Nick Markakis

Orioles leadership to blame for pitiful player procurement

Orioles leadership to blame for pitiful player procurement

I have been an Orioles fan since 1954 and a season ticket holder for years. I love baseball and our team, and even now, I still espouse loyalty to the O’s franchise. But the team’s leadership has been let off the hook far too easily for the Manny Machado debacle and several others that have characterized the team’s pitiful player procurement decisions over the past five years, resulting in a catastrophically poor season with no end in sight for the weak on-field performance.

As The Sun has noted, the Orioles tried in 2013 to sign Manny Machado to a long-term deal, and they came very close, although they did not get done. Even at that young age, under the tutelage of Alex...

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