After ROY season, can Gunnar Henderson still elevate his game?

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For the Orioles and their fans, there must be both comfort and excitement in knowing that one of their best players is just 22 years old and might be about to get better.

Gunnar Henderson had a big spring – batting .417 and hitting a tape-measure homer Sunday - and now seems poised to have an even bigger year than last season with Opening Day now days away.

He won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2023 after batting .255/.325/.489/.814 with 29 doubles, nine triples, 28 homers, 100 runs and 82 RBIs.

He finished second in the AL in triples, sixth in runs, 11th in slugging and tied for 15th in OPS. He was eighth in the league MVP voting.

After a slow start last season, he produced an OPS of .849 his last 117 games.

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RHP Heasley optioned

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Optioned RHP Jonathan Heasley to minor league camp after today’s game.

The Orioles’ Spring Training roster currently has 32 players (30+1 NRI+1 IL).

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Baker optioned; Teheran, Wong released

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves: 

  • Optioned RHP Bryan Baker to minor league camp.
  • Reassigned C Maverick Handley and LHP Andrew Suárez to minor league camp.
  • Granted RHP Julio Teheran and INF Kolten Wong their release. 

The Orioles’ Spring Training roster currently has 33 players (31+1 NRI+1 IL).

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Burnes: "Overall, great spot and looking forward to Thursday” (O's win 3-2)

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The final exhibition start for Corbin Burnes was more of a tune-up for Opening Day. Get a few more innings and pitches under his belt and get him out of Florida healthy.

Burnes worked 5 1/3 innings tonight before Tyler Wells replaced him, allowing two runs (one earned) and five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. He totaled 57 pitches, 44 for strikes in his fifth spring training appearance, and did more throwing in the bullpen.

Other work in camp was done on the back fields. Not everything that happens is for public viewing.

Burnes finishes with a 6.75 ERA in 16 innings.

“We’re in a great spot,” he said. “We were kind of at the point early on where we were trying to find the cutter a little bit, just the command of it. Off-speed stuff’s been great the whole camp, which usually comes pretty quickly for me. The last thing is as you kind of ramp up throwing, it’s all about finding the cutter and we did the last two, which has been really good.”

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Hyde on Suárez, Teheran, Kjerstad, McCann and more

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SARASOTA, Fla. – Julio Teheran tossed four scoreless innings today in a split-squad game against the Rays in Port Charlotte, allowing only one hit in a final bid to make the club.

Teheran is opting out of his contract and the Orioles must decide by Sunday whether to put him on the 26-man roster or let him go. In the meantime, his locker is cleaned out at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, with only a folding chair inside of it.

Reliever Andrew Suárez’s locker is in the same condition. He wasn’t on the list of yesterday’s roster cuts.

“I think right now he’s in a little bit of limbo and we’re just kind of holding off on him right now and kind of waiting to see what happens,” said manager Brandon Hyde.

Asked about Teheran, Hyde said, “He’s in that boat, too, where we’re just kind of waiting to see.”

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Remembering time spent with Peter G. Angelos upon his passing

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The dates and maybe even the actual years they occurred all seem to run together now. But I think it was sometime during the year 1999 that I first met and had lunch with Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos.

At one point he said to me, "How is your sandwich?"

I said, "Really good, thanks." He asked more questions about how I felt about the restaurant (I don’t even remember which one now) and the food. I answered further. He paused a few seconds and then said, "Good, just checking. I bought this place last week."

All I could think to say was, "Good pickup for you, sir."

Over the next four years or so as sports director of the O’s flagship radio station WBAL Radio, I would get to know the man better and had several meetings with him each season at his Charles Street law offices.

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Long-time Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos passes away at age 94

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SARASOTA, Fla. – Peter G. Angelos, the longtime Orioles owner, famed class-action attorney and political activist in the city of Baltimore, died earlier today. He was 94.

Angelos has been in poor healthy for many years, with son John taking control of the team and running the daily operations in 2018.

The club issued a statement on behalf of the Angelos family that read:

“Today, Peter G. Angelos passed away quietly at the age of 94. Mr. Angelos had been ill for several years, and the family thanks the doctors, nurses and caregivers who brought comfort to him in his final years. It was Mr. Angelos’ wish to have a private burial, and the family asks for understanding as they honor that request. Donations may be sent to charity in lieu of flowers.”

According to a lawsuit involving his sons in 2022, Angelos had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

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A statement from the Angelos family

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Today, Peter G. Angelos passed away quietly at the age of 94. Mr. Angelos had been ill for several years, and the family thanks the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who brought comfort to him in his final years. It was Mr. Angelos' wish to have a private burial, and the family asks for understanding as they honor that request. Donations may be sent to charity in lieu of flowers.

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Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays in Sarasota

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SARASOTA, Fla. – Last night’s cancellation has moved Corbin Burnes into tonight’s starting role against the Blue Jays in Sarasota and put Tyler Wells in the bullpen behind him.

Burnes has allowed 11 earned runs (12 total) and 14 hits in 10 2/3 innings and surrendered five home runs in his five outings. His next start after tonight comes on Opening Day.

Gunnar Henderson is the shortstop tonight, Jorge Mateo is the second baseman and Ramón Urías is the third baseman for the split-squad Orioles. Adley Rutschman is catching.

Ryan Mountcastle is the designated hitter with Ryan O’Hearn playing first base.

The outfield alignment is the one usually expected from the Orioles: Austin Hays in left, Cedric Mullins in center and Anthony Santander in right.

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The Jackson Holliday news headlined a day of some O's roster clarity

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As it turns out the bigger surprise may have come during the Winter Meetings in Nashville in December. For anyone then pondering whether Jackson Holliday could make the O's Opening Day roster after just 18 Triple-A games (22 counting playoffs), there was logic and reason to say that that was just too few. 

The kid could use more seasoning.

So reporters might have expected Mike Elias to say something like sure they love the kid, he’s a remarkable talent and they’ll take a long look in spring training.

Instead, he raised a few eyebrows when he stated he was “a very strong possibility” to make the OD roster.

But, after all that and Holliday at age 20 having a strong spring camp, he will not make it. Surprised again. I was anyway, speaking for one.

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More thoughts on Holliday's reassignment and some unexpected spring developments (lineup vs. Rays)

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SARASOTA, Fla. – To say that Jackson Holliday’s exclusion from the Opening Day roster is a stunning development wouldn’t be accurate. I felt like I kept advising people to brace for bad news, that it wasn’t a sure thing.

It ain’t on ‘till it’s on.

I gave Holliday less than a 50 percent chance before the Winter Meetings, jumped into the 60-70 percent range while flying out of Nashville, and came back down as Holliday’s strikeouts rose.

The improved at-bats and overall impressive play moved me again, but never to the point of feeling secure in his placement on a mock roster. I straddled that fence until it left permanent marks. Take my word for it.

One reason for my hesitancy in thinking that Holliday would be in Baltimore March 28 is how it went against the club’s usual cautious and deliberate handling of a top prospect in making the jump from Triple-A to the majors. This isn’t new. Or have we forgotten the Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson watches?

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Pirates-O's spring game rained out

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Tonight's scheduled game between the Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium has been cancelled due to inclement weather. There will be no makeup date. Fans holding paid tickets for tonight's game purchased from the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office or Orioles.com may exchange their ticket(s) for tomorrow night’s Spring Training game at Ed Smith Stadium. If you wish to exchange, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your account number and you will be assigned tickets as close to the original location as available. If you cannot exchange to the March 23 game, we will automatically refund your account back to the original method of payment.

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Roster moves include optioning of Kjerstad and Stowers

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Optioned OF Heston Kjerstad and OF Kyle Stowers to minor league camp.
  • Reassigned C David Bañuelos2B/SS Jackson HollidayINF Coby MayoINF/OF Connor Norby, and RHP Albert Suárez to minor league camp.

The Orioles’ Spring Training roster currently has 38 players (32+5 NRI+1 IL).

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Brandon Hyde sets rotation, Mike Elias talks roster

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Orioles' manager Brandon Hyde dropped some nuggets of information on his ballclub pregame Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. Before the Orioles played the Red Sox, he announced the order of the starting rotation to begin the year and told reporters that Jorge Mateo would make the Opening Day roster.

We already knew that new ace Corbin Burnes would start the opener on March 28. But Hyde said he would be followed in order by Grayson Rodriguez, Tyler Wells, Dean Kremer and Cole Irvin.

With an off day on the second day of the season, the Orioles could have brought Burnes back for the fifth game of the year. Now he is set to start Game 6 after the first turn through the rotation.

Some are already speculating that Mateo's roster inclusion will make it harder for Jackson Holliday to make it. I don't see it that way just yet. But I guess yes if Ramon Urias makes the roster and there are no injuries or trades, it potentially could be more challenging.

I still see the kid on the roster for the opener.

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Orioles roster uncertainty appears narrowed to two decisions

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The camp roster held at 45 players yesterday. Jorge Mateo is confirmed for Opening Day in Baltimore.

Can the remaining decisions be simplified to, who’s the last reliever and bench player? Are we actually at that point in spring training?

A reduction to two spots with this many players on the major league side is interesting, to say the least.

To say the most, this is the correct math if bullpen locks are Craig Kimbrel, Yennier Cano, Danny Coulombe, Cionel Pérez, Mike Baumann, Dillon Tate and Keegan Akin. And if we’re waiting only to find out whether Jackson Holliday is on the Opening Day roster or the Orioles decide between second baseman Kolten Wong and a fifth outfielder like Kyle Stowers, Ryan McKenna or Heston Kjerstad.

In hindsight, it isn’t that simple. It’s more than just two players going head-to-head for one job, like the good ol’ backup catcher wars of past spring trainings before James McCann arrived.

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Henderson happy to stay at shortstop, Hyde impressed with Kimbrel's changeup, Nevin notches another hit (O's lose 3-2)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Talent times have changed with the Orioles, and the proof showed again tonight when substitutions in the sixth inning included Coby Mayo at first base, Jackson Holliday at shortstop and Kyle Stowers in center field.

Not the typical replacements in a road exhibition game.

Holliday subbed for Gunnar Henderson, who led off and played the position that now belongs to him in 2024. Sharing is caring, but Henderson can hog it.

Manager Brandon Hyde confirmed it to the media this afternoon. Henderson won’t shift between short and third. Precisely what last year’s American League Rookie of the Year wanted to hear.

“That’s what I was drafted as and what I played my whole life growing up,” Henderson said, “so I’m looking forward to just getting some consistent playing time there.”

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Orioles set five-man rotation, Mateo makes team, Henderson's role is defined

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Orioles set their rotation for the beginning of the season, and they’re ignoring the off-days and going with five starters.

Corbin Burnes is getting the ball for Opening Day against the Angels on March 28, followed by Grayson Rodriguez on March 30, Tyler Wells on March 31, Dean Kremer on April 1 against the Royals and Cole Irvin on April 2. Every game will be played at Camden Yards.

Wells appeared to be a bullpen candidate over the winter, but Kyle Bradish and John Means are headed to the injured list. Trading for Burnes didn’t push Wells back into a relief role.

Results also matter with Wells, who has allowed only two runs in 10 2/3 innings.

“We look at a little bit of everything – opponent, not only opponent first time but in the next few weeks, but also, he’s throwing the ball great,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “One of our best, if not the best starter in the first half last year, and for me he’s throwing the ball like that right now. We want to start him game three.”

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Orioles and Red Sox lineups in Fort Myers

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 20-win spring training Orioles play their penultimate road game tonight against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.

Albert Suárez makes his fifth appearance and third start, and he needs to avoid the one disastrous inning that has marred his last two games and maybe impacted his chances of going north.

Suárez has logged 11 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs and 13 hits with one walk and 16 strikeouts. He was charged with five runs in the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Gunnar Henderson is leading off and playing shortstop. Jordan Westburg is the third baseman and cleanup hitter.

Colton Cowser is in center field. Tyler Nevin is the left fielder and Kolten Wong is the second baseman.

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Orioles make minor league roster moves

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The Orioles have made the following minor league roster moves:

  • Placed RHP Noah Denoyer on the Triple-A Norfolk Full-Season Injured List.
  • Placed LHP Jakob Hernandez and RHP Nathan Webb on the Triple-A Norfolk 60-day Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Jean Pinto on the Double-A Bowie Full-Season Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Conner Loeprich on the Double-A Bowie 60-day Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Daniel Federman and RHP Reese Sharp on the High-A Aberdeen Full-Season Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Hugo BeltranRHP Wyatt CheneyINF Adam CramptonLHP Andry Mercedes, and RHP Trey Nordmann on the Single-A Delmarva Full-Season Injured List.
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Coca-Cola Consolidated named official beverage sponsor of the Baltimore Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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The Baltimore Orioles and Coca-Cola Consolidated, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S., today announced a multiyear partnership designating Coca-Cola as the official beverage sponsor of the Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"We are excited to join forces with Coca-Cola Consolidated and their family of brands and flavors," said T.J. Brightman, Orioles Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer. “This partnership represents our shared commitment to providing exceptional products that enhance our guest experience.”

Fans will now have the opportunity to enjoy Coca-Cola beverages as fountain drinks, in bottles and in cans while cheering on their home team – which will begin with MLB’s Opening Day on March 28 when the Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park. In addition, spectators will experience several Coca-Cola Consolidated-led community events and drink samplings at select games.

"There's just something special about watching baseball with a Coca-Cola in your hand at Camden Yards, so we are thrilled to be part of creating memories alongside Orioles fans,” said Heather Hucks, Vice President of Consumer Connections at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “As Baltimore’s local bottler, we are excited to positively impact the Baltimore community.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated makes, sells and distributes beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 14 states and the District of Columbia, to approximately 60 million consumers. It has served as the region’s local Coca-Cola bottler since 1902. Coca-Cola Consolidated currently has more than 725 teammates and serves more than 640 customers right here in Baltimore.

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