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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: Concerning Injuries Abound as Season Approaches

Matt Wieters prepares to swing.
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 training room in Sarasota continues to see action as spring training rolls along, and the latest entrant is a bit scary. No one is saying Kevin Gausman’s shoulder ailment is anything to worry about just yet, but any time there’s a cortisone injection involved, I cringe a bit. To say that the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Rickard’s Chances Improve, Flaherty Could be Key

Joey Rickard runs after hitting the ball.
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. Last week in this very space, I wrote about the fact that there is no need to fret over losing spring training games. If you took that advice, I applaud you, because you’re likely calm at this point. The Orioles haven’t won a game at the time of his posting. By the time […]

Thursday Thoughts: Don’t Fret Over Spring Results, or Loss of Pies

Ubaldo Jimenez sings during the O's 2014 playoff run.
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. We’re now a week removed from the fiasco that was the Dexter Fowler situation, and I am still not entirely sure what happened. Last Thursday was one of the more remarkable days in “Orioles Twitter” history. It seemed no one had any clue what was happening or why, and seven days […]

Thursday Thoughts: Nothing Wrong with O’s Due Diligence

Yovani Gallardo pitches for the Texas Rangers.
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. It appears that our nightmare concerning Yovani Gallardo’s physical is over. News has come down that the Orioles have agreed to a restructured contract with the right-hander. Instead of a three-year contract, it’s a two-year deal with an option. Lots of confusion on $$ in new Gallardo deal. It's $20 million […]

Thursday Thoughts: Gallardo, Machado, Promotions, & More

empty baseball field with sun rising
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. Another week is upon us and the Yovani Gallardo watch is still on. I keep hearing from each writer that covers the Orioles on a regular basis that the deal is all but done, but I’m curious as to why the team hasn’t said so. I’ve seen the idea floated that […]

Thursday Thoughts: Awakening from Winter’s Slumber

Yovani Gallardo pitches for the Texas Rangers.
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. This week in the 2016 debut of the “Thursday Thoughts,” I wake up from a long offseason hibernation to catch up on some of what’s been happening with the Orioles since last fall. With spring training around the corner, it’s time to stretch out the arm and start some long toss…   1. Yovani […]

Thursday Thoughts: Offseason Primer

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. Since the Orioles are winding down the season, it’s time to start thinking about the offseason. This week in the “Thoughts” we’ll take a look at the eight biggest storylines heading into the winter. 1. Free agency is the obvious big question when it comes to the Orioles, but I don’t think it’s a […]

Jones’ Intentions Admirable, but Warehouse Won’t Listen

orioles player blowing bubble from gum standing next to team manager
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. After a few weeks off (hey the Orioles took a few too), we’re back with the Thursday Thoughts. 1. The Orioles are doing their best to keep themselves in the race, but it’s too little too late. Right now the team is playing the role of that girlfriend that broke up with you but […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s in Odd Playoff Position Limbo

Manny Machado holding baseball bat with frustrated look
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. Well, this sure has been an unpleasant week. The Orioles are sliding and there seems to be no end in sight. The losing streak may be over following last night’s win, but with the way the team plays against opponents that are .500 and above, and the upcoming schedule, things could get ugly. […]

Thursday Thoughts: Schoop, Urrutia, Davis, Clevenger, & More

Steve Clevenger of the Orioles runs out a ball during 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 was shocked earlier this week when I wrote a little piece over at MASN Sports about Chris Davis and I got a ton of negative feedback. It wasn’t that the feedback was negative toward me or my writing, and it’s not that I can’t deal with people disagreeing, but I was surprised […]

Thursday Thoughts: Well, That Stunk

Hisashi Iwakuma celebrates after tossing a no-hitter vs. the Baltimore Orioles
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. Can we all just agree that getting no-hit stinks, and then move on? I mean that really, really stunk. It wasn’t fun for anyone who is an Orioles fan, and it put the worst cherry on top of the most awful sundae that was a rough west coast road trip. Hisashi […]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for West Coasters)

Kevin Gausman throws in Spring Training for the Baltimore Orioles, 2013.
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. Allow me to just start on a personal note by saying this two-week stretch of the season (the Birds’ West Coast swing) is one of my favorites every year. As a Baltimore-area transplant now living in Arizona, I watch every Orioles game, even though the majority of them come on at around 4 […]

Thursday Thoughts: Trade Rumor Review

cincinnati johnny cueto throwing a 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. Author’s Note: We’re going about things a little differently here at Thursday Thoughts this week. With the non-waiver trade deadline just over a week away, instead of eight different “Thoughts” on the Orioles specifically, we’re going to give you eight players the O’s have been linked in rumors. I’ll preface it by saying I […]

Thursday Thoughts: All Star Break Review & 2nd Half Preview

four all star players posed together with stadium crowd in background
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. It’s obviously a light week for the Orioles, but at least we have an All-Star Game to talk about, right? The O’s had a good, if mostly quiet showing in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Adam Jones was 0-2 with a strikeout starting in left field, which was weird to see, while Manny Machado laced an RBI […]

Thursday Thoughts: A Tough Week to Find Bright Spots

Wei-Yin Chen watches after giving up a home run.
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. For a baseball team that’s lost 8 of its last 10 games, it’s difficult to look for positive signs. The Orioles are struggling, there’s no two ways around it, but I think there’s always been a bit of an expectancy for this team to go through an offensive lull like they have over the […]

Thursday Thoughts: Chen, All-Stars, Schoop, & Delmon Young

baseball player watch pitch just thrown
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. Some are probably feeling sentimental this morning about Delmon Young. After being designated for assignment by the Orioles yesterday, his days in the orange and black are over. He’ll likely be traded in the coming days. Everyone will look back to Game 2 of the ALDS last season, when Young roped a […]

Thursday Thoughts: Babe Parmelee, Chen, Gausman, & Schoop

two orioles players slapping hands as one runs by the other
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. Just so we’re all in agreement, Chris Parmelee for President, right? Chalk it up to another scrap heap find by Dan Duquette, I suppose. Parmelee has come up from Norfolk, been inserted right into the Orioles lineup and done damage. Like Nolan Reimold, I don’t think Parmelee is a long-term solution for […]

Thursday Thoughts: Aren’t You Glad Adam is One Of “Our Guys?”

headshot of two baseball players with jersey and helmets on
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. At this time last week, I was really unsure about what the return of Matt Wieters would mean to the Orioles. A week later, my answers aren’t really there, but I’m at least happy with what he’s done so far. Once Wieters is able to catch on a more regular basis, he’ll […]

Thursday Thoughts: Questions from the O’s Twitterverse

Jonathan Schoop smiles during Spring Training 2015.
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. This week I decided to do something a little differently, and open things up for ideas on “Thoughts” from Twitter followers. I’m always open to suggestions throughout the week, so if ever you want a “Thought” devoted to a certain topic, let me know at @AStetka. 1. From @OriolesMemes: “What does Steve Pearce […]

Thursday Thoughts: Many Returns – O’s to Cuba, Wieters, Ubaldo to Form

orioles and cuba team doing post game handshakes
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. It’s the hottest topic in baseball this week, and it has a local tie. After being handed an eight-game suspension, Brian Matusz allows us to talk about “foreign substances” in a way that we’ve discussed deflated footballs for months. I use that comparison because I’ve heard some say the two are nothing […]
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