“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Something old, something new

We’re rapidly running out of January. Assuming we’re still on the Gregorian calendar - I, for one, take nothing for granted - that means we’ll soon be in February, which means spring training! That, of course, assumes that pandemic-induced protocols don’t postpone it. Like I said, take nothing for granted. So while we wait out these last few weeks (or more) before things start hopping ... read more

Unassuming shortstop Joey Ortiz fits right in with fellow 2019 draftees

A sizable contingent of Baltimore sports media descended upon Ripken Stadium on July 29, 2019 for Adley Rutschman’s debut with the Aberdeen IronBirds. A crowd of 4,403, some already donning Rutschman jerseys, packed in to see the No. 1 overall pick play pro ball in the state of Maryland for the first time. Rutschman, who had recently recovered from a bout of mononucleosis, struggled. The ... read more

“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