First offseason edition: “10 questions for O’s fans”

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you are probably quite familiar with today’s blog format and it doesn’t take much explaining on my end. Today I’ve posed 10 questions and are looking for your responses. Answer one question or all 10. Provide short answers or long. Respond to answers by other readers. It’s all good. Here are the questions: 1. Who do you ... read more

A look at organizational rankings and other notes

When Baseball America released its latest organizational rankings in early August, the Orioles fell three spots. Ranked No. 17 at the start of the 2018 season, they were now ranked No. 20 among all the farm systems in baseball. That seemed strange since it followed the July trades in which the Orioles added 15 players to their organization, including one top-100 prospect in outfielder Yusniel ... read more

Could Johnny Baseball have a reunion with the Orioles?

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had a career year in 2017 and was named Most Valuable Oriole. He’s had a pretty terrible year in 2018 and didn’t start any of the three games for the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series against Colorado. Here’s a crazy thought: Has Schoop played so poorly for the Brewers that they will non-tender him, making him a free ... read more

After strong 2018, Paul Fry may be fixture in the bullpen

He began the 2018 season pitching well in the bullpen at Double-A Bowie and ended the year pitching well in the Baltimore bullpen. He may have found a home in that ‘pen and projects as a key member of the 2019 Orioles. It was quite a ride during the season for left-hander Paul Fry. He spent about six weeks with Bowie, about five with Triple-A ... read more

As teams interview managerial candidates, the O’s are on deck

We assume - and very likely assume correctly - that the Orioles will not begin interviewing for their open managing position until they hire a new general manager or someone with those duties and another title. But other clubs are also in the market for new managers, and they have been moving along with the process of hiring a new skipper. The Cincinnati Reds have ... read more

Looks like it’s time for Orioles to step up their analytics game

In this baseball age of Statcast, analytics and the explosion of data everywhere, the hope would be that Orioles players have had access to anything that players from Boston, New York or any other team have had access to. But maybe they don’t. This comes from the players themselves and it’s not good. “It’s been 20-fold (with increased analytics) since coming over here,’’ Kevin Gausman ... read more

For the Orioles, where will accountability factor in?

The dictionary defines accountability as “the fact or condition of being accountable.” That probably doesn’t help us much. For baseball purposes, I define it as a player taking blame/responsibility and pointing the finger at himself when he messes up. In the Orioles clubhouse in 2018, we saw many examples of players who were accountable. Trey Mancini led the league, probably. Alex Cobb always fell on ... read more

The Orioles’ minor league All-Stars for 2018

Today’s let’s take a look at some of the Orioles minor leaguers that had the most productive seasons in 2018. Presenting one man’s version of the Orioles’ minor league All-Stars for this year. This is not a listing simply of the best prospects, but the players who produced the best at each position. In some cases it’s clear cut and in some it’s not. 1B ... read more