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Random stats and notes from the 2021 season

When it comes to team fielding percentage, the 2021 Orioles ranked among the American League leaders. In fact, at .9869, the Orioles recorded the third-best fielding percentage in the AL and were sixth-best in the majors. This is among a host of stats and notes in the team’s 2021 season summary produced by the Orioles public relations department that the media recently received. Houston rated ... read more

This O’s late-season addition put his best foot forward

If the Orioles want to make big improvement next year, maybe they need right-hander Chris Ellis to make every start he possibly can. Acquired by the club on Aug. 20 on waivers from Tampa Bay, Ellis went 0-0, but posted a 2.49 ERA for the Orioles in six games. Over 25 1/3 innings, he yielded 18 hits, including three homers, with 13 walks and 16 ... read more

A few questions for O’s fans

The playoffs are now well underway, but the hot stove season has not yet begun. The work to get a new collective bargaining agreement is a cloud over the sport right now with a lot of us hoping against any work stoppage. The rancor of the players and owners as they negotiated how to play the shortened 2020 season was terrible for the sport. But ... read more

O’s brass still hopeful for the young pitchers

It can be easy to look at some of the Orioles’ young pitchers and their stats in the 2021 season and feel the odds are long against them helping the club much in the future. This would represent a rush to judgment, however. And the team’s front office has likely not made such judgments, and their opinions count the most. Pitchers like lefty Keegan Akin ... read more

On O’s podcast, Elias talks CBA, Rule 5 and more

The process of identifying players the Orioles could acquire for the 2022 season has begun. Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias discussed that and much more recently on the “Inside the Yard” O’s podcast with hosts Geoff Arnold and Brett Hollander. Elias and all executives throughout Major League Baseball are awaiting the results of the collective bargaining talks between the sports’ players ... read more

Prospect check-in: Robert Neustrom on his big 2021 season

It could not have been easy to do, but in 2021, on the way to a breakout season, Orioles outfield prospect Robert Neustrom made some in-season swing adjustments. Adjustments that took his offense to a higher level as he ended the year among the top hitters on the O’s farm. But at the end of May while with Double-A Bowie, he had an OPS of ... read more

Birdland hopeful that wins start trending up next season

Maybe it is a real thing about baseball fans, particularly Orioles fans. Can there be rebuilding fatigue? Can the losses mount so much that fans just get worn out by rebuilding? And while they may understand it is needed and could very well lead to better days, the patience to get to those better days starts to wear thin? It is probably only natural. But ... read more

After big ‘21 season, Kyle Stowers heads to AFL

“Stowers Power” was indeed a thing on the Orioles farm in 2021. Lefty-hitting Kyle Stowers led all O’s minor league players in homers and RBIs, and was third among full-season players in OPS. It was a breakout year for the corner outfielder who turns 24 in January. Tomorrow, he will join seven other O’s players on the Mesa Solar Sox when the Arizona Fall League ... read more