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Lost & Clueless in Birdland

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 …

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A Farewell Letter to Matt Wieters

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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, …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Hot Take Tuesday: O’s Should Consider a Bud Norris Reunion

Last week, I took a break from writing my weekly hot take article due to the fact that my fingertips were still recovering from typing …

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Mark Trumbo swings in a spring training game.
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Hot Take Tuesday: Orioles Should Trade Mark Trumbo in July

A few weeks ago, I prefaced my hot take article by saying that I had considered writing about how Ubaldo Jimenez should stay in the …

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