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Joe is a lifelong Orioles fan, who grew up in Hamilton, and moved to Harford County where he and his family currently reside. He longs for another sporting experience like game 2 of the 2014 ALDS. A father and husband, Joe pays the bills by being a School Counselor and teaching Psychology classes at CCBC and Towson. He has played sports his entire life, but baseball was his first love, and he still plays in an adult league. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jdibasilio

What are These Guys Still Doing Here?

O, how I love thee, let me count the ways. By love, I mean hate, and by thee I mean the 2018 Baltimore Orioles. This year has been so lacking in enjoyable baseball that I have been unable to muster the courage to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) these last couple of months. Alas I have returned to offer you some thoughts as we near the halfway point of 2018.   Manny and Co. Someone explain to me why NO ONE has been traded yet? I want […]

Time to Trade Manny … and Davis

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado laughs as he rounds the bases.
The baseball gods bestowed a miracle upon the Orioles yesterday, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Old Testament. The scenario revolved around the Orioles’ 8-20 record, Manny Machado on a walk year and a World Series contender — the Los Angeles Dodgers — with more money than the Vatican and in desperate need of a shortstop. NOT EVEN THE ORIOLES COULD RUIN THIS. Right? I read an article this morning by an Orioles beat reporter postulating whether the Orioles would be willing to begin trade talks with […]

O’s Well Represented Among Worst AL Players So Far

Caleb Joseph swings.
Looking for an uplifting article to give you hope for the remainder of 2018? SPOILER ALERT, turn away now this piece is not for you. The futility that this team displays on a nightly basis can partially be explained by the failure of some of our key position players, of which the Orioles have three who rank in the bottom 10 of bWAR in the American League. No other team has more than one player in the bottom 10. Yowza.   Adam Jones .236/.253/.375, with a bWAR of -0.6.  These […]

2018 O’s – Same as the Post-May 2017 O’s?

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
Dreadful. Abysmal. Terrible. Rotten. Poor. Foul. Unpleasant. Of all the words I’ve seen describing the 2018 Baltimore Orioles, the one I think is the most fitting is unwatchable. It is honestly difficult to watch them play baseball. Why? A quick recap at where they rank offensively: Runs/Hits: 27th Batting Average: 29th On Base Percentage: 29th OPS: 27th Strikeouts: 7th The pitching hasn’t fared much better, with a team era of 6.00, which ranks them 27th in MLB. It is as if last year never ended, and we are just stuck […]

The Curious Case of Colby Rasmus

Coby Rasmus with his bat & Rays batting helmet.
The rabbit hole that is the 2018 Orioles offseason got deeper this week, as the Orioles locked up Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $3 million minor-league deal (with up to $5million with incentives). Dan Duquette, in an interview with Roch Kubatko, stated about Rasmus, “Colby Rasmus is a proven veteran player in the AL East who is a versatile outfielder with power and speed to make a meaningful contribution to the 2018 team.” I have only one issue with that comment, and I think Terry from Happy Gilmore can best […]

What in the Name of Earl Weaver is Going On Here?

Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette at O's Fan Fest on stage.
Since the conclusion of the 2017 season, countless articles (including my own) have been penned on what the Orioles could do to be ready to compete in 2018. From Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn to Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas, the thoughts and postulations over the Orioles future have been bountiful, with many of them holding a great deal of validity and intrigue. However, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Sarasota in 2 weeks (February 13th), I’m as confused as Biff Tannen witnessing a flying Delorean as to what the […]

Seeds of O’s Current Predicament Were Planted in 2014-15

cruz pointing at fans while running bases after homerun
This Orioles offseason has started like most others under Dan Duquette’s tenure: plenty of chatter and rumors, very little movement. The Manny Machado saga has continued to drag out, revealing an organization without direction or leadership. How did we get here? I feel as though I blinked and the 1998-2011 Orioles returned. At what moment did this promising and exciting core fizzle out and usher in the return of the dark times? After some research and Jedi-like meditation, I found it. Travel back in time with me to 2014. If […]

Examining the O’s Asinine International Strategy

Roch Kubatko, Dan Duquette, and Jim Hunter at the O's radio show.
I attended my first “Hot Stove” show last night, with special guest Dan Duquette.  The food and drinks were great… but ask me if a single shred of interesting and informative conversation took place? Well if you were listening, you already know the answer. But as I was sitting enjoying a beverage at reduced cost at The Orioles Grille at the Sheraton, I couldn’t help but wonder why the conversation never meandered over to the Orioles and their presence in the international market. I did some research, and I’m beside […]

Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop?

Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop jog in Spring Training.
The hot stove has been heating up the past couple of weeks with some minor O’s chatter about the likes of Jason Vargas, Tyler Chatwood and Andrew Cashner. Those acquisitions would do very little to help the O’s World Series odds at the best sports betting sites, and are mere peanuts compared to the pending expiring contracts that the Orioles are facing from within; Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Adam Jones are all set to be UFA at the conclusion of the 2018 season, with Jonathan Schoop following just behind […]

In Addition to Pitching, O’s Must Address OBP Woes

"Negative. Target remains. I repeat, target remains." #ID4 #IDR #IndependenceDay2 pic.twitter.com/R97FIO1za5 — Independence Day (@IDResurgence) December 22, 2015 The Orioles’ ongoing goal of finding a high-On Base Percentage corner outfielder continues as we officially enter the 2017-2018 offseason – as they said on Independence Day, “Target Remains.” Want to make the playoffs? Get on base. Seems like a simple enough idea, but it’s one to which the 2017 Baltimore Orioles did not subscribe. Every single member of the 2017 playoffs had a team OBP in the top 12 of Major […]

O’s Primed for a Playoff Run in 2018?

empty baseball field with postseason 2014 written on field
What if I told you… that the 2018 Baltimore Orioles are primed for a playoff run? If you haven’t already clicked off this article in disgust, thanks for staying. After one of the most disappointing seasons of Orioles baseball in my lifetime, and their first losing record since 2011, it may seem a bit facetious to feel confident about a bounce back year in 2018. However, when you delve into the numbers, it all becomes a bit clearer. The 2017 squad had a historically (embarrassingly) bad starting rotation. Buckle up […]
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