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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: 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 […]

Thursday Thoughts: Prediction Time!

back side of baseball player mccutchens jersey
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.  This week, we’re making predictions for the 2015 season, just like everyone else has in recent days. Just remember, they mean nothing. They are simply one man’s opinion. Be sure to share yours in the comments section. ~ A.S.  1. (NL West) – This division typically comes down to two teams, at least that’s what […]

Thursday Thoughts: Starting Role Falls to Joseph Again

baseball batter for orioles waiting on 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. Sound the alarms, Matt Wieters is officially on the shelf to start the season. Okay, have you had your fun? Can we turn the alarms off now? Everything will be okay, I promise. Let’s talk backup catchers, everyone’s favorite topic with less than two weeks before the regular season. Backup backstops are […]

Thursday Thoughts: Wieters’ Setback, Bundy’s Value, & “O’stronauts”

Matt Wieters participates in spring training 2015 drills.
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. My worst fears were confirmed yesterday when Matt Wieters was diagnosed with right elbow tendinitis, one day after catching his first Grapefruit League game. Set the alarms off and wave the white flags. On a serious note, I’m not all that worried. It stinks that this is going on and it’s getting […]

Thursday Thoughts: Wieters’ Backup, Davis’ Comments, & Will Ferrell

baltimore orioles wieters holding bat up looking to see where baseball went
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 Chris Davis wants the Orioles to “commit to the future before he does,” maybe he shouldn’t get himself suspended prior to the postseason…Then he’d be able to contribute and help the team when they reach the doorstep of the World Series. I didn’t really understand Davis’ comments to the “Baltimore Sun” […]

Should Adam Jones Have a Voice in the Front Office?

orioles player blowing bubble from gum standing next to team manager
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sent off a firecracker of a tweet a few weeks ago that got everyone in Birdland talking… Im just going to start going to Peter. Screw the middle men — 10 (@SimplyAJ10) February 7, 2015 Just 12 simple words sent fans and media into a tailspin wondering what “10” was talking about and really thinking. The cryptic tweet was then explained by Jones yesterday via Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun: For the past few weeks, Jones has allowed everyone to draw their own conclusions, […]

2015 State of the Orioles Address

orioles manager sitting in front of microphone during press conference
My fellow Orioles fans: As reaction continues to pour in on President Obama’s State of the Union address, I am here to deliver something that you, as a reader of this site, perhaps have more interest in –The State of the Orioles. Despite a long cold winter of what can be conceived as many failed actions from leadership, the Orioles are moving into 2015 with a clear message and strong path. Many have pointed to a lack of interest in bringing in new recruits or even a failed desire to […]

“Timehop” Leads an O’s Fan to a Realization

orioles player walking by fans in stand holding champion flag
I’m coming out of the shadows to write something that I think is important for my fellow baseball fans, specifically Orioles fans, to hear. It’s literally been June since I’ve written anything on this site. I spent the entire second half of the summer sitting back and enjoying one of the most memorable seasons in Baltimore baseball history. I didn’t want to mess it up by being too analytical or offering my opinion on what I was seeing, so I just decided to enjoy it. But there’s something very important […]

Gausman Good, Ubaldo Bad, Machado Ugly as O’s Lose 2/3 to A’s

huddle of orioles players and oakland a's
If you decided to take a trip to the beach or attend a few graduation parties this weekend instead of paying attention to the Orioles’ series against the Oakland Athletics, you missed a lot. You missed so much in fact, that I felt it necessary to sum it all up for you below. Luckily, I have the ability to wrap everything up with a bow and give it to you in three easy to read parts – the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY.   The GOOD There was really […]

What’s Next for O’s Rotation?

orioles pitcher on mound throwing baseball
If you’ve been paying close attention to the Orioles, you know that there are many fundamental issues with the structure of this roster. There’s still no true left fielder. The second baseman is young and unproven. The bullpen lacks a definition of roles and doesn’t have a lock-down closer (though in this day and age, who does?). The biggest point of contention with many, however, is the rotation. It’s a five-man group that has seen Chris Tillman fresh off his first All-Star appearance fail to take the reins and make […]

Gausman’s Start Raises Many Questions

orioles pitcher gausman arm back before throwing pitch
Kevin Gausman’s arrival in Baltimore has me asking a lot of questions. I’m excited to watch him pitch against the Tigers, but I’m also not sure what the purpose of the move is in either the immediate or long term future. Gausman just returned from the minor league disabled list this past weekend to make a start against the Indianapolis Indians, throwing 77 pitches in 4.2 innings. He’s been on a strict pitch count in an effort to allow him to last throughout the season and hopefully deep into October. […]

Grading the O’s Through 21 Games

orioles player at home plate after just batting
The Orioles are now through 21 games and a total of seven series. While there have been ups and downs from a team standpoint, it’s important to take a look at what individuals are helping the cause. It’s time to take a look at who’s performing well and who’s not making the grade.   Pitchers: Chris Tillman (A-): There was finally a hiccup for Tillman in his most recent start, but he still battled an atrocious six-run inning to give his team a chance to win, which they did. He’s […]

Like it or Not, Adam Jones is Right

fan on field with no shirt on and referee grabbing him
Let’s take a quick trip away from the Orioles’ play on the field to talk about something else that happens on the field – fans being idiots. Yes, that’s right, idiots. Adam Jones says they’re idiots and I’m saying it too.  Jones made headlines this week for some pretty blunt comments about this special breed of knucklehead that thinks it’s funny to run out onto a baseball field during a game. These are comments that are being “reviewed” by Major League Baseball for some reason.  I’m not sure if MLB is […]

Don’t Let Machado-to-DL News Worry You

manny machado up to bat waiting for pitch
Sunday’s news that Manny Machado will start the 2014 campaign on the 15-day disabled list should come as a surprise to no one.  The All-Star third baseman had knee surgery on October 14 of last year and remains in the proper window for recovery.  There’s obviously no reason to rush the 21-year-old, who many believe has a bright future ahead of him.  After suffering one of the more gruesome-looking injuries at Tampa Bay in late September, my immediate thoughts were that he’d miss the entire 2014 season.  Knowing that he […]
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