About Joe Serpico

Joe learned his journalistic ways in the halls of Annenberg and McGonigle en route to becoming Temple Made. He was a Temple News contributor, and the lead reporter for the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. A die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, Joe has suffered through many years of letdowns by his hometown teams. Now residing in Canton, Maryland, he is an Orioles season-ticket holder in the "friendly" confines of Section 82.

Hardy’s Back Sidelines Him Again, Brach Wins Arbitration

J.J. Hardy throws a ball.
The Baltimore Orioles are having a rough start to Spring Training. The injuries are starting to add up and so is the payroll. Just days after getting the news that Chris Tillman would be out for at least three weeks with a shoulder issue, we learned that shortstop J.J. Hardy will be sidelined with back spasms. It’s similar to the back problems he has had in the past, but he said these are lasting longer, per Roch Kubatko. Hardy has dealt with similar spasms in past. These lasting longer. #orioles […]

Chris Tillman to Miss Opening Day After Getting PRP Injection

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
Baltimore Orioles pitchers and catchers reported to work today for their first official workout, but it is the pitcher who did not take the mound that has drawn the most interest. Chris Tillman, who has started the last three Opening Day games, will not make it four in a row after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection his right shoulder in December. Let’s give the Orioles some credit for doing a terrific job of keeping this mute. It’s been widely expected all winter long that Tillman would once lead the rotation […]

5 Sarasota Stories to Watch this Spring Training

empty baseball field with sun rising
It has been a relatively warm winter in Baltimore, but a long one nonetheless if you’re a fan of the Baltimore Orioles. The lasting image that has stuck with us throughout the last few months has been Ubaldo Jimenez giving up the walk-off home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the American League Wild Card game. Finally, we can start to put that behind us. The boys are in Sarasota as pitchers and catchers get back to work for the first days of Spring Training. There are not a lot of […]

O’s Acquire Gabriel Ynoa from Mets for Cash Considerations

Gabriel Ynoa of the Mets pitches.
The Baltimore Orioles have made a trade with the New York Mets for a starting pitcher. It’s just not a name ya-know-ah. The O’s have acquired right-handed Gabriel Ynoa (pronounced ya-know-ah) in exchange for cash just days before pitchers and catchers report to work in Sarasota. It’s the second trade between the two clubs for a pitcher this offseason. The move gives Buck Showalter one more arm to look at during Spring Training and added depth throughout the organization. Dan Duquette views Ynoa as a potential big league starter as […]

Could Miley or Ubaldo Get the Miguel Gonzalez Treatment?

Ubaldo Jimenez throws in Sarasota.
The Baltimore Orioles entered the offseason with a “problem” that most teams wish they could claim: six starting pitchers on the roster. With an extra arm, Dan Duquette was able to deal one (Yovani Gallardo) for the lefty outfielder (Seth Smith) that the lineup needed. It seemed like a win-win situation for all involved. That gives the O’s a starting rotation of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jimenez. Miley is the “new guy” in the mix. Otherwise, this is essentially the rotation that the organization […]

What’s Next for O’s After Trumbo Signing?

In what has become standard operating procedure for them, the Baltimore Orioles have secured a power bat late in the offseason. It’s also the second consecutive season that they have kept one of their own. But where does Dan Duquette go from here after bringing back Mark Trumbo on a three-year deal? Buck Showalter can pencil in his designated hitter for the next three campaigns. Trumbo will make occasional appearances in the outfield, but the team would much rather have a better defensive player take the field the majority of […]

Trumbo Closer to Returning to Baltimore?

Mark Trumbo runs around the bases.
The Baltimore Orioles offseason could be shaping up to be very similar to last season’s. A year ago, they entered the winter months with the reigning home run leader hitting free agency and it took until mid-January until they reached a deal with Chris Davis. Could we see the same outcome for Mark Trumbo in the upcoming days? If recent reports from Ken Rosenthal are indeed true, a return to Baltimore is still possible. It has been reported for much of the offseason that the club offered a four-year, $50 […]

Classic Duquette – O’s Sign Jesus Montero to MiLB Deal

Jesus Montero gets set on defense.
Has Dan Duquette worked his magic again? Time will tell, but for now it’s another classic low-risk, high-reward move by the Baltimore Orioles, as the team signed Jesus Montero to a minor-league deal on Tuesday. Montero was once considered one of the top prospects in Major League Baseball when with the New York Yankees, but has never lived up to those expectations. Montero was the key piece in a trade that sent Michael Pineda from Seattle to the Bronx. Many thought he was off to a great start to his […]

O’s Future is Murky

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
We often hear about athletes having rituals to keep their mind focused. They approach each day as a new part of the process. No sport demonstrates this more than baseball, which is made up of 162 games, and games most every day for six months. A loss one day has to be forgotten the next and players keep moving forward. It’s easy to get caught up in the present. The Baltimore Orioles are coming off a season that ended in heartbreak and controversy. They have lost several players to free […]

Getting Through the Dog Days of Winter

snow covered seats in stadium with man walking down steps
Baltimoreans are in a weird state of mind. We are currently in the midst of the holiday season, but sports fans are not exactly feeling 100 percent right now. It was great to spend the holidays with family and friends, but we all are hurting after the Baltimore Ravens were eliminated from playoff contention on Christmas Day. To make matters worse, it was those damn Pittsburgh Steelers that ended the season. The Ravens do have one more game this week against the Cincinnati Bengals, but football season is basically over […]

O’s Continue Search for a Corner Outfielder

A baseball player high fives teammates in the dugout.
It wouldn’t be the offseason in Baltimore if the Orioles were not searching for another corner outfielder. It seems as though this club is struggling to find a player they feel is worth a solid investment. The reality is the organization needs to make a decision on what type of player they want in right field next season. It’s rare that you find a player capable of doing it all. Every team would love to have a Mike Trout, but that’s why he is regarded as one of the best […]

O’s Still Have Lineup Hole(s) to Fill

buck showalter standing by fence talking to dan duquette
The Baltimore Orioles have their catcher. After some discussion about Matt Wieters sticking around, the club decided to sign Welington Castillo to fill the void. You can read ESR’s reaction to the signing by clicking here. That leaves the O’s with one more hole to fill in their starting lineup. It is expected that at some point this offseason that they will bring in someone to play one of the corner outfield positions. Who will that be? We probably will not have answer this year. Knowing how this front office […]

O’s Would Be Wise to Trade Zach Britton

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
Many O’s fans were wondering what the front office was thinking when they traded Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics during the 2014 offseason. Johnson had led the Majors in saves in back-to-back seasons, totaling 101 saves in those two years. The main reason for the move was that Johnson was set for a significant raise that the O’s did not want to pay. With no other true closer on the roster, the O’s were taking a gamble on Tommy Hunter to close games. In the early months of 2014, […]

The Orioles Fan’s Holiday Wist List

Two weeks from today, millions of kids around the world will be waking up and racing to the tree to see if Santa brought them the things they want this Christmas. Most of them are asking for new toys to play with. As we get older, we don’t write to Santa – instead, we ask the Baseball Gods for gifts. This holiday season, Oriole fans want some new toys for Buck Showalter and to get rid of some old ones come the 2017 season. It should come as no surprise […]
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