Anthony Santander has finally joined the Orioles (it was revealed that he had tested positive for Covid19), but Dwight Smith Jr. is still nowhere to be found. Richie Martin suffered an injury requiring surgery and will be out for a few months. In the finale of The Payoff Pitch, Paul runs down those stories and more as we are now just over a week from our delayed MLB Opening Day. Plus, a personal note… Fanimal Radio · Paul’s Payoff Pitch Farewell Thanks for listening to The Payoff Pitch, and see […]
In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, I go over the Orioles’ truncated 60-game schedule, wonder why a couple Orioles haven’t been seen on the field yet, and tear into the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network for their refusal to show us any O’s intrasquad or other summer camp action. Fanimal Radio · Show Me the Baseball! Thanks for listening!
Two weeks, two installments of The Payoff Pitch! It seems Major League Baseball and the Players Union got their heads out of their own posteriors long enough to reach an agreement on a 60 game season to be played in 66 days beginning July 23/24. And while excitement for the first live American team sports since March abounds, the future of the game of baseball, with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on the horizon, is cloudier than ever. I delve into the details of the new season, while also looking […]
We’re back! Hopefully MLB will follow shortly…why don’t they already have a plan in place? Well, let’s spend a few minutes talking about why Rob Manfred is the worst thing to happen to Major League Baseball in my lifetime. Maybe we’ll have a shortened season and can talk about some real baseball soon…or maybe not, because Rob sucks. For now, let’s talk about the guys the Orioles drafted in the 2020 Amateur Draft. Fanimal Radio · 2020 MLB Draft Recap (And Rob Manfred Sucks) See the ESR recaps of the […]
It could be another long season for the Orioles, as a franchise that had only lost 100 games in a season twice during its first 64 seasons in Baltimore is staring its third consecutive 100-loss season squarely in the face. PECOTA seems to think the team will at least avoid the feat, predicting a 63-99 finish, but still finishing with the worst record in baseball. Don’t Miss Parts 1 and 2 of my Reasons to Be Excited Young Pitching Hays & Mountcastle Last Tuesday, the Orioles did their best to squash whatever optimism there may have been […]
When pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training in Sarasota, FL on Feb. 11th, excitement was in the air around one of the Grapefruit League’s finest facilities in the Ed Smith Stadium Complex. Yet despite the unbridled enthusiasm that usually surrounds the start of a new baseball season, some people think the Orioles have nothing at all to be excited about. And by some people, I mean David Schoenfield, who in a recent article for ESPN put the level of excitement around the team at zero. For people in Baltimore, […]
Spring Training is a time for excitement and optimism for fans of every MLB team, even if your team will more than likely lose its 400th game since 2017 sometime this summer. Yes, even Orioles fans have reason to be excited in 2020. Though David Schoenfield, a senior writer for ESPN, seems to think differently. Schoenfield wrote an article on Monday, the day before pitchers and catchers reported to Sarasota, highlighting what to watch for from all 30 teams, and the level of excitement for each team. For the Orioles, […]
With Mookie Betts having just been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects and budding star Alex Verdugo, I was reminded of a similar trade just a couple of seasons ago. A young, hot-shot superstar unlikely to re-sign with the team that developed him being traded before inevitably losing him for nothing more than compensation picks. Sound familiar? When the Orioles traded Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the summer of 2018, it signaled the end of the winningest era of Baltimore baseball since the mid-80s. The […]
In this first episode of The Payoff Pitch of 2020, I go over the recent Hall of Fame honorees, then get into the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and the fallout from that report. After that, I of course talks Orioles, including their jettisoning of Jonathan Villar, some prospects to get excited about, & more. Dan Connolly of The Athletic joins me to talk about his HoF ballot, Adley Rutschman being invited to big-league camp this spring, other young Birds that will be competing for spots, and more. Thanks for listening! Follow […]
In this offseason episode, I discuss the O’s Winter Warmup event, the recent trades of Dylan Bundy and Jonathan Villar, and more. After the break, I’m joined by Orioles Hangout’s prospect analyst Luke Siler (@The_Luke_Siler) to discuss the players the Birds got in those aforementioned trades, plus the guys they picked up in the Rule V draft. Thanks for listening!
On Wednesday night, the Orioles made a move that shocked a lot of the Baltimore baseball community when they decided to make an outright waiver request on Jonathan Villar. My understanding is that this means the Orioles could not find a trade partner for the middle-infielder and rather than taking the chance of having to pay parts, or all, of the $10.4 million contract he is due to receive through arbitration, the team decided non-tendering Villar was the best course of action. Craig Landefeld/GulfBird Sports Dan Connolly of The Athletic […]
In this offseason edition of The Payoff Pitch, I congratulate the team down 95 on their World Series win, goes over the Orioles’ moves to date, and previews the owners meetings. The Baltimore Sun’s O’s beat writer Jon Meoli then joins me to discuss the O’s puzzling decision to cancel FanFest, Chris Holt’s role, those aforementioned moves, and more. Thanks for listening!
In the final episode of the 2019 season, I am joined by Dan Connolly of The Athletic to put a bow on the Baltimore Orioles’ 2019 campaign. Which players made a case to be back in 2020? Who will be non-tendered? Who will be traded? And what can fans look forward to this offseason and into 2020? Thanks for listening this season!
On this week’s show, we’re pleased to once again be joined by Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball. Adam updates us on what some Orioles are doing in the Arizona Fall League. Before that though, I play GM and talk about who will and won’t be in Baltimore next year, among guys currently on the club. For more on the O’s in the AFL, check out this week’s Payoff Pitch Prospect Report.
In this edition of The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report, I check in on some Orioles playing in the Arizona Fall League, including Rylan Bannon, David Lebron, Dean Kremer, and others. Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for this week’s full Payoff Pitch episode!
This week, we are again honored to be joined by Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun. Jon and I talk about the Most Valuable Oriole award, the logjam at first base (including Ryan Mountcastle), Chris Davis, Alex Wells, Adley Rutschman, and plenty more! Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report.
The Delmarva Shorebirds had their historic season ended prematurely, losing 2-0 in the South Atlantic League Playoffs. However, the Bowie Baysox have advanced to the Eastern League Championship series, where they are tied 1-1 with Trenton. Don’t miss this week’s Payoff Pitch with MASN’s Roch Kubatko, right here!
On this week’s episode, I am honored and excited to be joined by longtime O’s beat writer Roch Kubatko. Roch talks about covering the two losingest seasons in franchise history, players that need to be moved to the 40-man roster, Jonathan Villar’s future, Austin Hays, and the 2020 first overall pick. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for this week’s Payoff Pitch Prospect Report!
Here in Birdland, Bowie and Delmarva are headed to the postseason. The GCL O’s would be, but Hurricane Dorian canceled those games. We talk about the players lined up to pitch as those squads go for titles on this week’s edition of The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report. Check this week’s full episode of The Payoff Pitch here!
In this episode, I’m once again joined by ESR’s Matt Pyne. We discuss Chris Davis’s future (or lack thereof) in Baltimore, September call-ups, the decision to not call up Ryan Mountcastle, the Most Valuable Orioles of 2019, and more. Read Matt’s blog on Ryan Mountcastle here. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for this week’s Prospect Report!