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O’s Listening to Offers on Manny Machado

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
What had been quite the usual boring Winter Meetings for O’s fans got quite the jolt yesterday, as reports began to surface (first from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal) that the Orioles were suddenly open to trading star third baseman Manny Machado. Many fans already assume that Machado, who is due to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season, is as good as gone by roughly this time next year. However, there remain plenty of starry-eyed eternal O’ptimists who believe that Manny will join the likes of Brooks, […]

Duffy Brings OPACY to Life with Words

Art - Oriole Park at Camden Yards drawn using player names.
The internet can be a weird and terrifying place, especially in this day and age. There is vitriol and venom spewed on the daily. Most of us are just here for videos of cats being scared by cucumbers or dogs seeing servicemembers return home from overseas and losing their mind. The internet, however, and specifically the wild world of Twitter, can also be a place to learn and discover. Obviously you are here for some form of Orioles content, much like I am regularly. Yesterday, I came across one of […]

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 […]

Thursday Thoughts: O’s Appear Directionless to Start Offseason

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
So long as you’re out of a turkey coma, I’m sure you’ve been thinking just as much about the baseball offseason as I have lately. After all, the pilot light on the hot stove has barely been lit. It’s time to start ramping up for what is perhaps the most important offseason for the Orioles in recent memory. 1. There are a few large-scale, national headlines grabbing the attention of the baseball world with just over a week to go before the Winter Meetings in Orlando. They are two stories […]

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 […]

Do Andrew Cashner and/or Eduardo Nunez Excite You?

We’re into mid-November now, and after one of the most exciting World Series in memory (maybe ever), we’ve been without baseball for what feels like eons. However, the Hot Stove season has yet to really get rolling, as baseball “news” since the Fall Classic ended has been confined to blockbuster trade speculation, and an award or two. (Then, of course, there was the tragic Roy Halladay incident, and we’d like to add our heartfelt condolences to those already expressed throughout the sports world.) As for our O’s, the only thing […]

Trey Mancini Named Rookie of the Year Finalist

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
O’s rookie Trey Mancini got some good news tonight, as he was named a finalist for the BBWAA Rookie of the Year award. [email protected] has been named a BBWAA finalist for Rookie of the Year. The winner will be announced Nov. 13 on @MLBNetwork. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/J7KzbmTCT7 — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 6, 2017 Mancini was a revelation at the dish for the Birds in 2017, putting up a .293/.338/.488 line with 24 home runs and 78 runs batted in. That was good for a .349 wOBA and 117 wRC+ (both […]

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 […]

How Can O’s Rebound in 2018?

Buck Showalter talks to pitchers and catchers.
Now that Los Angeles has punched their ticket to the Fall Classic, all of the baseball world save for those who root for Darth Vader in Star Wars will be hoping the Houston Astros can bounce back and win two straight. Astros-Dodgers sounds like a blast to watch. Astros-Yankees? Yeah, not so much. What about next season though? What are the Orioles’ chances of finally breaking through, and how can they get there? You can place your bets as early as the day after this years’ World Series. The oddsmakers […]

Embracing My First Losing Season as an O’s Fan

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
On Saturday, August 25th, 2012, I went to see the Orioles for the first time while on holiday from the UK. They won. I should have known then that it was too good to last. There was a lot to admire about the Orioles. Camden Yards was everything I’d imagined a baseball stadium would be, filled with countless touches to give it a warmth and a sense of history while also incorporating the trappings of modernity so often lacking in the soccer stadiums I’d grown up frequenting in the UK. […]

Thursday Thoughts: Why Keep Pushing it With Dylan Bundy?

Dylan Bundy looks in for a sign.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. Count me among those who are puzzled by the way the Orioles have handled Dylan Bundy this season. Entering the campaign, there was no real plan for Bundy’s workload. That’s been proven throughout the long, hot summer. Bundy is […]

O’s Getting Little Bang for Their Buck

As the season comes to a disappointing end, I decided to take a look back at the production we got for our buck. Here is a glorious reminder of what we are paying some of our talent in 2017: Chris Davis                         $21,118,782 Adam Jones                        16,333,333 J.J. Hardy                           14,000,000 Ubaldo Jimenez                13,500,000 Manny Machado               11,500,000 Zach Britton                       11,400,000 Mark Trumbo                    11,000,000 Chris Tillman                     10,050,000 Wade Miley                        8,916,668 Darren O’Day                     7,000,000 Just in case you are scoring at home, these 10 Orioles make up 68.42% of the 2017 Payroll…I’ll wait […]

No, the Orioles Shouldn’t Fire Dan Duquette

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
So here we are at the end of another disappointing season in Birdland, and fans are starting to call for the firing of Orioles’ Executive VP of Baseball Operations, Dan Duquette once again, just like they did back in 2015 after the Orioles missed the playoffs and narrowly avoided a losing season finishing 81-81.  This season, it would take a small miracle for the Orioles to avoid their first losing season under Dan Duquette’s tenure but  I defended keeping Duquette after 2015 so I’ll defend him here again. Why? As […]

The Rundown – Time to Shut Dylan Bundy Down

Dylan Bundy pitches with the White Sox 1B coach in the background.
The disappointing end to the season continued on Monday night for the Orioles, with Dylan Bundy being the latest pitcher to struggle. At this point, the organization should seriously consider shutting Bundy down for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old has proven that he can be counted on to be a rock steady starter for the 2018 season and has stayed healthy this year. These were two important question marks heading into this season. The future is bright for the right-hander, but his fastball velocity was the lowest it […]

Week in Review: Down and Out

Wade Miley holds up the baseball.
After scrapping away all season long to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Orioles’ October ambitions were dealt a fatal blow over their latest ten-game road trip as they finished the stretch with a 2-8 record. The positives? Austin Hays and Chance Sisco both hit their first career home runs in the Bronx. That’s about it. The fact that it was the Yankees that served the proverbial ”Knockout blow” to the Orioles’ playoff hopes over the weekend doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. At 73-77 with twelve games remaining […]

First-Inning Frowns in Birdland

Wade Miley & teammates huddle on the mound.
So here we are… Another evening switching over to MASN to watch our beloved Orioles. So here we are… Another evening switching the station from MASN because the starting pitcher can’t even get us out of the first inning competitively. Sounds very familiar, right? Thursday night, switching the station over to a Seinfeld episode I’ve seen 100 times made me wonder just how many times this year all of us in Birdland out there have made this early switch to “more rewarding programming options.” I’m just going to dig back […]

Series Preview: Orioles (72-74) @ Yankees (79-66)

picture of a baseball field in New York
After finally snapping their six-game losing skid in the series finale in Toronto, the Orioles will now look ahead to their next challenge that comes in the form of a four-game set in the Bronx. As a result of their recent losing streak, the Orioles (72-74) now trail the Minnesota Twins by 4.5 games for the final wild card spot in the American League with just sixteen games remaining on the schedule. A current 1-5 record over the first two legs of the road trip hasn’t done them any favors, […]

Thursday Thoughts: That’s All She Wrote

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. My favorite thing to witness over the last week or so surrounding the Orioles is all of the people claiming that “now they are done.” It’s about the third or fourth time many of those same people have made […]