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.
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.
**Taps mic** Is this thing on? Can you hear me? Okay, good. Let’s try this. It’s been a while. In looking back at the archives of my musings on this website, I realized I hadn’t written anything since July of last year. That’s right before the abbreviated 60-game season began right in the midst of a pandemic that is still raging throughout the world. And now here we are again, with baseball, like the seasons, coming back into our lives. My absence in writing since then can only be chalked […]
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.
In a bit of a surprise move, the Orioles are reportedly signing former Seattle Mariners Ace “King” Felix Hernandez to a minor league deal. It’s a minor-league deal that will pay King $1 million if he is on the club, according to Roch. Hernandez was a shell of his former self the last time we saw him on an MLB mound, when he went 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the 2018 M’s. Last year, after signing a similar deal with Atlanta, Hernandez opted out due to […]
Alex Cobb’s disappointing time in Baltimore appears to have come to an end, as Dan Connolly of The Athletic first reported that the Orioles and Angels were in talks to deal the righty out west. Things have crystallized a bit since this morning, as Ken Rosenthal reports that the O’s are getting second baseman Jahmai Jones, LAA’s 2015 second-round pick. The Birds are also on the hook for half of Cobb’s $15M 2021 salary. Cobb almost seems like a relic from another time, for so many reasons. Dan Duquette signed […]
On November 3, 2020, around 67% of Maryland voters said ‘Yes’ to the legalization of sports wagering. However, the bill had to pass in the Senate and House. In theory, sports wagering is legal in the state, but we still need to wait for some time before its final launch. Let’s take a closer look. What’s the Current Situation With Sports Betting in Maryland? Even though Maryland residents voted to legalize sports wagering, bettors will have to wait until the state legislature defines the tax rate and licensing regulations. Knowing […]
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!
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 […]
Only a month after Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias called him a “perfect fit for the team”, José Iglesias was traded by the Orioles to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Barely a month before they picked up his $3.5 million option for 2021, he was traded for right-handed pitchers Jean Pinto and Garrett Stallings. Pinto, 19, pitched three games in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. Stallings, 23, was the Angels’ fifth-round pick in 2019 and has yet to pitch professionally. On this occasion, Elias […]
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 […]
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
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
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Longtime followers of Eutaw Street Report will remember that we always participate in the midseason show put on by our friends over at Bird’s Eye View, The BEVy Awards. Of course, since 2020 was such a crazy season, things are a bit different with the event this year, but, as they say, THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Jake and Scott are still putting on the BEVy awards, but they are doing it as an end-of-year show this year, instead of the usual midseason version. We thank them for trying to […]
After Birdland was initially left disappointed on this front through the first few weeks of the truncated 2020 season, Ryan Mountcastle was finally called up from the alternate site in Bowie to make his much-anticipated MLB debut. The 2015 first-round pick did not disappoint, hitting .333/.386/.492 over 140 plate appearances in 35 games, with five home runs, five doubles, and 23 driven in, good for a 140 OPS+. Perhaps the most encouraging part of Mountcastle’s debut three dozen games was that his walk and strikeout percentages, both concerns during his […]
After the final game of MLB’s regular season on Sunday, the Orioles’ wacky 2020 campaign came to an end. It was certainly a shortened span full of highs and lows, but in the end, we all should just be happy that the season was completed, despite COVID’s presence. Actually, having said that just now, I think there’s a lot more to be happy about. For a great deal of the year, the Orioles were quite successful. A number of players surprised and the team outperformed expectations. Keeping that in mind, […]