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  1. I just have to point out that all of the pitchers mentioned in this piece are former Orioles. Wieters, Tillman, and Matusz can’t come soon enough!

    Comment by Matt J. — May 27, 2009 @ 9:12 am

  2. Could steroids, or the lack thereof, be a reason for a magical 4-6 MPH drop in velocity? Just a thought.

    Comment by BS — May 27, 2009 @ 10:42 am

  3. It looks like the Orioles gave up on the Adam Eaton experiment, too.

    Comment by don — May 27, 2009 @ 11:23 am

  4. “Could steroids, or the lack thereof, be a reason for a magical 4-6 MPH drop in velocity? Just a thought.”

    Almost certainly not. It isn’t as if Cabrera’s legs suddenly atrophied. It sounds to me like Cabrera’s shoulder has been quietly disintegrating.

    Comment by Alireza — May 27, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  5. His miserable velocity dip was matched by appalling control. He snapped off I think four wild pitches in one game against the cards. Could his problem be more esoteric than a bad labrum – maybe a nerve problem in his arm?

    Comment by tom s. — May 27, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  6. Perhaps he is just much older than he has reported? Fellow Dominican Miguel Tejada lied about his age and, of course, Esmailian Gonzales. We know the Venezuelan Vlad Guerrero is a part of this club, as well. I’m sure that Pujols isn’t lying about his age, though. Despite the fact that he looked, sounded, and hit like a much older player in high school. I’m sure he’s just a special case. I can certainly understand the motivation. If I was a 20 year old hitter or pitcher in a third world country and knew I could get millions and escape my dirt farm if I could fool people into thinking I was 16, I’d do it. Then, once I had the millions, I would be able to afford to take HGH and I could stay young longer and no one would ever know my true age.

    Comment by Bill — May 28, 2009 @ 5:59 am

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