Three is an Orioles Magic Number

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones hit his third career walk-off homer on Thursday.

Minnesota Twins closer Fernando Rodney allowed his third career walk-off homer on Thursday.

The Orioles won 3-2 on Opening Day 2018.

It was the third straight season that the Orioles have started with a walk-off win. (That’s a record.)

Should I mention Caleb Joseph’s three-bagger?

Three is a Magic Number, an Orioles Magic Number.

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Revisiting Three Topics That Were Being Discussed at the Outset of the Baltimore Orioles’ 0-21 Season

The start of the Baltimore Orioles’ 2018 campaign is as close as a Nate McLouth baseball to the right-field foul pole. It’s the time of year when most fans and analysts look forward and attempt to project how the season will play out. Given the triumvirate of topics that rule this baseball blog – Humor. History. Homerism. – I’m instead taking a look backward.

The 2018 season is the 30th anniversary of the O’s ignominious 0-21 start to their 162-game schedule in 1988. The team found itself 16 games out of first place by the end of April that year, a gap that would more than double by season’s end when they put the finishing touches on a 54-107 overall mark.

Don’t expect the Orioles to mark the anniversary of the worst season in franchise history, following the St. Louis Browns’ relocation to Baltimore, with any special giveaways.* A “Fantastic Fans Night” in early May would be fun, however.

The storylines headed into the 1988 Baltimore Orioles season were nearly as crazy as the game outcomes on the horizon. They included talk of the team relocating to the nation’s capital and the possibility of Dave Winfield coming to play for the O’s via trade.

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Baltimore Orioles Truck Arrives in Sarasota (Photos)

Thursday was “Truck Day” in Baltimore with the Orioles packing up equipment at Camden Yards and sending it to Sarasota for Spring Training. The truck arrived on Monday, and friend-of-the-blog Norm Schimmel was there to capture some images. Pitchers and catchers report on  Feb. 13.

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Orioles Minicamp in Sarasota (Photos)

Your Baltimore Orioles opened their January minicamp in Sarasota on Monday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

As the Baltimore Sun explains, the minicamp, “has been focused primarily on getting an early look at the organization’s young pitchers, and it often offers Orioles manager Buck Showalter his first glimpse of which young arms could play a role for the major league team in the upcoming season and down the line.”

Also per The Sun, this year’s camp will be as much about new pitching coach Roger McDowell and new bullpen coach Alan Mills as it is about any of the young arms attending.

But links to other articles about minicamp is not why you came here. You’re looking for pictures of Baltimore’s beloved Buck and reminders that baseball season is just around the corner. With a tip of the cap to Sarasota’s finest photographer, Norm Schimmel, I’m happy to oblige.

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Wait Till Next Year …

It’s November. Orioles fans have hardly seen signs of fall, much less winter. Down in Sarasota, however, there’s already a sign of spring.

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From the Demper to David Ross, How Past Orioles Efforts Compare to the 2016 MLB Playoffs

Dempsey in DurhamThe 2016 MLB playoffs have already included historic performances. Here are a few outstanding efforts that we’ve witnessed so far and how they compare to the Orioles’ postseason records. Continue reading

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Baltimore Orioles, Game 163: “This is the End.”

Blue Jays 5 – Orioles 2, 11 innings

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