June 27, 2014
Earlier this week, Adrian Beltre became the sixth major leaguer to reach 2,500 hits among those who have played the majority of their careers at third base. This week’s Flashback Friday looks at the Orioles’ representative on that esteemed list, Brooks Robinson.
June 23, 2014
After the Orioles wrapped up a series win in the Bronx that rising cult figure Steve Pearce identified as a sign of his team's resilience, you couldn't have blamed the baseball gods if they whispered into the collective ears of Baltimore baseball fans, "Chill out."
June 20, 2014
The 53 home runs that Chris Davis hit in 2013 to establish a new single season Orioles record stand on their own without embellishment. But on this, the diamond anniversary of the Orioles' arrival in Baltimore, let's go ahead and add to the legend.
Davis hit more home runs last season than the entire 1954 Orioles team combined.
Final tally: Chris Davis - 53, 1954 Orioles - 52.
(Note: The 1955 Orioles got preemptive revenge on Davis by hitting one more home run than he did in 2013).
June 16, 2014
Whenever I attend a minor league game I scan each team's roster to locate former Orioles. Sometimes the task requires a long memory. Not so in 2014.
One-third of the position players from the Orioles' 2012 playoff team - nine of the 27 guys who appeared in a non-pitching role - have logged time in Triple A baseball this year. These are the guys trying to make it back to the bigs, not players on injury assignment. Depending how you view Nolan Reimold, you could add one to the overall total.
June 15, 2014
I don't remember the first time my dad took me to the ballpark. I do have a lifetime of memories of trips to Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards, and other baseball venues with him. Even then, no specific visit stands out the most.
Sure, there were plenty of special occasions - birthdays, playoff games and opening days to name a few. And then there were the days when simply catching a game was the occasion. I've especially come to appreciate those as the opportunities to do so now have become less frequent. Each game has been meaningful in its own way.
June 9, 2014
There aren't many Manny Machado defenders out there after a weekend series that featured a bizarre series of incidents that culminated with the bat slip/toss in the eighth inning of Sunday's blowout loss to the Oakland A's.
June 2, 2014
Let's talk streaks. Now that Boston's win streak is over (Thanks, Cleveland!) we can put their recent up-and-down play into its proper Baltimore perspective.
May 27, 2014
There are plenty of Orioles-Brewers storylines to be had during this week's Interleague series, including a storyline about trading away Nelson Cruz that the team and its fans would likely rather forget.
Before getting to Cruz, here are some other potential storylines:
May 25, 2014
Johan Santana can opt out of his Orioles minor league deal at the end of the month. He'll throw again Tuesday in extended spring training, and, according to Dan Connolly's Sunday update on Orioles Insider, Dan Duquette is playing it cool.
“He is a competent major league pitcher, and there is always room for them,” Duquette said.