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Counterpoint: Good Riddance, Matt Wieters

close up of baltimore orioles Matt Wieters scowling
With news today that Matt Wieters has signed with the Nationals, I sense that Orioles fans (and some writers) may need therapy. Matt Wieters is not coming back to Baltimore. Throw the love letters out, burn the pictures and take his leather jacket to Goodwill. He isn’t coming back. I’ll start by admitting that I have never liked Wieters as a player. I’m more of a fan of guys who meet or exceed their potential. The hype train that rolled into Baltimore ahead of Wieters was incredible, but unfortunately the […]

So Long, Matt Wieters

catcher for orioles making a face
Jon Heyman first reported (and several sources have since verified) that Matt Wieters is close to a two-year deal right down I-95 with the Washington Nationals. While Wieters’ market may not have been nearly as robust as he and agent Scott Boras had hoped, it looks like Matty Backstop will indeed start the 2017 season on an MLB roster, which didn’t seem so certain just yesterday. Wieters will, unfortunately, be remembered by most as a disappointment in Baltimore, largely in part due to unfairly high expectations which were thrust upon […]

Section 336 Pod 203: Future Orioles

Today on the show we are joined by Adam Pohl (follow him @pohladam) from BaltimoreBaseball.com. He is also the play by play announcer for the Bowie Baysox. We talk Orioles prospects, recent Oriole moves, and injury concerns.   Minors Talk Adam gets a first-hand look at O’s prospects down in Bowie, so we get his perspective on Dan Duquette’s overall strategy as well as individual players. Will Joey Rickard start the season in Norfolk? Speaking of the minors….Adam has some great stories from his time in MiLB parks. What does […]

O’s Re-Sign Key 2016 Piece Michael Bourn

A baseball player high fives teammates in the dugout.
Adam Jones is getting his wish for more athleticism in the outfield. The Baltimore Orioles have re-signed Michael Bourn to a minor-league deal with an invite to Sarasota. Bourn would make $2 million if he makes the O’s initial 25-man roster, a steal for a player that hit .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases in 24 games for Baltimore last season. Bourn fills all the gaps the Orioles are lacking offensively. While he is no longer stealing 50-plus bases a season, he is the closest […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Nuno, McFarland, & More

Adam Jones sunglasses.
Good morning and happy Monday, Birdland! Hopefully the spring-like weather over the weekend really hammered home the point that baseball is truly just around the corner. As full-squad workouts continue in Sarasota, let’s take a look at what we can learn from the weekend’s links. Orioles Trade for Vidal Nuno The O’s traded a minor-leaguer to the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Vidal Nuno. Nuno has something that Buck loves: minor-league options. Some Thoughts on Nuno and DFA’ing T.J. McFarland Need more Nuno? Dan Connolly of Baltimore Baseball has you […]

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 […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Bundy’s Training Wheels Off, Brach to Arbitration

orioles player bundy winding back about to throw pitch
Welcome back to another season of O’s links! We try to find the most interesting stories from around the blog O’sphere and collect them in one place for you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I give priority to our group of awesome local independent O’s bloggers, but we’ll have some links to stories on larger outlets as well, when they have things to say about our Birds. Brach Asking for $3.05M in Arbitration The O’s streak of having won nine straight arbitration cases since losing to Ben McDonald in 1995 […]

Section 336 Pod 202: Insane Ideas

Adam Jones throws a ball.
Today on the show, baseball is here again as pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota. Some O’s are missing time to play in the WBC. Big deal? We also break down the O’s promotional schedule.   O’s Talk Bert is back in studio this week after Ryan Blake pinch hit for him on the last show. Adam Jones and Dan Duquette had a weird sort of public squabble this week. Every O’s fan’s favorite – the PROJECTIONS – are out, and it’s the usual story as far as our squad […]

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 […]

Britton & Schoop Bobbleheads Highlight ’17 Giveaways

Jonathan Schoop smiles during Spring Training 2015.
The O’s announced their 2017 giveaways and promotions schedule today, and collectors will be champing at the bit for several of the planned items on the list. We sports fans love our bobblehead dolls, and this year two new Orioles will join the list of those having their heads enshrined atop wobbly springs: Zach Britton (July 1) and Jonathan Schoop (August 5) figures will be each be given to the first 25,000 fans ages 15 and over. No images of these are yet available. However, we do have some pictures […]

Section 336 Episode 201: GOAT

picture of mount rushmore with orioles players superimposed on
Today we are joined in studio by ESR’s Ryan Blake to talk about the greatest quarterback, the greatest Oriole game, and the greatest Twitterer. We also recap the Super Bowl and how it affects the Ravens, and Matt convinces you that the Orioles can afford to sign Manny Machado long term. Leading Off Ryan is good at Twitter, and you should follow him @ryguyblake and @OriolesFanProbz.   Super Bowl Recap The Falcons punched the Patriots in the mouth for a half-plus on Sunday, and looked to have the Super Bowl […]

Another Swing at 25 O’s for 25 Seasons

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Last week, Eutaw Street Report writer Andrew Stetka accepted @pizzacutter4’s challenge to pick one player from each roster of the last 25 seasons of Orioles Baseball to complete a “Super Roster,” so to speak. Without reading Mr. Stetka’s choices, I decided it would be a fun idea to do the very same thing, and then have you, the readers, compare the two rosters. In addition to the 25-man rosters, I also figured out how this team would fare in a 162-game season using some of my own calculations and the […]

Orioles All-Quarter Century Team

sun setting over camden yards
Last week, I was scrolling Twitter killing time in between appointments for my job when I stumbled across a really fun idea. Russell A. Carleton of Baseball Prospectus (@pizzacutter4 on Twitter) had given the idea to choose a baseball franchise and select a player from each of the last 25 years. Pick one franchise. One guy from each of the last 25 years. No repeated players. Must form a coherent 25-man. Don't cheat on positions. Go. — Russell A. Carleton (@pizzacutter4) January 27, 2017 The trick was that you couldn’t […]

Section 336 Episode 200 – 200th Pod!

orioles fanfest 2017
Today on our 200th show, Josh & Bert break down their FanFest experiences, Bert will recap the WWE Royal Rumble, and for the first time ever on the airwaves…we compare Matt Ryan & Joe Flacco. Leading Off – FanFest What did we think about linefest, er…FanFest?   Football Talk Ray Lewis was on Lip Sync Battle this week, and the Baltimore arena team finally has a name. The Super Bowl is this week. Who ya got, Falcons or Patriots? What about Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco? There’s a new debate. […]

Section 336 Episode 199: Raw vs. Nitro

The Orioles re-sign a big piece of their puzzle, the Ravens defense loses a big piece of their puzzle, and Section 336 brings back an old piece of our puzzle.   Leading Off We’re moving to Monday nights! So our main Baltimore sports podcast competition might get mad!   O’s Talk With 10 weeks until Opening Day, the Birds re-signed Mark Trumbo. What do we think about the move?   Ravens Talk Zach Orr was forced into retirement by injury. What do the Ravens do now? Zach was a Special […]

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 […]

Did O’s Learn from Mistake of Letting Nelson Cruz Walk?

cruz pointing at fans while running bases after homerun
Mark Trumbo agreed on a three year, $37.5M deal with the Orioles on Thursday evening, and it was made official today. Most of Birdland rejoiced that last year’s MLB home run leader would be back and fill the designated hitter spot. However, many fans questioned why the front office didn’t make this type of move three years ago. [Related: Knee-Jerk Reactions – O’s Trumbo Agree on 3-Year Deal] Nelson Cruz signed with the Orioles in 2014 and enjoyed one of his best seasons, leading MLB with 40 home runs. The […]