MLB

Orioles, Guthrie poised for Camden Yards reunion

Share This Story

   
 

BALTIMORE (AP)

Jeremy Guthrie and the Baltimore Orioles are doing just fine without each other.

Guthrie lost 60 games over a four-year stretch with the Orioles before being traded to Colorado in February 2012 for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. Now he's back in Baltimore for the first time, poised to face his former team Thursday night as a member of the Kansas City Royals.

Revenge will not factor, simply because Guthrie harbors no resentment toward the Orioles.

''I'll just be excited to be on the mound here again,'' he said. ''Great ballpark with great fans. To be able to compete against friends and former teammates, it will be fun.''

Guthrie broke into the majors with Cleveland in 2004 and was used sporadically before being picked up by Baltimore on a waiver claim in January 2007. He immediately became the Orioles' workhorse, starting at least 30 games in five straight seasons for the struggling club. But after losing 17 games for the second time in three years, the right-hander was shipped to Colorado.

At the time, and to this day, Guthrie believes the Orioles did the right thing.

''That's a trade I would have made in a heartbeat,'' he said. ''I don't think a person in the world would have blamed them for making that deal.''

Hammel immediately became the ace of the Baltimore staff. He played a huge role in the Orioles' playoff push last year and was their opening day starter this season. Lindstrom, meanwhile, went 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA in 34 appearances before being dealt in August to Arizona for Joe Saunders.

And Guthrie? After going 3-9 with Colorado, he was traded to Kansas City in July.

''I didn't hold up my end of the deal for the Rockies, so for them it ended up being a very poor trade,'' he said.

It sure turned out well for Guthrie, though. He went 5-3 with Kansas City over the final nine weeks of the 2012 season and this year is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA.

''He's far better than I ever imagined he was,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He still has a great fastball at 93 mph, he can sink it, he can cut it. I just think he's comfortable in his surroundings.''

Guthrie loved being part of the Orioles, too, but appears to have finally reached his full potential at age 34.

''My time in Baltimore was a huge plus, just wonderful,'' he said. ''I was able to learn and got a chance to start in the major leagues, something I didn't get in Cleveland. So, I have very fond memories of all the time here. I gave everything I had and enjoyed every bit of it.''

After flopping in Colorado, Guthrie found happiness in Kansas City. He signed a new three-year, $25 million contract with the Royals in November.

''It was a place I wanted to go,'' he said. ''They gave me a very fair offer, so for me it was just a perfect scenario.''

Much has changed for Guthrie and the Orioles since that trade - all of it good.

''Jeremy did some good things for us here in Baltimore, and we were able to acquire some people that could help us through his abilities,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''He's having a solid year, he's coming off a great start, so I wish him well - after he leaves here.''

Tagged: Orioles, Royals, Jeremy Guthrie

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



MLB Videos

Military dad surprises son after first pitch Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Air Force Major Robert Sides surprises his 11-year-old son Austin prior to the R...

Kapler: Yankees 'dead in the water' without Tanaka Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Gabe Kapler on how the Yankees' rotation will fare without ace Masahiro Tanaka.

Indians edged by Yankees in 14th inning Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Manager Terry Francona on the 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..