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When a former Keys pitcher walks a former Keys pitcher

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth Sunday in Dunedin, Fla., a curious thing happened. A former Frederick Keys pitcher stepped into the left-handed batter’s box to face another former Keys pitcher.

The former Key on the mound during Sunday’s Orioles-Blue Jays spring training game was Kevin Gausman, the Orioles’ 2012 first-round pick (fourth overall) whose brief stint in Frederick last season (he started three games, throwing three innings in each contest) has been noted many a time on this blog and elsewhere.

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Kevin Gausman

 

The former Key at bat was Adam Loewen, who walked in his lone at-bat against Gausman. Loewen has a much longer history with Frederick’s baseball team.

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Adam Loewen

 

Loewen, the Orioles’ first round pick (also the fourth pick overall, like Gausman) in the 2002 draft, spent all of 2005 with the Keys. The highly-touted lefty made 27 starts and one relief appearance in ’06, going 10-8 with a 4.12 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 142 innings. Loewen’s wins and strikeouts ranked second on the Keys, trailing only current Orioles all-star closer Jim Johnson. (Johnson started 27 games for Frederick that season, going 12-9 with a 3.49 ERA while striking out 168 batters in 159 innings.)

After his 2005 campaign in Frederick, Loewen pitched for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and was the winning pitcher in his country’s 8-6 victory over the U.S. (box score here). That led to this hilarious rant by Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, described on The Colbert Report’s website as “America’s ballsiest pundit.” Note the Frederick Keys and Harry Grove Stadium mentions near the end of his spiel.

Loewen made it to the big leagues in 2006, starting 19 games for the Orioles and making three relief appearances, going 6-6 with a 5.67 ERA. He pitched in six games for Baltimore in 2007 but a stress fracture in his pitching elbow in 2008 would end his pitching career.

Loewen was released by the Orioles and in his second stint with Toronto’s organization since transitioning to the outfield. He made his major league debut as a hitter in 2011 with Jays, as chronicled in this MLB.com story.

Gausman pitched 1 2/3 innings Sunday and his outing ended after walking Loewen. He struck out two, walked two, allowed a double and a run while lighting up the notoriously favorable radar gun at the Blue Jays’ spring training stadium. Gausman hit 98 with his fastball, according to this story by MLB.com’s Adam Berry.

*The top 3 in the O’s batting order for their game against the Yankees today are all Frederick Keys (Reimold, Roberts, Markakis), according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

*MASN’s Steve Melewski muses on where Manny Machado should bat in the O’s order this year in this story.

*The Keys job fair begins tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. The event will also be held Wednesday at the same time, running until 8 p.m. both nights. More info on the job fair is here.

Shake your Keys.

Frederick Flashback: The Presidential Visits

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President George H.W. Bush dons a Keys hat while at Harry Grove Stadium on August 14, 1992.

On June 8, 1991, the Frederick Keys played the Durham Bulls in front of a crowd of 7,912.

Among those in the stands at Harry Grove Stadium — and the reason they were so packed that day — was serving U.S. President George H. W. Bush.

On the 22nd Presidents Day since the 41st President’s inaugural visit to the ballpark in Frederick, let’s look back at his two trips to the Grove.

It’s no secret that the Bush family are avid baseball fans. Bush’s son and former President George W. used to own the Rangers. George H.W., an Astros fan, has been spotted at major league games in recent years.  Back in 1947, he played in the first College World Series as a first baseman at Yale. Though the Bulldogs would fall in the best-of-three series to California, he fondly recounted playing in the championship in this 2007 Sports Illustrated article.

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George H.W. Bush in his Yale baseball uniform.

President Bush trekked from Camp David, the presidential retreat located in northern Frederick County, to the Grove twice during his presidency — for the Durham game in ’91 and again on August 8, 1992. (Camp David’s only about a 26-mile drive from the Keys’ stadium.) For his second Keys outing, Bush brought along the First Lady and several of his grandchildren.

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President Bush watches the Keys take on Durham on June 8, 1991 at Harry Grove Stadium with M.J. Grove, son of the stadium’s namesake.

Bush sat in the suite level at Harry Grove Stadium for both games. Obviously, security at the ballpark increased during his visits, with Secret Service agents manning doors and scattered elsewhere throughout the stadium.

The President’s security detail was particularly cautious with one Orioles Scout who came to the park with his radar gun in 1991. Jim Gilbert’s story, as told by The Baltimore Sun’s Pat O’Malley, is here. An excerpt from O’Malley’s July 28, 1991 column:

Gilbert, who resides in Hagerstown, was scheduled to work in Frederick that night and rate a pitcher. He shows up at a backdoor to the clubhouse only to be met by some huge, hulking guy who wanted to know what he wanted.

The guy happened to be a Secret Service agent, but Gil, unaware of the president’s visit, had no idea why he was guarding the door.

An argument ensued, and when the Secret Service man wanted to look in Gil’s black bag, all hell broke loose.

Gilbert told the guy that he had a radar gun (to clock the velocity on a pitcher’s fastball). With that, the agent shouted out, “A radar gun? What kind of gun did you say, a radar gun?”

Within seconds, Gilbert was surrounded by about 10 agents who wanted to see his radar gun. According to Gil, the agents didn’t have a clue what it was for.

As they started tugging at his bag, Gil grabbed the radar gun and ran across the room shouting “Wherever the gun goes, I go!”

Despite the Keys’ close proximity to Camp David, President Bush remains the only Commander-in-Chief to stop by the Grove for a ballgame.

Regarding non-presidential matters:

*Baltimore’s spring training minor league mini-camp opened today with 29 farmhands slated to participate. That list includes several former Keys and several more who will likely don Frederick orange and black this season.

*The Keys Job Fair will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 26-27) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night in the Mattress Warehouse Club at Harry Grove Stadium. More info about the job fair is here.

*2012 Key Kevin Gausman found a high-calorie surprise in his locker at O’s spring training this weekend. Baltimore’s pitching prospect had a well-publicized habit of eating powdered mini-donuts before taking the mound in college, which Orioles center fielder Adam Jones parlayed into this clubhouse prank.

*46 days until opening night at the Grove.

Shake your Keys.

Five for Friday: Potential Keys, reading for the weekend and other stuff

Buried beneath yesterday’s bosom-filled blog broadcast was a link to the second installment of The Frederick 40 Countdown, a series that takes look at 40 prospects who have the potential to wear a Keys uniform this season.

If you missed it, I understand, given the distracting photo directly above it.

The good news is part two of our countdown is the first of this week’s Five for Friday, a quintuplet of Keys-related information to carry you through the weekend.

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1. Frederick 40 Countdown: Part II – Nowak back for more hacks in 2013?

Among this week’s five potential Keys is Frederick’s 2012 leader in batting average and doubles, Jeremy Nowak (pictured above). Among the highlights of Nowak’s baseball career is his one season at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. Nowak was a one-year D-II monster, hitting .446, racking up 99 hits — including 17 homers — and driving in 81 runs for the Trojans. He started the season with a 35-game hitting streak and left his mark on the Mount Olive record book.

As for the rest of the bunch in part two:

Matt Bywater – A lefty who led the NCAA in complete games in 2010. Also had a strong mustache on picture day last season.

Parker Bridwell - Starred at a high school in Texas with teams nicknamed the Whitefaces. Don’t get offended, a whiteface is another name for the Hereford breed of cattle.

Devin Jones -  One of two Mississippi State athletes with his name during his time in Starkville. The potential 2013 Key played baseball, the other football. The baseball Jones was probably the better Bulldog as far as on-field performance goes.

Joe Oliveira – Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch list three years while at the University of the Pacific.

By the way, part one of the countdown is here.

2. Some Keys-related reading

*MASN’s Steve Melewski has been all over the former-Keys beat in the last week. Three links to his stories are below, two on Kevin Gausman — O’s first-round pick last year and major pitching prospect — and one on Bobby Bundy — also a pitcher. Gausman had a brief stint with the Keys late in the season. He also came to the O’s Caravan event in Frederick in January. Here are the two Melewski stories on Gausman:

- Searching for a third plus pitch, Kevin Gausman just may have found one

- Kevin Gausman on his innings limit, high expectations and powdered donuts

Bundy, the brother of top-pitching prospect and 2012 Key Dylan Bundy, spent a large chunk of 2011 dominating hitters with the Keys. He’s coming off elbow surgery after a disappointing 2012. Here’s Melewski’s story:

- After surgery, Bobby Bundy looks to recapture the form he showed with Frederick

3. Meet Frank Key all over again

We just added a Frederick Keys video relic to the website. It’s called “Frederick Meets Frank Key” (YouTube link) and it’s worth watching. The comments about Frank Key’s knickers make the video.

4. Newsletter time

The newest Keys newsletter has been published. It is here.

5. Former Frederick Friday Contest

Head over to the Keys Facebook page this afternoon for another edition of our weekly Former Frederick Friday Contest. We post the picture, you guess who it is, if you’re the first to name that Key, your name will be entered into a drawing to win skybox tickets at Harry Grove Stadium this season. We’ll post a brief feature on the this week’s former Key on the blog on Monday.

As always, shake your Keys.

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