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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: O’s Cornered Themselves with Machado

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
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. Perhaps the most talented player in Baltimore Orioles history is departing. Manny Machado is off to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the result of a lack of foresight from the O’s. It didn’t have to be this way. The […]

Thursday Thoughts: The O’s Historically Bad Defense

Orioles RF Mark Trumbo slides to try to catch a fly ball.
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. After a week away from this column, we’re getting back into action with plenty of rumors and speculation. Regular readers of this piece will notice there wasn’t one here last week. I took my own little All-Star break […]

Thursday Thoughts: Buck Showalter On the Way Out of the Dugout?

Buck Showalter talks to umpire.
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. When I woke up this past Sunday morning and heard about a weekend column by The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck, my eyes glazed over. Schmuck took to writing about rumors that the Orioles could be relocated, and it […]

Thursday Thoughts: Prepare for Disappointment in Machado Trade

Manny Machado follows through on his 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. The Orioles finally went and did it this week. They benched Chris Davis, and there’s no real clear-cut path to playing time for the first baseman. Davis’ benching comes at a time where it doesn’t really matter. It’s […]

Thursday Thoughts: Richard Bleier Goes Down with Lat Injury

GulfBird Photo/Craig Landefeld
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. Everyone in the Twitterverse or the blogosphere continues to talk about the Orioles like changes need to be made. Changes on the field, changes off the field, and changes in the dugout have been speculated upon for weeks, […]

Thursday Thoughts: Schoop’s Struggles Put O’s in Tough Spot

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 2018 Orioles won’t go the whole season without sweeping a series. Okay, it was just a two-game series. And okay, it was just the Mets. But it still counts. The Orioles needed just three runs to win […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Fans Should Stuff the Ballot Box…for Nick

Nick Markakis tips his helmet.
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’ve been scouring the internet all week to look for potential Twitter burner accounts used by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. I mean, hey, I hear it’s a popular thing to do these days. […]

Thursday Thoughts: Anderson Seems to Prefer “Hybrid” Role

Dan Duquette and Brady Anderson stand near the Orioles dugout.
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. All the chatter surrounding the Orioles right now pertains to one basic premise – what’s next? No one really knows, and that’s really because still, no one knows who is calling the shots. The Baltimore Sun published a […]

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 […]
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