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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Karma



Paul Janish was the hero in Friday's Norfolk Tides game. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, he hit a blooper over the second baseman to drive in the winning run, sending his former team, the Louisville Bats, to defeat.

They interviewed him yesterday before the game. They asked him if he felt any pressure, coming to bat in the bottom of the 9th with the game on the line. His response was, "Nah, I just didn't want to play extra innings."

The announcers loved that answer, but I guess the baseball gods were not amused. The game after that interview went 16 innings. Both teams ended up using position players as pitchers. (Not Janish, alas.) Hernan Iribarren pitched three shutout innings for Louisville. Jesus Montero (yes, the former Yankees catching prospect) pitched the last inning for the Tides, and took the loss.

Janish did not play in today's day game. He probably wouldn't have anyway, it being a day game after a night game, but after 16 innings, I'd have been really shocked if they started him again.

And it's possible he'll get another call up tomorrow. Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was hit by a pitch on his wrist in today's Orioles game, and the x-rays are reportedly "not good."

Hardy is likely headed to the DL. They could let Ruben Tejada make most of the starts at SS, or they might move Manny Machado to SS and let Tejada cover 3B. In any case, they'll need another backup infielder. It could be Janish getting the call, or another Norfolk player. Luis Sardinas is another possibility, though Janish has hit better and is better on defense. Johnny Giavotella has hit very well in Norfolk, but his glove is so bad it almost cost him his spot on the Tides during spring training.

Another possibility is that they'll call up Pedro Alvarez to play 3B if Machado moves to SS. Alvarez has been in a deep slump this season, and his glove is so bad the O's are trying to transition him to right field. But El Toro has an opt out clause, and the O's may be reluctant to lose him.

Hoping it's Janish...


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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Orioles DFA Paul Janish


Former Braves teammates Paul Janish and Chris Johnson at an O's spring training game


Well, I have to say, I wasn't expecting this. Paul Janish was called up by the Orioles about three weeks ago, when utility infielder Ryan Flaherty went on the DL with shoulder inflammation. I figured his roster spot was safe until Flaherty came off the DL.

But the O's had other plans. They acquired Ruben Tejada from the Yankees, two days ago. They announced he was being assigned to AAA, but today purchased his contract and designated Janish for assignment.

Janish has had all of five at-bats in his three weeks with the O's this year, so it seems odd that they would even bother to switch utility infielders.

Unless they are hoping Tejada can be more than a utility infielder. JJ Hardy has been really struggling this year. And it's the last year of his contract. Baltimore may be hoping Tejada can be the starting SS, at least part of the time.

Janish can refuse a minor league assignment and elect free agency if he clears waivers, but I expect he will report to Norfolk. He has in previous years, and this year, he's moved his family to Norfolk. It sounds like the Orioles have offered him a coaching job once his playing days are done.

Here's a short interview MASN did with Janish last weekend.

He talks about finishing his Rice degree, interning in real estate, and wanting to stay in the game even after he retires from playing. And about what a great experience winning the CWS was, and how he's still good friends with the guys he played with back then. (He said that when he was in Cincinnati, too: that winning the CWS with Rice was the best experience he ever had in baseball, because they won it all.)

Roch Kubatko had another interview with Janish the other day, that was kind funny. Janish said he wanted to be the emergency catcher and the disaster relief pitcher (roles he filled in Cincinnati). Kubatko warned him it could be dangerous. The O’s have had to put two catchers on the DL with...um...testicular injuries. Janish said he’d be okay, because with two boys and a girl, he’s not planning on having any more kids.

Good ol’ Janny, always ready to take one for the team. Maybe he'll get called up again later this year.

Meanwhile, the Reds activated Tony Cingrani today. He's been on the DL for a couple of months with an oblique injury. The Reds have given up on Cingrani starting; he's just not durable enough. But he's been solid out of the pen, at least when healthy.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Closing Day


Paul Janish turns a double play for the Norfolk Tides


If the first game of the season is on opening day, then the last game must be on closing day, right? Today is "closing day" for AAA. There's still the postseason for teams that have made it, but for most minor leaguers, the season is over.

Unless they get called up to the big leagues. The Orioles say they are still considering calling up Paul Janish. They seem to really like him, but they're facing a bit of a roster crunch, and they have other needs. Lots and lots of other needs.

If they don't call Janish up tomorrow, I assume they will send him to Sarasota to work out with the other players they are keeping warm on the backburner in case they are needed. Though Janish was not on the roster by August 31, he can still be added to the postseason roster if he replaces someone on the DL.


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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Old Timers Day


Bubba at bat


Last Saturday was the 70th Annual Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. Bubba Crosby was there, donning pinstripes again for the first time in ten years.

At 39, he was the youngest "old timer" there.

He played left field.

And batted ninth.

Some of the other old timers in attendance: David Cone, Hideki Matsui, Ralph Terry, Hector Lopez, Don Larsen.

Bernie Williams got a warm welcome.

Hideki Matsui hit a home run. David Cone promised to give him something hittable, and he did. (After sending him a message by throwing above his head - "retaliation" for Matsui's saying watching Cone pitch in the post-season made him realize he could hit in MLB.)

A NY Post photo of Bubba greeting fans as he was introduced.


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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Bubba to return to Yankee Stadium for Old-Timers' Day


The Yankees 70th annual Old-Timers' Day is June 12, and Bubba Crosby is among the players who will be there.

Very cool. I'm going to poke around on StubHub and see if I can get a ticket for less than an arm and a leg.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Off to a good start


Paul Janish is making a great first impression with the Orioles. He got a hit in his first at-bat the other day, and made a nice diving grab.

Today was even better. He wasn't even supposed to be in the lineup, but ended up subbed in when the CFer was injured. (No, he didn't play CF. They moved the SS to 1B and 1B to CF, which meant they needed a SS.) He was the only Oriole to get a hit off Yordano Ventura - and he got two of them.

Not to mention his usual sparkling defense, like this much needed double play, and this acrobatic catch.

J.J. Hardy has really struggled this year, probably due to injury. His wRC+ is just 52. Janish won't continue batting .500, but even if he doesn't hit a lick, his defense might make him the better choice. He's opening up some eyes in Baltimore, that's for sure.

He'll likely play in the next two games in Texas, with lefties as the probable pitchers.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Janish gets the call


With J.J. Hardy headed to the DL with a groin injury, the Orioles have called up Paul Janish from AAA Norfolk. They told him yesterday at lunch time, so he's already with Baltimore. He'll be starting at SS tonight and batting ninth. He's been given number 15.

It sounds like he'll start only against lefties. Lefty Ryan Flaherty will start against righties.

Showalter really likes Janish, though. Apparently, they are hoping to keep him in the organization beyond this season.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Cingrani to the pen


The Reds announced today that Tony Cingrani will be moved to the bullpen. He does not seem happy about this. I think he really wanted to be a starter.

But his heavy reliance on his fastball has raised red flags for many. Not to mention his recurring shoulder issues. I think there's some concern that if he pitches multiple innings, fatigue will increase his risk of injury.

Meanwhile, former Red Paul Janish has healed much faster than anticipated. He played in a minor league game last weekend, and DH'd in the "B" game yesterday.

He's DHing because the Orioles didn't want him to throw across the diamond yet. There was some talk of using him at 1B, where he wouldn't have to throw as far. Though he's now throwing 120 feet, so if he's not ready now, he's close.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Spring Training


Sure doesn't feel like spring yet here in the northeast, but spring training is underway in Arizona and Florida.

Paul Janish hasn't played in a game yet. I thought at first he was just buried on the depth chart, with Rey Navarro, Everth Cabrera, etc. signed after he was. But no, he's injured. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow last month. He's hitting off tee and just started fielding grounders. He can't throw yet. He's hoping to get into an actual game March 20 or 21, but admits that's optimistic.

Haven't seen Tony Cingrani yet, either. Not sure if he's injured or just hasn't gotten into a game yet. He's supposedly being considered as a starter, but might end up in the pen.

He did give up a home run to Billy Hamilton in batting practice, so he is pitching.

Update: Cingrani is starting tomorrow (Friday). I guess he really is in the mix for a spot in the starting rotation.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oh you Nasty Boys


The MLB Network is airing a show tonight about the 1990 Reds. "Nasty Boys: The 1990 Cincinnati Reds" will have an interview with Norm Charlton, among others.

It's at 9pm EST.

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