Dan Connolly

Writer

Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 18 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 14 seasons, including the past 10 with The Baltimore Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Recent Articles

  • With Orioles eliminated from playoffs, core of club's resurgence preparing for shake-up

    With Orioles eliminated from playoffs, core of club's resurgence preparing for shake-up

    When the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners early Tuesday morning, the Orioles' pursuit of the 2015 playoffs officially ended after weeks of sputtering and hoping. With that elimination comes the reality that this Orioles club likely will undergo drastic changes in the next few months. "This...

  • Orioles must win final six games to finish above .500 this season

    Orioles must win final six games to finish above .500 this season

    This is what it has come to. A team that won 96 games last year and made it to the American League Championship Series must win its final six games of 2015 to have a winning season. After losing their fourth straight Monday night, a 4-3 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles are 76-80 this...

  • Orioles notebook: Gerardo Parra hopes to return to O's next season

    Orioles notebook: Gerardo Parra hopes to return to O's next season

    One of the side benefits of Adam Jones' persistent back stiffness is that it has allowed the Orioles to take the occasional look at Gerardo Parra in center field, in case there is a future need. Where Parra's future will be, however, is undetermined. But the pending free agent said he has enjoyed...

  • Adam Jones sits out Monday with back ailment

    Adam Jones sits out Monday with back ailment

    One day after starting in center field and playing all nine innings in Boston, Adam Jones was again out of the starting lineup Monday for the sixth time in seven games due to a back issue. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he called Jones a little after noon today and didn’t like what he heard....

  • Durable center fielder Adam Jones tested physically in 2015

    Durable center fielder Adam Jones tested physically in 2015

    Center fielder Adam Jones takes pride in playing every day, accomplishing that feat in 2012, when he posted up for all 162 Orioles games. At the time, he joked that he wanted to break Cal Ripken Jr.’s consecutive-games record of 2,632. Jones failed, of course, but still missed just five games over...

  • Splitting four-game series with Rays feels like a loss for Orioles

    Splitting four-game series with Rays feels like a loss for Orioles

    It always seems that weird – and sometimes awful – things happen at Tropicana Field when the Orioles are in town. It goes back as far as I can remember covering this beat. The most obvious example, of course, was when Manny Machado crumpled to the ground on Sept. 23, 2013, the first of two serious...

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