“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Pushing toward playoffs

Greater Baltimore still stings a little since Sunday, when the Ravens took one on the chin in Buffalo, but now our region’s sports fans can turn their full attention to the approach of spring training, whenever it actually is to start. Assessing the status of the Orioles rebuilding project should prove interesting. Meanwhile, we can take a look at the not-too-distant past to remind ourselves ... read more

Reviewing the results of the All-Camden Yards Draft

In search of a way to fill the void generated by an especially slow offseason, the “MASN All Access Podcast” had to get creative. Joined by Connor Newcomb of the “Locked On Orioles Podcast,” Brendan Mortensen and I created the All-Camden Yards Draft with the simple goal of drafting three teams whose rosters are filled with the greatest Orioles players to have ever played at ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Trumbo and Davis deliver

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate small ball, the art of the opposite-field single, the sacrifice bunt, hitting behind the runner, the cat-and-mouse between a speedster taking a lead and the pitcher trying to make sure he stays put. But one cannot deny the thrill of seeing a muscular dude launching a fastball that gets too much of the plate. Though you’ll also ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: 1970 revisited in the new year

Well, we made it. It’s 2021. We can put last year behind us and look ahead. Like about six weeks, when spring training begins in Sarasota at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. For the moment, we’ll assume camp starts as scheduled, but as we all know, these days everything is subject to change. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, we’ll warm the winter chill with some ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Some things never get old

So long, 2020. Don’t let the door whack your backside on your way out. The general consensus seems to be that the year that draws to a close tonight at midnight can’t be over soon enough. As if social and political turmoil and a deadly virus sweeping the globe weren’t awful enough, the pandemic also screwed up the baseball season. With new vaccines approved and ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Prodigious power displays and postseason memories

Well, are you ready for Christmas? Most of my online shopping was done in early November, meaning fewer shipping delays than if I’d waited for another month. But there was the curious case of several packages that spent a week resting in Hagerstown or West Virginia before being delivered. Yes, I’m looking at you, United States Postal Service, and your silly tracking system that merely ... read more

From afar, Sig Mejdal propelled development from top prospects

Sig Mejdal hasn’t seen a baseball game in person in months. The Orioles were careful to limit the number of non-uniformed personnel at both Camden Yards and the alternate site in Bowie this summer, so Mejdal worked from home, like most Americans. But Mejdal stayed in the loop, thanks in part to the latest gadgets in the game - body sensors, bat trackers, force pads ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Temporarily derailing the Rays

The winter solstice is upon us, bringing more darkness than most of us would like as we witness the shortest days of the year. But look on the bright side: Beginning Tuesday, they start getting longer again. Shoot, before you know it, it’ll be mid-February and pitchers and catchers will be checking in at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla. We hope. Especially ... read more