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Hudson Haskin Moving Up the Ranks

Hudson Haskin
submitted by Jared Pinder When The Baltimore Orioles selected Hudson Haskin in the second round in the 2020 MLB draft out of Tulane University, there wasn’t much information about him available to the average fan. Outside of playing in a small school in Division I baseball, there weren’t many looks at him. He hit for a great average in college and while he had tools like a solid glove, he only played two years and never hit for that much power. He also had a pretty unique swing that was […]

This Gunnar Can Help the Birds Reload

submitted by Jared Pinder The O’s have a very intriguing farm system with a lot of talent at the top and solid depth as one continues looking down through the system. Most people know the names at the top – the Adleys, DLs, and Graysons – but one player has been a very fast riser this year and has shown the potential to be a key cog in the rebuild. That would be Gunnar Henderson, who is in his first season, having a breakout year. The former second-rounder out of […]

Have We Forgotten? Thoughts of an Eternal Optimist

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
submitted by Chris Sadowski To start this off I think it helps to get an understanding of where I come from. A 26-year-old born in ’94, baseball was my first true love. I remember a splash of a game here and there in 1997, but nothing concrete. My true first memories of the Orioles reside in 2001 when my dad and I would go down to the Yard every Sunday to watch them battle at home. I fell in love with Cal Ripken like every other kid and I cried […]

Franco’s D, Catcher Framing Raising Pitch Counts

Pedro Severino
submitted by Danny Majerowicz (@dmajer347) We are a month into the 2021 Major League Baseball season and the Baltimore Orioles have been, in some ways, a pleasant surprise and even wagerers have taken notice, ready to bet online. John Means pitched his way into Cy Young whispers. Cedric Mullins consistently flashes five tools. Matt Harvey looks closer to the Dark Knight version of himself than the oft-injured version. Such surprises have resulted in a near .500 record—much better than just about anyone expected. And while the first month of Orioles […]

Maikel Franco…But Why?

Maikel Franco
submitted by Danny Majerowicz (@dmajer347) Of all the technological and statistical advancements made in Major League baseball over the past decade, measuring defensive performance remains troublesome. While statcast has provided new and exciting information on how a player performs with their glove, predicting future value on defense remains difficult. Perhaps, that is the mentality of the Orioles’ front office in signing Maikel Franco, which they are reportedly very close to doing. At the very least Franco improved from -5 outs above average in 2015 at third base to -1 in […]

Hope Springs Eternal: The Spring is Bright for the O’s

empty baseball field with sun rising
submitted by Adam Mann Kristen Hudak Baseball is right around the corner. If you’re like me, the thought of turning on the TV night after night to watch the O’s can bring about mixed emotions. It’s fun to watch the prospects develop and imagine what the team might be like in a few years. But man, it can be hard to imagine that future sometimes when the team gets knocked around game after game. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t turn a few games off last season when […]

A Look at Potential Free Agent Outfield Targets

Adam Jones looks at his bat.
submitted by Ryan Hoak The hiring of Mike Elias, now two weeks past, has brought Orioles fans’ attention to the free agent market. Now the Orioles front office can focus on possible trades or free-agent signings, alongside hiring a new manager. This administration under Elias is aware they are not building a competitive 2019 Orioles team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t plug holes in the current roster. The biggest hole in the outfield on the current Orioles roster is right field. With the likely departure of beloved Oriole Adam […]

The O’s Woes Won’t Get Me Down

Trey Mancini catches a ball at first base.
The Orioles got swept by the Seattle Mariners. Their 4-2 loss on Thursday is their 57th to-date, and the Os have secured themselves a nice cozy spot at the very bottom of the well that is the AL East. Buck and the crew are laying at the bottom, looking up. But the well is so deep that they don’t even see a ring of light at the top, and there is no Lassie to alert rescuers of their plight.   A Disappointing Season To say that the Orioles’ 2018 campaign […]

Embracing My First Losing Season as an O’s Fan

Buck Showalter scowls from the dugout.
On Saturday, August 25th, 2012, I went to see the Orioles for the first time while on holiday from the UK. They won. I should have known then that it was too good to last. There was a lot to admire about the Orioles. Camden Yards was everything I’d imagined a baseball stadium would be, filled with countless touches to give it a warmth and a sense of history while also incorporating the trappings of modernity so often lacking in the soccer stadiums I’d grown up frequenting in the UK. […]

O’s Getting Little Bang for Their Buck

As the season comes to a disappointing end, I decided to take a look back at the production we got for our buck. Here is a glorious reminder of what we are paying some of our talent in 2017: Chris Davis                         $21,118,782 Adam Jones                        16,333,333 J.J. Hardy                           14,000,000 Ubaldo Jimenez                13,500,000 Manny Machado               11,500,000 Zach Britton                       11,400,000 Mark Trumbo                    11,000,000 Chris Tillman                     10,050,000 Wade Miley                        8,916,668 Darren O’Day                     7,000,000 Just in case you are scoring at home, these 10 Orioles make up 68.42% of the 2017 Payroll…I’ll wait […]

First-Inning Frowns in Birdland

Wade Miley & teammates huddle on the mound.
So here we are… Another evening switching over to MASN to watch our beloved Orioles. So here we are… Another evening switching the station from MASN because the starting pitcher can’t even get us out of the first inning competitively. Sounds very familiar, right? Thursday night, switching the station over to a Seinfeld episode I’ve seen 100 times made me wonder just how many times this year all of us in Birdland out there have made this early switch to “more rewarding programming options.” I’m just going to dig back […]

Are the Baltimore Orioles Playoff Bound?

Oriole Park at Camden Yards press box view.
The Baltimore Orioles shouldn’t be 25-17 after 42 games, but they’ve managed to transcend mediocre metrics and precarious scenarios to start the 2017 season with a bang. One of their latest adventures – a wild, 13-11, thirteen-inning thriller in Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers – showed the Orioles ability to gut out wins in unorthodox ways. When key contributors heal from injury, and return to expected form, Baltimore’s knack for clutch play could become an intangible strength that separates them from the rest of the AL East. Before the […]

Is Matt Barnes’ Suspension a Gift for Buck Showalter?

Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes walks off the mound.
In his foreword to Harry Sheehy’s book, Raising A Team Player, Joe Torre wrote, “The fundamental lesson, and that I now teach my players, is that for a team to win on a consistent basis, players need to exhibit unselfishness.” Sports coaches will routinely tell you that they look for any advantage they can gain, no matter how small. Torre learned about selflessness, putting the team first. As he went on to say, it’s not about who does best individually; it’s better to win as a team than be a […]

Wild Card Game Attracting Soaring Prices on Secondary Ticket Market

Rogers Centre in Toronto with the roof open.
After a 162-game marathon of a season, it all comes down to one final contest. The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, two AL East division rivals who know each other very well, will square off for the 20th-and most important time this year when they collide Tuesday night, Oct. 4, with a postseason berth on the line. The winner will be able to claim a spot in the American League Division Series, and a showdown opposite the AL-best Texas Rangers will be awaiting them. As is typically the case […]

O’s/Red Sox Drawing High Prices On Secondary Ticket Market

partial view of brick building and entrance to camden yards
There’s a big AL East four-game series beginning in Camden Yards tonight that could pretty much solidify the division going into the penultimate weekend of the baseball season. The Red Sox, owners of a three-game first-place lead in the division, will be traveling to Baltimore to take on the second-place Orioles, who currently sit three games back with 13 left to play. The O’s also still need to further cement their position at the top of the Wild Card standings, where they are currently one game up for the top […]

O’s Remaining Home Games Will Determine AL East Champion

Orioles fans high five at Oriole Park at camden yards.
As the season approaches its last few weeks, the Baltimore Orioles (76-63) are locked into a hotly-contested race for the AL East, while trying to hold onto one of the two AL Wild Card berths should they not emerge as the division champions. Currently, Baltimore is two games out of first place in the AL East, but they do hold the second AL Wild Card slot, albeit amidst a lot of competition. The Detroit Tigers trail them by only one game, with the New York Yankees also close behind, being […]

Crucial Orioles-Red Sox Two-Game Set Yielding Standout Value On Secondary Ticket Market

sun setting on brick building and camden yards
While it’s only a two-game set, the upcoming pair of games between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox will each carry a lot of magnitude in regards to the tight AL East divisional race. Going into Tuesday’s action, the O’s still reside in first place in the division, but they don’t have sole possession of it, as they currently are sharing the honors with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox, meanwhile, sit only one game out, while the New York Yankees — previously thought to be sellers at […]

Orioles Set for Big August, Featuring Top Rivals & Great Ticket Value

partial view of brick building and entrance to camden yards
The Baltimore Orioles (60-45) currently sit in first place in the American League East, but by the slimmest of margins, as their lead in front of both the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays is just one game. The New York Yankees are also hanging around in the race, being just 6.5 games back. As expected, it’s been a true dogfight in the division this year, and it should remain that way up until the final day of the regular season. That being known, it’s going to take a […]

Orioles Upcoming Home Slate Features Games Against Potential Playoff Opponents

outfield at night with scoreboard at orioles stadium
The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. Buoyed by a dynamic, powerful lineup, the Orioles have been clobbering home runs regularly, en route to posting one of the best home records in the American Leaguel. Mark Trumbo (28 HRs) currently leads baseball in home runs, while Manny Machado is having a career year. As the calendar turns from July to August, the Orioles will need to keep winning games in order to put distance between themselves and the rest of the AL East, […]

Orioles Performance in June Bolstering Ticket Prices in July

Orioles fans high five at Oriole Park at camden yards.
The Baltimore Orioles (45-30) have played extremely well in June and as a result, they currently sit four games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East for first place in the division. Baltimore has the most home wins in the American League (31) and currently paces the league in team home runs (120). Mark Trumbo has had a resurgence in Camden Yards, pacing the team with 22 long balls. Manny Machado and Chris Davis, who are trying to keep pace with Trumbo, have clubbed 18 home […]
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