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Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman has had a stressful few days

Nov 20, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

Last week Hostess announced it was going to cease operations.  Yesterday, some hope emerged in the form of a judicially-ordered mediation, but it’s still unclear what will happen.

It’s likely that even if Hostess liquidates, their brands and products will still live on with another company.  But that’s cold comfort for addicts.  Addicts like Orioles first-round draft pick Kevin Gausman. Why?  The Baltimore Sun passed that info along over the summer. Go to the 30 second mark:

For those of you who can’t watch that video, know that Gausman eats four powdered mini-donuts before each inning. Not before each start. BEFORE EACH INNING. He prefers Hostess’ powdered Donettes.

This led to consternation last week:

But now that there is hope, he’s happy again:

Phew, looks like his in-game routine will go on uninterrupted.  And in ten years I’ll enjoy writing the “Kevin Gausman is in The Best Shape of His Life” post.

  1. mrwillie - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Time to switch to the Sweet Sixteen powdered donuts, that’s the good stuff.

  2. husky2score - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Maybe the powder on the donut is like the powder on the mound… Whatever works.

  3. geoknows - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Kevin has jumped the gun a bit. Actually, the court ordered one last mediation session (scheduled for 1:00 today, I believe that’s Central time) to see if they can save the company. It’s not guaranteed, and if a resolution is not found immediately (how likely is that?), liquidation will go forward.

    There is a potential buyer, though, so stay tuned.

  4. hooockey - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM


    I bet you do, Kevin. I bet you do. I’m sure your twitter private message mailbox is filling up with offers as we speak. Well done. You’ve avoided detection by the authorities with the donut diversion.

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      I was thinking, he should keep his private workout routines he established working with Oil Can Boyd to himself.

  5. El Bravo - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM


  6. historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    OMG, people! They have been in bankruptcy before. They aren’t going to die. It’s just a pissing contest between labor and management. Geez. All it means is that I haven’t been smelling bread baking in my neighborhood for the last few days. It’s okay. Step back from the ledge.

  7. kkolchak - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Dude keeps it up, he’s gonna end up looking like David Wells.

  8. nategearhart - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    THIS is why we shouldn’t care about the opinions of baseball players concerning who should win awards and such; the vast majority of them truly believe that shit like this is what makes them play well.

    • ptfu - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      “the vast majority”?

      Impressive generalization. Sure, Gausman’s a weird kid, but it doesn’t mean every ballplayer’s that weird.

      Gausman’s coach and his teammate both criticize eating all those donuts. That’s two baseball people opposed versus one in favor. Hardly sounds like a vast majority support the Homer Simpson style of pitching.

      • nategearhart - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Right, because this is the first story that has ever surfaced of an athlete believing in superstition and ritual, ever. Yup, just this guy.

      • ptfu - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        I do not dispute the presence of superstitious players in baseball. The wackiest ones naturally draw attention, a la the squeaky wheel getting the grease. What I am saying is that your three word phrase “the vast majority” is an exaggeration.

        Fangraphs says that 632 nonpitchers had a major league plate appearance, and 662 pitchers appeared on the mound this season. That’s 1,294 total players, so a majority of them would be 648. Not sure what a “vast” majority would be so we’ll let it go for now.

        Either you produce evidence that at least 648 major league players “truly believe that shit like this is what makes them play well”, or you’re exaggerating.

  9. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    This guy is lucky that synthetic insulin is so cheap. Give him ten years and throw him on top of the diabetes epidemic heap.

  10. kneedeepinpujols - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Lets settle this by saying the vast majority of baseball players can actually spell “donut”…i hope

  11. kneedeepinpujols - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Or does hostess actually spell it that way? Never been a big fan of their donuts so I dunno

  12. mazblast - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    And in ten years I’ll enjoy writing the “Kevin Gausman is in The Best Shape of His Life” post.
    Round is a shape.

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