March 10, 2014
The latest haul of Orioles photos from Sarasota (Thanks, Norm!) provides plenty of familiar faces (Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters) and two new ones who helped changed the narrative around the team's off-season (Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez).
March 7, 2014
Michael Reghi arrived in Baltimore one season too late. The man who made familiar, if not famous, the "touched off a bomb" home run call became the O's TV play-by-play guy starting in 1997; however, it was the 1996 Orioles who truly were a bomb squad.
This week's Flashback Friday remembers a team that featured heavy lumber distributed throughout the lineup.
Feb. 21, 2014
[Photo credit: Norm Schimmel (copyright holder)]
The deal the Orioles made with free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez this week has been hailed as "monumental" and "historic," if only because the Orioles don't do this sort of thing very often.
Feb. 20, 2014
Let's say you're not up to speed on the 2014 Orioles just yet. Perhaps it takes a you a little while to get into baseball. Maybe you're focused on college basketball and will switch over to baseball mode after the final chords of "One Shining Moment" are played. Not to worry, you can still hold your own in O's conversation. Just remember these three words: window of opportunity.
Feb. 17, 2014
The Orioles have agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with Ubaldo Jimenez.
I've shared three early takes on the Jimenez signing below (spoiler alert: good move, good move, bad move). I don't pretend to know what Jimenez will do in Baltimore. I have my fingers crossed that his reemergence down the stretch last season was indeed a function of him learning an effective cutter. If so, there's reason for hope. Great hope.
Feb. 17, 2014
Look at the latest round of photos sent in by Sarasota resident Norm Schimmel this way: These are the last images of Orioles pitchers taken before Ubaldo Jimenez was signed. Moving forward, pitching time in Baltimore will be counted in B.U.J. (Before Ubaldo Jimenez) and A.U.J. (After Ubaldo Jimenez).
Feb. 16, 2014
Derek Jeter has announced his retirement at the end of the 2014 season. Mariano Rivera retired at the end of the 2013 season. Yet there was a moment in 1995 when both future Hall of Famers were demoted to the minors, and Buck Showalter was the guy who did it. It's not exactly cutting Michael Jordan from his varsity basketball team, but it's a fun fact nonetheless.