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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 Deadline Plans Still a Mystery

baltimore maryland orioles player with arms up
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. The days leading up to Monday’s trade deadline are going to be interesting, but I also expect them to be fairly quiet for the Orioles. Based on all of the back and forth we’ve heard out of the front […]

Thursday Thoughts: Winning Streak Shouldn’t Change “Selling” Mindset

side profile of orioles player britton holding glove by face before pitch
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. I figure this should be a pretty mellow version of the “Thursday Thoughts” this week. Nothing really happened in the world of Orioles baseball that I can recall, right? Okay, at least that’s what I was hoping for. Instead, […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Will Add…Something, but Not Much

dan duquette speaking at orioles press conference
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. We’ve almost made it through the most dreadful two days on the baseball calendar. No offense to the Triple-A All-Star Game, but it doesn’t do much for me. At least there was the Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Neglect of International Market is Staggering

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
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. The Orioles have been a team this season that continually finds new and innovative ways to disappoint. This past week, however, they went back to an old faithful way to disappoint. https://twitter.com/BaseballAmerica/status/882403795594096644 The lack of attention that the O’s […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Floating in Baseball “Purgatory”

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. While the Orioles have showed some signs of life over the last week, there’s still a resounding feeling of nausea around the fanbase. This isn’t a team anyone expects to go on a run where they win 17 of […]

Thursday Thoughts: Machado Seems More Comfortable Hitting Second

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. 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. I was extremely surprised that the Orioles set a new record for futility this past week. In all my years of watching this team, there have been some very poor pitching staffs. Yet none of them have given up […]

Thursday Thoughts: Replacing “The Big Fella” is No Small Task

Chris Davis stands at first and prepares to field a throw.
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. The Orioles are showing fans a scary glimpse into what life was like between 1998 and 2011 over the last few weeks. Losing has become common for this team once again, just as it was during the “Dark Ages.” […]

Thursday Thoughts: Can Magic Provide O’s with Some Momentum?

Orioles players pour gatorade on Trey Mancini.
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. It’s been quite a few nights for the Orioles, winning back-to-back games in extra innings after tying each in the bottom of the 9th with a two-run homer. The script couldn’t have been written in a more dramatic way […]

Thursday Thoughts: Don’t Expect O’s to Sell at the Deadline

Manny Machado swings.
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. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that watching your favorite team lose a bunch of games stinks. The Orioles have seen their fair share of losing recently, and it does indeed stink. The recent seven-game losing […]

Thursday Thoughts: Last Call for Ubaldo Jimenez?

Ubaldo JImenez prepares to wind up.
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. The preeminent talking point surrounding the Orioles this week is Ubaldo Jimenez, and what exactly the team plans to do with him. It’s obvious that Buck Showalter is ready to make a move. What that move is, remains to […]

Thursday Thoughts: Orioles Rushing Zach Britton Back Again?

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw 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. 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. The Orioles, at times, have been the definition of weird baseball. That was evident once again on Tuesday night. Winning a game of that nature is rare. How rare? According to former ESPN senior writer Jayson Stark and his […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Feeling Zach Britton’s Absence Already

Chris Davis walks away as Nationals players celebrate behind him.
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. Well, that sure didn’t go as planned. I try not to be too “immediate” in this weekly piece, but Wednesday night’s Orioles’ loss sure stunk. It wasn’t just that Brad Brach blew a two-run lead in the ninth, it […]

Word on the Street: A “Fake” Rivalry, but a Fun One Nonetheless

Mascots of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.
The Orioles and Washington Nationals play their annual series this week, and while it’s not a “real” rivalry, it’s still a fun one for fans. Press play or read below for more. It’s one of my favorite weeks in Birdland, where the Orioles and Nationals compete for the MASN Cup, or the “Battle of the Beltways” or whatever you want to call it. And yes, for those of you from outside the Mid-Atlantic region, it is “beltways,” plural. There are indeed two of them. These two teams have met 60 […]

Thursday Thoughts: Stupid Baseball Gets Stupider

Kevin Gausman and Caleb Joseph argue with an 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. 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. What else can really be said about the Orioles that hasn’t been said after this tumultuous week? I’m not going to take up much of your time this week because, let’s be honest, we’ve all had enough of this […]

Thursday Thoughts: On “Stupid Baseball,” Wonderful Wade Miley & More

Wade Miley of the Orioles pitches from the mound.
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. It’s been a very strange and newsworthy week in Birdland. Much of what occurred over the past week since I last wrote in this space would be filed under what I call “dumb baseball.” It’s something I wrote about […]

Thursday Thoughts: Ubaldo “The Riddler” Jimenez

Jim Hunter interviews Buck Showalter with words underneath.
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 say you’re surprised by Ubaldo Jimenez’s sparkling 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball last night in Cincinnati, I’d guess you haven’t been watching over the last three-plus years. The reason Jimenez is so frustrating is that everyone […]

Thursday Thoughts: Short Starts, Tillman’s Return, and Buck’s Shade

Chris Tillman of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
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. A friend sent me a text message last night, immediately after the Orioles took a 9-0 lead in Boston. It read, “Bundy loses, Ubaldo wins in Boston. What do we know about the Orioles? Nothing.” I chuckled at the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Gausman, Mancini, and an Opening Day Homecoming

Trey Mancini of the Orioles leans forward in sunglasses.
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. I was fortunate enough to attend my first O’s Opening Day in nearly a decade this past week. I flew out from Arizona over the weekend and got the whole experience of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and it […]

Thursday Thoughts: Big Rotation Questions Remain for O’s

Wade Miley pitches for the Orioles.
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. Spring training finally closes today as the Orioles play their final game of the Grapefruit League season at Ed Smith Stadium. After a stop in Norfolk, the team is Baltimore bound and the games can start to count. This […]

Thursday Thoughts: As the Outfield & Rotation Turn

Joey Rickard watches the baseball after hitting it.
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. This week’s saga surrounding Brady Anderson and his role with the Orioles took up much of the headlines. It all stemmed from a very well-sourced, in-depth article written by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. If you haven’t had the chance […]
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