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O’s Odds and Ends on a Snowy Monday

As we O’s fans in and around Baltimore dig out from our first snowfall of the winter, the sights and sounds surrounding Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Opening Day seem forever away. Let’s check out some Birdland odds and ends to try to pass the time, shall we?   O’s to Hire Long as Hitting Coach According to Roch Kubatko, the Birds are set to hire Don Long as their new hitting coach. Long, 56, has held the same role in Cincinnati for the past five seasons. The hire […]

Expect to See Many Faces on the Mound this Season

Dylan Bundy winds up in a spring training game.
The Baltimore Orioles have had over 25 pitchers throw at least one pitch off the mound in seven of ththe past ten seasons. In 2018? 30 pitchers used. Yes, the list includes Jace Peterson and Danny Valencia. That is definitely a high number of pitchers to have taken the mound in just one season, but there’s reason to believe the Orioles will top even that number in 2019. With castoffs Kevin Gausman, Zach Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O’Day no longer wearing black and orange, there are jobs to be […]

The Warehouse Podcast: New Year, New Orioles?

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The new year brings with it the feeling of a fresh start. The slate is wiped clean. Anything is possible. You can lose those pesky 20 pounds. You will read a new book every week. The juice cleanse you planned to start in 2004 is finally happening. For the Orioles, those “resolutions” started in earnest back in November with the hiring of Mike Elias as the general manager. Flipping the calendar from 2018 to 2019 shouldn’t change much on that front other than the fact that every new day brings […]

Hyde Adds Two to O’s Coaching Staff

Jose Flores of the Phillies.
In what has been a rather quiet offseason for the Baltimore Orioles, for many reasons, new manager Brandon Hyde has begun building his coaching staff for 2019 and beyond. For his first two hires, the first-year Orioles manager recruited a couple of his old colleagues. Philadelphia Phillies first base coach Jose Flores is leaving his position to join Hyde’s staff in Baltimore, according to Joe Trezza of MLB.com. Also, per Patrick Mooney of The Athletic Chicago, Chicago Cubs minor-league field and catching coordinator Tim Cossins is departing from Chicago to […]

O’s Built to Adopt “Opener” Strategy?

On May 19 of this past season, the Tampa Bay Rays shocked the baseball world when they took veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo and made him the starting pitcher against the Los Angeles Angels. He didn’t proceed to pitch the game like a traditional starter, however. Instead, the right-hander pitched just the first inning against the top three of the Angels’ order – Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, and Justin Upton – striking all three of them out. He was pulled after the first inning, with southpaw starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough […]

Should O’s Pursue Troy Tulowitzki?

Troy Tulowitzki throws the ball.
Free-agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who hasn’t played in a Major League Baseball game since July 2017, held a workout that 11 teams attended, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. In the report, Brown wrote the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants were the teams in attendance. The Toronto Blue Jays released the 34-year-old shortstop after he sat out the 2018 season because he was recovering from […]

Knee-Jerk Reactions: O’s Hire Brandon Hyde as Manager

Brandon Hyde of the Cubs.
The Orioles have hired their new manager. Brandon Hyde, most recently the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach, will take the reins in 2019. ESR staff react to the news here… Derek Arnold I won’t pretend to know a thing about Brandon Hyde. This hire has a much different feel, obviously, than did the hiring of Buck Showalter. That’s not necessarily a good or bad thing – it just is. The Showalter hire was exactly the type that was needed at the time: an established, successful, big-name manager to take over and […]

O’s Leave Winter Meetings with Two New Infielders

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t been expected to make too much noise in the first offseason of the club’s rebuild under executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, especially when there’s still a vacancy at manager (although it sounds like that search could be coming to an end very soon). Once the club officially announces the hiring of their new manager, they will be able to get on with the rest of their offseason plan, which will surely involve the new skipper’s input. However, with the annual Winter Meetings coming […]

O’s Claim Ruiz, Lose Meisinger to St. Louis

Rio Ruiz swings his bat.
The Baltimore Orioles have announced that the St. Louis Cardinals have claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Meisinger off waivers. In addition, the O’s have claimed third baseman Rio Ruiz off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. Meisinger was an 11th round selection by the Orioles during the 2015 MLB Draft. He worked his way through each affiliate as a successful reliever in the minors. Prior to making his major-league debut in 2018, he recorded a 2.28 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings at Triple-A Norfolk. In 21 innings with the […]

Orioles’ Winter Meetings To-Do List

The annual Major League Baseball winter meetings have begun, although the hot stove got heated up unusually early this offseason. With executives and agents around the league meeting up for the week in Las Vegas, we may be seeing it cranked up another notch. Baseball fans are intrigued to see where high-priced free-agent stars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will sign, as well as whether or not Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto or Cleveland Indians pitchers Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber find new homes via trade. However, these aren’t topics […]

How Will O’s Distribute Time Behind the Dish in ’19?

Chance Sisco in the batter's box..
Not too often in recent years have the Baltimore Orioles had a clearly known starting catcher on the roster. In the last five seasons, the Orioles have had had the same catcher behind the dish for 100 or more games just once: Matt Wieters in 2016. I guess you could call the other four years a catcher-by-committee system for the O’s. — In 2014, when Wieters was shut down early in the season and required Tommy John surgery, time behind the plate was split up with 77, 45, and 18 […]

A Look at Potential Free Agent Outfield Targets

Adam Jones looks at his bat.
submitted by Ryan Hoak The hiring of Mike Elias, now two weeks past, has brought Orioles fans’ attention to the free agent market. Now the Orioles front office can focus on possible trades or free-agent signings, alongside hiring a new manager. This administration under Elias is aware they are not building a competitive 2019 Orioles team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t plug holes in the current roster. The biggest hole in the outfield on the current Orioles roster is right field. With the likely departure of beloved Oriole Adam […]

How Will O’s Utilize Plethora of Young Outfielders?

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
One bittersweet topic that has surfaced in Baltimore over the past few months is the upcoming departure of Adam Jones. Some fans may view it as just bitter, with no sweet mixture, as the long-time face of the franchise has been holding down center field in Baltimore from the start of 2008 until August 10 of this past season, when he agreed to slide to right field to pave the way for rookie Cedric Mullins. Assuming Jones will not be returning to Baltimore on a new contract this offseason, his […]

Potential FA Infield Prospects for Rebuilding O’s

Freddy Galvis throws on the run.
In the days since the Orioles finally got their front office situation sorted out – by hiring the grand-slam choice of former Astros assistant GM Mike Elias – the offseason chatter has returned to the more mundane, run-of-the-mill topics familiar to every offseason: who will be non-tendered, which free agents should the team target, etc. Speaking of non-tender candidates, one name keeps popping up here in Birdland: Tim Beckham. I have no inside information on this situation – but with some more analytical heads up top making the decisions, I […]

Should O’s Consider Buying These Free Agents?

Jeremy Hellickson stands on the mound as an Indians player rounds the bases behind him.
The Orioles have a lot of depth in the squad. So many of you might be thinking, do we even need to make additions to the squad in the offseason? But the Orioles rotation has been a problem for some time now and it looks as though none of the current players can offer a solution. A possible solution could be to sign an experienced player who can offer consistency throughout the year. It does not need to be a high profile athlete who will cost us dearly. There are […]

Mike Elias Would Fight A Horse-Sized Duck & More AMA Fun

Mike Elias on his laptop.
On Monday, the Orioles introduced new Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias in a sort of awkward press conference thing with John & Lou Angelos. Scott from Bird’s Eye View described the setting as featuring “IKEA furniture,” which seems like the perfect choice of words. After the introduction, Elias did an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. I’ll try to pick out some of the more interesting answers he gave here. Question: “Pitching development…how do you plan to fix it?” (Very direct. I like it.) Answer: “developing pitching […]

Thoughts on the Hiring of Mike Elias

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The Orioles have a new leader in place of their front office, following a harrowing six weeks that left fans in limbo. Mike Elias has been hired as the team’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. He will take over all of the team’s baseball operations, and according to the club, has “full autonomy” to build a staff and make the decisions. This is where you insert the “shocked face” GIF. Let’s first take a step back and think about what the last month-plus has been like for Orioles supporters. […]

Mike Elias Will Lead Orioles into Future

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It took over two weeks following the World Series for the Orioles to find the right person to head their organization moving forward, but the patience may have paid off. Mike Elias, age 35, is a young, analytically driven executive with playing and scouting experience. Elias was in part responsible for drafting the likes of Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman. He has quite the job ahead of him taking over for an Orioles team that won only 47 games this past season, with no international player pipeline, and an understaffed […]

Knee-Jerk Reactions: O’s Set to Hire Mike Elias

Mike Elias and and an Astros player.
According to multiple reports, the Orioles are set to hire former Houston Astros Assistant GM Mike Elias to be not just the GM, but the top decision-maker of the organization. It would be great for it to be made official, of course… O's fans watching the clock tick by as the Elias news remains unoffical pic.twitter.com/6sTY0cAVq0 — Eutaw Street Rebuild (@EutawStReport) November 14, 2018 As our friend John Darcey, fantasy writer over at our football site, RSR, reminds us though… It is important to remember John and Louis are currently […]

Will the Orioles Draft Bobby Witt Jr. First Overall?

Bobby Witt Jr. prepares to swing.
For just the second time in franchise history, the Baltimore Orioles hold the first overall pick ahead of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. The Orioles laboured to a 47-115 record in 2018, crawling past the Detroit Tigers’ 43 regular season wins from 2003. Baltimore snapped a six-year run of selecting in the top five back in 2013 but the Orioles have unfortunately slipped back down the MLB pecking order. The three-time World Series winners have reached the playoffs five times since their most recent success in baseball’s showpiece series […]