I just can’t help myself. Logically, I know that this Orioles season is shaping up to be 162 games of disappointment and misery, perhaps the start of another stretch of dark years resembling 1998-2011. Even with that thought gnawing at the back of my mind though, I still get a bit giddy when I see the pictures of baseball players tossing and jogging down in Sarasota start scrolling through my Twitter feed. Then I think to myself, “hey, the last time everybody seemed this down on the Birds in February was 2012, and THAT season turned out pretty damn well, right?”
Pitchers & catchers began workouts today, and hope springs eternal, damn it.
Let’s kick off 2018’s O’s Links on a positive note.
With the start of spring training coinciding with Valentine’s Day this year, what better time for Jake at Bird’s Eye View’s annual O’s Valentines? For even more hilarious examples (albeit a bit more PG-13), look at @OriolesFanProbz on Twitter.
All of the Top 100/101 Prospect Lists came out in recent weeks. Instead of tracking them all down and scouring them for Orioles, just click on over to Camden Depot & let Matt do the work for ya.
Speaking of prospects, Orioles Hangout’s Luke Siler (a great Twitter follow) runs down his 10 (mostly prospect-focused) things to watch in Sarasota. Since there certainly aren’t any new exciting free agents to hog all the attention, why not watch the kids?
O’s fans love to lament the team’s passing on Tim Lincecum back in the 2006 MLB Draft, taking Billy Rowell one spot ahead of The Freak. Twelve years and two Cy Young awards later, Lincecum is looking for MLB work again. Maybe the O’s can right a wrong! As Roch points out, he hasn’t pitched since 2016, when he put up a 9.16 ERA in 38.1 innings for the Angels, so yeah, he’ll probably be an Oriole now.
Camden Chat’s Donovan Moore makes the very reasonable argument that the Orioles should be trying to lock Kevin Gausman up for a few years now, and not wait for him to hit free agency. Of course, you could say the same about a whole bunch of players in recent/current years, but Peter Angelos seems content to run nobody but Chris Davis out onto the field a couple years from now. This organization makes no sense.
Did I say we were starting on a positive not this year? Yeah, sorry.
Just a few of my favorite Oriole moments over the past 7 years pic.twitter.com/R9db0PWIjP
— Matthew Pyne (@Mpyne_) February 4, 2018
There we go…all cheered up!