About Eric Garfield

I’ve always been a huge fan of baseball, it’s been a constant in my life from my infant years and the Orioles were my team. My family always had season tickets and I remember the teams from the 80’s and 90’s vividly. In 2014 I moved from Baltimore to Sarasota and started a dessert business where I even got to sell Snowballs at Ed Smith Stadium and be closer to the team I love!

Counterpoint: No Need to Rush, Rebuild is on Track

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
This is a counterpoint article to my colleague Rob Shileds’ piece earlier today, Let the Kids Play. It was former Oriole World Champion General Manager and Baltimorean Frank Cashen who said, “We in management are united by our problems and divided by our solutions.” One of the architects of the original Oriole Way was just as correct decades ago as he is today. Modern Orioles Nation can agree that the losing that defines our recent history is horrible. But O’s fans feel rather divided about the progress of the rebuild […]

Patience Required in Birdland

empty baseball field with sun rising
The more I hear about Oriole fans jumping ship the less I understand about what exactly it is that they expected in 2021. A roster with less professional experience than the abbreviated 2020 group seems like it would lose at a higher rate, and the team is quite obviously committed to a complete rebuild. If these fans flipped on an Aberdeen Ironbirds game they’d be pleasantly surprised. The talent acquired since Mike Elias took over has the farm system ranks in the top handful of clubs overall. They should be […]

Early Returns are In – This is Fun!

The minor league teams are off and running in Birdland and it’s clear that the changes implemented with the arrival of Mike Elias, Sig Mejdal and a cast of new scouts, instructors and trainers is working out quite well. Pre-quarantine, both Bowie and Delmarva won half of their respective leagues and the rookie league team in the Gulf Coast League took that title to show things may be looking better a bit sooner than expected. Still, it’s gotten better. The way the farm teams are playing here in 2021 through […]

Rebuild Rolling Along

Yusniel Diaz swings for the Nofolk Tides
The early returns are in and things are looking up throughout the Orioles minor league system. While the big league club is showing their ceiling, it looks like the levels below them are demonstrating limitless potential. Double plays made and plate appearances in which batters see a lot of pitches are certainly a welcome change, but the pitching has been in some ways absolutely off the charts. D.L. Hall controlled the zone in start number one and he didn’t have his best stuff. Grayson Rodriguez had five Ks in four […]

IronBirds C Chris Burgess Excited for 2021 Campaign

Chris Burgess
Get to Know a Guy: Chris Burgess Why should you keep your eye on O’s minor league catcher Chris Burgess this year? Here’s why… In the summer of 2019, while recuperating from a serious bike accident, there wasn’t much I was allowed to do. However, living within walking distance of Ed Smith Stadium, I was able to make it there and keep my spirits up by watching my boys play ball.  Inside those walls was one of the most intriguing and exciting baseball teams I’ve ever seen, the GCL Champion (man […]

Baby Birds to Watch in 2021 – Part 2

Blaine Knight pitches.
 See Part 1 here. Dan Hammer I am really intrigued by his athleticism and leg strength when I think about his future. Very strong and powerful lower body athlete with little on-mound experience so far. Only 35 pro innings means we don’t have much to go on although he performed very well in his small sample size. Good heat and he uses a slider and change up to keep hitters off balance. Watching him go through calisthenics and all the pitching exercises and he absolutely tests the pliability of the […]

Baby Birds to Watch in 2021: Part 1

As the Orioles system transitions into one of the best in the league, there are lots of individual performances to examine closely. Some players are new to the Orange and Black. Lots of others have begun their climb up the farm but now have new coaches or instructors to impress. Some are in the early stages of their development and it’s not clear what direction they’re heading as players. 2021 will answer all or most of these questions and will be a welcome continuance of a rebuilding effort that fans […]

Prospects I’m Excited About

Adley Rutschman swings in the batter's box
As the minor league season nears, there are many exciting players I’m looking forward to finally seeing once again. As a crazed O’s minor league observer, I’m eager to get my fix but more than that, I want Orioles fans to see some players who have little or no pro experience. To share some anticipation and maybe initiate some thoughts from other minors-starved Bird fans I thought I’d share some of my own here. I feel strongly that a case can be made for each and every player in the […]

Interview: Zach Peek Excited & Humbled After Trade to O’s

Zach Peek
It’s 2012 in Frederick Maryland and I just traded in my non-camera phone for one that takes pictures and videos so I can film Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy at his Keys debut. The first pictures in my current phone are from that start so many years ago, but now there are new ones. That rebuild of about a decade ago didn’t last so there’s a new movement going forward. Looking full circle, Bundy turned into a fine pitcher but his value to this current recycle is in trade. In […]
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