About Gordon Dixon

Gordon Dixon

Born and raised in the Baltimore area, I've followed the Orioles for as long as I can remember. If I'm not at Oriole Park at Camden Yards I can probably be found in front of the television watching them on MASN. I've had the opportunity to contribute to various online sports sites, both independent as well as associated with larger networks, and have have been featured on FOX Sports, MSN, Huffington Post, and Yardbarker, among others. Thanks to Eutaw Street Report and Russell Street Report I'm now able to share my thoughts and views on Baltimore's birds with you. Follow me on Twitter @GDixon410.

A Look at Manny Machado’s Improved Plate Discipline

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With the loss of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis during the offseason, the lack of reinforcements to bolster the lineup was a concern for many throughout Birdland. A prevailing theme during spring training was that Matt Wieters and Manny Machado would return from injuries to help pick up the slack. The hope was also that Chris Davis, while not necessarily duplicating his 2013 campaign, would prove to be better than he was a year ago. As April wraps up, the Orioles are doing just fine so far with respect to […]

Bullpen’s Rocky Start Not What Birdland is Used To

yankees player hitting baseball with catcher and fans in background
Over the past few seasons, Oriole fans have been spoiled by one of the better bullpens in Major League Baseball. Midway through 2012, people wondered if the success of O’s relievers was sustainable. It proved to be, as Jim Johnson and company helped the team to its first winning season and playoff appearance since 1997. 2013 brought more of the same as the bullpen registered a 3.52 ERA (6th in AL) over 514 innings (5th in AL). A year ago, Zach Britton emerged as one of the most effective closers […]

GIFs: First O’s Broadcast a Welcome Distraction from Snow

baltimore oriole player being interviewed with other players standing around
On a day that saw much of the Baltimore area covered by 5-10 inches of snow, the Orioles provided some solace in the form of an evening game against the Toronto Blue Jays on MASN. With temperatures well below freezing where many viewers were, it was nice to hear the voices of Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer and see many regulars in action. In a way, it was a perfect ending to a winter day. Miguel Gonzalez got the start and had a relatively easy time completing a scoreless two-inning […]

Duquette Talks 2015 O’s at FanFest

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Fresh off of a 96-win regular season, and first AL East division title since 1997, there was a feeling around Birdland unlike any in recent years when the season ended, despite being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series. Then, the feel good story started to lose some of its luster as pieces of the 2014 team began departing. Nelson Cruz took the 40 home runs and 108 RBI he accounted for last season to the great northwest and joined the Seattle Mariners. Long-time fan […]

Orioles Stick to Winning Formula in ALDS

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Sometimes it takes the shortcomings of other teams to fully appreciate what you have become accustomed to while watching your favorite team. As Orioles fans, we’ve been spoiled in 2014 with a variety of nice things, one of them being a bullpen that largely inspires a sense of calm when Buck Showalter makes his way to the mound and motions for one of his trusty relievers to enter the game. On the other end of the spectrum is the group of pitchers Brad Ausmus has to pick from when his […]

O’s Relying on Long Ball at Historical Level

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When the Orioles’ 60th anniversary season got underway, there were a few uncertainties surrounding the ball club. How would Tommy Hunter respond to the closer role? Would Chris Tillman build on an impressive 2013 season that saw him earn a spot on the All-Star team? What would Chris Davis do for an encore? Would we get the Ubaldo Jimenez from the second half of last season or the inconsistent one? If there’s one thing there was little doubt about, it was the power throughout the Orioles lineup. The nucleus of […]

Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Pitcher’s Park?

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Over the past few years, we’ve become accustomed to Oriole Park at Camden Yards generally being considered a ballpark that favors offense. According to ESPN’s MLB Park Factors, which compares the rates of stats at home versus the road, Camden Yards has ranked no lower than 12th since 2007 in terms of runs scored. Ratings above 1.000 indicate a favorable ballpark for hitters, while pitchers have the advantage in those below 1.000. Here are the runs scored ratings for Camden Yards since 2007: 2013 – 1.057 (10th highest in MLB) 2012 […]

O’Day Again Dominating Hitters from Both Sides of the Plate

pitcher for orioles darren oday just releasing pitch at mound
Starting pitchers get the big contracts, take home Cy Young Awards, and are often household names. Closers are the last ones on the mound for the winning team of a close game and are remembered for securing the victory. Other times, they are known for surrendering a late-inning lead and blamed for heart-breaking defeats. In either case, their impact on the outcome of a game is a lasting one. Then, you have middle relievers, who are often are vastly underappreciated but immensely important to the success of a team. Bridging […]

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Greatest Managers in O’s History

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The 2014 season will be a special one for the Baltimore Orioles, and not just because there are postseason dreams around Birdland. The O’s will celebrate 60 years in Baltimore, which presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on great players and memories since 1954. In the spirit of the occasion I’ve decided to highlight some of the great individual seasons we’ve witnessed from 1954-2013. We’ve looked at left field, center field, right field, third base, shortstop, second base, first base,  catcher, starting pitcher, and relief pitcher/closer. As we move to skippers, things change up a bit. Instead of a single […]

What’s Making Gausman So Much Better in 2014?

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When it comes to developing top tier pitching talent, the Orioles haven’t had the greatest amount of success in recent years, despite having numerous highly rated prospects. Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, and Zach Britton were all expected to be mainstays in the Orioles’ starting rotation at this point. Tillman, of course, put together a solid year and a half from mid-2012 through 2013. Matusz found a home in the bullpen. Arrieta is now with the Chicago Cubs and Britton is currently handling ninth inning duties for Buck Showalter. […]

O’s All-Time Leaders at Memorial Stadium

aerial view of stadium in 1970
As we continue to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Baltimore Orioles, it’s now time to take a look at the two locations the team has called home. From 1954-1991, Memorial Stadium was were many of the greatest names in franchise history played 81 times a year. During the Orioles’ first season, the dimensions were 309 ft. down the left and right foul lines, 445 ft. to center, and 446 ft. in both right-center and left-center. By the final season, the power alleys had been reduced to 378 ft. and […]

Greatest Seasons in O’s History: The Lineup

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With this being the 60th anniversary season of the Baltimore Orioles, we decided to take a look at some of the great individual seasons since 1954 in our Greatest Seasons in O’s History series. Thanks to your votes, here are those chosen for the All-Time Single-Season Team. Now that we have a team, we can take on the task of constructing a lineup containing these players and their exceptional seasons. Since the Orioles regularly play with a designated hitter, I will use one for this exercise as well. Based on […]

Baltimore Orioles All-Time (Single Season) Team

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The 2014 season will be a special one for the Baltimore Orioles, and not just because there are postseason dreams around Birdland. The O’s will celebrate 60 years in Baltimore, which presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on great players and memories since 1954. In the spirit of the occasion I’ve decided to highlight some of the great individual seasons we’ve witnessed from 1954-2013. We’ve looked at left field, center field, right field, third base, shortstop, second base, first base,  catcher, starting pitcher, and relief pitcher/closer. You’ve read the cases for each player in the discussion of […]

Greatest Seasons in O’s History: Relief Pitcher/Closer

orioles player with fist back and scowl on face
Stu Miller, 1965 67 games, 14-7, 1.89 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 119.1 innings, 104 strikeouts, 24 saves Miller spent five seasons with the Baltimore Orioles from 1963-1967. Over 297 games during that span, he posted a 2.37 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, recorded 38 victories, and collected 100 saves.  Miller was in the top-20 of American League MVP voting in three of those seasons, with his highest finish (7th) coming in 1965. In 1965, Miller’s 4.3 wins above replacement (Baseball Reference version) was good for seventh among American League pitchers. His 67 games placed […]

Greatest Seasons in O’s History: Starting Pitcher

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The 2014 season will be a special one for the Baltimore Orioles, and not just because there are postseason dreams around Birdland. The O’s will celebrate 60 years in Baltimore, which presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on great players and memories since 1954. In the spirit of the occasion I’ve decided to highlight some of the great individual seasons we’ve witnessed from 1954-2013. So far, we’ve looked at left field, center field, right field, third base, shortstop, second base, first base, and catcher. This week, we go to the other side of the battery – pitchers. […]

Greatest Seasons in O’s History: Catcher

close up of chris hoiles waiting for pitch for baltimore orioles
The 2014 season will be a special one for the Baltimore Orioles, and not just because there are postseason dreams around Birdland. The O’s will celebrate 60 years in Baltimore, which presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on great players and memories since 1954. In the spirit of the occasion I’ve decided to highlight some of the great individual seasons we’ve witnessed from 1954-2013. So far, we’ve looked at left field, center field, right field, third base, shortstop, second base, and first base. This week, we go behind home plate.   Chris Hoiles, 1993 .310/.416/.585 – […]

This is the Bud Norris the Orioles Traded For

orioles pitcher bent over after throwing pitch
When the Orioles acquired Bud Norris from the Houston Astros when Bud’s ‘Stros were in Baltimore last July, the reaction among fans, for the most part, was lukewarm. It was clear the Orioles needed to upgrade their starting pitching, but many weren’t convinced Norris was the answer. Norris would start nine games in August and September, posting a 4.69 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 48 innings. Opposing batters produced a slash line of .295/.364/.466 in those outings. With Jim Johnson traded to the Oakland A’s during the offseason, and the […]

Greatest Seasons in O’s History: First Base

former orioles player holding baseball bat behind shoulder
The 2014 season will be a special one for the Baltimore Orioles, and not just because there are postseason dreams around Birdland. The O’s will celebrate 60 years in Baltimore, which presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on great players and memories since 1954. In the spirit of the occasion I’ve decided to highlight some of the great individual seasons we’ve witnessed from 1954-2013. So far, we’ve looked at left field, center field, right field, third base, shortstop, and second base. This week, we continue around the infield with first base. Jim Gentile, 1961 .302/.423/.646 […]

Taking a Look at Markakis’ MLB-Leading Hitting Streak

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While Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies saw his 28-game hit streak come to an end Friday night, Nick Markakis extended his to 16 thanks to a three-hit effort against the Houston Astros. With a single in his first at-bat on Saturday, it reached 17 games. With a single in his second on Sunday, it has reached 18 and is now the longest current hitting streak in Major League Baseball. As is generally the case with Markakis, a lot of what he does often goes unnoticed because he isn’t particularly […]

Greatest Seasons in O’s History: Second Base

orioles player hunched over
The 2014 season will be a special one for the Baltimore Orioles, and not just because there are postseason dreams around Birdland. The O’s will celebrate 60 years in Baltimore, which presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on great players and memories since 1954. In the spirit of the occasion I’ve decided to highlight some of the great individual seasons we’ve witnessed from 1954-2013. So far, we’ve looked at left field, center field, right field, third base, and shortstop. This week, we continue around the infield with second base.   Bobby Grich, 1974 .263/.376/.431 […]
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