“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

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Something for everyone

If you’re still putting together your holiday shopping list - and are not one of those folks who likes to have everything bought, wrapped and ready to go by, say, Halloween - you’re familiar with the idea that some folks are just plain hard to buy for. This week’s rotation of “Orioles Classics” on MASN has a little bit of something for everyone. Whatever you ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Feels like the first time

December’s here, and as the holiday season ramps up, many folks feel the tug of nostalgia. Perhaps your senses are already summoning fond memories as your stereo plays festive tunes and your kitchen is warmed and made fragrant by an oven cranking out cookies. But winter’s arrival doesn’t have the market cornered on nostalgia. Memories of springs, summers and autumns past can trigger sentimental feelings, ... read more

Vavra learning on the fly in new position

Terrin Vavra is an infielder. His father was an infielder. His brother was an infielder. His other brother was an infielder. But when the Orioles approached him about adding center field to a resume that had previously listed only second base and shortstop, Vavra jumped at the opportunity. “It’s a new experience for me but something that I think I can attack and succeed with,” ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: A heaping helping of Birdland memories

Since it’s Thanksgiving, it’s only natural to take a moment to give thanks for the abundance we sometimes take for granted. Really, this should be a daily occurrence. But before you plate the turkey, dig into the sides and ponder the pumpkin pie for dessert, let’s take a moment to count our blessings. Since we’re a baseball site, we’ll start with the national pastime. For ... read more

Kubatko a finalist for Maryland Sportswriter of the Year

MASNsports.com Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko has been nominated as a finalist for the Maryland Sportswriter of the Year award presented annually by the National Sports Media Association. Kubatko, who has been with MASN since 2008, is one of three finalists for the Maryland award, joining Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun and Bill Wagner of The Capital in Annapolis. Voting will be conducted among ... read more

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

We’re heading toward a holiday season fraught with uncertainty as we continue to hunker down and try to ride out the pandemic that has turned our lives upside down and is surging again. Thanksgiving is a week from today and many of us are praying for mild weather so that we can, as a means of minimizing risk, re-enact the outdoor feast that the pilgrims ... read more

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: From 2,131 through 2020

As timelines go, this week’s “Orioles Classics,” if plotted on a chronological chart, would be a series of connecting lines that look like a toddler’s scribbles. Luckily, you merely have to watch. No cleanup involved. This week’s offerings date from 1995, when the numeral “2,131” entered into Baltimore’s sports lexicon, to the recently completed season, which included some strong debuts and the requisite comeback victories. ... read more