Orioles adjust times for home games in 2020

The changes filtering through the Orioles organization now include start times for certain home games. The club announced today that games at Camden Yards for the upcoming season will begin at 6:35 p.m. for all weeknights prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day. The earlier start time “allows families with children to enjoy more games on school nights,” per a release issued by the ... read more

Elias holding same shopping list as GM meetings conclude

Mike Elias will board a flight this afternoon for the return trip from Scottsdale, Ariz., and the 2019 General Managers Meetings. Which also included anyone with “executive vice president” in their title. No trades have been consummated and aren’t expected to happen at this point. I got the sense that there wouldn’t be much activity from the Orioles beyond the sit-downs with executives and agents ... read more

More on Villar’s stolen bases and the leadoff spot in the order

I wrote last week about infielder Jonathan Villar’s 40 steals and how he ignited a running game that might not be sustainable without him. Besides ranking third in the majors, the stolen base total also tied for seventh in club history. Luis Aparicio holds the record with 57 set in 1964. Brady Anderson is second on the list with 53 in 1992 and Brian Roberts ... read more

Making a few assumptions with Orioles

The amount of speculation that piles up during an offseason reaches such heights that no device can be invented to measure it. The only response is to learn how to distinguish it from fact. What is truth as opposed to an assumption. What comes from actual sources as opposed to imaginations. What’s read between the lines instead of the actual lines. No one with the ... read more

Harvey’s on solid bullpen ground in 2020

The degree to which Hunter Harvey has advanced his professional career can be measured through bullpen projections for 2020. Through the notion that Harvey might be the only sure thing for the Orioles. There are assumptions to be made, of course. Mychal Givens is slotted into the bullpen with the caveat that he could be traded, if the market cooperates, while MLBTradeRumors.com projects his salary ... read more

A quizzical look at Orioles

The most important reminders about pop quizzes are that they’re distributed without warning and have nothing to do with your fathers. Also, they can be handed out on a Sunday. Go figure. I’ve provided 20 questions. Check back in October and see how many you got right. The opening day starter will be: Alex Cobb John Means Dylan Bundy None of the above The first ... read more

Elias on Rule 5 considerations, Cobb and more

As the Orioles decide which players to put on the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft, they also must consider the increased risks of losing the ones who are left unprotected. Rosters are expanding to 26 players next season, leaving more room to stash someone at the back of a bullpen or the end of a bench. And more teams are slipping into ... read more

More from Mike Elias on “Hot Stove Show”

Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias explained last night how Chris Holt’s duties will change following his promotion to a director of pitching position. And how Holt will coexist with pitching coach Doug Brocail, who returns to the major league staff next season. Elias broke it down while appearing on the “Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan. “This is a structure we’re seeing ... read more