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Hanser Alberto provides a few hitting tips

On the Orioles Twitter account yesterday, they showed a video of Hanser Alberto doing some hitting drills. Drills designed to help others make better and more consistent contact hitting a baseball. I’ll post the tweet at the end of this entry and, of course, there is never a bad time to hear from happy Hanser. Alberto has certainly made putting the ball in play a

A take on the outlook for undrafted players next month

Well, we know there will be 160 amateur players taken in the five rounds of the First-Year Player Draft that begins June 10. But what happens after that? What about undrafted players? This year is going to be unlike any before it in the history of the draft. There were few, if any at all, top unsigned players after a 40-round draft that last year

A Steve and Roch video as we discuss the baseball talks

Over the last few days, some fans may be losing confidence that we will have a baseball season in 2020. The Major League Baseball Players Association rejected the latest ownership proposal with the sliding scale of salary reductions. The sides seem dug in on their positions and there is not a lot of reason for positivity right now. But this USA Today article indicates to

A closer look at Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin

The picture that is painted is an exciting one. It’s of a player who not only has a ton of talent but is smart, poised and driven. He can handle the big games and moments. He makes teammates better. What is not to like about Vanderbilt infielder-outfielder Austin Martin? Many outlets project the Orioles will claim him with the No. 2 overall pick in the

A look at the Orioles roster when last we saw it

Who knew we’d see rosters expand twice for the 2020 season? Well, there is an asterisk in that statement. Rosters did expand from 25 to 26 for this season, but the March shutdown of baseball and the delay to re-start the game may expand those rosters further. If Major League Baseball starts in July as hoped, we could see 30-man rosters with 20-player taxi squads.

MLB has about a week to save the 2020 season

According to STATS, yesterday was the first Memorial Day without a Major League Baseball game since 1880. Yep, it was quiet around MLB on Monday, but hopefully the days we can say that about are dwindling. This is a huge week to determine if there will be a 2020 season. The players and owners will talk money this week and they probably only have days

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis on O’s No. 2 pick and more (with video)

We have just over two weeks to this year’s five-round First-Year Player Draft. The Orioles hold the No. 2 pick in the first round behind the Detroit Tigers at No. 1. The Orioles will also pick at No. 30 and No. 39. They are the only major league team with three picks among the first 39 selections. Many analysts seem to be predicting that Arizona

In the home stretch toward reviving a season

The message from fans to baseball players and owners might be something like this: You guys got our hopes up for a season, so don’t screw it up now. Sure, the dollars at stake are significant for both, and there are issues to work out - about health and money. But if they’ve come this far - and they already seem to be mostly in

A trip down memory lane with Gary Kendall (with video)

He has been a minor league coach and manager for the Orioles organization and his tenure spans 20 years. It’s a labor of love for Baltimore native Gary Kendall, whose first O’s managing assignment was at Rookie-level Bluefield in 2004. Kendall, now manager of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, had a big hand in sending many players on to Baltimore. The list includes Trey Mancini, Manny

An appreciation of 60 years of love, laughs and having my back

I recently described my relationship with my only sister to a friend as “perfect.” I recently turned 60, and for 60 years, that word has fit, well, perfectly. There is a big gap, about 20 years, in our ages. So making that perfect was not easy. It’s not like we grew up as best friends or went to school together. The age difference could make

Feeling a draft: Looking at the O’s at No. 2 and more

In separate interviews with “MASN All Access” yesterday, Ben McDonald and I offered similar thoughts. The junior college ranks could really benefit in the 2021 season from this year’s five-round MLB draft. The draft next month could be very college-heavy. Teams may not take chances on high school players they hardly saw play or didn’t see play at all during abbreviated senior seasons this year.

Could these players debut if the 2020 season is played?

If there is a 2020 baseball season there will no doubt be a few Orioles that will make their major league debuts. How long a list will that be? It will be interesting to see if a season shortened to 82 games means that fewer players debut or if the team will hold off on bringing some players to the majors. There is also the

Some of the reasons to play a season

Upon seeing some elements of the 67 pages of health protocols to have a 2020 major league season, some readers here indicated why bother. Too much to try and overcome and it’s not worth it. They must have thought, do players really need to sit and locker six feet apart? Do they need to throw baseballs out of play after several players touch them? Do

Mountcastle on workouts, hopes for season and more (with video)

As he awaits the start of a season that could see him make his major league debut, Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle has been working out with other pro players in Florida. Like all of us, he’s waiting to hear official word about the 2020 season. In a recent video interview with the 23-year-old Mountcastle, we discussed a variety of topics. Everything from fitting in within

MLB’s efforts to keep players safe and healthy

According to an article in The Athletic, Major League Baseball has presented the players with a 67-page document detailing health protocals for the 2020 season. A season they hope can begin sometime in early July. One that will apparently consist of only 82 games and begin, at least at the outset, without fans in the stands. This includes plans for players to practice social distancing

Will these minor league southpaws have major league success?

To say the least, Orioles minor league left-handed pitchers Alexander Wells and Zac Lowther have a lot in common. A lot. They are close in age, with Wells 23 and Lowther just turned 24 on April 30. They were both non-roster invitee pitchers in O’s big league camp in Sarasota. Both have been named the Orioles’ Jim Palmer Award winner as Minor League Pitcher of

Mountcastle’s workouts, season safety discussed, plus other notes

When you are pro baseball player that lives in Florida, you can probably often find other pro players to work out with and train with. That is true for Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle, who lives near Orlando. In an interview yesterday, he told me he is spending his days right now working out, playing ball and hanging out by the pool. Sounds like a pretty

A visit with O’s top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez (with video)

Like other minor league players right now, Orioles top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez is spending time at home while trying to stay ready for a season that might not be played. While fans are hoping, maybe even expecting to see some version of Major League Baseball in 2020, play on the farm is less certain. But the O’s No. 2 ranked prospect, behind only Adley

More talk about a season, Teixeira’s comments and more

One way to see it was that a former player abandoned the interests of the current baseball players. That is probably how most took the comments on ESPN yesterday by former New York Yankee Mark Teixeira, someone not very well liked by Orioles fans. The Severna Park native essentially sided with the owners in what appears to be a brewing dispute with players as the

A schedule based on geography could be tough in the East

If reports of the latest proposal to play Major League Baseball in 2020 are true, the Orioles may have a very tough schedule. Whether it be 78 gmes, 82 games or some other number. The latest plan reportedly calls for teams to only play in their geographical region. The Orioles would play against teams in the American League East and the National League East. The

A Cooperstown road trip to honor the Earl of Baltimore

He was the Earl of Baltimore, and among the Orioles’ many fans, just about as popular as any great player ever to wear the orange and black. On his way to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Earl Weaver managed the Orioles to 1,480 wins, including six American League East titles, four AL pennants and the 1970 World Series championship. Between 1969

Quick check-in on the KBO (and a possible MLB season plan)

The Korea Baseball Organization season is underway. It is nearly a week old and began without any fans in the stands. For now, it will stay that way and we’ll see if that changes at some point. I haven’t watched a lot of KBO action yet, but I’ve enjoyed what I have seen. I admire the ESPN announcers for calling games at 1 a.m. and

Remembering No. 500 for Eddie Murray (plus draft news)

Like Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray is an Orioles legend who did not play his entire career in Baltimore. But he sure made a massive impact on the organization. His No. 33 is a retired number and there is a large bronze sculpture of Murray in Orioles Legends Park beyond the left center field wall. The O’s Twitter account ran a post that featured a fun

Trying to get reps for the minor league players

The question has been asked a few times: What happens to Orioles prospects if there is no minor league season? Will they get in games and get some needed reps on the mound and at-bats? Well, if it is deemed safe, almost certainly the answer is yes. No doubt, the Orioles will find a way for their minor leaguers to get those reps if they

Dwight Smith Jr. on the Players League and the boom boom room

No, it was not real baseball on an actual diamond. But the MLB the Show Players League provided a few weeks’ worth of entertainment, as all 30 big league teams were represented by one of their players in the three-inning video game contests. Fans could watch live via the Internet and the playoffs were actually televised on ESPN networks and FS1. Tampa Bay and pitcher

Remembering the O’s World Series champions (with video)

The Orioles’ history since their 1954 arrival in Baltimore includes three World Series wins. It also includes three World Series losses. But today, seeking some happy news for a change, we’ll focus on the three winners. My colleague, Roch Kubatko and I, got together to tape this video, discuss and even rank those championships. We have unique perspectives because we’re both from the Baltimore area

From player to coach: Collin Woody makes transition on O’s farm

The day will come for all professional baseball players. Through their choice or a team’s decision, their playing days will end. Sooner for some than others. Being told you are not good enough to continue would be not easy for anyone to hear. For 25-year-old Collin Woody, the words came late in spring training in 2019. A 38th-round draft pick by the Orioles in 2016

Former Oriole Tyler Wilson ready to go as baseball returns in Korea (with video)

While Major League Baseball hopes to have a season at some point later this year, one pro baseball league will be starting a new season tomorrow. The 10 teams in the Korea Baseball Organization open a 144-game season that will run through Nov. 2. The KBO started with six teams in 1982. The Doosan Bears are the defending league champions and they’ve won the league

A few questions for O’s fans

So we’re down to asking just five questions this time around. And that is fine, a bit less than the usual 10. But for now, we’re excluding some of the standard baseball questions about who might start opening day, who may bat leadoff or who may lead the team in home runs. Hopefully, we are getting closer to a time when those questions become more

The draft could be the first event of a 2020 MLB season

If there is a baseball season this year, we may still see one major event take place before any games do. That would be the First-Year Player Draft. A draft that was once 50 rounds and then reduced to 40 could be as few as five rounds later this year. It now appears that the draft will start on June 10, the date which was

When last we saw baseball, the O’s were building a better bullpen

We don’t have games to talk about right now, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t speculate on what the Orioles roster might have looked like had opening day been March 26. How would it have looked at the start of the 2020 season? In earlier postings here I’ve done my own speculation on what a 26-man roster might have looked like to begin a

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