10:34 AM EDT, Tue October 19, 2021
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Players to watch at Orioles’ Instructional League camp

A number of the Orioles’ top prospects reported to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Florida on Monday for four weeks of instruction. There are intriguing players and storylines to watch. Heston Kjerstad’s progress:  Kjerstad was the Orioles’ first draft choice in 2020, the second overall pick, and because of the canceled minor league […]
22 hours ago

Kjerstad, Cowser among top prospects at Orioles’ Instructional League Camp

The Orioles began their Instructional League Camp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Florida on Monday, and many of their top prospects are there. Among the 50 players at the camp, which will run through November 20th, are the last two first-round draft choices, outfielders Heston Kjerstad, the top selection in 2020 who […]
Oct 18, 2021

Orioles face difficult offseason decision on Mancini

This fall, the Orioles are faced with a decision about one of their key players, Trey Mancini. The 29-year-old first baseman/designated hitter is in his final year of eligibility for arbitration and, according to MLBTradeRumors.com, could receive a contract for $7.9 million. Mancini, who missed the 2020 season after colon cancer surgery and chemotherapy, played […]
Oct 16, 2021

Calling the Pen: A Brief History of Black Baseball in Baltimore

The 2020 season marked the 100-year anniversary of when Rube Foster, the “Father of Black Baseball,” formed the Negro National League in 1920.  To honor the occasion, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the following statement last December: “All of us who love baseball have long known that the Negro Leagues produced many of […]
Oct 15, 2021

Orioles’ Elias leaves door open for Matt Harvey; Lakins assigned to Norfolk, Burdi claimed by Arizona

During executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias’ season-ending news briefing on September 30th, he was asked if he thought that re-signing starting pitcher Matt Harvey,was a possibility. Harvey, who led the Orioles in starts with 28, was the highest-paid pitcher on the staff, with a $1 million salary, after he signed a minor league contract […]
Oct 14, 2021

Orioles start to gain ground in the Dominican Republic

In 2021, the Orioles had 12 players from Latin America on their roster. None was originally signed by the team. Signing and developing talent from Latin America has been a priority for Mike Elias’since he became the Orioles’ executive vice president/general manager in November 2018. The Orioles hope they took a large step with last […]
Oct 13, 2021

Orioles’ Mountcastle is a long shot for Rookie of the Year

Ryan Mountcastle had a strong season for the Orioles. However, the slugging first baseman, who set a team record for most home runs by a rookie, isn’t likely to be the Rookie of the Year. It doesn’t diminish Mountcastle’s season. It’s just that there’s an unusually strong field of candidates for the award. In many […]
Oct 12, 2021

Reviewing Orioles’ possible salaries in arbitration

Each October, MLBTradeRumors.com publishes a list of players who are eligible for arbitration and what salaries they think they’ll get. This year, there are eight Orioles on their list, and the numbers vary greatly. Left-handed relievers Paul Fry and Tanner Scott, neither of whom finished the 2021 season on the Orioles’ roster, are eligible for […]
Oct 11, 2021

Minor Monday: Reviewing the Orioles’ prospects and affiliates

The Orioles will take an extended look at a number of prospects when they open spring training in 2022 — a benefit of having one of Major League Baseball’s top minor-league systems. A number of players should be ready to compete at the next level. Here’s an overview: Triple-A Norfolk 2021 Record: 48-72 Top Performers/Prospects […]
Oct 8, 2021

Answers to your Orioles questions, Part 2

It’s time for our monthly mailbag, and we’ve gotten lots of excellent questions. This is the second part. Questions are edited for clarity, length and style. Question: The ownership of the Orioles negotiated an agreement on the ownership of MASN, and the Nationals agreed to it.  I know the current dispute is about broadcast rights […]
Oct 7, 2021

Answers to your Orioles questions, Part 1

It’s time for our monthly mailbag, and we’ve gotten lots of excellent questions. I’ll be answering some of them today and more on Friday. Questions are edited for clarity, length and style. Question: Could you explain how WAR is calculated? The concept seems arbitrary, but you say that baseball hot shots embrace it. From: Wordly […]
Oct 6, 2021

Orioles send Diaz, Stowers to Arizona Fall League; Eddie Robinson dies

Eight Orioles, including outfielders Yusniel Diaz and Kyle Stowers will play in the Arizona Fall League. Diaz, who was the most well-known of the five players the Orioles received from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Manny Machado trade in July 2018, had an awful 2021 season, hitting a combined .161 in 65 games at […]
Oct 6, 2021

Elias continues to reshape Orioles’ organization; Finding room for players on 60-day injured list

Nearly three years into his term as Orioles executive vice president/general manager, Mike Elias continues to reshape the organization. Monday’s news that hitting coach Don Long was fired shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Long’s departure and the reassignment of his assistant, José Hernández, leave manager Brandon Hyde with just one coach, Tim Cossins, from […]
Oct 5, 2021

The good and the bad of the Orioles’ 2021 season

There are a number of ways to describe the Orioles’ 2021 season, starting with bad. But it also offered signs of perhaps a brighter future. The Orioles lost 110 games. They became the first team in Major League Baseball history to have losing streaks of 19 and 14 games in the same season. During the […]
Oct 4, 2021

Orioles part ways with hitting coach Don Long, Norfolk manager Gary Kendall

After a 108-loss season, the Orioles have decided to make changes to their coaching staff. Don Long, who was their hitting coach for the past three seasons has been let go. José Hernández, their assistant hitting coach for the past two seasons, is being reassigned and Gary Kendall, a longtime organizational stalwart and manager of […]