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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: Well, O’s Pitchers WERE Keeping the Ball in the Yard

Mike Wright pitches and Mookie Betts is about to make contact.
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 Ubaldo Jimenez Day once again in Baltimore, which means prepare your tissues. We’ve covered Jimenez’s struggles extensively over the last few weeks, because they’ve gone on for that long. There’s no real solution, as I addressed earlier this week here. What’s become even clearer to me is that the general […]

Word on the Street: Jimenez Has O’s Between a Rock & a Hard Place

Ubaldo Jimenez wipes his face with his jersey as he walks off the mound.
Ubaldo Jimenez was awful again on Saturday, lasting just 1.2 innings and allowing five runs in the Orioles’ loss in Cleveland. The team has very few good options regarding the veteran’s spot in the rotation. Read below or press play for more. What else can be said about Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2016 season? After ten starts, the 32-year-old right-hander has an ERA over six and has pitched six innings in a game just three times. His latest debacle came Saturday, lasting just one-and-two-thirds innings and allowing five runs in Saturday’s blowout […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Unwise to Keep Selling Draft Picks

head shots of dan duquette with orioles 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. 1. I really wanted to avoid even thinking about what the Orioles did with Brian Matusz this week, but it’s so preposterous that I can’t evade it. There’s no doubt that Matusz had to go. He was not performing at a Major League level and I have no issues with the O’s […]

Thursday Thoughts: Manny Might Sign Long-Term, but Enjoy the Present

manny machado smiling with hat backwards and blurred crowd behind him
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. Quotes came out earlier this week from Manny Machado that had Orioles fans buzzing. Speaking at his charity bowling event, Machado said things like “I bleed orange” and hinted that he wanted to be in Baltimore for the long haul. I believe him. But I also know that this game is a business. […]

Thursday Thoughts: With Jones “Back” This is a Scary Lineup

Adam Jones looks on while in the on-deck circle.
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. Is Adam Jones back? I think Adam Jones might be back. I don’t want to get too over-confident, but Adam Jones is back. The Orioles centerfielder has “simply” busted out in recent days, clobbering a couple massive homers and finding his way back into the good graces of fans. I think we all […]

Word on the Street: Time for Buck to Shake Up the Lineup

Adam Jones prepares to hit.
The Orioles are still hovering near first place, but they’re staying there in an unexpected way. If they want to continue to contend, they need some more offense, and it might be time for Buck to shake up the batting order. Press play or read below for more. The Orioles may not be flying atop the American League East as the calendar turns to May, but it’s not like they’ve taken a nosedive either. The Birds are benefiting in games at Camden Yards, posting one of the better home records […]

Thursday Thoughts: Time for Corner Outfield-by-Committee

Hyun-soo Kim follows through on his 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 news of the week for the Orioles is obviously that they’ll be without J.J. Hardy for some time. The loss of Hardy will most definitely hurt the Birds, but there’s no doubt they can withstand it. This is where the Orioles are thankful they have a player like Ryan Flaherty to come […]

Thursday Thoughts: How Injured Are Adam Jones & J.J. Hardy?

Adam jones takes off running from second base to third.
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. Kevin Gausman’s debut left fans wanting more on Monday, but I’m tapping the brakes. We all know that Gausman is facing immense pressure to be “the guy” in the Orioles rotation that can carry the load. I think that is obviously something that’s weighing on his mind. Gausman looked good in his season […]

Thursday Thoughts: Matusz & Gausman Set to Return, Pappas Passes Away

Matt Wieters and Kevin Gausman walk from the bullpen.
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 impending return of Kevin Gausman should have Orioles fans jazzed up. Gausman made a rehab start at Norfolk last night and struck out nine over 5.2 innings of three-run ball. Having Gausman back in the majors will help to solidify a rotation that is hanging on right now. The O’s starters have […]

Word on the Street: Sure O’s Have Warts, but so Does Rest of AL East

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
The Orioles have some warts, and it’s no surprise that the starting pitching remains a huge question mark after a couple turns through the rotation. Still, in the A.L. East, it’s about taking advantage of other teams’ warts. Press play for more or read the transcript below. Despite finally having a few losses under their belts, the Orioles are still flying high atop the American League East. Baltimore was the last team to lose a game to start the season, and is off to the hottest opening to the season […]

Thursday Thoughts: Davis’ Great Start, Bundy’s Role, & More

Chris Davis covers first base and waits for a throw.
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, the dream of an undefeated season is over for the Orioles. It’s no reason to fret. The O’s have had a great start to the campaign, and given themselves some room for error. I don’t think they were ever going to threaten the 2001 Seattle Mariners for the single-season wins mark. We’ll […]

Thursday Thoughts: Is there Anybody You’d Swap for Manny Machado?

Manny Machado prepares to throw the runner out.
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 Opening Day is in the books and while it won’t be remembered for great weather, it was another victory, and an exciting one. I feel for everyone who sat through two lengthy rain delays on Monday, but they got to see the pay off with Matt Wieters’ walk-off single in the ninth. […]

Thursday Thoughts: Kim Saga, Gone-Zalez, Rickard & More

Miguel Gonzalez pitches against the Red Sox.
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. This week’s rumor mill surrounding Hyun-Soo Kim is all very strange, but also very predictable. Allow me to explain. The fact that the Orioles are possibly looking to dump a guy that was their projected starting left fielder just a few months ago is a bit baffling. However, when you think about the […]

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 […]
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