Friday was an awful day for the Orioles. How bad was it? The news of Troy Patton’s suspension, which normally would have occupied Birdland, was pushed aside by Balfourgate. Until October, Balfour was a relatively anonymous relief pitcher. A late bloomer, a first-time 34-year-old closer, Balfour accumulated 62 saves in the last two years for Oakland. During the Athletics’ divisional series against Detroit, Balfour screamed at the Tigers’ Victor Martinez, challenging him with some expletives. After Dan Duquette’s conference call on Friday afternoon, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations received one from the man who hoped to close for the Orioles next season. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Balfour told Duquette the Orioles were mistaken in not completing the two-year, $15 million deal. “I called Dan Duquette and told him, “I’ve played in this league for 10 years, I deserve to be treated with respect and you did not treat me with respect. Two well respected physicians said I am completely healthy – because I am healthy. I’m a fighter and a winner and I would have given you your best chance to win. “I was looking forward to pitching for the Orioles and helping them to go to the World Series, where they haven’t been for 30 years,” Balfour continued. “I wanted to help them as a team.” Duquette refused to publicly specify the reason the Orioles didn’t complete the deal, citing doctor-patient confidentiality.
Balfour saga makes for sad day in Birdland
CSN Baltimore | Dec 21