Wednesday’s O’s Links: 2018 Gets Underway!

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
Craig Landefeld/GulfBird Photo

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.

Orioles Valentines

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.

How Did the Orioles Fare on the Top 100 Prospects Lists?

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.

Ten Things to Watch at O’s Spring Training

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?

Orioles Will Watch Lincecum Throw This Week

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.

The Orioles Should Be Having Extension Talks with Kevin Gausman

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.

Hang on…

There we go…all cheered up!

This entry was posted in Bird Feed, Blog View, Featured by Derek Arnold. Bookmark the permalink.

About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold
RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Hot off the street

Series Preview: Orioles (35-84) vs Mets (50-66)
Series Preview: Orioles (35-84) vs Mets (50-66)

After getting swept by the Red Sox over the weekend, the Orioles will look to wrap up the home stand on a high note with a two-game mini series against the Mets. The Orioles (35-84) will also be more

O’s Promote Cedric Mullins, DFA Danny Valencia
O’s Promote Cedric Mullins, DFA Danny Valencia

The move that many Orioles fans have been pining for for at least a month here in this lost season was finally made a reality today, as the Orioles announced that they have promoted Cedric Mullins more

Series Preview: Orioles (35-80) vs Red Sox (81-35)
Series Preview: Orioles (35-80) vs Red Sox (81-35)

The Orioles are back at Camden Yards for the first time since July 29 to begin a four-game series against the surging Boston Red Sox. The Orioles (35-80) finished their recent road trip at 3-6, and more

Prospect Profile: Rogers Making Great First Impression
Prospect Profile: Rogers Making Great First Impression

A few days after the Zach Britton deal, I wrote that Cody Carroll would likely be the first of the three players acquired to reach the big leagues - even though Dillon Tate was widely viewed as the more

Thursday Thoughts: With Little to Talk About, Fans Focus on Mullins
Thursday Thoughts: With Little to Talk About, Fans Focus on Mullins

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the more

View More