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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

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 […]

Thursday Thoughts: Paredes, Cruz, and an O’s “Top 10”

orioles player jimmy paredes high fiving through a crowd
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 don’t know how much longer Jimmy Paredes is going to keep this up, but I’m going to embrace it as long as it lasts. Most people outside of the Baltimore area have to run to their Google machines to figure out what exactly a Jimmy Paredes is, but Orioles fans have […]

Thursday Thoughts: The End of The Jason Garcia Experiment?

garcia on mound 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.  1. I think we may have seen the last of Jason Garcia in an Orioles uniform. This whole situation smells a lot like the one that took place last year with 2013 Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar. The Orioles didn’t want to simply return Almanzar, so he developed an injury and then was […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Healing, Jones Scorching, OPACY “Re-Opening”

orioles player adam jones blowing bubble with his gum
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 finally getting a bit healthier. It looks more and more like J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty will return in the next few days. Wesley Wright is set to throw off a full mound on Monday as he rehabs a shoulder injury. Matt Wieters is playing in extended spring training […]

Thursday Thoughts: Civil Unrest, Away “Home” Games, & Universal DH

game at camden yards with no one in stands
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 can’t tell you how great it was to finally watch a baseball game yesterday after a few days away. As someone who basically watches every inning of every game, despite living just over 2,000 miles away from Baltimore, the Orioles could’ve won by 50 or lost by 50 and it would’ve […]

Thursday Thoughts: Unwritten Rules, Norris’ Woes & Mora Praise

side by side pictures of orioles and blue jays players
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. Baseball has its fair share of rules. There are hundreds of pages, many of which even the most avid fan doesn’t know or understand. With all the complicated rules in the beautiful game, why are we still following ones that aren’t even written down? Some might call them the “unwritten rules.” […]

Thursday Thoughts: Davis’ Struggles, Gausman’s Curve, & Silly Fans

still of orioles player after hitting baseball
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 everyone’s favorite (or least favorite) topic right now – the Orioles bullpen has been fairly awful to start the season. There’s no way around it. They’ve given up a run in every single game of the season so far. Some of this blame goes to the starting pitching, for sure, but […]

Thursday Thoughts: Rethinking Gausman’s Spot in the ‘Pen

orioles pitcher gausman arm back before 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. Travis Snider’s first impression on the Orioles has been a good one, but I didn’t have to tell you that if you watch the first few games. Every time you looked up he was on base or playing solid defense. O’s fans were in an uproar when Nick Markakis wasn’t re-signed this […]
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