Houston hit hard and an early 2020 mock draft

The Houston Astros, as speculated by many, did in fact get hammered for their part in sign-stealing via technology. Major League Baseball suspended their general manager, Jeff Luhnow, and manager AJ Hinch for the 2020 season. Then Astros owner Jim Crane went further than that. He fired both Luhnow and Hinch. Houston also lost first- and second-round draft picks in both 2020 and 2021. They ... read more

Taking stock of the club’s position players heading into camp

With the Orioles report date for spring training fast approaching, today we take a look at the club’s position players heading into camp. Certainly, this could change pending any further roster moves. O’s pitchers and catchers are due to report to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 11 and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 17. The spring training opener is Feb. 22 ... read more

What will mark progress for the Orioles in 2020?

Today just a few words from me because this blog is more about what the readers and all O’s fans have to say. It’s about tracking progress. What would have to happen during the 2020 season for fans to see progress? Is it mostly about winning more games? Or more young players from the farm system making their way onto the roster? Is it about ... read more

Anyone know how to predict a win-loss record with any degree of success?

It’s risky business - and I’m not talking about a Tom Cruise movie. Lana won’t be knocking at the door. No, we’re talking about trying to predict a big league team’s win-loss record. But’s it’s OK, even fun to predict and take a shot. If we’re wrong, so what? Who will even remember? Sure, that is all true. I read preseason predictions, but seldom make ... read more

Will it be starter, utility role or the farm for Richie Martin?

When the Orioles signed José Iglesias to be their starting shortstop, it was easy to make the assumption that now the club would send Richie Martin to Triple-A to start the 2020 season. For one, Martin has never played at that level - jumping from Double-A to the majors last year as a Rule 5 pick. He could use the everyday batting reps. Even though ... read more

In this review of MLB drafts, the Orioles scored well

Baseball America published a very interesting article recently as the publication ranked each major league organization by its draft success in the decade starting in 2010 and running through the 2019 draft. They ranked the teams in terms of total Wins Above Replacement those drafts produced. They counted WAR no matter for which team it was accumulated. So the Orioles scored for Manny Machado, but ... read more

Trying to get a handle on cheating via technology in MLB

The hammer may be about to drop on the Houston Astros for their real-time sign stealing and cheating in baseball. But even before that hammer falls comes news that the Boston Red Sox are involved. Again. Wasn’t the Apple Watch episode enough? And it can’t be a good look for the sport when the World Series champs of 2017 (Houston) and 2018 (Boston) are tainted. ... read more

A few notes and takes on the addition of José Iglesias

The Orioles filled one box on their to-do list yesterday when they agreed on a contract with free agent shortstop José Iglesias. The former Red Sox, Tiger and Red got a one-year deal for $3 million with a club option for 2021 at $3 million, although the deal has not yet been officially announced by the team. The deal provides the club a plus defender ... read more