Matthew Taylor: The Orioles' growth mindset concept

The growth mindset concept is popular in education circles these days. Given its focus on the need to embrace failure as part of the learning process, growth mindset is a natural corollary for baseball, where repeated failure is ingrained in the game. I would argue that no game requires a growth mindset so much as baseball. The Baltimore Orioles are an example of that. If ... read more

Zach Wilt: How quickly things change

Since we last spoke, the Orioles have won five of their last six games and grabbed the second wild card spot in the American League. A week ago, I searched far and wide for good news to share about my favorite ballclub after they were no-hit by Hisashi Iwakuma in the finale of what ended up being a 4-5 West Coast road trip against the ... read more

Opposite dugout: Twins' fortunes have fallen since early July sweep of O's

Manager: Paul Molitor (1st season) Record: 59-61 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Brian Dozier (25 HR, 61 RBIs), 3B Miguel Sano (.285 with 9 HR), LF Eddie Rosario (.275 with 9 3B, 7 HR, 28 RBIs, 9 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (18 HR, 66 RBIs), RF Torii Hunter (18 HR, 60 RBIs) , RHP Mike Pelfrey (6-7, 3.62 ERA) Season series vs. ... read more

Photobombing before photobombing was even a thing

The Orioles took their 2015 team photo the other day, positioning the members of this year's club in gleaming home whites on chairs and risers in front of the right field scoreboard before Monday's finale of a four-game series against the A's. I can't see a team photo - the year and team really don't matter - without thinking about the first time I was ... read more

Domenic Vadala: Late-season deal could tip AL East in favor of Orioles

As we've all heard countless times, Major League Baseball's trade season doesn't end in July. The non-waiver trade deadline is, of course, at the end of July. However, trades can still be made until the waiver trade deadline at the end of August (which means that players can be traded so long as they pass through waivers). So with the Orioles now playing better (or ... read more

Five-year-old Hailey Dawson throws out first pitch with Orioles-themed robotic hand

The stage was set for five-year-old Hailey Dawson. She set in the infield grass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, her brother Zach Dawson by her side. Her favorite player Manny Machado stood by home plate, glove in hand, ready to catch Hailey's ceremonial first pitch. Hailey was born with Poland syndrome, a disease in which affected individuals are born with missing or abnormal muscles ... read more

Matt Kremnitzer: Schoop is giving O's a bat they sorely need

It's easy to get carried away when talking about the promise of a young major leaguer. If a player is performing well, even for an extended stretch, it's hard not to ponder his future. Really, that's part of being a fan - wondering what is and what could be. But there's a game tomorrow, and the day after, and probably the day after that; things ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets leading the way in NL East, but questions still surround them

Manager: Terry Collins (5th season) Record: 63-55 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Curtis Granderson (.249/.341/.442 with 20 HR, 50 RBIs), 2B Daniel Murphy (.277/.325/.412 with 43 RBIs), 1B Lucas Duda (.247/.347/.476 with 21 HR, 55 RBIs), SS Wilmer Flores (.253 with 11 HR, 44 RBIs), RHP Jacob deGrom (11-6, 2.03 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (32 saves, 1.87 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: ... read more