News item: Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara announced his retirement. He was the first Asian-born player signed by the Orioles and also pitched for the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs before returning to play in Japan last year.
My take: He pitched in two World Series, one each with the Rangers and Red Sox, and made the All-Star team in 2014. But his biggest contribution in Baltimore was the trade that sent him to the Rangers for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter in 2011.
Bonus take: Davis’ current struggles notwithstanding, that was one of the better trades in recent Orioles history.
A baseball umpire trainee runs toward first base to get into position to make a call during an instructional camp session at Compton Community College. The umpire camp is operated by Major League Baseball and includes on-field and classroom instruction.