There was some newsworthy stories to come out of Baltimore yesterday, albeit not a big free agent signing that fans have been waiting for from the Baltimore Orioles. All Star centerfielder Adam Jones will be honored next month for his community service, while the Orioles also re-signed two of their own minor league free agents in knuckleballers Eddie Gamboa and Zach Clark.
Jones is coming off of a great 2013 that saw him garner an All Star selection, win a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award and now 2014 will start off with another award. The Babe Ruth Museum announced yesterday that they will be honoring Jones with their 2014 Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award at the annual Babe's Birthday Bash.
"Baltimore is a second home to me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to do my part to help this community," Jones said in a press release announcing the award.
The event will take place on February 6 at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and will run from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. as the Museum will be celebrating the 119th anniversary of Ruth's birth in Baltimore.
"Since joining the Orioles in 2008, Adam has been such an active part of the Baltimore community," said Mike Gibbons the Orioles official website, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. "We are proud to recognize Adam's efforts in making our city a better place, both on and off of the field, and look forward to honoring him on the same night we celebrate Babe."
Baltimore also inked two of their own minor league free agents to minor league deals yesterday. Gamboa, who also received an invite to spring training, was 4-6 with a 3.64 ERA in 16 starts at Double-A Bowie and 2-5 with a 6.23 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A Norfolk. If his name sounds familiar to you it could be due to the fact that he was briefly on the 40-man roster this offseason, and he threw a seven inning no-hitter for the Baysox in June last season.
Clark, who made his big league debut in 2013 for a very brief cup of coffee with the Orioles as he surrendered three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief against Seattle in early May. Baltimore convinced him to become a knuckleball pitcher shortly after designating him for assignment after his relief appearance for the Orioles, and struggled quite a bit after converting as he went 1-7 with a 9.74 ERA in 10 starts at High-A Frederick ..
Again it may not have been big news yesterday surrounding the Orioles, but it is always nice to see a player get honored for community service, and a home town kid in Clark, who played at UMBC, get re-signed.
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