When he arrived in August 2010, the Orioles were the worst team in baseball. As he leaves, they’re no better. Somewhere in between rests Buck Showalter’s legacy as Orioles manager, an 8 1/2-year term that roused the club from a 14-year losing skein unprecedented in franchise history.
A graduate of UMBC with a degree in mechanical engineering, John Klausmeier runs Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Ford team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, calling the shots for the 30-man team composed of engineers, shop mechanics and a pit crew of five.
Good things come in twos this week for the pennant-bound 1983 Orioles: two grand slams, two wins for Mike Boddicker, and two walk-off hits by recent call-up and Mount Saint Joseph alumnus John Stefero.
The Orioles and their fans sure aren’t embracing the triple-digit milestone that was bearing down on them like a fastball — 100 losses. And the club reached that plateau with a loss to the Rays on Friday
A five-time first-team All-Pro, Reed retired in 2013 and is favored for induction in his first year of eligibility. He’d be the third Raven honored, following tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis.
Nine times, the Orioles have captured the lead in the American League East, only to fade, storm back and fade again. Those yo-yo days are done. On Aug. 26, in the midst of a memorable winning streak, Baltimore takes first place for good.
It’s a piece of old cardboard, just 2½ by 3½ inches in size. But to Chris Rothe, of Arbutus, the 1955 Mickey Mantle baseball card is a relic of the game’s glorious past. It’s also worth a bundle. And it now belongs to him.