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Ranking of the Orioles' 100 Gopher Balls according to the extent to which they were injured

BALTIMORE – On Monday afternoon, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks walked through the Camden Yards clubhouse with a shiny black bat. Ken Singleton, the former Orioles bat and current Yankees broadcaster, stopped him and asked if he could check the stick. Hicks forked over the wood and Singleton appreciated it in his hands.

"This is a place where you can achieve a lot," Singleton told Hicks, who missed the first six weeks of the season and had only one home run on his account. "And these guys can give them up, too."

Although Hicks got stuck in the first two games of the series, his Yankees teammates hit six homers. The last of them was a laser, which was guided by the bat of Clint Frazier in the dead center. It was also the 1

00th Homer that Orioles pitchers have allowed this season.

It only took 48 games to reach the century mark, which is nine games faster than the former fastest team (2000 Royals). If your current pace continues, they will spend 338 gopher balls this season, breaking the current Cincinnati Reds 2016 record of 258 balls. Sure, things are down the line. Ascent. They are so busy that currently three teams (Mariners, Twins, Astros) want to break the record for most Homer hits in one season. But the extent to which these clubs threaten the offensive mark (will they or not?) Is nothing compared to what Baltimore's hurlers do (they will certainly do). Or because of the pain they are preparing for O's fans.

In honor of the three-digit numbers of birds, we took the liberty of evaluating each of the 100 home runs that the pitching team helped launch, this season in the order from least to most painful. So grab some ice packs and ibuprofen and enjoy the ride. Or not.

100th Mookie Betts, May 8, against Andrew Cashner

Betts has 14 boys in 42 career games at Camden Yards. So this one caused absolutely no pain because Os fans are completely deaf by now.

99. Aaron Judge, April 6 against Dylan Bundy

It's Aaron Judge, people. Going deep is what the guy does. No hard feelings. (Actually, this could easily have been number 100, but since the judge wears 99 on his uniform, it feels like the right place.)

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98. Judge, April 6, against Bundy

See No. 99.

97. Freddy Galvis, April 1, against Mike Wright

The shortest homer that the Birds admitted this season (348 feet), according to Statcast, had a 91 percent chance of failing. Meh.

96. Jurickson Profar, April 9, against Richard Bleier

Bleyer's sinker is among the better in baseball and should not lead to round-tripers. Normally that would hurt. The fact that Bleier met the IL shortly afterwards with a shoulder tendinitis, however, proved that he was not quite right and facilitates the swallowing.

95th Gleyber Torres, April 4, against Alex Cobb

The first Jack-O pitchers allowed at Camden Yards this year took place in the third inning of the home opener , Maybe a little earlier than the fans would have liked, but at the time it did not seem so noticeable.

94. Andrew Benintendi, April 12, against David Hess

Her simple, garden-sorted solo recording. There is not much to see here.

93rd Albert Pujols, May 11 against Bundy (1 of 2)

This was Pujols' first upbeat after becoming a member of the ultra-exclusive 2,000-RBI club was. It's hard to be angry with a man who has such a fantastic career behind him. This almost felt like a thank you.

92. J. D. Martinez, May 7, against Hess

When pain is expected, it hurts less. A rammer like Martinez, who penetrates deep into the Camden Yards, is practically a matter of course.

91. Matt Chapman, April 10, against Josh Rogers

The O's had already dropped to 3-7 in the seventh inning (against a rival without a division) when Chapman scored this two bombs hit. So basically it did not matter.

90. Jason Kipnis, May 16, against Dan Straily (1 of 2)

The Marlins released Straily three days before the opening day. Yes, these Marlins. The Orioles considered it advisable to sign him, and he has since passed 10 homers in 30 innings. This Kipnis shot was the 10th of those. When it happened, the fans of O were pretty much used to it.



Mike Trout in front of 7-year-old superfan Gavin Edelson: "I have to start a home run tonight 89. Mike Trout, May 10 against Straily

You may have heard of the game in which a 7-year-old superfan asked Trout to hit a homer, and then the angel star went out and did just that. "This is Homer.

88. Trout May 12 vs. John Means

You may have heard of the game in which a 7-year-old superfan asked his favorite player to hit a homer, and then the player ran out and did just that This is this player.

87. Marcus Semien, April 9 vs. Means

One of the home runs on this list had to be # 87, which seems to be just about everyone else

86. Josh Phegley, April 8, against Cashner

Two-digit exit g eschwindigkeit. Relatively low hit probability of 52 percent. The Birds led at that time with 4-0 and won 12: 4. This man practically tickled.

85. Jose Abreu, April 22, against Tanner Scott

Abreu had an average of 407 feet on his head last year. The fact that he only covered 388 feet feels almost like a win.

84. Mike Zunino, May 3 against Straily

Tyler Glasnow, fresh from his award as Pitcher of the Month in April, started against Straily in that match. The fate of this game was so well sealed before it even started. What if Zunino went to the garden?

83. Pujols, May 11 against Bundy (2 of 2)

Under the rules of etiquette, a gopher ball is considered an acceptable gift to reach the 2,000 RBI Plateau. Two, however, are a little over the top.

82nd Eddie Rosario, April 20 against Straily (1 of 2)

Remember this date. Because you will see it again in these rankings. And again. And again and again. This was the first of 11 homers – Count's, 11 -, who met the twins in a double header at Camden Yards.

81. Jordan Luplow, May 18 against Means

Luplow, an Indian outfielder, is the great nephew of Al Luplow, an Indian outfielder. Ol & # 39; Al struck two home runs against the Orioles, the second of which came in support of Cleveland starter Mudcat Grant.

80. Gary Sanchez, March 31, against Means

The Yankees have scored only one homer in the game for the fewest goals in a competition against Baltimore this season. One day, John Means will brag about his grandchildren.

79. C.J. Cron, April 20, against Cobb

This date once again.

78. Abreu, May 1 against Cashner

This Abreu shot went 433 feet. That's 26 feet longer than last year, but hey – at least it did not go on!

77th Phegley, April 11 against Bundy

Phegley hit as many homers in this series as last season (two). But to defend the staff of the O, Josh Phegley can only be held for so long.

76. Clint Frazier, April 7, against Hess (1 of 2)

75. Yandy Diaz, April 17, against Hess

74 Carlos Santana, May 19, against Yefry Ramirez

73. Rosario, April 20 against Straily (2 of 2)

Not too many people outside the twin cities know this (yet ), but Rosario is a pretty dangerous batsman. In fact, no Minnesota player has Homer since the beginning of 2017. Although Straily has given two bombs to Rosario in this game, there's nothing to be ashamed of here.

72nd Torres, April 7th against Hess

Scored 0-2, which seems to hurt … until you realize that the league has an inscrutable .248 against Orioles. Pitcher hits if the counter has no balls Two hits (that's three points more than the MLB average). In other words, this was just a normal business.

71. Mitch Garver, April 20, against Wright

70th Randal Grichuk, April 3, against Jimmy Yacabonis

69. Christian Vazquez, April 13 vs Cashner

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68. Ji-Man Choi, April 17, against Hess

Choi's first Dinger of the Year. This part smiles a bit.

67. Sanchez, April 4, against Cobb

66. Santana, May 18, against Miguel Castro

This 426-foot shot was one of the longest Homeruns that Castro has allowed in his career.

65. Willian's Astudillo, April 20 against Straily

The second of two back-to-back Jacks that would have been rated higher on the pain scale if Astudillo do nothing would what fun.

64. Sanchez, April 7, against Hess (1 of 3)

63. Xander Bogaerts, May 7, against Hess

This was the seventh thing the season for Boston's shortstop. That's seven more than Orioles shortstops this year. Somewhere, Cal Ripken is writhing.

62. Kipnis, May 16 against Straily (2 of 2)

Kipnis failed to play Homer in his first 104 record appearances this season. Then in his first game against the O & # 39; s, he went to the garden twice. Sounds about right.

61st Profar, April 10 against Straily

60th Cameron Maybin, May 15 against Hess

Maybins first of the year (see # 68) ,

59. Greg Bird, March 28, against Paul Fry

58. Troy Tulowitzki, March 30, against Bleier

Tulos Tater came on a board. With a 0-2 count. And is the only Homer he has met for nearly two years.

57. James McCann, April 22, against Hess

The three-legged Homer was Earl Weaver's jam. The fact that McCann has embraced it – not the least to break a tie – is offensive to the sensitivity of a self-respecting Baltimorian.

56. Mitch Moreland, May 7, against Brandon Kline

Another Earl Weaver Special who replaced White Sox with Red Sox.

55th Semien, April 11th against Mychal Givens

Givens, Baltimore's closest, came into play in an uncertain situation – his team was 7: 5 behind in the ninth inning – and drove off common with stinking away.

54. Nelson Cruz, April 20, Against Cobb (1 of 2)

Since Baltimore let Cruz go on the vacant agency after the 2014 season, he has 170 homers, the second-most in the league majors. Ouch.

53. Byron Buxton, April 28, against Bundy

52. Over there Alonso, April 29, against media

Alonso is Manny Machado's brother-in-law, and everything What reminds Os fans of the past Manny era, it has to annoy you.

51. Jonathan Schoop, April 20, against Wright

See # 52 (Schoop was Manny's best bird lover).

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50. Khris Davis, April 10, Against Rogers (1 of 2)

This blast of Khris Davis of Oakland (his sixth goal in 15 games) seemed to reinforce the bouts of Chris Davis of Baltimore drove an unimaginable 0-for-49 skid.

49th Davis, April 10 against Rogers (2 of 2)

See # 50.

48. Max Kepler, April 26, against Cobb

47th Frazier, April 7, against Straily (2 of 2)

When Straily was released from the Marlins, he had turned up in flames when he debuted his O when he appeared relieved and less outs (four) than runs booked allowed (five). Two of these runs came on Frazier's second jack of the game.

46. Cruz, April 20, against Kline (2 of 2)

See # 54. As if it was not bad enough that Cruz twice went to court against his former team, this was the sixth thing of the twins. and her ninth of the DoubleHeader.

45th Kepler, April 27 against Scott (1 of 2)

44th Cron, April 27 against Fry

Regardless of whether this explosion If someone has hurt someone emotionally or not, there is a chance that someone will be physically injured. At 183 km / h, this is the second-hardest homer abandoned by Baltimore employees this season.

43. Frazier, May 21 against Hess (1 of 2)

42. Luke Voit, April 4 against Castro

A three-time shot, at 41. Garver, April 20, against Kline

40th Torres, April 4, against Wright

Another 0: 4: The Yankees finished ninth with 5: 4. 2-Homer. Did you know that Baltimore's OPS at 0-2 scores is about 200 points higher than the nearest team and almost double the league average? True story.

39th Davis, April 11 against Bundy (1 of 2)

At this time, the Chris Davis Series had reached 0 to 51.

38th Davis, April 11 against Bundy (2 of 2)


37. Sanchez, April 7, against Wright (2 of 3)

Aside from completing a multi-homer game, Sanchez was the longest of seven New York homers to do so Day. Sheet.

36th Chad Pinder, April 10 against Straily

35th Bogaerts, April 14th against Josh Lucas

When watching a disaster film based on the Orioles Without doubt, you would consider Kevin Costner as he is on the short list of those who can convincingly present a great leaguer. Unfortunately Costner is too old for the role these days. Instead, you just have to settle for his doppelganger, actor Josh Lucas. Similar to how the Orioles get along with the pitcher Josh Lucas.

34th Grichuk, April 3, against Matt Wotherspoon

A former plectrum 34 player finally debuts at the age of 27, promptly serving a gopher ball. That's about the sum of Orioles pitching staff this season.

33. Brandon Lowe, April 17, against Hess

Lowe (rhymes with you, but not with you) comes from Delmarva and has attended the University of Maryland. Four years after the Orioles – and 28 other teams – passed him on to the draft, the former third is a true Rookie of the Year candidate.

32nd Cruz, April 26th against Cobb (1 of 2)

Did I mention that Cruz was once an oriole?

31st Cruz, 26th of April against Gabriel Ynoa (2 of 2)

See no. 32.

30th Frazier, 6th of April against Castro

After the Birds had lost their home game prelude, they led the Yankees in the eighth game with 4: 3. Until they were not. Frazier's three-hour jack, who eventually won the match and raised both teams to 500 (4: 4), signaled the end of the honeymoon in the preseason for the fans of O.

29. Tim Anderson, 29. April vs. Medium

The pain here is solely due to the fact that Anderson once decided not to indulge in any of his patented Bat Flips . He robbed a suppressed Birds fanbase of much needed entertainment.

28. Rosario, April 20 against Cobb

There's that annoying date again. This was Rosario's third double header, which hurts. Also, it's hard for fans of O to hear the name "Eddie" and not miss this guy.

27. Marwin Gonzalez, April 27, against Yacabonis

435 feet are a lot of foot.

26. Mark Canha, April 8 against Cashner

436 feet are even more foot.

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25. Sanchez, April 7, Against Straily (3 of 3)

A 374-foot Sanchez thing is practically a win considering just the distance (or lack thereof). But the fact that it was 0-2 and his third homer was the game makes it a defeat. A really bad loss.

24th Torres, May 15 against Hess (1 of 2)

This was Torres & # 39; s fourth Jack of the season against the O's. It seemed to be a lot then.

23. Torres, May 15 against Hess (2 of 2)

Make this your fifth.

22nd Tommy Pham, April 18, against Cashner

421 feet are a lot of feet – especially when those feet are in the direction of the opposite field.

21st Kendrys Morales, April 11 against Bundy

A short time later, the athletes appointed Morales.

20th Rosario, April 26, against Cobb

Rosario's fourth entry in this list. He is one of six players with at least four homers against LongBalltimore this season. Three of them play for Minnesota (Rosario, Cruz, Kepler), which is absurd, considering that the O's and Twins only faced each other six times.

19th Cron, April 26, against Cobb

Back to back. That never hurts.

18. Grichuk, April 1, against Pedro Araujo

Araujo, a former tip under Rule 5, was bad last year (7.71 ERA). Nevertheless, this year he found his way into a game, served this thing and was then adopted by the DFA. Another poster moment for the Orioles pitching team from 2019.

17th Avisail Garcia, April 16 against Bundy

At 428 feet, it's the longest long ball, the Bundy this year allowed what really says something.

16. Austin Romine, April 7, against Hanser Alberto

It was Romine's only homer of the season and it came down against a positional player. Do I have to say more?

15th Jason Castro, April 27th against Yacabonis

The second of three Gopher balls in the same inning for Yacabonis went 443 feet.

14. Kepler, April 27, against Yacabonis (2 of 2)

As the third of three offenders in the inning, he traveled only 30 yards. The three jacks had an average of 437 feet. In related news, Yacabonis was sent down to the minors the next day.

13. Sanchez, May 15 against Hess

With an exit speed of 114.9 miles per hour, this is the fiercest homer the Orioles have abandoned this season. It was also the sixth jack of the Sanchize season against the O's.

12th Torres, May 15 against Cashner

Torres sixth Jack against Baltimore. Sometimes he and Sanchez seem to be busy with their own little game: "Anything you can do I can do better (against the orioles)." And by "sometimes" I mean "every single game in which the birds and the Americans face each other".

11. Kepler, April 28, against Bundy

Even though the twins are having a fantastic season and their futures are promising, do not be surprised if Kepler demands trading with the Yankees on the deadline , You know, just so he can participate in the Anything You Can Do action.

10. Torres, May 20 against Cashner (1 of 2)


9th Torres, May 20 against Givens (2 of 2)




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7. Sanchez, May 20 against Givens

His seventh homer against the O's was certainly more hurtful than his eighth due to the circumstances. Baltimore led the match 7: 3 late in the game. After New York finished ninth, Voit scored a foul-pop to end the upper half of the inning. But Orioles catcher Pedro Severino lost it inexplicably, Voit went and Sanchez hit a three shot. So yes, this one has stung.

6. Rowdy Tellez, April 2, against Castro

At 449 feet, the longest homer an Orioles pitcher has allowed this year. (What did you expect from a guy who weighs 6 feet 4, 255 pounds and is called Rowdy?)

5. Garcia, April 18, against Givens

Not quite as long as the Tellez -Tater (447 feet), but this was a dramatic explosion in the ninth inning, which led to a parade and sent the game in the extras. (Baltimore won in the end, but that's not the point.)

4th Frazier, May 21 against Hess (2 of 2)

The actual 100th Homer. Frazier's second night was New York's 29th Jack in 10 Whiffle Ball baseball games against the Orioles this season. It was also the 18th time this season that the O's made it possible for a player to score several homers in a competition. No other team has done it more than seven times.

3rd Schoop, April 20 against Chris Davis

The last of Minnesota's 11 homers on this fateful day, he was (A) hit by a former oriole, (B) went really far ( 435 feet) and (C)) came up against a spot player. That's pretty much a trauma Trifecta right there.

2. Benintendi, May 8 against Ramirez

When Trey Mancini made a draw at the end of the 11th, the Orioles thought they had won the match – until Jackie Bradley Jr. did this . A moment later, at the beginning of the 12th, Benintendi went into full-gut mode.

1st Voit, March 28 against Cashner

Opening day. First inning. "Nuff said.

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