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Prospect Profiles: No. 16 overall Blaine Knight 16 on Baltimore's top prospects list, Knight has potential to repeat a disappointing season or climb up even further upon a quality season. In 2020, Knight will be a quality pitching prospect to look out for.

Baltimore Orioles: Brian Roberts Joins Hall of Fame Ballot On Monday afternoon, the National Baseball Hall of Fame officially released the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, including 18 players who find their name on the ballot for the first time. Former Baltimore Orioles second baseman, and current radio/tv broadcaster for MASN and 105.7 The Fan, Brian Roberts is one of those making their debut on the ballot.

Brian Roberts included on Hall of Fame ballot The latest Hall of Fame ballot includes four players with ties to the Orioles and one who made a significant impact, though he isn't likely to be a future inductee. Second baseman Brian Roberts appears on the ballot for the first time. He's joined by pitcher Curt Schilling and outfielder Sammy Sosa.

Three former Orioles, including Brian Roberts, on Hall of Fame ballot In the previous three years, six players with Oriole connections have been elected to the Hall of Fame. It's possible that another with Oriole tied could be elected in 2020.

Baltimore Fights to Clear Massive Backlog of Asbestos Cases The Baltimore court system is locked in a legal and political battle with a powerful Maryland lawyer and Orioles baseball team owner over efforts to reduce one of the country’s largest backlogs of asbestos litigation.

Who will the Orioles protect from the Rule 5 draft? This Wednesday is the deadline for clubs to set their 40-man rosters and protect players from next month's draft. That means that the Orioles have a few tough decisions to make. As Orioles fans, you are likely familiar with the process of selecting a player in the Rule 5 draft by now.

Frederick listed among teams that could lose MLB affiliations If you are an Orioles fan that follows the minors and have been to games at Single-A Frederick, you've probably seen a team that consistently draws well and is an organization that, by almost any standard, is very well run.

Dylan Bundy could bring Orioles an attractive return The Orioles have some attractive commodities if they choose to trade this offseason. Infielder Jonathan Villar, who could be traded before the December 2 deadline for offering 2020 contracts, is a possibility. Reliever Mychal Givens might fall into the same category.

Monday Bird Droppings: Where the O’s Frederick affiliate faces an uncertain future The Orioles High-A affiliate is one of 42 teams that MLB is proposing to eliminate in 2021.

The HI Baltimore Hostel, an affordable option for travelers, closes and goes up for sale After serving thousands of budget-conscious travelers over the past four decades, one of Baltimore's most affordable lodging options has closed its doors permanently and is now for sale for $675,000. The HI Baltimore Hostel at 17 W. Mulberry St., served its last customers on Oct.

Wondering more about the coaching staff and 40-man roster The Orioles aren't going to confirm or offer up names of their coaching candidates or which players are headed to the 40-man roster this week prior to the Rule 5 draft. Sometimes it comes down to reading a little or a lot into non-denials, but this isn't a foolproof plan.

Baltimore Orioles: What the Nationals championship means going forward So changes will have to come to keep up to par with the Washington Nationals, who are riding off of an improbable playoff ride and championship win. In this situation, the best thing to do for Baltimore Orioles fans is to wait and see what will come about between now and when pitchers and catchers report to Florida.

Baltimore Orioles: Death penalty for Houston? I try to write a column about the Baltimore Orioles that's worthy of journalistic integrity. Thus I'm not a fan of the style of "reporting" done by organizations such as Barstool Sports. I feel it's too in your face for my tastes. Readers don't want edgy content when it comes to sports - they want informative content that merits a valid point.

Sunday Bird Droppings: Where we're pondering the two-way player It’s a fan favorite’s birthday, the Orioles gotta pay the Nats, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

November edition: "10 questions for O's fans" Welcome in to the second offseason edition of 10 questions. There will be others as we progress through the winter. As always, answer all 10 questions, just a few or even just one. Provide short answers or long. Respond to other readers' answers. All up to you.

Wilkerson on odd 2019 season and what lies ahead Want to stump Stevie Wilkerson? It sounds like a bad game show, but nonetheless, here's how you do it:. Challenge him to name a bigger oddity in his season with the Orioles - pitching in four games and earning a save or making more starts in center field, a position he hadn't played, than anyone else on the team.

Aaron Brooks and Ricardo Pinto to Join the KBO in 2020 The Kia Tigers of South Korea's KBO have reached agreement on a one-year deal with soon to be 30 year old former Baltimore Oriole Aaron Brooks, while the SK Wyverns have inked former Tampa Ray Ricardo Pinto.

Orioles Notes: Organizational Changes, Elias, GM Meetings With today marking exactly one year since the Orioles tabbed Mike Elias to succeed Dan Duquette as the franchise's general manager, now seems like a natural time to check in on Elias's tenure and evaluate the changes he has implemented thus far.

AL Notes: Trumbo, Angels, Orioles, Harvey Mark Trumbo understands the realities of his situation as a soon-to-be 34-year-old free agent slugger, but he's not ready to ….

Mike Elias has officially been the Orioles general manager for one year Three Bounce-Back Free Agent Pitching Options - Birds Watcher: Brooks's departure also makes the pitching situation a bit interesting. If Alex Cobb is healthy, he will be part of a decent-enough trio alongside Dylan Bundy and John Means. Asher Wojciechowski would probably be the favorite for the fourth spot, but the fifth spot remains wide open.

Baltimore Orioles: Why is Houston's sign stealing a big deal? Have the Baltimore Orioles ever directly been hurt by Houston's alleged sign-stealing? Odds are that they have. In 2016 they were 1-6 against Houston, 1-5 in 2017, and 1-6 again in 2018. There's your answer as to why it's such a big deal. Mind you, save for 2018 the aforementioned seasons were during good times for the Orioles franchise.

Another O's Q&A, plus a few other thoughts Well, we did this here a little over a week ago and it's time to try it again. A fan/reader question-and-answer session. You ask some Orioles questions - whatever you've got - and I'll try to answer your questions and other readers please throw in your two cents also.

Baltimore Orioles: Three Bounce-Back Free Agent Pitching Options If the Baltimore Orioles are going to go down the route of a veteran coming off an injury during free agency, perhaps this last option would be the better choice.

Harvey hoping for fewer restrictions and more games in 2020 Hunter Harvey came to the Orioles in August with a set of instructions. He didn't write them. They were attached as if pinned to his sleeve. Handle with care. Proceed with caution. Do not use on back-to-back days or nights. "This end up" seemed unnecessary, but they were detailed instructions.

Orioles move start time of home games to 6:35 PM Starting in 2020, the Baltimore Orioles are moving the start of home games before memorial day and after labor day, to 6:35 PM ET, as said by Steve Melewski of masnsports. This is a move by the Orioles that finally has the fan in mind. As everyone knows attendance at Camden Yards is at an all-time low.

Judge says MASN should pay Nats based on MLB panel decision NEW YORK - A judge has ordered lawyers for the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles to submit a proposed judgment of what the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network should pay Washington for television rights from 2012-16 based on the decision issued in April by an arbitration panel of three baseball executives.

Baltimore Orioles: Mike Elias On Possible Offseason Activity When it comes to offseason movement, the annual General Manager meetings aren't where we typically see much movement, but conversations surrounding possible deals are started and the offseason wheels are kicked into motion ahead of next month's Winter Meetings.

Elias provides a summary of the GM Meetings and more Orioles executive vice president / general manager Mike Elias returned from the General Managers Meetings yesterday without any new players. However, he had numerous face-to-face discussions with executives regarding trade possibilities and also sat down with a few agents.

Baltimore Orioles: Delmarva named MiLB Team of the Year Baltimore Orioles' Class A affiliate Delmarva Shorebirds, led by manager Kyle Moore were named the MiLB Team of the Year for 2019 earlier this week. That's one heck of an honor for a team that's part of an organization that's rebuilding, such as the Orioles.

The Orioles' biggest off-season need? It's not a big-name player. Well, according to Jon Meoli, the Orioles should be "interesting and fun" some time late next year, "watchable for non-enthusiasts" late in 2021, and "competitive" by the end of 2022. In the meantime, I hope you find player development compelling. Let's go O's!

Delmarva honored, plus a look at a pitcher eligible in the Rule 5 Earlier this week, the Orioles' Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds affiliate was named the Minor League Team of the Year by Delmarva went 90-48 and earns this honor for the first time in its 24-year club history.

More Sweeping Changes For Rebuilding Baltimore Orioles The Baltimore Orioles continue to find creative ways to make their games more family friendly and boost revenue at Camden Yards with events outside baseball. Over the summer, Billy Joel performed the first-ever concert at the venerable stadium to much fanfare.

Why I voted for Rocco Baldelli and not for Aaron Boone As a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the greatest privilege I have is the opportunity to vote on postseason awards. This year, I was asked to vote for the American League's Manager of the Year. On the surface, that shouldn't be too hard a vote.

Friday Bird Droppings: Where Orioles games are starting earlier The Orioles will have 16 home games start at 6:35 PM next year. What say you — yea or nay to the new time?

Baltimore Orioles: Three Rookie Of The Year Candidates For 2020 Next season should be another exciting year of big name prospects making the jump to the major leagues, so the competition for Rookie of the Year honors is likely to be intense.

Leftovers for breakfast Hunter Harvey doesn't know whether he's going to be a reliever or a starter with the Orioles after he reports to spring training in February. He still hasn't been told anything at this point. Harvey prefers the bullpen and is anticipating the same role as the one he held in seven major league appearances after the Orioles called him up.

Orioles 2020 home schedule will include 6:35 weeknight games in April, May, September The Orioles are trying new things to get fans to the ballpark. For 2020, one of them will be earlier start times before and after summer.

Orioles to experiment with earlier starts for weeknight games, more day games in 2020 The Orioles are adding early start times to their 2020 schedule. Sixteen weeknight games will start at 6:35 p.m. Home games in April, in May before Memorial Day and September after Labor Day get the early start. The team is also featuring more afternoon games, nine 4:05 p.m.

Orioles adjust times for home games in 2020 The changes filtering through the Orioles organization now include start times for certain home games. The club announced today that games at Camden Yards for the upcoming season will begin at 6:35 p.m. for all weeknights prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day.

Obituary: Bob Johnson RIP to Bob "Rocky" Johnson, an infielder and standout pinch-hitter who played for a decade in the majors in the 1960s. Former teammate Jim Palmer reported on Twitter that Johnson, 83, died in Minnesota. Wikipedia notes that Johnson died on November 12 from Parkinson's disease.

Grave Story: Billy Hitchcock Here lies Billy Hitchcock, whose life in baseball included stints as a player, coach, manager and minor-league executive. As an infielder, Hitchcock played for the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Saint Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.

The Orioles will be hard pressed to find free agent pitching that fits For a club in the unique position that the Orioles find themselves, potential additions to the rotation are not easy to find.

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Playoff seasons, an upset win and a Boston marathon Rebuilding, as the Orioles are doing now, requires persistence and the patience to endure a sometimes painful process. In such times, remembering better ones can help to soothe a fan's fevered brow and perhaps give us all a glimpse of glories yet to come.

Could a pair of former first-round picks elevate the O's 'pen? They are two young guns who were once starting pitchers but now could be valuable to improvement for the Orioles bullpen. They were both drafted in the first round. Both now enjoy pitching out of the bullpen, and next season 24-year-old Hunter Harvey and 25-year-old Dillon Tate could help improve an O's bullpen that posted a 5.63 ERA last year.

An inability to throw strikes hampered several young Orioles relievers in 2019 Kline, Phillips, and Scott. They come from different backgrounds, have different ceilings, and took different paths to the majors, but there's one common thread that unites them: they're not throwing enough strikes. The O's can only hope at least one of the trio will take a significant step forward in 2020.

Aaron Brooks tries to make his time in South Korea valuable As the Orioles season ended, it seemed that Aaron Brooks had established himself as a contender for a job on their staff in 2020. Brooks, who was acquired on waivers from the Oakland Athletics just before the All-Star break, was supposed to be a stopgap starter for the Orioles, but that didn't work out well.

Thursday Bird Droppings: The search for pitching depth edition Today in 1973, Jim Palmer won his first Cy Young award. The 2020 Orioles will probably not have a Cy Young winner.

Elias holding same shopping list as GM meetings conclude Mike Elias will board a flight this afternoon for the return trip from Scottsdale, Ariz., and the 2019 General Managers Meetings. Which also included anyone with "executive vice president" in their title. No trades have been consummated and aren't expected to happen at this point.

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Player Profiles 2020: Baltimore Orioles Bullpen It isn't a sure thing that Givens will end up as the most trusted arm in the bullpen, but going into the winter, he certainly profiles as the top option. Givens' 2019 season was easily his most tumultuous, as he bounced in and out of the closer's role.

Jonathan Villar played every game in 2019 for the Orioles. Has he played his last game in Baltimore? Villar delivered his best year since 2016 while playing both middle infield positions. After an impressive 2019, will the Orioles keep him around next season?

Game 7 World Series Notes Howie Kendrick's World Series game seven/7th inning, go ahead to stay, home run weeks back, was the latest such blow and only the second in game 7/World Series annals. The other was hit by the great Wilver Stargell, 40 years earlier for the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving them a lead,, they did not relinquish in a victory at Baltimore, vs the Orioles.

A look at a couple of free agent starting pitchers So the Orioles' rotation depth chart right now is lacking a bit, you may have noticed. Surely they will add some pitchers before spring training, even if it's only minor league free agents and/or pitchers looking to make good after a poor or injury-marred season or seasons.

Baltimore Orioles: Could An NL West Team Come For Jonathan Villar? The Orioles can move on from Villar's salary and improve the farm system, while San Diego gets their veteran infielder for prospects likely to walk away for nothing in the upcoming Rule 5 draft or sit behind a list of other prospects in the system. San Diego's farm system is deep, arguably the deepest in baseball.

Projecting where some of the Orioles' top prospects will start in 2020 - Part 2 With the Orioles struggling at the major league level in 2019, fans looked to the minor leagues for optimism in 2019. When he was hired, general manager Mike Elias said he wanted to create an "elite talent pipeline," and that plan got off to an encouraging start this past season.

Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where maybe the Orioles don’t want to do everything the Astros way. They have no runners on base, and the noises are coming so quickly after the signs are put down that the only explanation is exactly what is laid out in the story. That sucks, and it will be interesting to see what MLB sees as fair punishment. Now, why does this matter for an Orioles blog?

More on Villar's stolen bases and the leadoff spot in the order I wrote last week about infielder Jonathan Villar's 40 steals and how he ignited a running game that might not be sustainable without him. Besides ranking third in the majors, the stolen base total also tied for seventh in club history. Luis Aparicio holds the record with 57 set in 1964.

White Sox hire Coolbaugh as assistant hitting coach CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox have hired Scott Coolbaugh as their assistant hitting coach. The White Sox announced the move Tuesday. He will work with new hitting coach Frank Menechino.

Delmarva Shorebirds named 2019 MiLB Team of the Year As the Baltimore Orioles started the infamous rebuilding process, the organization's focus has drifted towards prospects and the farm system.

Orioles Nearing Deal To Allow Aaron Brooks To Sign With KBO Club It appears that Orioles righty Aaron Brooks is headed to the KBO, according to reports from Dan Connolly of The Athletic and Naver Sports. If all the paperwork is completed, as expected, he'll agree to a new deal with the KIA Tigers and be set free from the Baltimore 40-man roster.

Dynasty: Baltimore Orioles' 2020 Preseason Top 50 Prospects He's more likely than not a long reliever with upside if his velocity and below-average secondaries play up in short-inning role. 19. Connor Gillispie. Age: 21. Highest Level: Low-A.

Trey Mancini was the Orioles' entire offense in 2019 The Notre Dame product had a huge year at the plate while playing first base more often than ever before.

With GM meetings underway, Jonathan Villar trade talk could heat up As the club they support is not loaded with talent, it seems that many Orioles fans are feeling some anxiety about what might happen with middle infielder Jonathan Villar. The only player in the majors with at least 24 homers and 40 steals in 2019, Villar produced 4.0 Wins Above Replacement, according to, to lead the club.

Answers to your Orioles questions Thanks to those who responded and sent in questions for our first mailbag. Question: "How long do you reasonably think it will take to make another playoff push?" @ballhawkdog.

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where John Means was Rookie of the Year runner-up He didn’t take home the hardware, but Means was better than all but one rookie in the American League this year. Not too shabby.

Baltimore Orioles: Aaron Brooks Reportedly Leaving Organization Per The Athletic's Dan Connolly, Brooks is leaving the Orioles organization and joining the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization. Brooks is currently on the Orioles 40-man roster and was expected to compete for a rotation spot/long-man role next season.

Making a few assumptions with Orioles The amount of speculation that piles up during an offseason reaches such heights that no device can be invented to measure it. The only response is to learn how to distinguish it from fact. What is truth as opposed to an assumption. What comes from actual sources as opposed to imaginations.

John Means finishes second in AL Rookie of the Year voting The Orioles rookie pitcher’s good season wasn’t enough to overcome Houston’s Yordan Alvarez hitting a bunch of homers.

John Means finishes second to Houston's Yordan Alvarez in AL Rookie of the Year voting Orioles left-hander John Means finished second to Houston's Yordan Alvarez in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year. Alvarez, who homered in his major league debut against the Orioles on June 9, was the unanimous winner of the annual award voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

O's John Means finishes second for AL Rookie of the Year Orioles left-hander John Means, who was a surprise as the club's best starting pitcher in 2019, tonight finished second for the Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Means, 26, received 53 votes, getting 16 for second place and five for third place.

Prospect Profiles: No. 17 overall Cody Sedlock He started nine games at Aberdeen but only accumulated an 0-1 record off of 27 innings. He pitched a 3.00 ERA and struck out 25 batters in limited playing time. In 2017, Sedlock's first full season, the pitcher struggled at Single-A Frederick and tallied a 4-5 record on 20 starts for the Keys.

John Means built a nice case for Rookie of the Year, even if he probably won't win This is an Orioles blog and I would like for Means to be announced as the winner. I don't think it's entirely because of my wearing orange-colored glasses that I believe Means has a respectable case to make for why he deserves to win. The biggest thing in Means's favor is that his bWAR was the highest of this trio, at 4.5.

Analyzing Baltimore Orioles Hitters For 2020 2019: 29 R, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB,.210/.333/.395 - Position Rank: 49. It's hard to believe Chance Sisco is only 24 years old. It feels like he's been around for much longer. After being discussed as the catcher of the future for the Orioles, Sisco looks like he is now just a place-holder for the new catcher of the future, Adley Rutschman.

Maryland will soon be surrounded by legal online sports betting As online sportsbooks Fanduel and Draftkings set up shop in West Virginia, Maryland faces the prospect of soon being surrounded by states that have legalized sports betting. Online gambling was legalized in 2018 at the national level which left each state with the right to decide if, and how, they would allow online gambling within their borders.

Checking in on some top minor league arms with Chris Holt Today we continue a look at Orioles minor league pitching in 2019 through the eyes of director of pitching Chris Holt. We've published a couple of entries recently with Holt, and in this one, he'll take a closer at four of the club's top pitching prospects.

Elias attends his first GM meetings as Orioles' top baseball executive; call for reader questions Mike Elias celebrates his first anniversary as the Orioles' top baseball executive this week, when he represents the team at the general managers' meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona. Trades will undoubtedly be on Elias' mind when he meets with his counterparts, starting today.

Baltimore Orioles Free Agency Talk: RHP Ivan Nova We know that the Orioles are going to prioritize bringing in a veteran middle infield option and low-cost starting pitchers to compete for a rotation spot in spring training and, ideally, log 150-175 innings once the regular season arrives and help bridge the gap to better days.

Monday Bird Droppings: Where we’ll find out if John Means will win the ROY Last week, John Means was announced as a Rookie of the Year finalist. Tonight, we’ll find out if he wins.

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Harvey's on solid bullpen ground in 2020 The degree to which Hunter Harvey has advanced his professional career can be measured through bullpen projections for 2020. Through the notion that Harvey might be the only sure thing for the Orioles. There are assumptions to be made, of course.

Baltimore Orioles: Will The New York Yankees Come Calling Again? According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the New York Yankees made a strong push to acquire Baltimore Orioles reliever Mychal Givens at the trade deadline and may look to try again this winter.

Baltimore Orioles: Alex Cobb expected a full go in Spring Training Baltimore Orioles' GM Mike Elias appeared on WJZ-FM's Orioles Hot Stove Show late last week. A wide array of topics were covered, including the outlook for Orioles' starter Alex Cobb. In short, Cobb is expected to be ready to go for spring training. Cobb of course had hip surgery this past season, which ended his year.

Baltimore Orioles A Look Back At The Career Of Milt Pappas Milt Pappas played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1957 - 1965. The three-time All-Star was instrumental in the success of the franchise during his time in Baltimore from the late-1950s to the mid-1960s. Pappas joined the Orioles out of high school at 18 years old and made an impact right away.

Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles might make some trades Mike Elias is going after middle infielders, Cal Ripken is hanging out in College Park, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

Is the focus on launch angle the reason for more strikeouts? The technology in baseball is moving fast. In this recent entry, O's minor league hitting coach Tom Eller gave us a bit of a primer on some of the technology that is in place as of 2019 on the Orioles farm. For most of us it was probably both educational and enlightening.

Baltimore Orioles Free Agent Shopping: RHP Jhoulys Chacin Should Jhoulys Chacin be on the radar? We're back with another look at a lo…

A quizzical look at Orioles The most important reminders about pop quizzes are that they're distributed without warning and having nothing to do with your fathers. Also, they can be handed out on a Sunday. Go figure. I've provided 20 questions. Check back in October and see how many you got right.

Yankees Notes: Givens, Galvis, Lefty Hitting, Spending Some items from the Bronx… The Yankees "tried hard" to land Orioles reliever Mychal Givens at the trade deadline, the ….

Orioles Seeking Veteran Shortstop And Pitching Depth The Baltimore Orioles primary goal for the near-term remains adding as much talent to the organization as possible, primarily in the minor leagues. That said, GM Mike Elias does have a winter checklist in this, his first full offseason as GM. Namely, the Orioles will be looking for pitching and a veteran shortstop, per MASNSports' Roch Kubatko.

Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where it’s all about the Orioles future All of the O’s news this week has been about the rebuild, their farm system and signing stopgap players.

So how long will this rebuilding take? The topic came up again during yesterday's Orioles Q&A session on this blog: How long will this rebuild take? The fans want to know. That is a very reasonable question, but it just doesn't have an answer. You can guess, but that's really all you will be doing.

Baltimore Orioles: Changes in store at the yard? Interesting article in The Baltimore Sun this week regarding the home of the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles' lease expires after the 2021 season, and as the article states it's during lease renegotiations that teams often broach the topic of facility upgrades.

Elias on Rule 5 considerations, Cobb and more As the Orioles decide which players to put on the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft, they also must consider the increased risks of losing the ones who are left unprotected. Rosters are expanding to 26 players next season, leaving more room to stash someone at the back of a bullpen or the end of a bench.

Baltimore Orioles Planning Oriole Park Future In planning the future of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Orioles will likely implement a strategy that includes renovations and more non-baseball events. A visit to Oriole Park reveals what makes it unique, and some of the shortcomings it has in comparison to newer facilities.

The Orioles found a gem in starting pitcher John Means In his first full big-league season, the left-hander earned Rookie of the Year consideration and an All-Star nod, and emerged as the O’s top pitcher.

Baltimore Orioles: Does style of play matter? As we know, the Baltimore Orioles play in a market that's saturated with teams from pretty much every sport. That includes various universities, such as Coppin State, Towson, and of course the University of Maryland.

Orioles Q and A and John Means on his offseason Today, when we get to the comments section of this blog, the readers will be the stars. Here is the plan: Ask an O's question, whatever you've got, and I'll provide the best answer I can. Plus other readers can throw in their two cents. It's time to open this up and get what is on your mind about the club front and center.

Baltimore Orioles: Three Takeaways From Mike Elias Interview Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias was interviewed on Thursday evening on 105.7 The Fan. Here are five major takeaways from the conversation.

Baltimore Orioles: Complete List Of Minor League Free Agents Baseball America has released its complete list of minor league free agents, including 17 from the Baltimore Orioles system.

Tough to predict which Orioles will stay around for the rebuild One of the most popular questions fans ask is: Which of the current Orioles will still be with the club when they turn things around? The most popular answers are Trey Mancini and John Means. Hunter Harvey has become another favorite choice. The question seems simple, but the answer isn't.

Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are restocking the scouting staff Mike Elias parted ways with a bunch of O’s scouts in 2019. Now he’s replacing them, slowly but surely.

More from Mike Elias on "Hot Stove Show" Orioles executive vice president / general manager Mike Elias explained last night how Chris Holt's duties will change following his promotion to a director of pitching position. And how Holt will co-exist with pitching coach Doug Brocail, who returns to the major league staff next season.

Elias on arbitration-eligibles, Mancini, Rule 5, coaches and more The first "Hot Stove Show" of the offseason aired tonight on 105.7 The Fan, with executive vice president / general manager Mike Elias addressing topics related to both the majors and minors. I'll go into more depth in the morning, but here are a few items:.

Orioles GM says team will be looking for help in three main areas this offseason Elias noted that the Orioles' winter shopping list includes pitching, veteran middle infield help and a defensive shortstop.

Baltimore Orioles Throwback Thursday: Eddie Murray Contributor Joe Chambers spends a little time reflecting on former Baltimore Orioles great, Eddie Murray, on this "Throwback Thursday" piece. Edd…

Baltimore Orioles: Ranking Rookie Of The Year Winners Named a finalist along with Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez and Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brandon Lowe, Orioles starting pitcher John Means isn't likely to win the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year Award, but second place isn't out of the question.

Baltimore Orioles: What new promotions could the Orioles offer? The Baltimore Orioles and the rest of Major League Baseball have the best promotions and giveaways in professional sports. Hands-down. Granted baseball plays more home games than any other sport, however they've always had the best in the way of giveaways, be it t-shirts, caps, bobble heads, etc.

Renato Núñez will be the Orioles' starting DH next season The streaky but powerful righty should be a lock for next year’s lineup.

Chris Holt's take on a few minor league pitchers In this entry recently, I interviewed Orioles director of pitching Chris Holt. He was promoted to that position on Oct. 11 after serving as director of minor league pitching for the 2019 season. We addressed several topics earlier with Holt, and today we get his take on a few minor league hurlers.

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Powerful bats, precise pitching and a fond farewell Temperatures are cooler, the hot stove is starting to flicker and Baltimore baseball fans are going through some serious hardball withdrawal. Let's face it, mid-February and spring training feel like forever away. If you're longing for the sounds of summer - ball hitting mitt, bat meeting ball, the roar of the crowd - MASN has you covered.

Baltimore Orioles Need Miguel Castro To Step Up In 2020 If the Baltimore Orioles want to see improvements in their bullpen in 2020, they will need Miguel Castro to take the next step.

Another player with Orioles ties is a Hall of Fame candidate Last year, two former players with Oriole ties were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today's Game committee. This year, another man who played for the Orioles could join Harold Baines and Lee Smith. Dwight Evans, who played 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, and one with the Orioles, is one of 10 nominees by the Modern Era committee.

Thursday Bird Droppings: Where no one thinks the Orioles will sign free agents Hot stove season won’t be very hot in Baltimore. That’s no different from the Dan Duquette years. It’s just that there’s a plan now.

Notes on Ynoa, Means and defense With pitcher Gabriel Ynoa out of the organization again, is it possible that the Orioles bring him back on another minor league deal? That ship hasn't sailed, from what I can glean. But he isn't in the same hurry to reach agreement and the Orioles aren't devoting their offseason to forging the latest reunion.

The Payoff Pitch: Restless & FanFest-less w/Jon Meoli The Baltimore Sun's O's beat writer Jon Meoli then joins me to discuss the O's puzzling decision to cancel FanFest, Chris Holt's role, those aforementioned moves, and more. Thanks for listening! Your email address will not be published. Comment. Name.

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Former Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy remained wildly inconsistent in 2019 I think this is a kid that is not afraid to be really, really good." Bundy started 23 games in the minors in 2012, the year after he was drafted, and spun a dazzling 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 4.25 SO/9. He pitched 1.2 innings in Baltimore at the tail end of that year and then wasn't seen in the majors again until 2016.

Who will get the biggest free agent dollars this winter? No one is expecting the Orioles to be very active at the top end or even in the middle tier of the new free agent market. For the second year in a row, in's projection of its top 50 free agents, none are predicted to head to Baltimore.

Where will Orioles' top prospects start in 2020? With the Orioles continuing to struggle at the major league level in 2019, fans needed to look to the minor leagues for optimism about the franchise's future. When he was hired, general manager Mike Elias said he wanted to create an "elite talent pipeline," and that plan got off to an encouraging start in 2019.

Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where Jonathan Villar’s future with the Orioles is up in the air Villar's future with the Orioles is up in the air. The players are aware of what is happening in front of them. And a player like Villar, a 28-year-old entering the final season of team control, is surely savvy enough to understand that he is unlikely to be an Oriole for too much longer regardless of his performance in the upcoming year.

The price of pitching again puts Orioles in bind If the Orioles are going to improve their pitching via free agency, they'll need to spend outside their financial comfort zone or do a lot of sifting to find bargains.

Prospect Profiles: No. 18 overall Brenan Hanifee This edition of Prospect Profiles focuses on No. 18 overall Brenan Hanifee. The 21-year-old pitcher is a 6’5″ hurler from Bridgewater, Virginia.

Baltimore Orioles: Poking Around The 2020 Steamer Projections Immediate Disclaimer: We're not gathering any major takeaways from the recently released 2020 Steamer projections on Fangraphs, but that doesn't mean we can't utilize them for what they're best for, giving us something to talk about during a long, likely pretty quiet offseason for the Baltimore Orioles.

David Hess, Gabriel Ynoa were two of the many Orioles who didn't step forward in 2019 David Hess and Gabriel Ynoa were both bad pitchers for the Orioles this year who gave up a lot of homers and went 1-10.

Using technology to help hitters on the O's farm He was new to the Orioles organization in 2019 and was one of the first minor league coaching hires by the new front office after Mike Elias was hired as executive vice president and general manager last November. Tom Eller was already close by geographically.

Ella Goldschmidt Sigmund Did Not Have A Baby in Her Fifties: Mystery Solved As of 1900, Ella Goldschmidt Sigmund had over twenty grandchildren, but had lost her husband Albert and four of her ten children. Three of those children had died without any descendants: Jacob, Lena, and Stella. William had left five children behind, and in 1900, all of them were still living with their mother Adelaide in Washington, DC.

Baltimore Orioles: Can't touch Chris Davis when it comes to charity Chris Davis has become a favorite target among some Baltimore Orioles fans. It's fair to criticize his performance on the field, and Davis himself would be the first one to tell you that. However there's one area in which Davis stands above just about anyone else.

Chris Davis on $3 million donation: 'We want to do what we can to help people out' BALTIMORE-After one of their regular visits to the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, Chris and Jill Davis decided they wanted to do something special. On Monday, the Davises announced a $3 million donation to the hospital, the largest made by a Baltimore sports figure to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Baltimore Orioles: RHP Gabriel Ynoa Elects Free Agency As the self-proclaimed former president of the Gabriel Ynoa fan club, I'd like to send a fond farewell and best wishes to the latest Baltimore Orioles 40-man roster casualty. In a move announced Monday evening by the organization, the Orioles have removed Ynoa from the 40-man.

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where John Means could be Rookie of the Year I mean, he probably won’t. But he’s at least one of the three finalists, which isn’t too shabby.

Will stealing bases remain part of Orioles approach in 2020? As the Orioles became more transparent with their plans for the organization and specifically how they were going to proceed with a complete teardown and rebuild, which also could be termed a "redesign" given the new titles and responsibilities, I didn't recall hearing anyone declare that the team would steal more bases.

John Means named finalist for 2019 AL Rookie of the Year Award When you think of a ninth round draft pick, you wouldn't normally associate that pick with being a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Luckily for Oriole fans, we can do just that. John Means will add one more accolade to his fantastic rookie campaign.

John Means places among top 3 vote-getters for AL Rookie of the Year Award Means, along with Houston’s Yordan Alvarez and Tampa’s Brandon Lowe, is an AL ROY finalist. The winner will be announced on Nov. 11.

Means a finalist for AL Rookie of the Year award Orioles left-hander John Means keeps building on his list of accomplishments, a pitcher given little to no chance of making the opening day roster still raising his level of recognition.

Orioles Outright Gabriel Ynoa The Orioles announced that they have outrighted right-hander Gabriel Ynoa. He elected free agency after clearing waivers. This is the ….

Cobb reinstated from injured list and Ynoa becomes free agent The Orioles made two moves this afternoon that kept their 40-man roster at 36 players. Pitcher Alex Cobb has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and pitcher Gabriel Ynoa became a free agent after clearing waivers. Cobb is recovering from hip and knee surgeries in Tennessee.

From Baltimore "You from Baltimore?" The TSA agent asked in his Southern drawl as he surveyed my license. But he asked me a question. "You from Baltimore?" Of course I'm from Baltimore. The address on my license reads "Baltimore." It has for the past seven years. "21218" succeeds the "MD." That means I live in Northeast Baltimore, Mary Pat's district.

Baltimore Orioles First Baseman, Wife Donate $3M to UMD Children's Hospital "It will provide critical support to expand the resources and technology available at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital including a new cardiac catheterization lab and operating room allowing our world-class experts in children's heart disease to provide the most advanced care possible," Suntha said.

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Chris and Jill Davis make $3 million donation to UMCH Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and his wife, Jill, are expanding their charitable endeavors by a huge margin, donating $3 million to the University of Maryland Children's Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The announcement was made this morning.

Prospect Profiles: No. 19 overall Drew Rom Coming up next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is the No. 19 overall prospect in the Orioles organization, 19-year-old left-handed pitcher Drew Rom. Rom was drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Hanser Alberto's bizarre breakout season was a highlight for the 2019 Orioles Alberto's arrival in Baltimore less than a year ago met with little fanfare. The O's initially claimed him off waivers Jan. 11 from the Yankees, who themselves had claimed him from the Rangers.

Baltimore Orioles: John Means And His Rookie Of The Year Case American League Rookie of the Year finalists will be named on Monday night. Baltimore Orioles LHP John Means makes a serious case.

After a year away, Duquette looks for another chance in baseball When Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter were let go by the Orioles 13 months ago, there was doubt that either of them would work in baseball again. Showalter was recently interviewed for the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies managerial positions that went to Joe Maddon and Gabe Kapler, but still hopes to manage again.

Monday Bird Droppings: Waiting to see if John Means is a Rookie of the Year finalist Tonight, top 3 finalists for the BBWAA awards will be announced. Is John Means going to make the cut for ROY?

How does the Orioles offseason list compare to last year? The month of November allows baseball media and fans to keep compiling lists - whether on paper and laptop screens or in heads - of the offseason issues facing a particular team. We mostly talk about the Orioles here, so let's stick with them. Go back to the 2018 offseason and you'll find the same inquires surrounding Chris Davis.

Orioles' Chris and Jill Davis Make Record $3M Donation To University Of Maryland Children's Hospital The Orioles' Chris Davis and his wife Jill have given a $3 million gift to help fund an expansion to the University of Maryland Children's Hospital at the UMD Medical Center. Katie Johnston reports.

Breakout season: Anthony Santander showed potential in 2019 He played briefly in the majors in 2017 and 2018. But it was this season where the Orioles started to see Anthony Santander start to reach some of his vast potential. Taken in the December 2016 Rule 5 draft from Cleveland in large part because of a potent bat, he showed it at the major league level in 2019.

Sunday Bird Droppings: Looking ahead to some off season moves It’s quiet in Birdland, but hopefully not for long.

Baltimore Orioles Free Agent Shopping: LHP Robbie Erlin While the Baltimore Orioles may not be targeting high-profile free agents this offseason, general manager Mike Elias and his staff will still be active over the winter trying to find low-cost diamonds in the rough and much-needed depth options on the bench.

Talking about the importance of winning on the farm Several days ago, I posted this entry, gleaned from my interview with new Orioles director of player development Matt Blood. The 34-year-old comes to the Orioles from the Texas Rangers.

Baltimore Orioles: Should the O's go after Steven Strasburg? At some point in this rebuilding process the Baltimore Orioles are going to have to make a splash in free agency. Whether that's a bat or an arm remains to be seen. However if you look down the pike at the World Series Champion Washington Nationals, it seems that the emphasis should be on pitching.

Ranking a few questions and issues the Orioles face Let's take a look today at some issues the Orioles and their brass will have to deal with - some sooner, some later. We'll even rank them from least important to most. No. 5 - How to continue to satisfy fans during the rebuild?: Yeah, good luck with that strategy because there is no miracle marketing plan or idea that solves this one.

Baltimore Orioles: Wayne Kirby And Bobby Dickerson Reunite In San Diego Two former Baltimore Orioles coaches are reunited in San Diego. The band is slowly starting to get back together. Just days after the San Diego Padres anno…

Baltimore Orioles: Is Buck Showalter heading home? Former Baltimore Orioles' manager Buck Showalter was under consideration for several managerial jobs. He actually interviewed with Philadelphia, but was also being considered for the NY Mets and possibly even the Anaheim Angels. To this point, no soap in terms of finding a team.

Indians: Revisiting the two bizarre June days in Baltimore Then the Orioles put up a six-spot in the fourth. They then proceeded to score two runs in each of the next three innings to get the total back up to 13 for the second day in a row. And once again, the Indians got whooped on offense. This time the hits were 13-5 in favor of the Orioles.

Baltimore Orioles: Three Other Players Who Could Be Traded Cheap, controllable, and not a complete disaster on the mound is a low bar, but it\u2019s what the Orioles will be looking to fill their rotation and bullpen with over the next year or two until some of the top prospect arms come up and the team is in position to hand out larger contracts to more high-profile free agents.

Did you know about Ynoa? In an Orioles season defined in large part by its abundance of oddities, right-hander Gabriel Ynoa offered his own contribution. Tell me if this makes any sense. Ynoa was 1-10 with a 5.61 ERA and 1.373 WHIP in 36 games and 0-9 in 13 starts.

Outfielder Mason Williams declines outright, enters free agency The Baltimore Orioles have announced that outfielder Mason Williams has elected to enter free agency, after declining an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Williams was one of the best hitters at Triple-A Norfolk during the 2019 season, batting.308/.371/.477 with 18 homers and 67 RBI in 121 games.

Mychal Givens continued to regress in 2019. How come? The Orioles de facto closer struggled in the ninth inning last season. But Givens showed improvement after a change in August.

A look at the pitching on the farm this year with Chris Holt The Orioles had a pretty solid year on the farm in 2019. Orioles' affiliates finished with a.517 win percentage, to rank 10th among all 30 Major League Baseball organizations. They sent two teams to the playoffs, three really, but the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League postseason was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.

Orioles watch championship teams as they enter Year 2 of rebuild Before Game 7 had even begun, two oddsmakers were already setting lines on the 2020 season. Both and BetOnline reported that the Houston Astros were 5/1 favorites to win next season's World Series with the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees next at 8/1.

Friday Bird Droppings: Where the roster decluttering has begun The Orioles have more than most. In the last two days, they've excised five players from their 40-man, the most recent being outfielder Mason Williams, who declined an outright assignment to the minors yesterday and elected to become a free agent.

Upcoming dates with lots of or little interest to Orioles Another important offseason date that doesn't really impact the Orioles arrives on Monday. Teams no longer will have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents. Other executives can start courting them. The Orioles won't attempt to re-sign Mark Trumbo, so it doesn't matter to them.

Williams declines outright assignment The Orioles are continuing to clear space on their 40-man roster for future moves. Outfielder Mason Williams was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk after clearing waivers and declined the assignment, electing free agency rather than staying in the organization.

Comparing the Orioles to the World Series champion Nationals, position by position A lot of decisions, big and little, made along the way by both World Series teams, the Astros and Nationals, got them where they were. In building the next great Orioles team, Mike Elias is going to face different decisions at different times and the result will be an O's roster that gets better - we hope - in its own unique way.

Baltimore Orioles: Mason Williams Joins List Of Roster Moves The Baltimore Orioles have removed outfielder Mason Williams from the 40-man roster, leaving 37 players currently on the 40-man.

Asher Wojociechowski and Aaron Brooks experienced varying degrees of success in 2019 Then he was part of a massive trade between Toronto and the Houston Astros in 2012 and thus began a pattern of transactions that, to this point, has concluded with Wojciechowski as an Orioles players for the second time. The 30-year-old Wojciechowski had thrown 78.2 innings of major league action before becoming an Oriole this year.

MLB Outlook for the Baltimore Orioles in 2020 Regular Season Recap and Upcoming Game Projections.

A few World Series notes and takes as the season comes to an end The 2019 Major League Baseball season is over. The Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 last night to take the Series, four wins to three. The visiting team won every game of the Series. On their way to their first championship, the Nationals beat a 106-win Dodgers team and a 107-win Houston club.

Baltimore Orioles: Houston Astros World Series Loss Brings Back Memories Game Seven of a World Series is a bit different than a Wild Card game, but as Orioles fans, we send our sympathies to the Houston Astros community and our congratulations to the Washington Nationals. Just to note, the Orioles went 2-2 against Washington this season.

Orioles To Outright Mason Williams 8:29am: This transaction is still "in the works" at the moment, per Roch Kubatko of, but it appears the result will indeed be an outright assignment of Williams. 6:41am: The Orioles have outrighted outfielder Mason Williams, according to the International League transactions page.

Baltimore Orioles: Pitchers And A Coach Off To Hot Starts In Dominican We're taking a quick trip to the Dominican Republic to check in on how a small handful of Baltimore Orioles pitchers are performing. The World Series is ov…

Nationals' strange World Series win might be painful for Orioles fans In perhaps the strangest World Series in history, the Washington Nationals upset the Houston Astros. Wednesday's 6-2 Game 7 win ended the only Series in history in which the home team failed to win a game.

Baltimore Orioles Off-Season Preview: Incremental Progress After A Painful Rebuilding Year That's why the Orioles finished with a record of 54-108, often using many players Baltimore fans had never heard of before. Still, they did make some progress in different areas and played hard for manager Brandon Hyde all season.

Halloween Bird Droppings: The real beginning of the offseason edition Today in 1979, Mike Flanagan was named the winner of the AL Cy Young Award. Flanagan pitched in 39 games, 38 of which were starts, posting a 3.08 ERA over 265.2 innings. Pitching for the fantastic '79 O's helped him rack up a 23-9 record. He received 26 of 28 first place votes in beating out New York's Tommy John.

Last game marks beginning of free agency The World Series is over and the 2019 season officially has been put to bed. Long past a reasonable hour. Players will begin hitting the free agent market instead of fastballs. It's one of the most important early developments of the offseason. The list of Orioles pending free agents usually has more meat on it.

Orioles claim infielder Pat Valaika off waivers; Four more clear waivers The Baltimore Orioles made a couple roster moves today, including the pick up of infielder Pat Valaika from the Colorado Rockies. Along with that claim, pitchers Ryan Eades, Luis Ortiz, Josh Rogers, and Tanner Scott have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.

Oriole Bird Carves Orioles Themed Pumpkin For Halloween Halloween is Thursday, and the Oriole Bird celebrated by carving an Orioles themed pumpkin.

World Series Game 7 open thread 28 teams and their fans will be watching from home while the Nationals and Astros settle the 2019 World Series in a decisive Game 7 in Houston tonight. One team will taste the ultimate victory while the other drinks from the bitter draft of defeat. Maybe, eventually, the loser will be able to feel better about it.

Orioles outright four players, add infielder Pat Valaika The Orioles cleared space on their 40-man roster by outrighting four pitchers, right-handers Ryan Eades, Luis Ortiz and Tayler Scott and left-hander Josh Rogers to Triple-A Norfolk. They also claimed infielder Pat Valaika on waivers from Colorado. Eades, who was claimed on waivers from Minnesota on August 14, was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in six games.

Baltimore Orioles Make A Handful Of Roster Moves The Orioles also claimed utility infielder Pat Valaika off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. Eades, Scott, and Ortiz were all on the 40-man roster, putting the 40-man at 37 guys, for now.

Orioles claim Valaika off waivers and outright four The Orioles have reduced their 40-man roster to 38 players while making a waiver claim and outrighting four pitchers to Triple-A Norfolk. Much more activity will follow as the season concludes tonight with Game 7 of the World Series.

Orioles Claim Pat Valaika, Announce Four Outrights The Orioles announced they have claimed infielder Pat Valaika off waivers from the Rockies. Additionally, the club outrighted four pitchers: right-handers Ryan Eades, Luis Ortiz, and Tayler Scott and left-hander Josh Rogers. Valaika is the most notable name in today's spate of transactions.

Baltimore Orioles: Five Things We Want To See In The 2020 Season If at least one can show out next season, it will give fans even more optimism about the direction player development is going and increase the anticipation for top pitching prospects like Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall to reach the bigs and witness their potential.

Baltimore Orioles: MLB steps in it during their own moment The Baltimore Orioles have seen their share of bad calls, both over the years and in 2019. We've also seen our share of that in the ongoing World Series, last night being no exception. I'm not going to explain what happened in the seventh inning, because I'm going to assume that most fans saw it or are aware of it at this point.

Richie Martin showed some growing pains in 2019 The former first-round draft pick struggled at the plate for the O’s this season before heating up late. Can he be "the guy" at shortstop, or is he destined for utility roles?

This reunion seems unlikely for the Orioles In sports we see them often. Would the Orioles be interested in one with a player that once made the All-Star team and finished 12th in the American League MVP voting? The player is second baseman Jonathan Schoop, originally signed by the team out of Curacao in August 2008.

Baltimore Orioles 2019 Draft Highlight: RHP Jake Lyons Drafted in the 22nd round by the Baltimore Orioles, RHP Jake Lyons produced in a big way for the Aberdeen Ironbirds. He may prove to be a solid prospect.

Orioles' minor league arrangement could be vastly different a year from now The Orioles have an ideal minor league structure. Four of their five minor league affiliates: Double-A Bowie, High-A Frederick, Low-A Delmarva and Short-Season Aberdeen are in Maryland, and the other, Triple-A Norfolk is about a four-hour drive from Oriole Park.

Random Orioles facts and figures Batting average no longer isn't valued in the same manner as baseball moves into the analytics-driven era, as anyone under 30 will tell you. So what do we make of Hanser Alberto hitting.305 this season? Average doesn't matter, but I certainly read plenty about his positioning in the race for the American League batting title.

World Series Game 6 open thread There's certainly another marquee starting pitching matchup here, with Justin Verlander pitching for Houston and Stephen Strasburg going for the Nationals. The Nats have yet to lose any of the games started by Strasburg this postseason: Two in the NLDS, one in the NLCS, and Game 2 of this World Series.

Orioles, Ravens Groundskeepers Challenged By Climate Change BALTIMORE - During the baseball season, the weather radar is Nicole Sherry's steadfast companion. It's the last thing the Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper checks before bed. When she wakes up, she reviews it to be sure nothing has drastically changed overnight.

Former Baltimore Police Spokesman T.J. Smith Is Running For Mayor Former Baltimore City police and Baltimore County spokesperson T.J. Smith is officially running for mayor of Baltimore.

Eisenberg: A Showcase Game for Baltimore On Sunday night’s big stage, others will see that, when it comes to football, things in Baltimore actually are going quite well, thank you.

Baltimore Orioles: Daydreaming About A 2013 Gold Glove Defense The Baltimore Orioles featured a record-setting defense in 2013, including three Gold Glove Award winners. One of the first things that draw us into the ga…

The jury's still out on Rio Ruiz Rio Ruiz is the guy your team picked up off that other team's practice squad who impressed in preseason OTAs, earned a surprise spot on the 53-man roster and then, over the course of the season, ended up-OK, I'm not sure where this is going, and even if I were, I'm not sure I could tell you what's in store for Rio Ruiz from here.

Q&A with Matt Blood, O's new director of player development As the Orioles look to build what executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias has called an "elite talent pipeline," the minor leagues and player development obviously will be critical. On Sept. 16, the Orioles and Elias hired Matt Blood, 34, as their new director of player development.

Baltimore Orioles 2019 Draft Highlights: LHP Jake Prizina Drafted in the 31st round in 2019 by the Baltimore Orioles, LHP Jake Prizina emerged as both a pitching leader for the GCL Orioles and the 2019 Draft Class.

Baltimore Orioles: Ten Most Haunting Contracts In Franchise History Happy Halloween week, Baltimore Orioles fans! If you partake in Halloween festivities, may your sweet tooth remain satisfied and need for a good scare be fulfilled with trips to haunted houses or a good, classic horror movie.

A sad goodbye to Orioles' FanFest On a late January Saturday morning, there was always an arresting sight surrounding the Baltimore Convention Center. The weather was often raw, and Opening Day was still more than two months away, but Orioles fans gathered to await the opening of FanFest.

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the baseball season could end tonight Seriously, though, Joe Trezza tackles that question and others in his latest mailbag. Who's storming through the door to enter Orioles rotation? - School of Roch: Put it this way: Jim Palmer is not storming through that door. Mike Mussina is not storming through that door.

How Stewart's surgery impacts the outfield competition Whether DJ Stewart is able to compete for a spot on the Orioles opening day roster is a closed matter. The microfracture procedure on his right ankle on Oct. 17 likely prevents him from returning to baseball activities until late in spring training and eliminates him from consideration.

1914 Baltimore News Set Home of Babe Ruth's Minor League Rookie Card The 1914 Baltimore News set is one of the more obscure issues from the pre-war era that can be found. Collectors have heard of it because of the Babe Ruth card in it but otherwise, it has sat in relative obscurity. What not all collectors know is that the Babe Ruth card found in it is actually part of a set.

Rounding up the Orioles prospects from the Arizona Fall League The fall league went well for Kremer. He pitched in six games, five of which were starts, and struck out 23 batters over 19 innings while walking just four. That added up to a 0.89 WHIP and 2.37 ERA.

The Orioles are unlikely to sell on Miguel Castro's potential just yet Castro may have the velocity and the movement, but he’s also been dogged by inconsistency.

Another look at Dylan Bundy's 2019 season For two straight years, right-hander Dylan Bundy has led all Orioles pitchers in starts, innings and strikeouts. He's been dependable. He takes the ball and gives you all he's got. But Bundy is also 15-30 with an ERA of 5.13 and homer rate of 1.9 per every nine innings over those two seasons.

Baltimore Orioles 2019 Draft Highlights: 3B Toby Welk By far, the most surprising and impressive performance to come out of the Baltimore Orioles 2019 draft class, at least in my mind, belongs to third baseman Toby Welk. Earlier this season I pointed out the first impression he was making for himself within the organization.

Baltimore Orioles: A Look Back At How The Prospects Performed In The AFL Nichting in the 2019 Arizona Fall League. The seven played for the Surprise Saguaros, a team comprised of prospects from the Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers, and the Washington Nationals, in addition to the aforementioned Orioles prospects.

Astros' dominate Nationals in D.C., take 3-2 World Series lead Hinch knew coming back from a two-game deficit against the Washington Nationals wasn't going to be easy. The Houston Astros manager was convinced that his team, which won a major league best 107 games this season, could overcome the Nationals on the road.

Monday Bird Droppings: The World Series off day edition The Astros-Nationals World Series has offered Orioles fans a chance to envy some really good teams. Maybe our day will come some time.

Who's storming through the door to enter Orioles' rotation? An important part of the Orioles' pitching fantasies involves the pounding of the door that leads to the major league staff. A two-fisted beating. Maybe a swift kick or two to bust it off its hinges. There wasn't much more this summer than a light tapping.

World Series Game 5 open thread Game 5 was going to be a return to the starting pitching titan vs starting pitching titan pattern from the first couple of games of the series, with Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer on turn to square off once again. However, with hours to go until the game, the Nationals scratched Scherzer from the Sunday night start due to neck and back spasms.

Baltimore Orioles: President Trump to attend Fall Classic When the Baltimore Orioles were in the World Series in 1979, President Jimmy Carter came to Memorial Stadium and threw out the first pitch in game one. Numerous other Presidents have thrown out first pitches at the Fall Classic, including Richard Nixon and George W.

Sunday Bird Droppings: The home team can't win in the World Series and other baseball notes There is nothing going on with the Orioles on account of it’s the World Series and the O’s aren’t playing in it.

O's played at a 99-win pace with quality starts this year It is a statistic that has some importance. How much is debated and some discount it. It is the quality start statistic. A starting pitcher records one when he allows three earned runs or less in six innings or more. One reason some don't see its importance is that three earned runs allowed in six innings results in an ERA of 4.50.

Houston's Urquidy, Bregman the keys in World Series-evening win over Nationals WASHINGTON-Suddenly, it's the Washington Nationals' time to question themselves. In the first two World Series games, the Nationals beat Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, setting themselves up for a possible clinch at home. After two games at Nationals Park, the Series is even at two games each, and Washington is faced with a formidable task.

Baltimore Orioles: Salt River Rafters Win The 2019 AFL Championship See how Baltimore Orioles prospects performed for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League Championship game on Saturday afternoon.

World Series Game 4 open thread The Astros responded to their 2-0 deficit in the series by going on the road last night and winning a game to make sure that there at least won't be a sweep by the Nationals. That one victory will mean little if they don't also win tonight. A 3-1 deficit, while not insurmountable, is still not one any team would like to face.

Baltimore Orioles' minor league affiliates at risk? The Baltimore Orioles are lucky in that with the exception of the Gulf Coast Orioles, all of their minor league affiliates are semi-local. The Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox, Delmarva Shorebirds, Aberdeen Ironbirds, and Norfolk Tides are accessible by car from Baltimore.

Grave Story: Phil Gallivan Here lies Phil Gallivan, a pitcher for three seasons in the majors. He pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He also served as a scout for 20 years, most notably with the Baltimore Orioles. Phil Gallivan was born in Seattle, Wash., on May 29, 1907, but he lived in Saint Paul, Minn., for most of his life.

Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where we hope Mike Elias is different than the rest of the Astros front office Stewart has surgery, the O’s are hiring and their may soon be fewer minor league clubs.

A look at pitchers that could be part of next wave of rebuild As the Orioles look to put together a starting rotation for 2020, one question will be how soon will some of their homegrown prospects get their chance at the starting five. When will some of the up and coming pitching prospects - homegrown or not - get their shot?

Baltimore Orioles: Where Will We See The Most Improvement In 2020? Hays appeared in just 21 games, making 75 plate appearances, but he did record a 146 wRC+ and was worth 0.9 fWAR in his extremely small sample size. Only Alberto, Mancini, and Villar were worth more in 2019. Of course, health is a major concern when it comes to Hays.

Smith's big strikeout of Zimmerman propels Astros to 4-1 win over Nationals WASHINGTON-The Nationals had forced Zack Greinke out of the game, and trailing by two runs with two on in the fifth inning, they had the face of their franchise, Ryan Zimmerman at bat. Hard-throwing right-hander Josh James threw an 0-2 pitch up and in on Zimmerman, and he hit the dirt and stayed down for a moment.

Baltimore Orioles 2019 Draft Highlight: OF Johnny Rizer Johnny Rizer, the Baltimore Orioles 7th round 2019 draft pick produced at a consistent level over two minor league stops in 2019.

Orioles trying to spin the rotation disadvantage The Nationals are going to win the World Series with a rotation that includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez. Or the Astros are going to mount an amazing comeback and win the World Series with a rotation that includes Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke.

Offseason Outlook: Baltimore Orioles The Orioles are still working through the ugly stages of a rebuilding effort, but could still be an opportunistic buyer of high-value talent. Guaranteed Contracts. Arbitration-Eligible Players. Free Agents. There's not a lot to love about the MLB roster in Baltimore, and the few established pieces look like trade candidates.

World Series Game 3 open thread It was only three years ago that the Indians blew a 3-1 lead in the World Series against the Cubs, with Cleveland's baseball team tragically on the wrong end of the taunt that delighted their area's basketball fans that the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the finals.

Baltimore Orioles: Thoughts about Putting the 2020 FanFest On Ice Recently, it was announced that the Baltimore Orioles were bringing FanFest to a close. While some might find this disappointing, maybe it was just time.

Prospect Profiles: No. 22 overall Zach Watson 22 on The Baltimore Prospect Profiles Countdown is 22-year-old outfielder Zach Watson out of LSU. Watson was selected in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft and was sent to Aberdeen and Delmarva for the remainder of the season. Watson is a 6'0" center fielder, whose best asset is his speed and fielding, with promising power at the plate.

Nancy Pelosi Says Elijah Cummings' Love For Baltimore Bonded Them Elijah Cummings's funeral, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said their shared love of Baltimore bonded them. "Our Baltimore connection gave me special entree into Elijah's thinking to help me as speaker," Pelosi said.

Baltimore Orioles 2019 Draft Highlight: RHP Dan Hammer He allowed just one long ball in his 35 innings of work. His lone professional victory came in his final start of 2019, a five-inning effort against the Brooklyn Cyclones on August 29th that the Ironbirds won by a score of 12-3. Hammer allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts to record that first win.

Chris Davis had one feel-good story this year, and also played a lot of bad baseball Chris Davis was no good again this year. He did at least get a feel-good story when a young Red Sox fan sent him a nice letter.

The Orioles will feature five coaches at each affiliate in 2020 The Orioles affiliates from the Rookie-level team through the Triple-A International League squad will each have five coaches, counting the manager, during the 2020 season. Each club last year had a manager, pitching coach, hitting coach and one field / development coach.

As campaign ad shows Baltimore homeless camp, Cindy Wendle says she doesn't recognize Spokane In a 30-second TV spot released this week by the candidate for Spokane City Council president, a brief scene shows a row of tents shaking in the wind. But the footage was filmed in Baltimore. The scene is stock footage taken by Future Nostalgia Films, a Baltimore-area company.

Winning a World Series is difficult, and that makes it fun At the beginning of the postseason, I predicted a Los Angeles Dodgers-Houston Astros World Series. The Dodgers seemed like the class of the National League, and I thought the Astros would hold off the New York Yankees in a competitive American League Championship Series.

Baltimore Orioles: Six Prospects Likely To Debut in 2020 Fans may see a lot of new faces in 2020. Here are six Baltimore Orioles prospects who could make their debut next season. The 2019 season wasn't a lot of f…

Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles won’t have a Gold Glove winner The candidates for MLB’s fielding honors were released on Thursday, and unsurprisingly, there are no Orioles in the running.

More on Orioles' minor league hires The Orioles remain in the process of interviewing candidates to fill the vacant positions on their major league coaching staff and piecing together the minor league side. The team has to replace first base coach / outfield instructor Arnie Beyeler, assistant hitting coach Howie Clark and bullpen coach John Wasdin.

Orioles Bird Named Finalist For Mascot Hall Of Fame 2020 The Oriole Bird is one of ten finalists vying for a spot in the elite group, which includes the likes of the Philadelphia Phillies' Phillie Phanatic, Penn State University's Nittany Lion and the University of Delaware's YouDee. Up for consideration this year beside the Oriole Bird are:.

Baltimore Orioles: No Surprises With Rawlings Gold Glove Announcements Coming as a surprise to no one, the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award nominee list features no players from the Baltimore Orioles.

Lenny's Deli Founder Leonard Smith Dies At 88 The 88-year-old Baltimore restauranteur Leonard Smith died last week.

Baltimore Orioles: Phillies And Padres Pass On Buck Showalter The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres announced coaching hires on Thursday, passing on former Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter. Thursday m…

Having a ball in Baltimore The last time I visited Baltimore the Orioles were a winning team, so that shows you how long ago it was. It's also the last time I visited my brother Mike, who lives near there.

Baltimore Orioles: Youth movement is now the no experience movement Last year the Baltimore Orioles tapped former Chicago Cubs' assistant Brandon Hyde to be their new manager. Whatever you think of year one, Hyde is firmly planted as the Orioles' skipper now. And he had experience in the sense that he had coached for some time at the big league level, and even managed at the minor league level.

Paul Fry's 2019 was a mess, and the juiced ball didn't help The O’s lefty led all AL relievers in losses, partly because he couldn’t stop giving up dingers.

Hanser Alberto will try to duplicate his 2019 Orioles success in 2020 Hanser Alberto is an enigma for the Orioles. A good enigma, but he's still a mystery in many ways. Alberto, who shocked everyone by not only making the club but at one point challenging for the American League batting championship, is 27, so he's not exactly part of the youth movement.

Baltimore Orioles All-Decade Team: 2010-2019 To wrap up this last decade, we have compiled the top player at each position over the last ten seasons to form a Baltimore Orioles All-Decade team. C - Matt Wieters - Wieters and Caleb Joseph have played the vast majority of games behind the plate for the Orioles since 2010, but Wieters' numbers have led the way.

Thursday Bird Droppings: The World Series off day edition Your birthday buddies for today include: Niagara Falls stuntwoman Annie Edson Taylor, musician The Big Bopper, actor F. Murray Abraham, and Baltimore Colts linebacker Stan White. In 1360, England and France signed the Treaty of Bretigny, which brought nine years of peace before the Hundred Years War resumed.