For a fall Tuesday, it sure was a busy sports day across the area, particularly in Baltimore and in College Park.
The biggest news came out of College Park. It was discovered that athletic director Kevin Anderson is interviewing for the same job with the Texas Longhorns. This is the second time in just over a year that Anderson has been linked to another job. Anderson’s tenure in College Park comes with mixed reviews, but with the move to the Big 10 looming, now would be a bad time for the school to lose its athletic director.
With that said, it would be a big surprise if Anderson was hired for the job at Texas.
Possibly even more surprising was the news that Maryland left tackle Mike Madaras was leaving the football team and the school. Madaras said his heart simply wasn’t in the game anymore. The fact that he is also leaving the school leaves the impression that he is a confused young man who isn’t sure what he wants out of life right now.
Madaras was a top recruit for head coach Randy Edsall and came from Good Counsel, so there was some immediate concern that his discontent with Maryland could cause a problem with recruiting, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In Baltimore, the Orioles announced that Dave Wallace was hired as the new pitching coach. He comes over from Atlanta where he was the minor league pitching coordinator. Wallace has plenty of experience at the major league level, having been a pitching coach for the Astros, Red Sox, Mets and Dodgers. At 66 years of age, Wallace was by far the oldest candidate interviewed for the job. He replaces Rick Adair, who took a leave of absence last season to tend to his ailing father and never returned to the club.
It was also announced that Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones all won Gold Glove awards. That comes on top of the news that Jones proposed and is now engaged to his long-time girlfriend.
Machado becomes the youngest player to ever win a Gold Glove, while Hardy and Jones have both won the award multiple times. Machado’s award comes as no surprise, and Hardy is one of the most consistent fielders in the game. Jones’ award cames as a bit of a surprise given how poorly he played in the outfield to start the season, but he was much better the rest of the way. Matt Wieters, Chris Davis and Nick Markakis were all narrowly edged out for the award.
Finally, the Ravens did not make a trade before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, so they will move forward with the current group of players. The team could get Dennis Pitta back sometime in the next few weeks. Reports floating around out there have him returning sometime between mid-November to the end of the month.
The Ravens play in Cleveland Sunday afternoon as they look to get back to the .500 mark.