Duquette on “stand-up guys” Hardy and Tillman

As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette met with the beat crew Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field, a variety of questions fielded inside the Rays public relations office in the back of the press box, he broke away from a particular topic to pay tribute to two pending free agents. Two players who have been instrumental in the franchise’s climb from 14 consecutive losing seasons ... read more

Davis wants entire coaching staff to return in 2018

Coaching vacancies in baseball are opening up at a rapid pace, with a handful of teams already making changes before their seasons are cold. According to various reports, the Cardinals need a pitching coach, the Royals need a pitching coach and bench coach, the Phillies need a manager who’s likely to make wholesale changes to the staff, the Mets need a manager and pitching coach ... read more

O’Day to receive Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day has been selected as one of the six recipients of the 2017 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. O’Day is joined by Tom Seaver, Chief Petty Officer Edmundo Brantes, Training Support Center Great Lakes, Unmanned Patrol Squadron ONE NINE (VUP-19) and Staff Sergeant Adam Plambeck. The award is given each year to a player who reflects the values, integrity and dedication ... read more

Clearing payroll for pitching and more on Bancells’ retirement

The Orioles will head into the offseason with seven confirmed free agents, two players with 2018 team options in their contracts that likely will be turned into buyouts and a catcher who holds a player option. There’s a significant amount of payroll that can be shed while the Orioles attempt to reload, as executive vice president Dan Duqeutte termed it before the final game. “We’re ... read more

What went wrong in 2017

TAMPA - Let the offseason begin. There will be a quiet period for the Orioles while the playoffs unfold. Teams are discouraged from making any major announcements or moves. And yes, I just teed up a few of you jokesters. You’re welcome. Today is a time for reflection unless the images are too disturbing. Images of the No. 1 starter having a sore shoulder, losing ... read more

Orioles finish 2017 in last place after 6-0 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will close out the 2017 season with 19 losses in their last 23 games. They won’t avoid finishing in last place. They must regroup before they can reload. They could have used a reset button. Kevin Gausman is able to leave on a high note, holding the Rays to one run today over seven innings, but the offensive deficiencies ... read more

Duquette: “In the AL East you reload” (O’s lose 6-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - As the Orioles attempt today to win for only the fifth time in 23 games, executive vice president Dan Duquette again made it clear that he isn’t going to tear down the club. Top veterans won’t be shopped. The playoffs remain the primary goal in 2018. “You know, this is the big leagues,” he said. “I don’t know who rebuilds in ... read more

Chris Davis on his “extremely frustrating” season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis wasn’t in today’s lineup until putting in the request with manager Buck Showalter. He’s back at first base to close out a season that he termed “inexcusable.” Davis asked to meet with the Orioles beat writers at Tropicana Field, joking that he wanted to let his hair down and “maybe get a little emotional.” But he turned serious as ... read more