Wednesday’s O’s Links: Statcast Smiles on Adam Jones’ Defense

Adam Jones prepares to defend.
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We’re slipping and sliding all over Birdland today after our latest March ice storm. It was supposed to be 6-12 inches of snow, and ended up as 2-3 inches of solid ice. Seems meteorologists are using the same computers to predict what happens in Baltimore as those goofs who do MLB projections are, amirite?

There will be no hitting of the actual links around town today, so let’s get to the electronic variety.

Glove First or Bat First: The O’s Outfield Dilemma

The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli talked to a bunch of the guys who are competing to be Baltimore Orioles outfielders in 2017, including Trey Mancini, Michael Bourn, and Craig Gentry. The team is trying to strike a balance between offensive and defensive minded approaches, but let’s be honest: they’re gonna favor the taters.

Let’s Play with New Defensive Data

Time for my weekly fawning over Jeff Sullivan episode. Today’s edition involves Jeff’s looking at Statcast’s *new* catch probability data to examine outfield defense – there’s that theme again. And hey, some Orioles are represented! Mark Trumbo: Bad! Adam Jones: Better than expected!

The Best of Your “Best Orioles Game I Ever Went To” Stories

Camden Chat asked their community to write in and tell them their favorite memories from the best Oriole game they had ever attended. Mark whittled down the submissions to the best entries, and collected them at the link above. Lots of the expected games on there, but some interesting other anecdotes as well.

Machado Looking More and More Like Baseball’s First $400 Million Man

Oof, talk about a sword that cuts both ways. On the bright side, Manny is friggin’ awesome! On the other hand, his contract is quickly expiring, and the Orioles probably won’t be the ones to give him the biggest contract in the history of the game. Enjoy Manny while you can, folks. Who knows what the future will bring?

The Orioles Zag While Everyone Else is Zigging

Dan Duquette: eschewer of defense, hoarder of dongs, winner of baseball games. Stick with what works.

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