About Paul Valle

Paul Valle

Paul Valle is a Baltimore native who has always had a passion for baseball. But his passion goes beyond the average spectator. Paul has been studying baseball--specifically the Orioles--since his youth. He not only appreciates the on field play, but the strategy and statistics behind it. Paul obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and New Media from Towson University to go along with his Associate of Arts Degree in English from Harford Community College. Paul is a regular contributor to Eutaw Street Report, and also hosts an Orioles YouTube show called "The Payoff Pitch," which you can also find at Eutaw Street Report.

As FanFest looms, O’s still looking for arms

orioles manager buck showalter with sunglasses on and pointing
With FanFest coming on Saturday and the last big name off the board in Masahiro Tanaka, Orioles fans are growing increasingly impatient with the lack of moves this offseason. We’ve discussed it all before. This team is one or two solid moves away from making a serious run. Buck knows it, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette knows it, the league knows it, and the fans know it. But what are the moves this team needs to make? The most glaring need is starting pitching. In 2013, Orioles […]

Roberts to NYY a tough pill to swallow

close up of orioles baseball player while running bases
In an offseason of disappointing signings – or lack thereof – the Baltimore Orioles and their fan base have yet another tough blow to stomach. Second baseman Brian Roberts is a New York Yankee. The oft-injured former All-Star signed a 1-year, incentive-laden $2 million contract to become the starting second baseman for the Yankees, leaving many to wonder how the Orioles weren’t able to pony up a similar contract for the hometown favorite. If you had told me at any point this offseason that Brian Roberts would sign that type […]

O’s fans’ frustration with quiet offseason reaching a boiling point

oakland athletics player bent over after throwing pitch
I’ve been trying to hold back my disapproval of the Orioles’ offseason thus far. I kept telling myself, “Wait until after the winter meetings are over. See if they make a move then before you scrutinize.”  And then after the winter meetings I tried telling myself—for a day or so—to give them some more time; hell, it’s not even Christmas. But enough is enough. When I go over to MASN Sports, I should not be reading a blog post from Roch Kubatko asking how the pick of Michael Almanzar in […]

So long, Jim Johnson

orioles baseball player standing with hands on hips
Well sports fans, for those of you hoping you had seen the last of Jim Johnson in an Orioles uniform, you got your wish Monday night. The Orioles have traded their former all-star closer to the Oakland Athletics for second baseman Jemile Weeks, the 12th overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal. Johnson was set to make roughly $10.8 million this season through arbitration, and those in the warehouse couldn’t justify handing that type of money over to a […]

Worst-Case Scenario: Red Sux are Champs again

david ortiz holding arm up and looking into crowd
Well, the World Series is over and those bearded chowder-eaters from up north are champions for the third time in 10 seasons. And as a fan, it makes me sick. I know, I know, as a journalist I am not supposed to show bias, favoritism, or disdain. But this is a fan website, so I’m going to let the fan in me out for a moment. Watching the Red Sox celebrate on the mound at Fenway brought about a feeling similar to the aftermath of eating week-old Thai food. Growing […]

One for the Birds

three orioles players with arms extended about to jump up together
My heart was heavy Sunday as I watched the Orioles turn one last 5-4-3 double play to end their season with a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Boston Red Sox.  The Baltimore Orioles were a damn good baseball team this year, but their 85-77 record simply was not enough earn them a shot to play into October. The Birds finished on a high note, winning four of five to end the season, hopefully high enough of a note to provide momentum for next year. A lot of fans—myself included—are disappointed […]

Looking ahead – Birdland 2014

people standing by entrance to stadium with large potted plants
The Baltimore Orioles have five games left in their 2013 season. Five games that don’t mean anything, other than getting that ever-elusive 82nd victory to officially put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1996-1997. On Tuesday night, the O’s came from ahead to lose their sixth game in a row while the Cleveland Indians celebrated a walk-off victory on the ageless Jason Giambi’s two-run homer, ending the Birds’ playoff chances, and effectively, their season. With the 2013-14 offseason a mere five days away, the Orioles have a […]

O.R.I.O….No.

buck showalter leaning on fence frowning looking into distance
Well, they did it to us again. The O’s took two-of-three from the Red Sox last week and had positioned themselves nicely to make a run at the playoffs as they headed to St. Petersburg to take on the Rays in a four game series. If the Orioles were to win three of the four games against the Rays, they were pretty much assured of heading back to Baltimore with at least a share of the lead for a Wild Card berth. But that’s not what happened. Instead, our beloved […]

Back to October

fans in stands with postseason 2012 banner showing
It was cold, dark and rainy. The tarp covered the field and fans sat and waited patiently for something that had eluded them for so long. It had been 15 years; what was three more hours? As I sat there last night after another Orioles’ win—one that saw them push their record to 13 games above .500—I began to think about October baseball. With their third straight victory paired with losses by Tampa Bay and Boston, the O’s moved to within 1.5 games of a Wild Card berth and 4.5 […]

Moose Tracks – Mussina worthy of the Hall of Fame?

mike mussina after having thrown pitch during baseball
So last night/this morning I was looking at the ballot for Hall of Fame induction for 2014. Three names jump off the list at first glance: Greg Maddux with his 355 wins, Tom Glavine with his 305 wins, and Frank Thomas with his 524 home runs. After an embarrassing 2013 induction class of zero (living), Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) need to hit a home run with this year’s crop of Hall of Fame talent. To me, this means Maddux, Glavine and Thomas all […]

Frustrating losses aside, Birds still primed to make their move

buck showalter for orioles holding phone up to ear
Okay everyone.  Take a step back from the ledge. Everything is going to be all right. I promise. How quickly our perception can change.  The Birds were flying high two days ago, playing their best baseball as the bats were heating up, the starting pitching was finally finding consistency, and the defense was still solid. The O’s had won five in a row and eight-of-nine. And then they lost. And then they lost again. Perhaps if the Orioles had been bludgeoned the last two nights, or if they had just […]

STILL a great time for Baltimore sports fans

playoff hats and shirts for baltimore orioles
There is a sense of pride when you are from Maryland.  Much more than I have seen from most other states, except for maybe New York.  Our state flag is repped so hard that even my closest friends who were raised in Philly and transplanted to Pittsburgh rock the red, yellow, black and white like a coat of arms. We have Old Bay, crabs, Natty Boh, the Inner Harbor, the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Naval Academy. We have arguably the best hospitals in the United States.  And […]

O’bservations at the end of June

close up of orioles pitcher holding baseball glove
The month of June saw the Baltimore Orioles go 16-12, putting them at a season-high 11 games above .500 at 47-36, good for second place in the AL East, 2.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. The Birds ended the month with four straight wins, including a sweep of the hated New York Yankees.  Here’s how the month shook out. Offensively Speaking The Orioles averaged 4.64 runs/game in June, their lowest output for any month this season. As a team the O’s walked just 50 times but they did […]

Strop in no position to criticize fans’ booing

pedro strop tugging at jersey making a face
Something happened the other day that caught me off-guard and I needed a few days to gather my thoughts on the whole ordeal.  And then I came to a realization. Pedro Strop needs to shut his mouth. Strop came to the Orioles in a deal during the summer of 2011 that sent Michael Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers. And at first, the deal looked like an absolute steal for the Birds. In his first 63 games for Baltimore, Strop pitched to the tune of a 1.31 ERA, giving up just […]

Two months in the books

orioles player about to hit baseball from home plate with blurred crowd in background
The Baltimore Orioles are two months into the 2013 campaign and sit at 34-28, fourth in the AL East. Through the first third of the season, the team looks well on their way to another run at the playoffs come August and September.  But in a tough American League East where four teams are at least six games over .500 and within 3.5 games of first place, how will the Orioles separate themselves from the pack?  Here’s how they got here and what they will need to make a run. […]

McDonald and Mussina – the early 90’s O’s Bundy and Gausman

two orioles players on cover of sports illustrated one with baseball in mouth
On Tuesday night it was announced that the Orioles’ number one pick from the 2012 draft would be making his major league debut on Thursday.  Former LSU pitcher and Bowie Baysox standout Kevin Gausman has made his way to the big club less than a year after the Orioles made him the fourth overall pick in the amateur draft. Kevin Gausman certainly has earned this promotion, going 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts with the Baysox this season. What’s more impressive is over his last five starts, he […]

A closer (no pun intended) look at the losing streak

buck showalter with hands on chest yelling to referee
As a journalist, I’m not supposed to show bias, not supposed to play favorites, not supposed to show disappointment when the team I cover loses.  But ladies and gentleman, I am pissed off.  I’m talking don’t-know-what-to-do-with-myself, fidgeting-profusely pissed off. The Orioles are my team. They have been my team since I was a small child.  My love affair with Birdland is almost an unhealthy obsession. I sat through every game, whether on TV or in attendance, for 14 straight years of losing. I watched every hot start be offset by […]

Week 5 and 6 O’bservations

orioles player with arm back before pitching
*Writer’s message to readers: I just want to apologize to my readers for my brief hiatus from my weekly O’bservations.  These particular entries take extensive research and therefore require quite a bit of time to write. With my current job and some events in my personal life, the time was just not there for me to write last week’s edition.  Therefore, I have combined weeks five and six for your reading pleasures. Enjoy! When we last met, I was discussing how the Orioles were in third place after losing three-of-four […]

The Buck stops here?

close up of orioles manager with smug face
The Baltimore Orioles find themselves in the midst of a four-game losing streak, a season-high for consecutive defeats.  During those four games, the pitching staff has allowed 33 runs, including 30 during the last three games.  Jim Johnson, the gold standard in all of baseball at closing games out since 2011, has blown his last two save opportunities after converting 35 straight chances dating back to last season. The question is, who is to blame? Now, questioning Buck Showalter and how he handles his team is like questioning Ozzie Newsome […]

Epic comeback fuels O’s to series-opening win

three orioles players with backs to each other
For most O’s fans, Friday night’s game looked out of reach after the fifth inning.  Jason Hammel couldn’t escape the inning before being replaced after giving up six runs, the offense had mustered five hits, but only one—an infield single—with a runner in scoring position,  twice leaving a man stranded after getting to second base with no outs, and the Birds seemed hapless. Then came the 6th inning. Nick Markakis doubled to lead off the inning, and after Adam Jones failed to advance the runner, Chris Davis strolled to the […]
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