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.
Feb. 13, 2014
I've never been to Sarasota. Every time I receive a new batch of photos from friend of the blog Norm Schimmel I start planning my first trip in my head.
Norm's latest images show the Orioles banners that went up around Sarasota this week as well as the stadium preparations taking place.
Pitchers and catchers have reported. Spring Training has arrived.
Feb. 6, 2014
The Orioles are celebrating their 60th anniversary in Baltimore during the 2014 season. The diamond anniversary recognizes the St. Louis Browns' 1954 move to Baltimore, where they became the Orioles. Throughout the 2014 season, Roar from 34 will take a trip down (not-my-own) memory lane and bring stories from the Orioles' inaugural 1954 season. Happy Diamond Anniversary, Baltimore.