The O’s went winless (though they managed a tie!) during the first weekend of Spring Training action. I think it was 2016 that they didn’t win a Grapefruit League game until like St. Patrick’s Day or something, right? Remember not to get caught up in these results, friends.
Here are some things to get caught up in instead.
Don’t focus on the fact that it’s Ryan Flaherty being discussed here; the lede is buried. In this piece by Eduardo Encina of The Sun, the dysfunction of the Baltimore Orioles organization is laid bare in a way we don’t usually see from our local beat writers. Also note that Flaherty wasn’t the only utility infielder the Orioles missed out on recently because apparently nobody has the autonomy to make a damn decision. Whether this is a Peter Angelos issue or a Dan Duquette-Buck Showalter head-knocking issue, the current situation is, as Camden Depot puts it, untenable.
Speaking of Camden Depot & Jon (who, I believe wrote the above-linked Tweet), here he expands on his thoughts on the current O’s front office situation.
Drew Forrester gives his thoughts on the Flaherty-Goins debacle, and floats a truly terrifying possibility at the end of his piece.
El Toro is back! Again! Cool, I guess? This is another minor-league deal. I suppose it makes sense to have Alvarez as insurance, but I don’t get why he would want to come back here, with so many 1B/DH types (as Rich Dubroff of Press Box notes, the Alvarez-as-Outfielder experiment was a total flop) blocking him. He’ll probably launch a dong or two this summer, so that’ll be…fun?
Schoop missed the Grapefruit League opener due to elbow bursitis, but he appears to be all good going forward. That’s a nice quick little high note on which to end today.