Right to it today…
Dan Connolly covered the O’s for The Baltimore Sun for many years. He was a victim of a round of layoffs/buyouts a few years back, and now he covers the team for his venture with Steve Cockey, Baltimore Baseball dot com. He’s been beating the Jon Jay drum all offseason, and last night, after Jay signed with KC for peanuts, Dan took the O’s brass to the woodshed over their lack of interest. Ownership, Dan, Buck, Brady – nobody emerged unscathed. It was a refreshing bit of WTF-ness from a beat writer. Now if only we could get some more of the same over things like the current payroll, the lack of extension talks with Manny over the years, the decision-making structure in general, the lack of international interest, etc. (And not just from Dan – some of the other beat guys should be shouldering some of the load here as well).
Alright, enough about outfielders we don’t have; let’s talk about outfielders we DO have. Specifically, Trey Mancini. After his breakout 2017, what can we expect going forward? Camden Depot’s Matt Kremnitzer looks at how pitchers adjusted to Mancini over the course of the season and notes that Mancini said he tweaked his swing just a bit this winter (though it’s not glaringly different, for certain – probably a good thing.)
Need more Trey? Look no further. This is an AP Story (at Yahoo! cuz the internet is weird now) with quotes aplenty from the man himself, as well as his manager.
Jake & Scott are joined by Orioles-fan-on-hiatus Dan Szymborski of ESPN this week. This goes nicely with “the other Dan’s” article above, as Dan S. has put his fandom on pause because of the team’s lack of direction. “Like your favorite restaurant for 30 years started putting shards of glass in the food,” is how he puts it.
Bob Harkins of Baltimore Sports and Life takes a swing (heh) at the Birds’ first 25-man roster construction of 2018.