I'm not much into the self-promotion thing, like my buddy Peter Schmuck, but I wanted to provide a link for my All-Star break report card for the Orioles.

I’ve never graded individual front office officials or managers or coaches, but obviously if I was grading the organization as a whole, the Orioles would get an F for the first half. I would think no explanation is needed, not with the team sporting a league-worst 29-59 record at the break.

However, if you're not convinced, consider the fact that most of the top young players at the major league level have regressed or at least not shown much improvement so far. Consider that the two major free agent acquisitions (Garrett Atkins and Michael Gonzalez) have been huge busts, and Miguel Tejada has been OK, but certainly not a difference maker.

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The blame for those signings obviously rests on the shoulders of president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, but also on the professional scouting department that recommended that the team targets those players. The amateur scouting department and player development officials also have not had a banner first half as very few of the top minor league prospects – Zach Britton and Jake Arrieta would obviously be exceptions – have taken steps forward either. Any way you look at it, the first half has been a thorough, organizational-wide failure, and everybody should be held accountable.

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