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Weekly Wrap: FanFest, international signings and Burnett rumors

Good news: One more day until FanFest and exactly two months until opening day! Although pitchers and catchers report in just two weeks, my focus is currently on FanFest, which I’m personally labeling the start of the 2014 season. If you’re planning on heading to the Baltimore Convention Center tomorrow, be sure to stop by the MASN booth. We’ll be giving away prizes on-site through

Orioles’ Norris visits hometown Boys & Girls Club

With two weeks left until pitchers and catchers report, the Orioles are starting to wrap up their offseason before the long baseball season begins. Before heading to FanFest this Saturday, pitcher Bud Norris took time to host an event in his hometown of Novato, Calif., for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco. Prior to pitching in a Wiffle ball game, Norris spoke to

Throwback Thursday: Jones shows off his cannon

As a three-time Gold Glove winner, Adam Jones can cover some ground with his feet and his arm. In the video below, Jones not only demonstrates his range and speed, but his strength and accuracy, as well. With a throw all the way from deep right-center, Jones gunned down an aggressive Jose Reyes trying to take third. MASN is giving Orioles fans a chance to

Bird Talk: Offseason report card, Rodney and Burnett rumors

With FanFest just three days away, we are even closer to baseball being back. Just a reminder: pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13. The Orioles have had a quiet offseason thus far, but things may be heating up rather soon. Stay tuned. * Oh, the offseason. I’m sure most Orioles fans are ready for the winter blues to end. Before spring training starts, SI.com’s

More FanFest details

It’s almost here! FanFest is this Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center. I am ready to see players and Orioles fans come together and get excited for the season. Considering the absolutely freezing temperatures this offseason (or winter, as non-baseball lovers call it,) I cannot wait for warm nights at Camden Yards. Even though spring training is still a few weeks away, I’m declaring this

Weekly Wrap: Dreaming of warm weather and waiting for a big move

Unfortunately, this week has come with bad news for Orioles fans. News broke Wednesday that there may be issues with outfielder Tyler Colvin’s physical, and yesterday, the Rays signed Grant Balfour to a two-year deal. However, it has also been reported that the O’s are making progress in talks with former Rays closer Fernando Rodney. The Orioles also signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a minor

Throwback Thursday: An All-Star play

With backhanded stops, barehanded plays and diving grabs, Orioles fans are spoiled by watching Manny Machado’s great defensive plays game in and game out. In his first All-Star Game, Machado demonstrated his tremendous defensive talent to the entire nation on Paul Goldschmidt’s bouncer down the line. A play that looks almost routine to Baltimore fans opened the eyes of baseball enthusiasts everywhere to the Orioles’

Yard Work: Is snow helpful or harmful to the field at Camden Yards?

Camden Yards is a gem, a rare baseball cathedral that blends classic, retro style with today’s version of the national pastime. But its lush outfield grass and manicured infield don’t happen by accident. They’re the result of a year-round effort by head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen and her talented grounds crew. Each month during this offseason, Orioles Buzz will check in with McFadyen to see what’s

Bird Talk: Starting pitching improvements, Lough and Wieters chatter

The Orioles wrapped up mini-camp last week and made some minor league signings. Several national writers have weighed in on the state of the Orioles. Some of the reaction is more positive than many might expect. * We are only three weeks from the start of spring training. Many fans have expressed their displeasure over the lack of moves the Orioles have made this offseason.

Weekly Wrap: O’s offseason heats up in Sarasota

While the start of spring training is still a few weeks away, some Orioles headed to Sarasota this week for mini-camp. Ed Smith Stadium housed pitchers, up-and-comers, players recovering from injuries and some newcomers this week. Pitchers included Tommy Hunter (the strongest candidate for the O’s closer role), Hunter Harvey (the O’s first-round pick in 2013), Kevin Gausman, and Dylan Bundy. For the first time

The Orioles and the 1976 incident that got scoreboard replays banned

Tucked in at the end of the press release announcing Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system - MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski has the full rundown here - is a paragraph announcing the return of one creative use of technology that has been absent from big league ballparks for 38 years. “Clubs will now have the right to show replays of all close plays on its

Throwback Thursday: An aspiring ace

In the Orioles’ recent history, one of their biggest trades was with Seattle in 2008 when they acquired Tony Butler, Kam Mickolio, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman and, of course, Adam Jones in exchange for Erik Bedard. It didn’t take long for Jones to prove his value, making the All-Star team and winning a Gold Glove in his second season in Baltimore, but Tillman took more

When fans flocked to welcome 1954 Orioles to their new nest on 33rd Street

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for more than three weeks to Sarasota, but fans are already eager for the 2014 Orioles season. FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center on Feb. 1 will unofficially kick off the new campaign, and before you know it, the sounds of bat meeting ball and ball popping into mitt will be emanating from the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota.

Bird Talk: Balfour update, minor moves

Spring training is less than a month away. It seems like just yesterday that the regular season ended. Well, not really. Personally, I’m ready for the season to start again. Although Alex Rodriguez dominated baseball news over the last few days, reporters thankfully had reason to write about something else. I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from exhaustion from A-Rod-gate. * Dan Connolly

Scouting report on catcher Johnny Monell from his winter league GM

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico - One of the Orioles not in mini-camp in Sarasota this week is catcher Johnny Monell, who was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Nov. 30 in exchange for cash considerations. Monell, who got his first taste of the majors in 2013, is expected to compete for the role of Matt Wieters’ backup in spring training. Monell is

Weekly Wrap: Looking toward spring training

Thirty-four days until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Fla., for the start of spring training. But who’s counting? This week, MASN announced its spring training broadcast schedule, with six games being aired on MASN HD. Something even closer to look forward to is the Orioles’ annual FanFest event. We have exciting games, events and more planned for the MASN booth. While I have spent

Throwback Thursday: Jones’ extreme rally cap

From keeping quiet about a no-hitter to sticking to a strict routine, baseball players can get wrapped up in superstitions. With the Orioles down 2-0 against the Tigers, Adam Jones took one superstition to a whole other level. After the Orioles mascot accidentally dropped his hat into the home dugout, Jones picked up the oversized cap, put it on and cheered on his teammates. That

Bird Talk: Machado attends concert with A-Rod, Mussina’s Hall of Fame eligibility

As I write this, it is currently 16 degrees with a wind chill somewhere in the negative numbers. One thing that is helping me with this weather is knowing spring training is right around the corner. Even though it’s still the offseason, many in the media are still talking about the Orioles. First, I’m starting with some news that disturbed the residents of Charm City.

Orioles setting spring training standard in Sarasota

During this frigid time of year, people want to escape to the beach, warmer temperatures and sunny skies. One place to escape to is Sarasota, the spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles. Since 2010, the Sarasota County tourism industry has benefited greatly from housing the Orioles during spring training. Not only has the county been able to run “Visit Sarasota” ads during O’s and

Beisbol and ex-Bird watching, island style

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico - While you’re pondering whether the thermometer will register below-zero readings in the coming days, I’m doing a little former Bird watching in an island paradise, where the local baseball league has reached in its round-robin playoffs. Four teams are vying for the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series, and while catching my first Puerto Rican Winter League game

Weekly Wrap: Will the Orioles make a big trade to start off the new year?

Happy 2014, Orioles fans! After watching the O’s offseason get off to an extremely slow start, I’m sure many of your New Year’s resolutions include something along the lines of “Watch the Orioles make a big move.” The holidays and 2013 are over, but there are still many big-name free agents available. However, in the past, the Orioles have not been aggressive when it comes

Throwback Thursday: Home run robbery

It’s officially 2014, which means we’re officially ready for the 2014 baseball season to begin. Who am I kidding? I’ve been ready for opening day since the last out of the 2013 season. This week, in effort to get fans pumped for a new year, we’re throwin’ it back to one of Nick Markakis’ best defensive plays from last season. Watch him rob Adrian Beltre

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