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.
The world of sport is one of upsets, results that defy logic: N.C. State beating Houston for the NCAA basketball title in 1983 or Villanova over Georgetown the following year, Larry Owings over Dan Gable in college wrestling in 1970, the 1980 Miracle on Ice, Spinks over Ali in boxing, Dodgers sweep A's in the 1988 World Series, even Giants over Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. But perhaps nowhere is the upset move prevalent than in horse racing
The former Major League Baseball pitcher "Bullet" Bob Turley, who died last Saturday at age 82, played for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, and his name also has a special meaning in the annals of Harford County sports and business.
The Orioles chased David Price from the game in the seventh inning, then orchestrated a two-out, five-run rally against reliever Jake McGee for a 7-4 Opening Day win against the Rays, a team they outlasted to earn an American League wild-card berth last season.
Orioles lefty Brian Matusz is hoping to springboard back into the starting rotation after embracing a reliever role and becoming an integral part of the Orioles sealing their first playoff berth in 15 years.
The American League East has long been considered one of baseball's toughest divisions, and that should hold true again in 2013. But it's no longer a division dominated by a couple high-spending teams and the occasional upstart. Suddenly, the AL East is being recognized for its depth.
Earl Weaver, the Orioles' irascible, chain-smoking, umpire-baiting manager who led the team to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship in his 17 years here, died Friday night while on an Orioles-themed cruise.
The sting from the wrenching, bitter end of the Washington Nationals' first playoff run might have faded for some by the dead of winter, but not, apparently, for the man at the very top of the organization, not for the 87-year-old real estate tycoon who grew up in Washington rooting for the Senators.
It's a pretty good time to be a Baltimore sports fan. This is the first time since the Ravens came into existence in 1996 that both the Orioles and Ravens had season records above .500 in the same calendar year.
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.
The American League is supposed to be the offensive league, right? Well, you wouldn't know it by the combined performance of the AL teams in this year's postseason, which just ended with the Detroit Tigers looking like little kitties at the plate.