About Tyler Beard

I'm Tyler Beard and I'm a Mass. Comm. major on the Journalism track at Towson University. I'm from Bel Air, Maryland and I've been a huge Orioles, Ravens and Terps fan my whole life. I've always had a passion for writing ever since I was younger and I love talking and writing sports 24/7.

Did O’s Learn from Mistake of Letting Nelson Cruz Walk?

cruz pointing at fans while running bases after homerun
Mark Trumbo agreed on a three year, $37.5M deal with the Orioles on Thursday evening, and it was made official today. Most of Birdland rejoiced that last year’s MLB home run leader would be back and fill the designated hitter spot. However, many fans questioned why the front office didn’t make this type of move three years ago. [Related: Knee-Jerk Reactions – O’s Trumbo Agree on 3-Year Deal] Nelson Cruz signed with the Orioles in 2014 and enjoyed one of his best seasons, leading MLB with 40 home runs. The […]

Should the O’s Turn Sights to Jose Bautista?

head shot of orioles player with arm resting on baseball bat
Jose Bautista is one of the most hated players in baseball and has been a nemesis for the Orioles over the years. His behavior, on and off the field, has caused constant arguments with other teams, and is perhaps a factor in his trouble finding a new team. However, things change when your team is in need of an outfielder. Talks have reportedly broken down between the Birds and Mark Trumbo, and the outfield market has dwindled down to just a few big names. Bautista is still out there and […]

An Orioles Fan Holiday Wish List – v2.0

Orioles Ornament
We’re just a week away from Christmas and baseball chatter has died down considerably. The Orioles have signed just one ‘big’ name, so far, this offseason, replacing Matt Wieters with Welington Castillo. The team still has some glaring needs though, and it’ll take few more moves to make the Orioles competitive in a tough AL East Division. I read Joe Serpico’s O’s Fan’s Holiday Wish List last week and was inspired to put together my own. So listen up Santa: we’ve been good this year and here’s what we’d like […]

O’s Face Plenty of Questions Heading Into Offseason

head shots of dan duquette with orioles manager
Baltimore’s lack of offense finally caught up with the team and ended their rollercoaster season. They earned high hopes as they built a nice division lead midway through the season, but the lineup lost its production in the last couple of months. Now the Orioles will face some tough question all throughout the offseason and the first one starts with Buck Showalter. The manager has had full reigns throughout his tenure in Baltimore, but not bringing in Zach Britton in the biggest game of the season has caused many to […]

Dan Duquette Didn’t Fall Into Deadline Trap

Dan Duquette political poster.
Another trade deadline has come and gone and the O’s made some minor deals, which has been the trend over the last few seasons. The difference this year lies in how few targets were on the market, which made teams reach for certain players in order to make a postseason run. Dan Duquette was able to bolster the roster with the acquisitions of pitcher Wade Miley and the familiar utility man Steve Pearce. Neither player has the sex appeal many fans were looking for, but both are still upgrades in […]

With Upton Off the Table, What’s Next for O’s?

jay bruce swinging baseball bat with blurred crowd behind him
Well, this feels familiar. Once again O’s fans got our hopes up about acquiring an outfielder at the trade deadline, and once again it seems that the Blue Jays swooped in and stole that player out from under us. Last year, it was Ben Revere. This time around, Melvin Upton Jr. Sources: #BlueJays agree to acquire Melvin Upton Jr. from #Padres for Class A prospect. Financial terms not known. Likely finalized today. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2016 Sources: #Orioles offered Jimenez and two minor leaguers to #Padres for […]

Brad Brach Absolutely Deserves to be an All-Star

Brad Brach looks in for a sign from the catcher.
The Orioles had an impressive five players make the 2016 All-Star Game, including relief pitcher Brad Brach. [Related: Five Baltimore Orioles Named 2016 All-Stars] Brach was chosen based on the best first-half of his career, during which he has given up just five runs in 45.2 innings. His 0.99 ERA is the third best on the AL roster, just behind Zach Britton and Astros’ closer Will Harris. His 0.79 WHIP is also third on the team, behind Britton and the Yankees’ Andrew Miller. However, there are some, like ESPN’s Keith […]

Four Potential Trades to Boost the O’s Rotation

Julio Teheran of the Braves pitches from the mound.
It’s exciting to see that the Orioles are continuing to hold off the Red Sox and Blue Jays in first place because of their powerful lineup. Basically every hitter on the team presents a threat to opposing pitchers. While they are currently third in the AL in runs per game at 4.81 (trailing Seattle and Boston), they still have what I consider to be the most dangerous lineup in the game. It’s hard to imagine the team staying in first place though if they don’t trade for another arm or […]

We Want More Dylan Bundy!

Dylan Bundy looks in for a sign.
At this point, we could write a whole novel on Dylan Bundy’s history with the Orioles even though he’s only pitched five career innings in the MLB. Drafted fourth overall in 2011, Bundy had a cup of coffee in the majors in 2012, but injuries have derailed his once very promising career in the years since. Bundy is out of minor league options this year, so he has to be on the MLB roster, giving Buck Showalter another de facto Rule 5 player. He has been placed in the bullpen, […]

Gallardo & Fowler Would be Worth Losing Draft Picks

Dexter Fowler of the Cubs swings.
O’s fans are stuck in a waiting game right now, as the Baltimore front office seemingly endlessly debates whether signing Yovani Gallardo and Dexter Fowler is worth giving up the team’s top two picks in the draft. It’s no secret that the Orioles have a depleted farm system and their top prospects are fragile pitchers who, while initially highly thought of, have been victimized by injures that have cast serious doubts on their major league futures. A lot of analysts and experts would say that it’d be best for the […]

Should the Orioles Trade for Andrew Cashner?

Andrew Cashner pitches for the Padres.
Spring Training is approaching fast and the Baltimore Orioles still need to figure out a way to upgrade their rotation. Dan Duquette seems firm on not losing the team’s first-round pick, meaning Yovani Gallardo can basically be ruled out. That only leaves Mat Latos and Tim Lincecum as the last remaining options on the market, both of whom are less than appealing. Now, the Orioles have turned their attention to the trade market and reports are that the team is interested in the Padres’ Andrew Cashner. The 29-year-old had a […]

5 Remaining Free Agents Who Could Potentially Help the O’s

Mat Latos pitches for the Cincinnati Reds.
Some have called the Orioles “winners” in free agency, after they were able to retain Matt Wieters, Darren O’Day, and Chris Davis. It took a lot of money to do so, but Peter Angelos opened up his wallet to keep the fan-favorites around. The team also brought in Hyun-soo Kim to play left field and Mark Trumbo will likely fill the utility void left by Steve Pearce while also serving as the designated hitter. However, the Orioles still have holes in their rotation and in right field. Here’s a look […]

Why Yoenis Cespedes Makes Sense for Orioles

Yoenis Cespedes finishes his swing for the New York Mets.
It’s no secret that the Chris Davis saga has gotten old and no surprise that the Orioles have had it with Scott Boras and company. This was proven after Roch Kubatko reported that the O’s have offered outfielder Yoenis Cespedes a deal. Jerry Crasnick provided further details: It's believed the #Orioles are willing to go to five years and the $75-90M range to sign Yoenis Cespedes. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 15, 2016 It’s too early to tell whether Cespedes finds the offer appealing, but it’s a tell-tale sign that […]

Dreaming of a Perfect Offseason in Birdland

close up of jason heyward up to bat wearing helmet
Yes, the Orioles’ season is almost over and at this point, we’re all frustrated as fans. This was supposed to be another season the Orioles won the AL East and made it back into the playoffs. However, things fell apart for the 2015 team and it was a lackluster squad. Now the team faces a tough offseason with many impending free agents and a crisis within management in the organization. Here’s what a perfect offseason for Baltimore would be, in my mind: Part ways with Dan Duquette. Enough is enough […]

O’s Fans Should be Happy for Jake Arrieta

cubs jake arrieta with clenched fists and fans in background celebrating no-hitter
There was once the thought that pitcher Jake Arrieta would be a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Orioles after the team drafted him in 2007. Maybe not the coveted “ace,” but certainly a solid number two. Arrieta worked his way through the minors and posted a 1.85 ERA at Norfolk in 2010, which prompted Baltimore to call him up. However, Arrieta struggled in the majors over the next few years and his ERA ballooned to 7.23 in 2013. That July, the Baltimore front office decided they had seen enough from the […]

Have Mediocre Replacements Doomed O’s 2015 Season?

Travis Snider takes a swing in spring training.
Remember last offseason? It sure was easy for O’s fans to say that Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis could be replaced. Players like Everth Cabrera, Travis Snider, Delmon Young, David Lough and Steve Pearce would find a way to make up for the team’s stars leaving in free agency, right? Sure they would. Buck Showalter would again find a way to squeeze every bit of talent out of those guys, and the lost production would easily be replaced. The reality is that Cruz and Markakis have been greatly missed in a […]

Orioles Can’t Afford to Let Chris Davis Walk

Chris Davis will make a lot of money this offseason.
It’s safe to say that Chris Davis has been the most talked about Oriole, as he attempts to lead the team in a late playoff push. The first baseman had a rough start to the season, batting around .200 and with his home run totals lacking. It also didn’t help that his strikeout rate was through the roof, which had fans calling for Davis to be traded. However, the Orioles held onto Davis and it’s been one of the best decisions the team has made all season. Since the All-Star […]

Gerardo Parra the Key to O’s Playoff Hopes?

gerardo parra up to bat with catcher and referee behind him
It wasn’t that long ago that fans (myself included) were encouraging the Baltimore front office to sell off their MLB players for prospects. The season looked like it was heading down the drain and the hitting wasn’t coming around for the Orioles. It seemed the best thing for the team to do was to trade pending free agents like Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, etc., in order to prepare for next year. However, the Orioles made a move that showed they weren’t ready to lie down just yet. The front office […]

Light on Offense, Orioles Should Add Some “CarGo”

carlos gomez high fiving team members in dugout
On Tuesday night, the Orioles lost 3-2 in New York, suffering another loss in which the bats were silent and good pitching performances were wasted. The bats have been quiet for a while now, as the lineup has struggled to produce on a consistent basis and the Orioles are finding their selves in limbo in the AL East. The trading deadline looms, and while many fans want a starter like Johnny Cueto, the Baltimore front office needs to focus on trading for a big bat; preferably the bat of Carlos Gomez. […]

3 Things That Must Happen for the O’s to Repeat

orioles davis and wieters giving high five with jones and catcher
The Orioles head into the All-Star break at .500 and four games out first place. It’s not the record fans were hoping for but it could have been a lot worse. The Orioles have had their issues in the first half and are going to need a few things to change in order for this team to take the AL East once again.   Find an Established Outfielder Yes, we were all saying we wouldn’t miss Nick Markakis in the outfield because he was declining, and that there was no […]
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