication is that Duquette will make at least one deal by Friday afternoon ¿ though it is not expected to be a blockbuster.
The Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of Dan Duquette has become a fascinating story on many levels, but one question keeps hitting me amid all the will-he-or-won¿t-he speculation: What is Duquette actually worth?
If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there¿s really only one way to look at the situation: A¿s president Billy Beane has decided that it¿s now or never.
Before "Moneyball" hit the best sellers list and before Brad Pitt brought Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to the big screen, Dan Duquette's Montreal Expos were perhaps the first incarnation of the Moneyball concept.
When sifting through the national coverage of the Orioles this offseason, it isn't tough to notice a trend. The pundits love Dylan Bundy, they really like Buck Showalter -- but ultimately they're pretty sold that the Orioles are going to have a tough time repeating their success from 2012.
The Earl of Baltimore loved players who got on base and hit home runs. He abhorred small-ball strategies that wasted outs. He trumpeted these theories long before Billy Beane brought them into Hollywood vogue.
There are a lot of Orioles fans out there who think the voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America were way off base when they named Bob Melvin American League Manager of the Year instead of Buck Showalter.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who engineered one of the best turnarounds in baseball this season by taking the long suffering Orioles to the postseason for the first time in 15 years, was surprisingly shut out in the voting for this season's Sporting News Executive of the Year award, which goes to the game's top front office executive.
If you look at Yoenis Cespedes for what he is, it¿s not so hard to understand why the Orioles weren't willing to hand the Cuban defector a contract greater than the four-year, $36 million deal he reportedly received from the A's.