After a slow and frustrating start to last offseason, the Orioles made a number of key signings in a flurry just prior to the start of spring training games in late February. The signings, which included the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez, Suk Min-Yoon and Nelson Cruz, had Birdland excited and looking forward to a third straight winning season - and possibly more. Of these three
Manager: Clint Hurdle, fourth year Record: 10-16 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: CF Andrew McCutchen (.286/.408/.500, 4 HR, 14 RBIs); 2B Neil Walker (.235/.291/.431, 6 HR, 12 RBIs); 3B Pedro Alvarez (.172/.280/.387, 6 HR, 14 RBI); RHP Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 2.57 ERA) Season series vs. O's (2013): Did not play Pitching probables April 29: Charlie Morton vs. Chris Tillman, 7 p.m., MASN HD
There is a good chance that if you ask an Orioles fan about Jonathan Schoop, that fan would say that the player has a lot of potential, but needs more seasoning. If numerically inclined, that person may bring up Schoop's four errors at third base, his one walk in 82 plate appearances, his poor .297 wOBA, or even that 31.7 percent of his plate appearances
We're back! After an offseason hiatus, we're once again hosting Adam Jones for another season of live chats. These chats not only give fans the opportunity to watch Jones discuss his life on and off the diamond, but they also let fans ask their burning questions for the Orioles center fielder. Our first live chat is set to kick off tomorrow (Tuesday, April 29) at
It started off with Jim Hunter at Orioles FanFest. Then, along came Tippy Martinez during an O's home game. This season, we're watching our Twitter account (@masnOrioles) be taken right out from under us - but we're more than OK with it! If you're on Twitter, you know that @masnOrioles helps keep you updated on all the latest Orioles news, game updates, MASN giveaways and
Another week is in the books. Catch up on the happenings in the Orioles Twitterverse below. The O's week started with an early game at Fenway Park on Patriots Day. Ryan Webb shared his feelings on the series. Humbled to be a part of the series in Boston on such a special week. Good win today for the @Orioles next stop Toronto!— ryan webb (@RyanWebb58)
When you watch Orioles games or hear Buck Showalter talk about his players, one thing is obvious: The O's skipper is proud of his team. Over and over, we have heard Showalter say, "I like our guys," when being asked about potential trade rumors or players outside the organization. And like Showalter, you too have the chance to prove your loyalty toward the 2014 Orioles.
I realize it's only April, but Major League Baseball seems to think it's time to start voting for the All-Star Game. Ballots were released this weekend for the July 15 affair at Target Field in Minneapolis. It's clear that by the end of April, we have no idea who will earn spots on the team. There's plenty of baseball left to be played before then.
The Orioles want you to vote early, vote often and - perhaps most importantly - "Vote Orange" to send deserving O's to the All-Star Game in Minnesota on July 15. Online voting has begun here, and in-stadium voting begins Sunday at Camden Yards. Who's on the ballot? First baseman Chris Davis, second baseman Ryan Flaherty, shortstop J.J. Hardy, third baseman Manny Machado, catcher Matt Wieters,
Nelson Cruz had the Orioles' first multi-homer game of the 2014 season on Wednesday. It continues a career-long streak for Cruz, who has had at least one multi-homer game in each of his big league seasons. The lone exception, if you can call it that, came in 2005 when he had seven at-bats as part of a late-season call-up with the Brewers. With Wednesday's performance,
Manager: Ned Yost, fifth year Record: 10-11 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Eric Hosmer (.301/.348/.373, 6 doubles, 6 RBIs); LF Alex Gordon (.275/.314/.413, 9 XBH, 11 RBIs); RHP James Shields (2-2, 1.91 ERA, 35 K); RHP Yordano Ventura (1-1, 2.65 ERA, .190 BAA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 4-3, 28 runs scored, 26 runs allowed Pitching probables April 25: Yordano Ventura vs.
Wednesday night's dramatic 10-8 victory against Toronto may have taken a few years off the lives of Orioles fans, or at least caused some gray hairs, but it was a crucial comeback victory that guaranteed a winning record in one of the most grueling stretches of the O's schedule. This evening, the Birds conclude an extremely difficult 15-game span against American League East opponents. It
Last week, the Orioles played a pair of American League East opponents, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. The club was in Boston during the Red Sox's emotional tribute for Boston Marathon bombing victims. While Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski have you covered with wall-to-wall Orioles coverage, here are some stories from other media outlets. * ESPN's Buster Olney touched on the Orioles'
Human nature can be defined as the general psychological characteristics, feelings and behavioural traits of humankind, regarded as being shared by all humans. One such characteristic is that most of us enjoy hearing about a genuine feel-good story. In life, feel-good stories often focus on achievements by individuals who have had to fight to overcome adversity, and in the world of sports, that exact sentiment
There has been a storyline that has been trumpeted a bit on air and in the media that has not actually been true. You often hear about the club being proficient at fielding and this centering on their ability to avoid errors. At the time of this writing (after a particularly gruesome Sunday), the Orioles had the second-fewest errors in baseball. Only the Houston Astros
Manager: John Gibbons, second year Record: 10-9 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Jose Bautista (.258/.459/.581, 6 HR, 13 RBIs); SS Jose Reyes (.273/.273/.364, 2 RBIs); RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.60 ERA, 24 K); RHP R.A. Dickey (1-3, 6.26 ERA) Season series vs. O's: 2-1, 14 runs scored, 5 runs allowed Pitching probables April 22: R.A. Dickey vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 7 p.m., MASN2
A lot of emphasis is being put on the defensive struggles the Orioles have seen over the past few games. Two losses to the Red Sox have people up in arms and wondering what happened to the O's defense of 2013. As many know, the team set a major league record by playing 119 errorless games last year and also committed just 54 errors during
In case you missed something, we're recapping what went on in the Orioles' Twitterverse each week. Let's take a look at last week, shall we? Adam Jones shared what Jackie Robinson Day means to him. Thank u Jackie Robinson. Words can't express my gratitude so I go out there everyday and play as hard as I can cause that's what u would do -- 10
Orioles fans woke up on this day in 1954, which was Easter Sunday, with a .500 baseball team in town. The 20,000-plus fans who headed to Memorial Stadium to see their 2-2 Orioles play were the last group to see a non-losing baseball team take the field in Baltimore. The O's crept back to 4-4 with an extra-inning win in Chicago the following Friday and
Manager: John Farrell, second year Record: 7-9 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Mike Napoli (.304/.400/.500, 3 HR, 9 RBIs); OF Grady Sizemore (.273/.327/.455, 2 HR, 5 RBIs); RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 1.93 ERA, .179 BAA); RHP John Lackey (2-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 2-1, 11 runs scored, 7 runs allowed Pitching probables April 18: John Lackey vs. Chris
Last season, the Orioles' opening day starting rotation made 112 of the team's 162 starts. That means 30 percent of the Orioles starts came from pitchers not originally in the O's rotation. In fact, 14 pitchers made starts for the Orioles in 2013. Five pitchers made 10 starts or less, four made just one start. Scott Feldman, who was acquired at the trade deadline, made
The Orioles kicked off the second week of the season on a high note by winning a series against the division rival Yankees in New York. Adam Jones found himself to be a favorite of the New York tabloids as he shared his comments about fans who run onto the field, as well as what he really thinks about new Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. (More
Whilst the Orioles continue to gather consistency and momentum, their Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, have also been experiencing some struggles. Now 12 games into the new season, the Tides have an extremely disappointing 3-9 record, which is somewhat surprising given the improved level of depth and resulting high expectations for the 2014 season. Offensively, just one every-ay player is hitting over .300. This is
Last week, USA Today revisited Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' thoughts on whom he considers the true home run king. Davis said, "Bonds was a great player for a long time. But it's hard to say that Hank Aaron's record isn't the legitimate home run record because of all of the allegations, the accusations regarding Bonds." This sentiment is not an uncommon one on the
Another week of baseball means another week of tweets. Here's what's been happening in the Orioles' Twitterverse. Darren O'Day took full advantage of his off day in New York City: The #solowheel does central park. What an unbelievable day here in NYC. pic.twitter.com/fzXO8D9kwT -- Darren O'Day (@DODay56) April 9, 2014 Ryan Webb tweeted this after the Orioles' series win against the Yankees: Great win tonight,
There's always a discussion each year about baseball's aces and what really defines an ace pitcher. I personally hate the term. How is it defined, and what are the statistical criteria for someone to be called an ace? There are only four aces in a standard deck of playing cards, so every team can't have one. Or does that mean there are actually four on
Manager: Joe Maddon, ninth year Record: 7-6 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: OF Matt Joyce (.355/.475/.613, 2 HR, 7 RBIs); 2B Ben Zobrist (.277/.382/.489, 3 HR, 6 RBIs); LHP David Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA, 21 2/3 IP, 22 K, 2 BB); RHP Grant Balfour (4 saves, 0.00 ERA, .071 BAA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 13-6, 104 runs scored, 86 runs allowed Pitching
The opening weeks of the 2014 season are offering Orioles fans a contrast in team hitting styles that will continue into this weekend's series with Toronto. Orioles batters do not see a lot of pitches; their opponents do. One approach is not inherently better than the other despite assumptions to that effect. I'm therefore working to accept this team as the largely free-swinging bunch that
Manager: John Gibbons, second year Record: 5-5 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Jose Bautista (.233/.452/.667, 4 HR, 6 RBIs); LF Melky Cabrera (.333/.333/.644, 4 HR, 5 RBIs); LHP Mark Buehrle (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 14 IP, 14 K, 2 BB); RHP Sergio Santos (3 saves, 2.70 ERA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 9-10, 97 runs scored, 94 runs allowed Pitching probables April 11:
As I watched the Orioles battle the Yankees last night on MASN, I kept a watchful eye on Tweetdeck to read the continuous stream of commentary, as I typically do. On this particular night, one tweet from former major league outfielder and 2004 World Series champion Gabe Kapler stuck out to me. It's a point that has been made before, but one that proved to
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is known for many things: his defensive capabilities, his power and, of course, his "Stay Hungry" catchphrase. This week, Jones appeared on MLB Fan Cave's show "Off the Bat," which airs on MTV2. During the show, he gave host Chris Distefano a tour of some of his favorite restaurants in the Baltimore area. Jones also faced off against "Off the
The Orioles opened the first week of the season with series against two American League offensive powerhouses: the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. While the club only came away with two wins during the first week, the offense seemed to come alive on Tuesday against the Yankees. Here are some stories you may have missed about the Orioles from other media outlets. * In
The Orioles are now eight games into the 2014 season and have a record of 3-5. However, the team is on a high after a great win over the Yankees on Tuesday. Prior to that, there seemed to be a lack of spark and many rallies were being killed by poor baserunning and poor pitch selection. Thankfully, it's only the early days of a new
The Orioles may have returned north to start their season, but the team's presence is still strong at the team's spring training home in Sarasota, Fla. This past Sunday, teams donning black and orange took the field at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium for the All-American Family Day & Concert softball game, hosted by the Baltimore Orioles. The Sarasota All Stars, made up of local
You may have heard the term "pitch framing" bandied about lately. In this guest blog, we hope to make the concept behind pitch framing and its implementation more familiar to you. How does one figure out how to measure how well a catcher frames pitches? Well, it is like any idea. Ideas go through several stages in order to be implemented. Typically, an idea for
Update: Tweet with #masnOrioles now to be entered to win a signed Buck Showalter jersey! When the Orioles are playing, one thing is certain: O's fans are sharing their opinions of their team on social media. Twitter is a perfect tool for a community of O's fans to come together and talk about their favorite players, awesome plays, thoughts on the game and more. We
There were a lot of questions entering spring training for the Orioles, and a few answers were found along the way. We discovered who would fill out the rotation. We've learned who would get playing time at second base and in left field. The bullpen has filled in and roles have been mostly defined. The one thing that didn't resolve itself during the spring was
In recent years, Twitter has given a new dimension to sports by allowing fans to directly connect to players and teams in an unique, personal way. How else would we see what Adam Jones is having for dinner? Every week, we'll take a look back on the week that was in the Orioles Twitterverse. So without further ado, let's get started. Adam Jones' first #StayHungry
Manager: Joe Girardi, seventh year Record: 3-3 Last 10 games: 3-3 Who to watch: 3B Yangervis Solarte (.471/.526/.706, 4 doubles, 5 RBIs); CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.333/.417/.429, 2 doubles, 3 SB); RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.57 ERA, 8 Ks, O BB); RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 3.00 ERA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 10-9, 72 runs scored, 77 runs allowed Pitching probables April 7: Hiroki Kuroda vs.
Manager: Brad Ausmus, first year Record: 2-0 Last 10 games: 2-0 Who to watch: 1B Miguel Cabrera (.143/.250/.286, 0 HR, 0 RBIs); 2B Ian Kinsler (.333/.333/.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs); CF Austin Jackson (.286/.375/.714, 2 XBHs); RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.00 ERA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 2-4, 27 runs scored, 33 runs allowed Pitching probables April 4: Anibal Sanchez vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 1 p.m.,
The Orioles are celebrating the diamond anniversary of their arrival in Baltimore, an occasion the team is marking with a special 60th anniversary website and promotional days at the ballpark in August. If it were up to me, the season-long celebration would have started on Monday with an opening day parade, a nod to the celebratory atmosphere that pervaded Baltimore on April 15, 1954. I
Every time Zach Britton took the mound this spring, a number of scouts from opposing teams eagerly watched the Orioles lefty work. The 27-year-old impressed over his 10 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League, allowing just two runs (one earned), scattering six hits, walking four and striking out 11. Britton is out of options, so if he didn't make the ballclub, he would have been
It's one thing to watch opening day on your TV or hear play by play on the radio, but there's nothing like taking it in at the yard. On Monday, the Orioles hosted a sellout crowd of 46,685 fans at Camden Yards, as the Birds opened their season against the Red Sox. All of the anticipation built up from a cold winter made for an
Fresh from a long offseason in which Orioles fans experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, the 2014 regular season has finally commenced. Lead by impressive performances from Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Zach Britton, it started on a positive note after a thrilling win against the American League East rival Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon at Camden Yards. The season which awaits Orioles fans is
Baseball is back. Finally, all 30 major league clubs are playing meaningful baseball games. And how nice of Mother Nature to cooperate with us. The Orioles got their first win of the 2014 season on opening day, defeating the defending World Champions, the Boston Red Sox. With all of the hype surrounding opening day, you may have missed some stories from other media outlets. Keep
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With the excitement of a successful opening day fresh in our minds, a common feeling across Birdland is that anything is possible from this point forward. This contrasts with the dread that was felt for much of the cold winter in Baltimore. Pieces finally fell into place in the guises of Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz and spring training brought more hope as the club