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Ryan joined the Eutaw Street Report crew for the site's launch in 2013 having spent the 2012 season as a member of the Orioles' tarp crew. Before then, he had never really considered writing, but has grown to enjoy sharing his opinions and is now ESR's "Hot Take" artist. In addition to his Orioles commentary for ESR, he contributes to baseballfam.com. He is also the man behind the @OriolesFanProbz account on Twitter, where he provides both insight and jokes while interacting with fans. Ryan started working in 2016 as a bat boy with the Bowie Baysox. You can follow his personal twitter: @ryguyblake

Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 9 – Todd Fitz-Gerald

Give that Fan a Podcast
In the third and final episode featuring interviews with the former coaches of recent Orioles’ draft picks, Stoneman Douglas High School’s Todd Fitz-Gerald joins me to discuss 2020 4th round pick, Coby Mayo. We talk about the strengths and weaknesses in Coby’s game and what makes him a special talent. In the preceding minutes, I reminisce on the Frederick Keys and discuss how the Orioles were impacted by last week’s Rule 5 Draft. Thanks for listening!

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep 8 – Mark Roering

Give that Fan a Podcast
Coach Mark Roering of Dowling Catholic High School joins this week’s podcast to discuss Orioles 2020 5th round draft pick, RHP Carter Baumler. We discuss his progress from freshman to senior year of high school and what he should bring to the table in the future, as well as his recent Tommy John surgery and how that will impact him moving forward. But first, I give my thoughts on the Rule 5 draft and throw out some names I’d like to see the Orioles consider. Fanimal Radio · Give that […]

Give That Fan a Podcast Episode 7 – Nate Thompson

University of Arkansas Hitting Coach Nate Thompson joins me on the first of three December episodes centered around recent Orioles draft picks. Thompson coached Orioles 2020 first round draft pick and #3 overall prospect, Heston Kjerstad, from 2018-2020. We chat about what O’s fans can expect from Kjerstad and why he has had such a successful amateur career, preceded by some of my own thoughts on recent Orioles transactions. Fanimal Radio · Give That Fan a Podcast Episode 7 – Nate Thompson   Thanks for listening! Fanimal Radio · Give […]

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep 6 – Eric Arditti

Give that Fan a Podcast
Barstool Sports’ Eric Arditti joins this week’s podcast to talk Trey Mancini, Adley Rutschman, Mo Gaba, and much more. If you’re not into snakes or Breaking Bad, the O’s chatter begins around the 16-minute mark. We both love Mike Elias and Jim Palmer, and we’re going to walk from Baltimore to Nashville if the Orioles move there. Thanks for listening! Fanimal Radio · Give that Fan a Podcast Ep 6 – Eric Arditti

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep. 5 – Jake Mintz

Give that Fan a Podcast
The Orioles fan half of Cespedes Family BBQ, Jake Mintz, joins me in the fifth episode of the show. We each provide a list of our top 20 favorite O’s prospect names in the system, but first, we dive into why it’s disappointing that the Winter Meetings were cancelled as an in-person event as well as the ongoing reconfiguration of the minor leagues. Reliving some of our favorite Orioles memories is always fun, too. Thanks for listening! Fanimal Radio · Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 5 – Jake Mintz

Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 4: Jason La Canfora

Give that Fan a Podcast
CBS Sports NFL Insider and co-host of Inside Access on 105.7 The Fan, Jason La Canfora, joins me for the fourth episode of the podcast. We dive into the reasons behind switching team allegiances, the importance of Minor League Baseball, and the identity of the Orioles moving forward. Fanimal Radio · Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 4 – Jason La Canfora Spoiler alert: Jason doesn’t care if you don’t think he’s a true O’s fan.

Give That Fan a Podcast – Episode 3: Olivia!

Give that Fan a Podcast
In Episode 03, I’m joined by Olivia Witherite, who spent 8 years working in different social media and marketing roles at MASN until she moved on to a job with The Athletic in 2019. We re-lived Clinchmas 2014 and discussed working in social media and being a woman in sports. You won’t want to miss Olivia’s story about talking on the phone with Jim Palmer and my story about accidentally stealing an AL East Champion t-shirt. Fanimal Radio · Give That Fan a Podcast Episode 3: Olivia Witherite Thanks for […]

Give That Fan a Podcast – Episode 2

Give that Fan a Podcast
In this episode, I fly solo and talk about myself for 45 minutes. What good is a podcast if you can’t get to know the host a little bit? I take you through my life as a baseball fan and an Orioles fan, sharing some experiences that have shaped me into who I am. I cover everything from 8-month-old Ryan watching Cal Ripken break Lou Gehrig’s record to 24-year-old Ryan moving across the country to pursue a career in baseball scouting. Fanimal Radio · Give that Fan a Podcast Episode […]

Give That Fan a Podcast – Episode 1

Give that Fan a Podcast
In the debut episode of Give That Fan a Podcast, I’m joined by Paul Valle III, former host of The Payoff Pitch, who passes along the reins of the Eutaw Street Report podcast airwaves. We introduce you to the new show, recap the 2020 season, and take a look at what the Orioles roster might look like heading into next year. Fanimal Radio · Give That Fan a Podcast – Episode 1: Paul Valle III Thanks for listening!

Learning Experience for “Fall Stars” Kremer & McCoy

Dean Kremer prepares to pitch.
After strong starts to the Arizona Fall League season, RHP Dean Kremer and INF Mason McCoy have been selected to represent the Baltimore Orioles at this year’s Fall Stars Game. McCoy, the Orioles’ 24th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has a .417 on-base percentage across 36 plate appearances. Though not displaying much power aside from a line-drive triple to deep right-center field the other night, he’s hit the ball well, including nine hits in 21 at bats against right-handed pitching. Kremer, ranked 8th in the Orioles’ system, has started […]

Arizona Fall League Preview

Dean Kremer prepares to pitch.
Tonight begins the Arizona Fall League, MLB’s annual offseason instructional league, comprised of some of baseball’s most elite Minor League talent from all 30 teams. Each year, MLB clubs send a minimum of seven prospects to Arizona for a bit of additional offseason work. The Orioles are not known for sending their best prospects to the desert; the last notable O’s duo to participate was Dylan Bundy and Chance Sisco in 2015. However, in its 27-year history, the Fall League has included 19 future Most Valuable Players and 29 future […]

Boiling Point: Last Night’s Swap of Hellickson and Kim is Final Straw

Hyun-soo Kim of the Orioles runs the bases.
Last night, the Orioles traded OF Hyun-Soo Kim, minor league LHP Garrett Cleavinger, and international bonus pool money for RHP Jeremy Hellickson and cash considerations in a deadline deal that makes me feel a lot of angry emotions. I’m not mad that we traded Kim away. I get it; he wasn’t being put to use in Baltimore. I’m also not mad that we acquired a little starting pitching help in order to take some innings away from Dylan Bundy. I get that, too. What frustrates me is the continued incompetence […]

Lost & Clueless in Birdland

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
Baseball is weird and the Orioles are weird and I don’t understand any of it. Had you asked me a month ago what I thought of the 2017 Orioles, I would have told you that I expected the team to win about 95 games. Somehow, they had managed a 22-10 record despite an injured “ace” in Chris Tillman, an injured All-Star closer in Zach Britton (and Brad Brach struggling as the replacement), two starters (Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman) with earned run averages over 6.00, a normally consistent Darren O’Day […]

A Farewell Letter to Matt Wieters

Matt Wieters tips his hat in the line at the All-Star Game introductions.
Dear Matt, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that we dubbed you “Mauer with Power” and “Jesus in Cleats” before you even appeared in a Major League game. We should have let you be Matt Wieters. You see, O’s fans were looking for anything to consider a diamond in the rough. We drafted you during the tenth season of what would become fourteen in a row of losing baseball. You tore your way through the minor leagues and, by the time you made your debut in 2009, fans saw a potential franchise […]

Hot Take Tuesday: O’s Should Move Dylan Bundy Back to Bullpen

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
Dylan Bundy has been a bright spot for a team that has struggled mightily in the starting pitching department for much of the season. Entering Tuesday night’s game at Fenway Park, Bundy’s ERA sits at a respectable 3.82. The Orioles are 6-5 in the 11 games Bundy has started since joining the rotation after a strong first half in the bullpen. Now, all of a sudden, a combination of Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Chris Tillman, and Ubaldo Jimenez looks like a pretty solid potential postseason rotation. Gausman looks like he is […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Duquette Should Stay, but Hire Help for Pitching

A man in an Orioles uniform and a man in a business suit stand side by side.
We’ve all watched the games. We’ve all felt the frustration. We’ve all agreed that middle-of-the-rotation guys cannot be counted upon to lead a team into contention. It’s been all about the offense for years now. The last time the Orioles finished the season outside the top five in home runs was 2010. On the other end of the spectrum, the Orioles have finished in the top ten in all of baseball in ERA just twice in my lifetime – 1997 and 2014. The story of the Dan Duquette era has […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Adam Jones isn’t a Good Center Fielder Anymore

Adam Jones makes a catch in spring training
Adam Jones has, for almost nine full seasons, been the Orioles’ everyday center fielder when healthy. He has four Gold Glove awards to his name, three of which came in succession from 2012-2014. His propensity to blow bubbles as he chases fly balls drives some O’s fans up a wall, even those with Adam Jones bubble-blowing bobbleheads perched atop their dressers. Say that five times fast. In 2013, Rawlings began an effort to make the Gold Glove Award more accountable for truly determining the best fielders in the game by […]

Hot Take Tuesday: The 2015 O’s Should Have Sold at the Deadline

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
This isn’t your typical “hindsight is 20/20” cliché. I actually wrote an article last June in which I said the Orioles would be better off selling at the deadline. After reading that article again 14 months later, a few things made me laugh and a few made me shake my head. The team ended up finishing with an even .500 record at 81-81, trailing the division champion Toronto Blue Jays by 12 games and missing out on a Wild Card spot by five. At that point, going into an offseason […]

Word on the Street: If Kim Goes to DL, Reimold/Rickard Platoon in Order

orioles baseball player waiting at home plate to hit baseball
Hyun Soo Kim tore it up for the O’s in the first half, but aggravated his hamstring last week. If he goes on the DL – he’ll test the hammy on Sunday – a Joey Rickard/Nolan Reimold platoon could bridge the gap. Read below or press play for more. Hyun Soo Kim was booed on Opening Day at Camden Yards by many fans who thought he was selfish to refuse a minor league assignment after a poor Spring Training. The outfielder hit just .178 in the spring and did not […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Despite Pitching Woes, O’s Are Legitimate Contenders

Kevin Gausman walks off the mound.
The All-Star break is upon us and, if you ask just about any of your fellow Orioles fans, they will tell you that the starting pitching situation in Baltimore is scary. No, not Cleveland Indians or Washington Nationals or Arrieta-led Chicago Cubs “scary.” When I say our starting pitching situation is scary, I mean it generally makes me want to curl up in a ball, lay on the floor, and cry until Mark Trumbo saves the day with a Trumbomb. “Chris Tillman and pray for rain” has become a commonly […]
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