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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: 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 […]

Thursday Thoughts: Who Will Step Up While Tillman Recovers?

Gabriel Ynoa 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. There’s no question that injuries have been the biggest story of spring training for the Orioles. There’s also no question that the shoulder ailment holding Chris Tillman down is the biggest of them. Tillman won’t be around for the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Kevin Gausman Ready to Take Next Step?

1. The World Baseball Classic is upon us, and for the most part, I don’t care. Sure, it’s nice seeing the early storylines like Israel making the second round. But honestly, the WBC remains a nuisance for teams that send their players away for weeks at a time. The Orioles are missing Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, Welington Castillo and Mychal Givens from the big league roster. Castillo is perhaps the most important missing piece, as he’s a catcher with a new team. There will be very limited reps […]

Orioles All-Quarter Century Team

sun setting over camden yards
Last week, I was scrolling Twitter killing time in between appointments for my job when I stumbled across a really fun idea. Russell A. Carleton of Baseball Prospectus (@pizzacutter4 on Twitter) had given the idea to choose a baseball franchise and select a player from each of the last 25 years. Pick one franchise. One guy from each of the last 25 years. No repeated players. Must form a coherent 25-man. Don't cheat on positions. Go. — Russell A. Carleton (@pizzacutter4) January 27, 2017 The trick was that you couldn’t […]

Winter Thoughts: Trumbo, Wieters, Bautista, Kim & More

Hyun-Soo Kim stands in the batter's box.
The long cold winter isn’t over, but February is drawing near. Pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota in just about a month and before you know it, the Super Bowl will be a memory and baseball will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. I’ve been in a nice hibernation this winter, but I figured it was time to wake up for a few minutes and offer some “thoughts” on the Orioles’ offseason so far. In the same style that I do during the season, here’s what I think about […]

Wrapping Up the 2016 Orioles Season

The Orioles shake hands after beating the Twins.
R.I.P. 2016 Orioles We all knew this day would come. The 2016 Orioles are dead. Of the 30 teams in baseball, they aren’t the one that will lift the trophy in the end. Instead, it’s time to dissect the body and find the cause of death. We’ve now had some time to think about it, so let’s go to work. The easy answer, and “hot take narrative,” over the last few days is Buck Showalter’s decision to keep Zach Britton out of Tuesday night’s Wild Card game. That’s simple, so […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Only Hope Now is Wild Card

Trey Mancini runs.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. Like many, I’ve lost hope the Orioles can win the AL East this season. It’s possible, sure. But I don’t think it’s happening. There’s just too much of a gap with to few remaining games to play. Time has run out. Not to mention, there’s those pesky Blue Jays also in […]

Thursday Thoughts: I’m (Somehow) An Even Bigger Adam Jones Fan

Adam Jones bangs his donut off his bat.
We’re doing things a bit differently at Thursday Thoughts this week. Typically this space is reserved for eight different mini-thoughts on the Orioles. What’s going on with the team, how they are playing, injuries that seem worrisome. There are always a lot of things to cover in a given week. This week, there’s just one thing on my mind. Despite the fact that the Orioles are embroiled in a playoff race, I can only think of how proud I am to have Adam Jones on this team. I’ve gushed over […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Getting Healthy at Key Time (Be OK, Crush!)

Darren O'Day delivers a pitch in spring training.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. I didn’t want to be the one to bring this up, but it might be time to start thinking about moving Dylan Bundy back to the bullpen. This isn’t a direct reaction to yesterday’s outing, which was not good. I’ve actually been saying this for a little more than a week […]

Thursday Thoughts: Will O’s Get it Together in September?

orioles davis and wieters giving high five with jones and catcher
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. The Orioles are continuing their playoff slip-slide, and everyone seems to be taking it in stride. Right? It’s the start of September and the Orioles are in a race. They are barely in a race, but they are in a race. I know a lot of people are disappointed that a […]

Thursday Thoughts: Tillman Injury Puts O’s Between A Rock & Ubaldo

orioles jiminez on mound throwing pitch
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. To say that losing Chris Tillman to injury will hurt the Orioles is a massive understatement. I’ve read a lot over the last few days about how this will completely kill the O’s playoff chances, and while it may hamper them dearly, they aren’t dead in the water just yet. The […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Bullpen is Suddenly Shaky

ball player on pitchers mound about to throw pitch
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. If you asked me what I’m most worried about as the season reaches the homestretch, the answer might not be what you think. The Orioles bullpen worries me more than it has in recent memory. Sure, Zach Britton has been fantastic. But the injury to Darren O’Day creates a ripple effect […]

Thursday Thoughts: Road Woes & Quiet Bats Could Sink O’s

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles holds his bat horizontally and looks dismayed.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. I think the Orioles bats need to start finding a way to score runs without hitting homers. This didn’t seem to be much of an issue earlier in the season. It’s become apparent over the last few weeks that they are becoming an offense that is more and more reliant on […]

Thursday Thoughts: The Emergence of Dylan Bundy

Dylan Bundy finishes his pitching motion.
This is a weekly column that dives into eight random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. Why eight? It’s a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. of course. That, and doing 2,632 of these would be a little overboard. – A.S. 1. So, that Dylan Bundy sure can pitch, right? The 23-year-old has now made four starts and three of them have looked really, really good. In my eyes, Bundy has already surpassed Kevin Gausman as the young pitcher I’m most excited to watch. That’s not really a slight against Gausman, either. That’s […]
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