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Orioles welcome Kevin Gausman to the majors with donuts

May 23, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

While pitching at LSU and in the Orioles’ farm system 2012 fourth overall pick Kevin Gausman’s game-day routine involved eating one powdered mini donut before taking the mound and four powdered mini donuts between each inning.

Apparently he gave that up recently on the advice of nutritionists, but here’s what was waiting in Gausman’s locker when he arrived at the Orioles’ clubhouse ahead of his MLB debut tonight:


  1. duckthefodgers - May 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Got milk?

  2. joeflaccosunibrow - May 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Homer Simpson would be jealous…

    • tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

  3. jcmeyer10 - May 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Ah, the lighter side of this business.

  4. pinkfloydprism - May 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    That is one lame superstition….

  5. wupsumskul - May 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    What a way to welcome a guy. That’s when you know you got a good clubhouse when guys are going out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Now if he can only throw that many donuts, that is the question

  6. proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Isn’t that cute. Did they also tell him how to pitch to Bautista? How about low and on the inner half of the plate? That would be interesting.

    The unheralded Sean Nolin is scheduled to make his Major League debut tomorrow against Baltimore. After a delayed beginning to his season due to an injury, Nolin has a 1.17 ERA in Double A . The 6th round pick in 2010 surprisingly emerged as a prospect in 2012 with fine performances in Single A and Double A. He has the standard arsenal for a 6 foot 5, 235 pound lefty: a low 90’s fast ball along with a slider, curve and change up.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Remind me…what does this Sean Nolin dude have to do with Kevin Gausman?

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        It is very simple. The much hyped Gausman will be pitching for Baltimore against the Jays today. Tomorrow, the unheralded Nolin will be pitching for the Jays against Baltimore. Which will turn out to be the best prospect?

      • jerze2387 - May 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        …and then Gausman wins the start against Nolin, goes on to a career, while Nolin fades into obscurity in Canada, as Proudlycanadian searches for the “edit comment” button

      • jwbiii - May 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        jerze, Nolin is from Long Island.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Hahaha! I get that.
      But it is painfully obvious you are intentionally trying to steal Kevin Gausman’s thunder.
      This article isn’t about your boy. It’s about the Orioles’ boy.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        My comment is actually aimed at Rotoworld to which Aaron is a contributor. Rotoworld has a gushing report on Gausman and a so so comment on Nolin, even though Nolin has pitched much better than Gausman in the minors during 2012 and 2013. Gausman’s ERA in Double A is 3.23 this season.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Maybe this Gleeman feller might think that numbers in Double A won’t translate into the majors. Is that some reason to get all hot and bothered on someone else’s big day?

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        The story is about donuts.

      • baseballisboring - May 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        There’s a common phrase I’ve seen used by many scout-y type people on the internet…”Don’t scout the stat line”. I’d have to assume Gausman is a better prospect for some reason, I’ve never seen him pitch but if Nolin was anything special he’d be recognized as a great prospect, it’s not like people are forgetting he exists.

        And for what it’s worth, I ran the scoreboards from the press box for the Blue Jays AA team in 2012. So I’ve seen Nolin pitch a handful of times…I certainly didn’t see anything special.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        Memo to baseballisboring who saw Nolin pitch in Double A last year and did not think that he was anything special. Obviously his record is deceiving since in his 3 games in Manchester NH last season, he pitched 15 innings, gave up 2 earned runs for a 1.20 ERA and only struck out 18 Double A hitters. Nothing special, but certainly effective.

      • baseballisboring - May 24, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        Don’t “memo” me you homer, I know he had good numbers (and W/L records for pitchers are meaningless to me at any level). I’m saying in terms of stuff. You don’t have to be a scout to know Nolin doesn’t have ace stuff. Not saying he can’t be a #4, and that’s not an insult. Like I said, don’t scout the stat line. If there’s no industry buzz on Nolin (which there isn’t) it’s for a reason. Scouts have mostly agreed he’s a back end/bullpen type. Let it go. Your team isn’t being sleighted.

    • seanmk - May 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Nolin is 24 in double A and projects as a 4. Gausman is 22 and projects as a 2, but sure nolin is the story here. Not sure why you are quoting stats when they don’t tell much of the story.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Nolin is 23.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Nolin is 1 year and 11 days (Dec 26 1989 compared to Jan 1,1991) older than Gausman. Nolin grew up on Long Island which put him a bit behind prospects from the sunny south. A one year difference in age is meaningless as bodies mature at different rates.

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Not bad. 5 innings. 89 pitches. 4 runs. 7.20 ERA. 1.80 WHIP. The kid should have a better career than Matuz.

      • cur68 - May 24, 2013 at 3:29 AM

        See that E5 Grsnd slam? He gave Jobu his rum. Took fear from bats.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 6:03 AM

        It was fun to see. Based on all the thumbs downs I have received, it looks as if Baltimore fans are just as sensitive as Red Sox fans.

      • seanmk - May 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        bad. 1.1 innings 35 pitches 6 runs 40.50 era 6.00 WHIP.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 24, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      I hate the yankees and red sox. So this off-season I was kind of excited when it looked like toronto was going to pass them. But after reading your posts, I think it is absolutely hilarious how bad they suck.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 6:01 AM

        He who laughs last, laughs best. Have a good day.

  7. mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Mmmmmmmm, donuts.

    While I prefer cinnamon or glazed, hey, powdered will do just fine.

    • tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Mmm, glazed donuts…

  8. thebadguyswon - May 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    That’s awesome.

  9. knowlegeforyou - May 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Proudlycanadian is still trying to defend his comment. Gausman is the better prospect.

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Who knows? Gausman was so-so once the Jays got to see him a second time around. He throws hard and now has a gaudy 7.20 ERA. Too early to tell if he will be better than Matuz, but I expect that he will be.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Keep talking about the 7.20 ERA. That means a lot after 5 whole innings pitched. In fact, his career is already pretty much defined. Good work.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Mariano Rivera was worse in his first start and somehow I doubt that it defined his career.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        I was being sarcastic. You aren’t too bright huh? Btw nice outing by your guy. He made it through the 1st inning at least.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        And you seem to be a typical product of the Baltimore educational system.

      • seanmk - May 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        At least it’s not a gaudy 40.50 ERA. ok i’ll stop now

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        LOL! You have the bragging rights today.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        By the way, I was dubious about Machado before this series. I was wrong. He is in the same class as Trout and Harper.

  10. primetimewr9 - May 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Nolin has issued 5 walks in 15 1/3 innings this year. Gausman has issued 5 walks in 46 1/3 innings.

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Yawn! The era comparison is 1.17 compared to 3.23.

  11. mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Hey, here’s a really weird concept–Let’s let Gausman (and Nolin) pitch, maybe even for more than one start, before reaching any judgment.

    • maxt75 - May 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Thank you!!

  12. rockthered1286 - May 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    PC- how many innings has Nolin pitched in the minors? May be more telling than just age.

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Good question. In 210 he pitched in 21.3 innings with a 5.48 ERA. In 2010 in low single A 108.3 innings with a 3.49 Era. In 2012 101.3 innings in High Single A and Double a 2.04 ERA. in 2013 15.3 innings in Double a with a 1.17 ERA. He was drafted out of a community college rather than a big name school such as LSU.

      Edwin’s slam tonight came off the bullpen after Gausman had left the game.

  13. schlom - May 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    You have to have his routine backwards right? He must eat 4 before the start of the game and 1 in between innings – if it’s the way you described that means he eats 33 in a complete game. I find that hard to believe, if you have it backwards than it’s just 12.

    • schlom - May 23, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I actually read the article and it claims that he ate 1 donut at the beginning of every inning and 4 between – that’s 45 for a complete game! They must be tiny as I don’t see how that’s possible.

  14. rcali - May 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    And the Blue Jays welcomed him to the majors by slapping balls over the outfield wall.

  15. deathmonkey41 - May 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I wonder what would have been in that locker had his game day ritual been to masturbate to porn between innings?

    • nukeladouche - May 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      A case of Kleenex.

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