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KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Orioles, Trumbo Agree on Three-Year Deal

Mark Trumbo watches after swinging.
Per multiple reports, the Orioles and slugger Mark Trumbo have agreed on a new three-year contract. Sources: Three-year deal between #Orioles, Trumbo expected to be under $40M. Two sides close to agreement. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2017 #orioles have had internal tug-of-war. Wanted Trumbo back but liked the draft pick they'd receive. Price came down and deal could get done — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) January 19, 2017 ESR staff react to the news here: Derek Arnold While I’m not overly excited about having Trumbo back, at three […]

OPACY Tops Overall, M&T Bank Stadium #1 in Football

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Stadium Journey recently reviewed 761(!) different stadium “experiences” and ranked their Top 100. This should come as no surprise to anybody in Birdland, but Oriole Park at Camden Yards came in as Number 1 overall. #1 Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards The current Oriole Park at Camden Yards, opened in 1992, is a trendsetter in Major League Baseball. Prior to its opening, the landscape of professional baseball was littered with boring, multipurpose bowl stadiums. Now nearly every team in the league has a great baseball stadium. Out are […]

Section 336 Episode 198: Two More Years

Today on the Show we are joined by Eric (@BarstoolRDT) from Barstool Sports to talk about all things Orioles, Ravens, and Terps. Leading Off We’re just two weeks from Episode 200. Starting next week, we’ll be recording on Mondays, so adjust your calendars accordingly! Matt has to pick a name for his son. It’s fun…for now. However, it could get ugly really fast. Josh & Bert – who have both named three children – give him some advice.   O’s Talk It turns out that Jose Bautista is headed back […]

Carving a Career Out of Baseball

So you eat, sleep and drink baseball and you’ve decided this is the career for you. Although competition can be fierce, if you have the right combination of passion and dedication to the sport there are plenty of ways to work in the industry, which is why we have put together a handy list of ideas to get you started. Fancy playing the big leagues? Many players start their careers as members of their little league and high school teams, where they learn the fundamentals of the game and begin […]

Winter Thoughts: Trumbo, Wieters, Bautista, Kim & More

Hyun-Soo Kim stands in the batter's box.
The long cold winter isn’t over, but February is drawing near. Pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota in just about a month and before you know it, the Super Bowl will be a memory and baseball will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. I’ve been in a nice hibernation this winter, but I figured it was time to wake up for a few minutes and offer some “thoughts” on the Orioles’ offseason so far. In the same style that I do during the season, here’s what I think about […]

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 […]

Section 336 Episode 197: It’s a Blast

Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles takes a swing.
It took four years and 197 episodes, but Section 336 has finally checked out a Blast game! We had a great time, and this week on the show Blast Captain Tony Donatelli joins us to talk about indoor soccer and the Blast. The Orioles decided to make a move and we break down our thoughts on the Seth Smith trade and the rest of the offseason. Speaking of the offseason, the Ravens had their State of the Ravens press conference, so we will give you our thoughts. Leading Off We […]

Should the O’s Turn Sights to Jose Bautista?

head shot of orioles player with arm resting on baseball bat
Jose Bautista is one of the most hated players in baseball and has been a nemesis for the Orioles over the years. His behavior, on and off the field, has caused constant arguments with other teams, and is perhaps a factor in his trouble finding a new team. However, things change when your team is in need of an outfielder. Talks have reportedly broken down between the Birds and Mark Trumbo, and the outfield market has dwindled down to just a few big names. Bautista is still out there and […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s, M’s Swap Yovani Gallardo for Seth Smith

side-by-side of Seth Smith and Yovani Gallardo.
The Orioles have traded Yovani Gallardo and the always popular cash considerations to Seattle for outfielder Seth Smith. ESR staff react to the trade: Derek Arnold It sure seems like Dan Duquette has a pretty good relationship with the Seattle front office. There was Clevenger-for-Trumbo last offseason, then Wade Miley for Ariel Miranda last July, and now this. According to Roch, the Birds save about $4 million in this deal. Seth Smith gives them a lefty bat who can get on base, and we don’t have to watch Gallardo implode […]

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 […]

Section 336 Episode 196: No Moves

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
The Orioles don’t make a move – well a move that counts that is – and the Ravens don’t make a move everyone else expects them to make. We are joined by Tony Lombardi of Russell Street Report to discuss the Ravens decision to keep the coaching staff in place for next year.   Leading Off The whole crew is back! Bert’s back from Disney World with a mini-story. What did everyone do for New Year’s Eve?   Ravens Talk The Ravens finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs again. Still, […]

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 […]

A Plan for the 2017 Orioles

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
Happy Holidays, Orioles fans!  It hasn’t exactly been an exciting offseason as the Winter Meetings have come and gone and we have entered the deep freeze before things pick back up in January. There’s slim pickings left in what was a poor free agent market to begin with, with few useful pieces still out there (not Mark Trumbo) and the Orioles don’t exactly have a large inventory to make any deals. However, it’s not all bad news – the team still has a core of Manny Machado, Chris Davis and […]

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 […]

Section 336 Episode 194: Santa

Manny Machado punches Yordano Ventura in the face.
Santa visits Section 336, plus are the Ravens bad? Will Manny leave?   Leading Off We talk about Christmas movies, including “Black Santa’s Revenge.”   Ravens Talk How about that worst call ever? Who do we blame? Still, the Ravens pulled off the win to set up a huge showdown in Pittsburgh on Christmas.   Santa Santa joins us to talk about the O’s and our Birdland Xmas lists. He tells us who is naughty and nice in Baltimore sports.   O’s Talk All of the Orioles free agents are […]

An Orioles Fan Holiday Wish List – v2.0

We’re just a week away from Christmas and baseball chatter has died down considerably. The Orioles have signed just one ‘big’ name, so far, this offseason, replacing Matt Wieters with Welington Castillo. The team still has some glaring needs though, and it’ll take few more moves to make the Orioles competitive in a tough AL East Division. I read Joe Serpico’s O’s Fan’s Holiday Wish List last week and was inspired to put together my own. So listen up Santa: we’ve been good this year and here’s what we’d like […]

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 […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Sign Catcher Welington Castillo

Per Jon Heyman, the Orioles and free-agent catcher Wellington Castillo have agreed on a deal. Sources: welington Castillo has deal with orioles — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2016 Castillo gets 1-year deal, plus 2nd year player option with orioles. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2016 Castillo gets 6M in '17, option is for 7M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2016 ESR staff react to the signing below: Derek Arnold Castillo was a 4.5 bWAR player back in 2013 with the Cubs, his best season. That was in […]