Although it¿s somewhat embarrassing to write, I sort of envisioned myself as a current-day John Steadman, a Baltimore boy who was afforded the crazy opportunity to work at his hometown newspaper and then spent decades upon decades chronicling the glories and pratfalls of the local sports teams. I made it through one decade. Technically, a decade and a half if you count the four years I spent writing about, and traveling with, the Orioles for the York (Pa.) Daily Record.
According to an industry source, roughly $150 million was earmarked for Davis only. And, with his rejection of that seven-year offer last week, the Orioles are highly unlikely to entertain any deals with a $100-million value or more for the remainder of the offseason. That seemingly takes the Orioles out of consideration for outfielders Justin Upton, Alex Gordon and Yoenis Cespedes, all of whom were predicted by Mlbtraderumors.com to receive at least $100 million deals at the outset of free
With their roster still in flux and several weighty decisions looming, the Orioles will host their annual FanFest on Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center in what often is both a celebration of Orioles baseball and a fairly accurate barometer of what fans expect from the club.
Tonight at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for the Orioles to set their 40-man roster ahead of next month¿s Rule 5 draft, and the club likely will protect a couple of additional minor leaguers since their roster is currently at 37.
Jake Arrieta has a legitimate chance to win the NL Cy Young Award tonight, there's a couple of Buck Showlater connection in the manager of the year awards, David Ortiz is retiring and Manny Machado missed on the Platinum Gold Glove.
As part of the Major League Baseball Players' Association Players' Choice awards, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was named the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year, which annually recognizes one player for his combination of on-field performance and community dedication.
That line of thinking, albeit premature in this instance, brings us to the spring and summer of 2015, to the University of Maryland, and to two high-profile players heading into their respective drafts: wide receiver Stefon Diggs and outfielder LaMonte Wade.
Matt Wieters is only 29 and he had been one of the better all-around catchers in baseball since debuting in 2009. But right elbow surgery in 2014 cost him much of that season and a chunk of 2015. He only caught 55 games this season, and never on three consecutive days.
The Dawsons, who have been married for three years, are caught in the middle of one of Baltimore's most storied and unique battles. The football teams clash Saturday at McDonogh in the 100th rivalry game between the two. Chris Dawson will be on the visiting sidelines. Lucy Dawson will be in the McDonogh stands with the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Eleanor. Chris' parents are coming to the game and will be somewhere in between.
Which Orioles will receive qualifying others? Does a judge¿s ruling Wednesday to throw out an arbiter¿s decision involving the MASN rights dispute mean the club will have more money to spend on free agents?
SportsOnEarth.com recently ranked the Top 10 starts by rookies in the October Classic ¿ using the Bill James-created metric ¿game score¿ as the determining factor ¿ and Boddicker¿s complete-game three-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies was chosen No. 1.
The side-arming Darren O'Day had his most impressive campaign in what has been a splendid four years in Baltimore. But the Orioles have already shown, with Andrew Miller, they won't pay closer money for a reliever not slated to close games.