Monday’s O’s Links – Manny Goes Health Nut to Prepare for SS

Manny Machado playing shortstop.
GulfBird Sports/Craig Landefeld

It was a heck of a weekend for Baltimore sports fans, courtesy of the UMBC Retrievers. I’ve gushed about that elsewhere, so I’ll spare you here. On the baseball side of things, we’re now less than two work weeks from Opening Day…so of course it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Get bent, weather.

To those links.

Oral History of Adam Jones’ WBC Catch

A year ago yesterday, my son Brooks joined the world. Also a year ago yesterday, Adam Jones robbed Manny Machado of a home run in the World Baseball Classic, and it was amazing. The players on the field that night talk about the latter event at the above link. As for the former, I look forward to giving him a hard time for making me miss the catch live. Little jerk.

Machado Finds Comfort at SS as he Prepares for his Next Big Move

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has a long feature on Manny moving to short, changing his diet over the offseason, and…sigh…approaching free agency.

Why Didn’t the Orioles Spend this Offseason?

Camden Depot’s Jon Shepherd was on the Locked On Orioles podcast with Justin McGuire Friday. The two had an interesting conversation on Anthony Santander, the MASN deal, what the heck the O’s plan is, and most notably to me, ways in which the organization has been progressive in their thinking that we sometimes forget about because of all the weird org-structure weirdness.

How the Orioles Can Prove they Want to Contend in 2018

Bob Harkins of Baltimore Sports and Life lays out the latest plan we’ve seen on how the O’s could STILL contend this year, with just a couple more signings. I’m not holding my breath, but he ain’t wrong.

Ranking All 30 of MLB’s Ballparks First to Worst

This list is from Forbes, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards comes in at number two. Look, AT&T Park is GORGEOUS. Amazing place to take in a ball game. But for a few key reasons, it’s not the best ballpark I’ve ever been to, as I laid out a couple years back.

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