The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, recently invited Marcus Smith Jr. and his family to participate in on field activities including the line up card exchange prior to their recent game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Little did Smith know that he would soon be reunited with his father at home plate. Smith Sr. a returning Marine dressed up as an umpire and surprised his son. Very cool video.
Not sure if this is a student run operation, but the University of Richmond SpiderTV can sure produce a high quality production. Baltimore Orioles prospect Joe Mahoney, a Richmond grad, recently returned to his college town as the Richmond Flying Squirrels welcomed the Bowie Baysox to town. Mahoney who was the Orioles 2010 Minor League Player Of The Year is currently batting .291, with 21 Doubles, 5 Triples, 10 Home Runs, and 62 RBI’s for the Baysox. SpiderTV took advantage of the opportunity and put together this very good three minute piece on Mahoney and his journey through the minor leagues. Was very impressed with the production quality that went into the piece.
Back in the mid 1990’s Rick Forney was a promising young arm in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He burst onto the scene as a 19 year old going 7-0 with a 2.19ERA on a GCL Orioles. Two years later he went 14-8 with a 2.78ERA for the High-A Frederick Keys. However after two seasons with the Double-A Bowie Baysox that resulted in an ERA near five and a brief stop in Triple-A, Forney’s big league dreams fizzled at age 23. From there he pitched in various independent leagues for the next five seasons before retiring from baseball at age 28 while a member of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Forney is now in his 6th season as the manager of the Goldeyes where he recently received the American Association Manager of the Year Award. The story below gives a brief look at Forney’s managerial career and the big crowds he is helping draw to Winnipeg.
Forney named top skipper — WinnipegFreePress.com
Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper has hit his first Home Run in Double-A. The seventh inning blast came off of Bowie Baysox pitcher Michael Ballard. Harper went 3-4 for the Harrisburg Senators on the afternoon raising his Double-A batting average to .250. He has a combined 15 Home Runs between Low-A Hagerstown and Double-A Harrisburg.
Spending parts of four seasons in the Low-A South Atlantic League is not on the resume of most major league pitchers. Cole McCurry may soon be an exception. The 6’2″ lefty out of Tennessee Wesleyan University is on the cusp of the big leagues after a season that has taken him up the Baltimore Orioles chain from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk in what has been a breakout 2011. Prior to this season, McCurry spent all or parts of the 2007, 2008. 2009, and 2010 season as a starter at Low-A Delmarva and High-A Frederick. This year, the addition of a slider, and a move to the bullpen, has opposing batters hitting just .180 off of McCurry who is a combined 6-1 with a 1.41ERA. In the story McCurry talks about his sudden success, the development of his slider, and keeping a level head as he positions himself for a shot with the Orioles. You can follow Cole on twitter @ColeMcCurry
Cole McCurry’s newest pitch turns heads — Citizen-Times.com