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Andrew is a Bel Air, MD native who moved to Arizona in February 2011 and brought his passion for Baltimore sports to the desert. He previously worked at 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore as a producer and weekend host and is now a writer and editor for a national newswire that services thousands of radio stations across the country. Andrew grew up attending Orioles and Ravens games throughout his childhood and also went to many sporting events at Towson University and the University of Maryland including Football, Basketball and Lacrosse. He not only brings a great view from afar at the local Baltimore sports scene, but also has a unique national view on Charm City. You can follow Andrew on Twitter: @AStetka

Thursday Thoughts: Otter Impressive in Broadcast Booth

Gregg Olson and Joe Angel in the O's booth.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. The Orioles got a decent peek at what the bottom of their rotation could look like this past Saturday when David Hess started the first game of a doubleheader. The 24-year-old coughed up a three-run homer in the […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Need a Plan for Front Office Future – Now!

Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. It took me a minute to grasp, but I figured out that since April 21, there have been the same number of no-hitters in Major League Baseball as there have been Orioles wins (three). That’s how it’s been […]

Thursday Thoughts: Defending the Davis Contract (Kinda!)

Chris Davis prepares to defend at first base.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. Another week, another bit of time spent by me in this space explaining something I wrote on another website. I take the time this week because my piece over at MASNSports.com on Chris Davis has generated a ton […]

Thursday Thoughts: Where Would Bullpen Be Without…Richard Bleier?!

Richard Bleier of the Orioles pitches.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. I was very much hoping to see Alex Cobb make his Orioles debut last night. The guy who wore #17 and pitched two previous games for the Orioles was obviously not Alex Cobb. He was instead a guy […]

Thursday Thoughts: Orioles in the Twilight Zone

twilight-zone
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. It feels as if the Orioles are playing in some sort of twilight zone so far this season. In the past handful of seasons, the Birds have been successful by having a powerful offense, shutdown bullpen, and absolutely […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Offense Has Been Biggest Problem in Slow Start

Jonathan Schoop takes a swing.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. This week’s Thoughts are going to start out with a shameless plug. Per usual, I wrote a piece over at MASNSports.com on Monday. I also joined the Locked On Orioles podcast with host Justin McGuire to discuss the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Rasmus Skating on Thin Ice Already

Colby Rasmus prepares to throw a baseball.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. It was one of the most under-reported – or at least under-scrutinized – moves the Orioles made this offseason. Frankly, no one really batted an eye at it, because it seemed so commonplace. The Orioles actually have three […]

Thursday Thoughts: MLB Preview & Predictions 2018

Manny Machado screams as Trey Mancini comes to join him in celebration.
Happy Opening Day! Each year, this is a special day full of tradition and hope. I’m excited to be a fan of the Orioles entering this season and a fan of baseball in general. I’m also grateful for all of the readers of this weekly blog that rambles aimlessly about a team I’ve pulled for my entire life and a game that will never leave me. I want to take this space to remind each of you that I’ll be writing here each Thursday, but I’m also honored to have […]

Thursday Thoughts: Prediction Time

Trey Mancini gets ready to field.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. With just a week to go before the 2018 season gets underway, it’s time for me to go out on a ledge (well, not too far) and make some bold(ish) predictions for the campaign. These are a few ideas […]

Thursday Thoughts: Big Fellas Ailing as Season Draws Near

Chris Davis swings his bat
his is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. Some might tell you it’s best to start with the bad and end with the good. Who wants to end on bad? No one wants that taste in their mouth. But today, we are going to kick off […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Go”Half-In” on a Bunch of Things

Alex Presley swings the bat.
1. Coming into spring training, just about everyone knew the Orioles would have some position battles. One of the more intriguing ones in my mind was in right field, which has become a common theme. In fact, both corner outfield spots have been in flux since Nick Markakis left after the 2014 season. In 2015, Alejandro De Aza started in left while Travis Snider was the team’s right fielder on Opening Day. In 2016, it was Joey Rickard in left with Mark Trumbo in right field. Last season, Hyun-Soon Kim […]

Thursday Thoughts: When It’s Not Just About Ryan Flaherty

Brady Anderson and Dan Duquette talk with a microphone.
This is a weekly column that usually dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. This week, I’m keeping things a bit more focused, as one issue in particular has drawn my ire. – A.S. I just spent about 10 minutes writing some of my Thursday Thoughts piece for @EutawStReport. 500+ words of anger and confusion and vitriol and had to step away. Gonna have to come back to it and polish. The #Orioles are frustrating as hell, folks. — Andrew Stetka (@AStetka) February 28, 2018 The Orioles continue to […]

Thursday Thoughts: Flurry of “Meh” Moves Don’t Move Needle

Colby Rasmus of the Rays.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I’ve be cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. The Orioles have added to their rotation over the last week, signing Andrew Cashner to a two-year deal and bringing back Chris Tillman on a one-year contract. These two pacts, considering the money involved, are completely fine […]

Thursday Thoughts: Dark Cloud Hangs Over O’s Spring Training

Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, darkened.
Spring training is technically underway. But it’s important to remember that as we ease into another season, that stretching and building up your strength is important. We are going to ease into Thursday Thoughts for this season right here after what has been a strange and puzzling winter. It’s odd that Spring Training is underway even though it feels like the offseason has yet to start. That’s not just an Orioles thing, either, it’s that way throughout MLB. There are so many prominent free agents still on the market, you […]

Thursday Thoughts: Doom & Gloom Edition

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
1. Remember that feeling about ten years ago when you entered a new year and knew there wasn’t much hope for the Orioles? Welcome back. We didn’t miss you, dark ages baseball. When things get bad, they get worse for the O’s, who have lost Zach Britton for somewhere around the next six months as the closer ruptured his Achilles while working out in California this week. The chain reaction this injury sets off is monumental. It means the Orioles certainly aren’t going to be able to trade the left-hander, […]

Duffy Brings OPACY to Life with Words

Art - Oriole Park at Camden Yards drawn using player names.
The internet can be a weird and terrifying place, especially in this day and age. There is vitriol and venom spewed on the daily. Most of us are just here for videos of cats being scared by cucumbers or dogs seeing servicemembers return home from overseas and losing their mind. The internet, however, and specifically the wild world of Twitter, can also be a place to learn and discover. Obviously you are here for some form of Orioles content, much like I am regularly. Yesterday, I came across one of […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Appear Directionless to Start Offseason

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
So long as you’re out of a turkey coma, I’m sure you’ve been thinking just as much about the baseball offseason as I have lately. After all, the pilot light on the hot stove has barely been lit. It’s time to start ramping up for what is perhaps the most important offseason for the Orioles in recent memory. 1. There are a few large-scale, national headlines grabbing the attention of the baseball world with just over a week to go before the Winter Meetings in Orlando. They are two stories […]

Thursday Thoughts: Why Keep Pushing it With Dylan Bundy?

Dylan Bundy looks in for a sign.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. Count me among those who are puzzled by the way the Orioles have handled Dylan Bundy this season. Entering the campaign, there was no real plan for Bundy’s workload. That’s been proven throughout the long, hot summer. Bundy is […]

Thursday Thoughts: That’s All She Wrote

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. My favorite thing to witness over the last week or so surrounding the Orioles is all of the people claiming that “now they are done.” It’s about the third or fourth time many of those same people have made […]

Thursday Thoughts: In Awe of Manny Machado

Manny Machado prepares to throw the runner out.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. If you weren’t aware of the fact that Manny Machado is indeed a very good baseball player prior to the last four weeks or so, I hope you’ve caught on. Machado has three walk-off home runs in the last […]
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