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Ubaldo Jimenez traded a Rolex watch for Kevin Gausman’s uniform number

Jun 20, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

When starter Ubaldo Jimenez joined the Orioles on a four-year, $50 million contract on February 19, he decided he wanted Kevin Gausman‘s number 31. Gausman has gone through a handful of number changes, which CSN Baltimore’s Keely Diven explains:

Gausman wore No. 75 in spring training of last year, then switched to No. 37 for his first season in the big leagues. The Orioles’ new pitching coach Dave Wallace wanted No. 37 when he arrived, so Gausman switched to No. 31 in the first week of camp rather than turn down his new coach. That would have been the end of the number saga had the Orioles not signed Ubaldo Jimenez soon after. Jimenez wanted Gausman’s number, and as usual, he obliged and asked for nothing in return. Now, Wallace wears No. 37, Jimenez wears No. 31 and Gausman wears No. 39.

Jimenez didn’t let the good deed go unrewarded. Fellow starter Bud Norris snapped and then tweeted a picture of the two starters after Jimenez gave Gausman a Rolex watch as a thank-you for giving up the number.

  1. hittfamily - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    If I was a rook, I’d pick the lowest # available, knowing that eventually, someone will buy it from me. “Damn. I didn’t make it out of spring training? Well, thanks for the end of season call up last year when rosters expanded. Oh, and new vet, thanks for the new Vette.”

    Joe Maddon told the story of how he used to wear #20, but someone else took it from him. So he randomly got assigned #70, and has worn it ever since, since no one will ever want to wear #70.

  2. dan1111 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    However, Jimenez has yet to convince Gausman to give him his ERA.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    @dan1111

    Not sure you’ve been paying attention but Jimenez has been pitching much better of late giving up 2 or less earned runs in his last 3 outings. While he doesn’t have the record to show for it, his ERA is coming down.

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:49 AM

      Jimenez’s June ERA is 5.79, so maybe not so good of late. May was good.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=jimenub01&year=2014&t=p

      • louderthanwords1 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:10 AM

        His June ERA you have off of baseball reference is a little misleading, It’s yet to include his game from last night which he went 5 and 2/3 and gave up 1 ER and going back to his last 5 starts(Starting with his last start in May on the 29th).
        5/29 6 IP 1 ER
        6/3 5 2/3 IP 1 ER
        6/8 2 1/3 IP 6 ER(His lone bad start which was horrible)
        6/13 6 IP 2 ER
        6/20 5 2/3 IP 1 ER

        Overall Jimenez has really pitched much better since the beginning of May but still has had some pretty bad games. Over his last 10 he’s had 3 bad games(5/18, 5/24 and 6/8) which skew his numbers. Over those 3 he totaled 11 1/3 IP and gave up 16 ER(ERA 12.71) but over the other 7 he totaled 43 IP and gave up only 6 ER(ERA 1.26).

      • dan1111 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:32 AM

        @louderthanwords, over those five starts, Jimenez has walked 23 in 23 2/3 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.78 and a K/BB ration of .87. 6 innings is the deepest he has gone in a game. While the final result has been better, it’s hard to attribute it to anything other than luck with those underlying stats.

        In the bigger picture, Jimenez has an 89 ERA+ since his Cy Young season in 2010. Except for the last 12 starts of last year, when he posted a 1.72 ERA, he has been bad for four years.

        I hope he turns things around, but it will take more than a few shaky starts where he manages to escape without allowing many runs.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      You are right, he has been pitching very well of late. I think that most don’t realize this because he has not gotten much of a run support in the this month. But its part of unknown in the game and he will get plenty of chances to lower his era.

      • mmeyer3387 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Just adding to my statement. Dan is correct in stating that his walks have and continues to hurt him.

  4. Lee Durocher - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    At least Jimenez gave the guy something. Receiving a Rolex does not seem so bad. More often than not, number changers do not give/receive anything in return.

  5. hoopmatch - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Sounds like Jimenez was trying to change his luck. Maybe it worked.

  6. yahmule - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Every time Ubaldo gets lit up it makes me laugh. The guy pouted visibly when the Rockies paid much more important veterans before him and there were suspicions that he was deliberately tanking when he realized he wasn’t going to get the contract he wanted.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    That’s the watch Roberto Hernandez give Ubaldo in 2012.

    If you look very closely, you can see where “Casio” has been altered.

  8. Max Power - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Now he’s not just a Gausman, he’s a Milgauss-man!

    http://www.rolex.com/watches/milgauss/m116400gv-0001.html

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