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Hawaiian Shirt Highlights 2018 Promotional Schedule

O’s fans continue to sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for the team to toss us any sort of bone to get excited about in 2018, and today the team finally made an announcement! No, they didn’t sign anybody you’ve ever heard of – or anybody you haven’t, for that matter. They haven’t signed Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop to extensions. Ditto Dan Duquette or Buck Showalter. This “news” doesn’t even come from the front office as a matter of fact, but from the Marketing & Promotions department. Here are […]

Five Players The Orioles Should Sign Today

Cubs' Jon Jay finishes his swing.
As the slowest offseason in recent memory reaches mid-January, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves amongst six other MLB teams that have yet to spend a dime in free agency, joining the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays in a club that no fan base wants any parts of. That lack of spending, combined with a rotation that currently has just two members—Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman—and the likely departure of their All-World third baseman Manny Machado has O’s fans throwing in the towel […]

Thursday Thoughts: Doom & Gloom Edition

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
1. Remember that feeling about ten years ago when you entered a new year and knew there wasn’t much hope for the Orioles? Welcome back. We didn’t miss you, dark ages baseball. When things get bad, they get worse for the O’s, who have lost Zach Britton for somewhere around the next six months as the closer ruptured his Achilles while working out in California this week. The chain reaction this injury sets off is monumental. It means the Orioles certainly aren’t going to be able to trade the left-hander, […]

Zach Britton Reportedly Ruptures Achilles

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
Feeling a bit down in the dumps this holiday season, Birdland? With all the talk of the team trying to trade Manny Machado, along with the usual lack of movement from the front office when it comes to signing ACTUAL major league pitchers who might be able to help the team win games, it’s been quite a glum offseason so far. Well, this morning, Ken Rosenthal threw cold water acid all over our already frowning faces. BREAKING: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles yesterday working out in California. Expected […]

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 […]

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. .@TreyMancini 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 […]