Orioles Notes: Doi, Damon, Hoiles

Let's check out a few Sunday morning Orioles links….

  • The Orioles have signed Japanese lefty Yoshihiro Doi to a minor league contract, according to NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman, who passes along a report from Nikkan Sports. Doi, 35, became eligible for international free agency a year ago, but ended up sitting out the 2011 season due to visa issues.
  • You can hear admiration in Dan Duquette's voice when the O's GM discusses Johnny Damon, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. While Duquette didn't confirm to Cafardo that he's interested in signing Damon, a Friday report suggested Baltimore is eyeing the well-traveled veteran.
  • Former Orioles backstop Chris Hoiles tells Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he'd like a chance to get back into the organization in some capacity. Hoiles says he has reached out to team officials in the past and will continue to do so: "I feel like I have a lot to offer and I feel like I can help out these young kids with my knowledge and experience."

37 Responses to Orioles Notes: Doi, Damon, Hoiles Leave a Reply

  1. How does Damon not have any interest? I know he isn’t like he was several years ago with the Yankees or Red Sox, but he can still swing the bat. You would think at the very least a team would be interested in him as a bat off the bench. But not a single word?

    • James Attwood 3 years ago

      I’m rather surprised he isn’t the full-time DH somewhere already too. Makes you wonder if he has a short list of teams that he has been shopping himself to. Notice he never gets linked to any AL teams from the AL West and hardly ever from the AL Central.

      Makes me think his own preferences may be why he isn’t signed yet.

      • I loved Damon when he was on the Yankees. I really hope he plays just so he can get to his 3,000 hits. His defense is suspect, but putting him at DH or using him for some pop off the bench isn’t a problem. What about Texas? Cruz and Hamilton can’t stay healthy at all. He could fit in LF if they need him to. Great swing for that park.

        • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

          No. We already have Hamilton, Cruz, Martin/Borbon, Murphy and Moreland to play OF. It’s to crowded.

          • But the point is Hamilton and Cruz can’t stay healthy. Borbon wasn’t that good, and Moreland is a first baseman.

    • mstrchef13 3 years ago

      I think that Damon is in the unenviable position of being such a defensive liability that he can only be a DH, and most teams aren’t looking for players witha .743 OPS to fill a full-time DH spot. The Orioles are rumored to be interested in everyone, because quite frankly they ought to be. If the team signs Damon to be the full-time DH, then that makes Reynolds the full time 1B, Davis the full time 3B, and Reimold the full time LF. I’m not sure if the front office is ready to resign themselves to that situation quite yet.

      Hoiles is a very well liked member of the Orioles community, and I’d love to see him have a place in the organization. With four minor league affiliates in the state of Maryland, I’m quite sure that the team could create some position in which Hoiles could be an asset to the organization.

      • cacavolante 3 years ago

        we ought to have interest in players that help us getter better- not johnny damon.

  2. Chris Hoiles can teach them how to hit Grand Slams upon Grand Slams

    • Bleed_Orange 3 years ago

      Super like! I vividly remember watching the game where he hit 2 grand slams

  3. Wasn’t Hoiles a starter for a good amount of time?

    • not_brooks 3 years ago

      He was indeed.

      He was an excellent game caller and averaged 20 home runs and a 120 OPS+ through eight “full” seasons with the O’s.

      Never could stay healthy though. A lot of O’s fans would blame that on Tim Leary, a Yankees pitcher who was accused of doctoring baseballs and broke Hoiles’s wrist was a fastball in a game in 1992.

      Full circle tie-in: The Yankees manager who denied that Leary was doctoring the ball? Buck Showalter.

      • Lookouts400 3 years ago

        I don’t know, NB, he stayed healthy long enough to play 894 games.  That’s third in Orioles history to Dempsey and Triandos.  The Leary pitch you mentioned cost him about 60 games in 1992, but he still played 96 games that year.  After that, he played 126, 99(in the strike year of ’94), 114, and 127 games.  Not bad for a catcher.  Even his last two years, he played 99 and 97 games, before leaving the majors at the age of 33 after the 1998 season.  His knees did him in.  Too bad he could stay and DH for a few more years, he could really hit.  In 1998, his last season, he hit 15 HRs and had an OPS of 833.  At least he didn’t embarrass himself.

        And he is one of the few dead line gets who actually panned out.  They got him from the Tigers for Fred Lynn in the Cannot Year of 1988.

  4. EpiphanyinBaltimore 3 years ago

    As a bit of an Orioles fan, I really, really hope we don’t sign Damon. If we’re not going after Prince (and he’d be the perfect fit), then at least go and get someone like Carlos Pena.

  5. Manny Being Manny 3 years ago

    Soon enough the Orioles will have more Japanese players than Americans

    • vonhayesdays 3 years ago

      the japanese win little league worlds series regularly and the world baseball classic so maybe the orioles logic is they will win a regular worlds series 

      • Rabbitov 3 years ago

        Not to be a total killjoy here, but they only have 2 asian players on the major league roster now. 

  6. Former Orioles backstop Chris Hoiles tells Roch Kubatko of MASNSports that he’d like a chance to get back into the organization in some capacity. Hoiles says he has reached out to team officials in the past and will continue to do so: “I feel like I have a lot to offer and I feel like I can help out these young kids with my knowledge and experience.”

    The Problem is, who is Chris Hoiles going to teach? Matt Wieters? No, because Showalter hired Russell to do that. The other problem is Showalter is not going to get rid of him either, which is a shame because Russell is a disaster!

    Even if Hoiles is hired to handle the minor league system, who would he teach? Michael Ohlman??? He’s a MacPhail pick. Caleb Joseph has no arm. If anything is to be done would be to get Landon Powell from the A’s, as a player coach. The bottom line is I just don’t see how Hoiles is a fit here.

    Lastly, You can hear admiration in Dan Duquette’s voice when the O’s GM discusses Johnny Damon… there was a rumor last year that Damon was coming to Charm City and it was just a rumor and hopefully this is just propaganda just to get O’s fans thinking Duquette is actually doing something other than search the local scrap heaps for service parts.

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      There’s multiple spots he could take up. It’s not just limited to teaching catchers.

  7. BirdmanRob 3 years ago


    • Omazing 3 years ago

      Even Vlad > Damon
      Vlad finished the year with .304 avg Damon .238

      • Damon wasn’t .238. I believe he was over .260. Vlad didn’t hit .304, either. He had a terrible OBP, no power, no speed, no tools anymore. Vlad’s career is over.

  8. Omazing 3 years ago

    The Baltimore Nippons.

    ..seems about right!

    • niched 3 years ago

      The Baltimore Ham Fighters. Like the sound of that better. The O’s have been far too weak in international signing for years. Cal Ripken should just buy a good Japanese team and move them to Baltimore. Evict Angelos and just move the Japanese team into Camden Yards. Rename them the Baltimore Oriole Ham Fighters. They’d probably win alot more games, they’d get added Japanese TV revenue in a big way, and stadium attendance would increase with new Japanese fans. It would be great.

      • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

        Are you actually serious?

        • niched 3 years ago

          Just because your name is chiico, yes, I am serious…

      • Rabbitov 3 years ago

        O’s have two Japanese players on the major league roster: Wada and Chen.  I believe Chen was originally from Taiwan (although I could be wrong).  Is this what passes for humor now? (I say that to both of you). 

        • niched 3 years ago

          Quote: “Is this what passes for humor now?”

          This (and passing gas) is what has always has passed for humor … unless of course you have no sense of humor…

          Besides, they had Koji Uehara for a couple years, and who could forget the great Lenn Sakata?

  9. BirdmanRob 3 years ago

    Up to 4 Asian born players now, two minor league and two major league deals.

  10. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    The commenting policy on the site was changed to say “Comments of this nature are not allowed: … Writing comments in all or mostly caps.”

  11. Rangersfan32 3 years ago

    Strangely enough, I hear posting 5 times will be the next to go.

  12. redsx968 3 years ago

    Pretty ridiculous that he left the site entirely because of that. Whatever though. Good riddance.

  13. His keyboard’s Caps Lock was broken. So he couldn’t post anymore, lol.

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