“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Going to the Matt

The Super Bowl is now behind us. The NCAA’s March Madness - we hope - lies just ahead. But as far as MASN world is concerned, the really big event is scheduled to begin next week. In five days - cross your fingers, knock on wood or perform any other superstitious ritual you like to ward off evil spirits and the always looming potential coronavirus-related ... read more

Daschbach hoping to supplement power with well-rounded approach

Mark Daschbach didn’t miss a single game of his son’s junior season at Stanford. As Andrew Daschbach tore through the Pac-12 in 2019, smashing 17 home runs for the second consecutive year, Mark was there to witness it all. “I think he lives vicariously through me,” Andrew said. Mark, a Stanford graduate himself, even made the trip east from Atherton, Calif., several times later that ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Clinchers and a milestone blast

There’s still snow on the ground, but that may be a temporary condition, with temperatures in the 50s being predicted for tomorrow. My back is still sore from shoveling, though the pre-snow removal Tylenol seems to have helped considerably. All in all, I’m ready for warmer weather. Spring can be sprung any time. Who’s with me? Well, we’re all in the same boat. Depending on ... read more

“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