What to make of the spring training stats

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play their first 2020 spring training game tomorrow when they meet the Atlanta Braves in North Port, Fla., at the Braves’ new spring home. Starting then we begin keeping score and keeping stats. Some players will have strong springs on the stat sheet and some will not. A few things to keep in mind about the spring games: The win-loss ... read more

For the Orioles, there is no shortage of utility candidates

When it comes to the start of spring training games for the Orioles this Saturday, fans and reporters alike will begin tracking the chase for rotation spots. Is Alex Cobb healthy? Who will join him and John Means in the rotation? There are other areas in camp where there will be competition for a spot or spots. One area that is probably not going to ... read more

Dwight Smith Jr. looking for a repeat spring performance

When spring training games began last year, outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. was still with the Toronto Blue Jays. But he would end the spring season on a hitting tear for the Orioles. That led to him making his first big league opening day roster. The Orioles acquired Smith last March 8 for international bonus money. The Blue Jays had designated him for assignment three days ... read more

Ryan McKenna out to make an impression, plus Chris Davis’ comments

Since he has yet to play at Triple-A, outfielder Ryan McKenna is unlikely to break north with the Orioles to start the 2020 season. But he’s back in major league camp for the second year in a row, trying to making an impression and set himself up for a good season. The O’s outfield picture is a bit crowed right now, with seven outfielders on ... read more

What’s next?: Can Grayson Rodriguez repeat his strong 2019?

So what can 20-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez do for an encore? In 2019, he had a great season for Single-A Delmarva, pitched a scoreless inning in the All-Star Futures Game and ended his year as co-winner of the Jim Palmer Award as the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Rodriguez, who shared that award with right-hander Michael Baumann, went 10-4 with an ERA of ... read more

A take on the proposed new MLB playoff format

In Major League Baseball, 10 teams currently make the playoffs with three division winners and two wild card teams in each league. Under a new proposal from MLB that came out this week, that number would jump to 14 teams. Each league would have a top seed getting a first-round bye. The other six teams would play each in other in best-of-three series, all in ... read more

Doug Brocail’s strong praise for John Means and Alex Cobb

The Orioles may have plenty of uncertainty in their rotation at the start of spring training. They’ve got plenty of candidates competing for spots in the starting five. But they feel they’ve got two players that are a given at the top of the rotation, good health willing, of course. They are lefty John Means and righty Alex Cobb. Second-year pitching coach Doug Brocail was ... read more

Former O’s ticket holder will try to help team become a winner again

She is Harvard-educated and Bethesda, Md., born and raised. Her impressive resume at a young age includes time in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. As a kid, she spent hours upon hours attending games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and now Eve Rosenbaum has an office in that warehouse she used to look at from the stands. On Nov. 25, ... read more