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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The 2019 Orioles Are One Of The Most Anonymous Teams In MLB History

The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were so bad that we questioned whether they belonged in the major leagues at all. They were our runaway pick for worst pro team of the year, going far beyond the many wannabe Astros and Cubs who’ve jumped on the tanking fad in recent seasons.

Amazingly, things might get even worse this year. Since the middle of last season, Baltimore has traded away established veterans Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, and watched as others such as Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones departed in free agency as well. Now there are only three remaining members of the Orioles’ lineup with even two years of MLB service time heading into 2019: Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini — both average players at best — and Chris Davis, who had arguably the worst individual season in MLB history in 2018 when he hit .168 (in 470 at-bats!) with a .539 on-base plus slugging and -2.9 wins above replacement (WAR).1 Davis’ untradeable contract means the Orioles are stuck with him, so they’ll pencil his name in on opening day no matter how bad he was last season.

And those are the guys in the starting lineup who can be remotely labeled as household names. The rest is filled out with either youngish players who are past “prospect” status or journeymen plucked off the scrap heap. Taken as a whole, the 2019 Orioles’ roster basically recalls this scene from “Major League”

QLE Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, March 04, 2019

Hays making good impression early in camp

Orioles fans need some good news. Right? Right?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hays, orioles

Friday, March 01, 2019

Davis seeks to give Orioles their money’s worth in 2019

Few players in major league history delivered less bang for the big bucks than Chris Davis in 2018.

The two-time home run champion batted .168 with 192 strikeouts for the Baltimore Orioles before being benched in September following a 1-for-37 skid. His 16 homers and 49 RBIs were his fewest since 2011, and his .296 slugging percentage ranked last among 141 qualifiers.

Entering the fourth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, Davis knows there likely is nowhere to go but up.

Mind you, it would be something if he found a way to go lower….

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Star Wars and Game of Thrones among highlights from Orioles 2019 promotional calendar

Pouring over your favorite baseball team’s promotional schedule is a time-honored tradition, and Orioles fans finally have the chance to mark their calendars with this year’s best items to add to their collections.

The Orioles announced their 2019 promotional schedule this week, and fans are already excited about some of the best giveaways and theme nights that Camden Yards has to offer this season.

And yes, before you ask, they’ll be bringing back fan favorites like the floppy hats and hawaiian shirts.

I’d rather not imagine how a Game Of Thrones-themed promotion would go….

 

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: game of thrones, orioles, promotions, star wars

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

2019 Baltimore Orioles Season Preview: Little hope for fans or fantasy players

Let’s just be real from the jump here. If you’re a Baltimore sports fan, you’re better off spending the next few months daydreaming of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens than concerning yourself too much with the Baltimore Orioles.

Baseball in Baltimore last season was bad. Real bad. We’re talking 115-loss, worst-record-in-the-league bad. And there’s not too much reason to believe 2019 will be much better.

This year’s Orioles are playing a full season without Manny Machado instead of half of one. They’ve got a new manager and a new GM, but many of the same problems: Not enough starting pitching, not enough production from Chris Davis and no real hope coming up from the farm system.

Don’t hold back- tell us how you really feel!

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, fantasy sports, hopeless, orioles

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Peter Angelo’s failing health prompts MLB to demand ownership answers from Orioles

Major League Baseball has reached out to the Baltimore Orioles ownership requesting a formal answer on who the current leadership consists of by June, according to multiple sources and first reported by The Baltimore Sun.

Though long-time owner Peter Angelo’s two sons Louis and John have become more involved in team activities while their father continues to deal with health issues, Major League Baseball and all club owners must pass a formal approval of whoever the Orioles deem to be the new person in control.

The next club owners meeting takes place in June, which is when the league would like an answer, according to multiple unnamed sources. This gives Baltimore around three months to come up with an response to the MLB.

*Sends in application to become owner of the Orioles*

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 05:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: health, orioles, ownership, peter angelos

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Give Chris Davis a break on his Sarasota arrival. What matters is what he does when things count – The Athletic

“The player that was productive and successful in the past has not gone. He didn’t disappear,” Davis said. “He’s still here, and I think as far as my swing is concerned, I feel that I’m that player right now.”

It’s OK to be skeptical. We’re all skeptical. Davis will be 33 in March. He has hit above .225 just once in the past five seasons and has struck out 190 or more times in each of his past four campaigns. And his seven-year, $161 million contract, awarded in January 2016, has been a disaster since he signed the dotted line. Be my guest to curse that one repeatedly.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Q&A with Alex Cobb: ‘I’m not going to be bitter. I’m not going to be upset I’m in the position I am.

Will Alex Cobb’s 2018 season impact this year’s free agent stragglers?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, free agency, orioles

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says several positions open

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The sun wasn’t shining on Brandon Hyde’s first workout as Baltimore Orioles’ manager.

Rain delayed the start of workouts Wednesday for about an hour. But eventually, 15 pitchers threw bullpens and the Orioles rolled out some new cameras to help the team evaluate them.

Baltimore has three confirmed starters: Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb. Last week, the Orioles signed Nate Karns, who didn’t pitch in 2018. They hope he can be their fourth starter, and there’s spirited competition for the fifth spot.

“Several”? That’s surprisingly low, given everything we know about this team.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, orioles

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In slow market, Adam Jones’ free agency confounds former Orioles teammates: ‘Unfortunately, it’s where we’re at’ - Baltimore Sun

Adam Jones is one of my favorite players. From what I’ve read the reason he isn’t signed is that he’s holding out for a salary based on the player he was, rather than accepting a salary for the player he is. I hope he changes his mind.

“Unfortunately, it’s where we’re at,” outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo said. “You’d think somebody with that kind of bulk and track record, especially with how much he brings in addition to the baseball side of it — it is kind of hard to wrap your head around this few opportunities. You hope for the best with everybody, and hope that if teams are not showing their hand yet, that you can give these guys a fighting chance to get a good spring camp in and hit the ground running, as opposed to waiting until you have a very small window to prepare.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 09:17 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Orioles Radio Voice Joe Angel Is Retiring

In the 1970s Angel broadcast for the San Francisco Giants (1977–78), as well as Stanford University football and University of San Francisco basketball. Stints with the Minnesota Twins (1984–86), Baltimore Orioles (1988–90, 1992) and New York Yankees (1991) followed. In 1993, he left the Orioles to become the Florida Marlins’ first radio voice, and was behind the microphone for the Marlins’ first world championship in 1997.

Bote Man Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, radio

Friday, February 08, 2019

Orioles’ pursuit of Sanchez shows they’re serious international players - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The IFA market is the cheapest market to buy wins. It’s amazing it took so long for the Orioles to get involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, orioles

Thursday, February 07, 2019

WBAL: Frank Robinson, Baseball Lifer And Orioles Legend, Has Died

Sad news on the eve of spring training. RIP.

A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues. A Triple Crown winner, he was a member of two World Series champion Orioles squads. He hit 586 career home runs, 179 of them as an Oriole.

A first-ballot entry into Cooperstown, Robinson was also the first black manager in baseball, becoming player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975 and staying on as manager a year after he hung up his cleats in 1977. Robinson’s No. 20 was the first to be retired by the Orioles, and was also retired by the Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he debuted. He is one of just two players, the other being Nolan Ryan, to have their number retired by three different clubs.

Robinson was born Aug. 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas. After parents Ruth and Frank Sr. separated, a young Robinson followed his mother to Oakland. He played baseball and basketball at McClymonds High School and, after graduation, signed with the Reds organization in 1953 for a $3,500 signing bonus. Only several years removed from Jackie Robinson’s major league debut, Robinson was the target of ugly racist taunts and wasn’t able to eat with or room with his white teammates as he was coming up through the minors.

Robinson came to Baltimore in one of baseball’s most lopsided trades. The Cincinnati Reds traded Robinson before the 1966 season for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson. Reds owner Bill DeWitt defended the trade by calling Robinson “not a young 30.” The following season, Robinson won the Triple Crown. He hit 49 home runs, one of which famously left Memorial Stadium. Until the Orioles left for Camden Yards, a flag labeled “HERE” was flown where the ball landed 541 feet away.

AndrewJ Posted: February 07, 2019 at 02:43 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hall of fame, indians, obituary, orioles, reds

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Elias, Hyde stress patience over playoffs for Orioles in ’19

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles want fans to understand their 2019 season isn’t necessarily about making the playoffs.

For a franchise focused on the future, the most important “P” word is patience.

New general manager Mike Elias and rookie manager Brandon Hyde cautioned Saturday there will be no quick fix for a team that underwent a complete overhaul during and after the worst season in Orioles history.

Fortunately, Orioles fans have learned to be patient over the last three-plus decades….

QLE Posted: January 27, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, mike elias, orioles

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Esskay Orioles Franks — a Baltimore mainstay — to disappear soon from Camden Yards, store shelves

Discontinued production means that for the first time in decades, Esskay hot dogs will no longer be sold at Orioles games…

The ball club plans to choose a new ballpark hotdog, which will be announced with other new food and beverage offerings before the start of the season. And even though Esskay is out, the popular Hot Dog Race will remain, Bader said.

NattyBoh Posted: January 24, 2019 at 05:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, concessions, hot dogs, orioles

Friday, January 11, 2019

Orioles payroll to fall significantly in 2019 - BaltimoreBaseball.com

A year ago, the Orioles’ Opening Day payroll was $148.57 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. MLBTradeRumors.com estimates that this year’s Opening Day payroll will be just under $83 million.

Gone are Adam Jones ($17.3 million), Manny Machado ($16 million), Zach Britton ($12 million) and Darren O’Day ($9 million). Jones was on the final year of a six-year contract. O’Day has a year remaining on a four-year deal, and Machado and Britton were in the final years of club control.

Brad Brach ($5.16 million), Kevin Gausman ($5.6 million) and Jonathan Schoop ($8.5 million) were also dealt.

Brach, Britton, Gausman, Machado, Schoop, Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph were eligible for arbitration. Beckham, who signed with Seattle on Thursday, and Joseph were non-tendered by the club Nov. 30.

Even though general manager Mike Elias has a relatively light load for arbitration (his former team, the Houston Astros has 10 arbitration-eligible players), his work constructing the 2019 Orioles is hardly over.

The team has commitments to only Chris Davis, who will earn $23 million in the fourth year of a seven-year contract,  [emphasis added] and Alex Cobb, $14 million in the second year of a four-year deal, beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 03:17 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Elias’ 2019 Orioles could resemble the 2012 Astros - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The Orioles have a long way to go.

Elias said his goal for this season is to beef up the Orioles’ talent base with smart drafting, international signings and perhaps some trades.

The Orioles must nail the first pick in June’s draft and be aggressive when the international signing season begins on July 2. If the team signs some free agents from the huge number remaining on the market, the Orioles could perhaps flip them in July for prospects.

No, we don’t know what the Orioles will look like in 2019. Two infielders, Richie Martin and Drew Jackson, were added in the Rule 5 draft, and another, Rio Ruiz, was picked up on waivers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Baltimore Orioles name Brandon Hyde as new manager

BALTIMORE — Brandon Hyde, rumored to be the next manager of the Baltimore Orioles all week long, earned the title officially Friday afternoon.

Hyde, 45, becomes the 20th manager in Orioles history. He begins his first Major League managerial role following 16 professional seasons in the coaching ranks and four professional seasons as a player. Hyde most recently served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018, his second season in this role (also in 2014).

Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias released a statement, saying, “After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball. Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

 

 

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, manager, orioles

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Nationals bench coach Chip Hale not tipping his hand on Orioles rumors

NATIONALS PARK—Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was coy Sunday at Nationals Winterfest when asked about a report that he would be interviewing for the Baltimore Orioles open managerial job.

“Let’s just put it this way, there’s 30 jobs and if you get the opportunity, it’s a blessing, so, with all the turnover this year, I have not interviewed yet,” Hale said. “I have a great job here. If you get the opportunity to talk to somebody and meet some new people, it’d be a great opportunity. That’s all I’ll say on that.”

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Sunday that Hale would be one of several candidates to interview with new Orioles general manager Mike Elias.

Mind you, would any of you admit to your friends and family that you’ve been hired as the Orioles manager?

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, managerial search, orioles

Monday, December 03, 2018

Latest reports on Orioles managerial search - School of Roch

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal has confirmed that Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Royals quality control/catching coach Pedro Grifol are on the list of candidates. Diamondbacks director of player development Mike Bell, younger brother of new Reds manager David Bell, also will interview, according to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons.

The Orioles aren’t commenting on the reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2018 at 05:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, orioles

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Orioles name Mejdal to head analytics department

As expected, new Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias’ first move was to add longtime aide Sig Mejdal to head the team’s analytics department.

Mejdal, who worked with Elias in Houston will have the title, Assistant General Manager, Analytics.

He replaces Sarah Gelles, who left the Orioles to join the Astros.

According to the Orioles, “Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club’s growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of Baseball Operations decisions.”

A Baseball Fan Posted: November 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mike Elias Orioles general manager | MLB.com

Looks like the Orioles will soon join the revolution.

Update:

 

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2018 at 01:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike elias, orioles

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


Monday, November 05, 2018

GM Meetings begin without an Orioles GM - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The dysfunction continues.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2018 at 12:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Schmuck: Orioles’ executive search, MASN hearing make November a critical month for franchise

Baseball’s free-agent market opened for business this weekend and the Orioles still appear to be a few weeks away from naming a new baseball operations chief, but don’t be alarmed.

This was never going to be a big free-agent offseason for the Orioles, so the deliberate search for Dan Duquette’s replacement — and eventually a new manager — isn’t as time sensitive as it might be under different circumstances.

An industry source told The Baltimore Sun that John and Louis Angelos are immersed in the process and have talked to a number of potential candidates to run their baseball operations department.

A question, for anyone here who may be an expert in the business end of baseball- are the issues being presented here as critical as the article makes them seem?

QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, lawsuits, masn, orioles, peter angelos

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