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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 14 – Opening Day

Give that Fan a Podcast
In this episode, I return from another unanticipated month-long break to celebrate Opening Day by answering some questions from my Twitter followers. I break down the 26-man roster and my expectations for the guys on the team, give a few hot takes, and talk a bit about the future of the podcast and my plan to open it up to other fans. A few over/unders, my favorite for Orioles MVP, possible prospect debuts this season, and my hope for the June first-year player draft are all answered here. Spoiler alert: […]

Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 13 – Kevin Brown

Give that Fan a Podcast
One of the voices of the Orioles, MASN play-by-play announcer Kevin Brown, joins me on the podcast this week as the O’s begin their Spring Training games. We discuss his plans for this season, his relationships with MASN personalities past and present, his back-and-forth with Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, how he prepares for his broadcasts, and much more including thoughts on the current team. Thanks for listening!

Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 12 – Matt Blood

Give that Fan a Podcast
The Orioles’ Director of Player Development, Matt Blood, joins this week’s podcast to talk about the progress being made down on the farm. We touch on just about everything, from organizational philosophy to data and analytics to the difficulties associated with returning to a full baseball schedule. Blood drops a few names of prospects that he believes deserve some more love in an episode that will surely get you excited for the future of the O’s.

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep 11 – Keith Law

Give that Fan a Podcast
The Athletic’s Keith Law joins me this week to take me through the thought process that led him to ranking the much-improved Orioles farm system just 18th in baseball, much to the chagrin of many O’s fans. We discuss several current Orioles prospects ranked in Law’s top 20, the importance of trusting your own evaluations, the value in the international scouting market, and much more.

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep. 10 – Danny & Dillon

Give that Fan a Podcast
After the holiday break turned into a life-induced hiatus, I’m back and I brought a couple friends along for this episode. You might know Dillon Atkinson and Danny Majerowicz from their days on the O’s Uncensored podcast; I know them as OK slow-pitch softball players. In episode 10, we discuss some recent transactions, dive into some prospect talk, and share our thoughts on the Orioles’ activity in the international market. I also tease a few of the big guests I’ll have on the show over the next month.

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 […]
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