From thousands of empty seats at Camden Yards to boos for struggling first basemen Chris Davis, there were plenty of reminders of the Orioles' 2018 futility at the team's 2019 home opener. But the fans who showed up said they were encouraged by the rebuilding club's energy and winning start.
Former Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was always a fascinating case of new-school player-evaluation methods disagreeing with the well-worn traits that baseball has valued for generations. His free agency showed how stark that was, both locally and nationally.
Former Orioles outfielder Adam Jones will be treated "no different" than any other free agent as the Orioles monitor the market this offseason, executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said.
Adam Jones held his annual Ravens tailgate party to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Baltimore and living classrooms on Sunday. He thinks the Orioles are in good hands with Mike Elias as new GM, but has not heard from the Orioles and doesn't know where he'll end up playing next season.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter led the Orioles to success as part of a wave taking over the game that emphasize bullpen usage and defense. That the rest of the league caught up and passed them on that front doesn't take away from the success it brought.
With the mostly intact husk of their recently successful rosters or the newly made-over version without any of the pedigree or star power, these Orioles have lost more often than any other team to wear the colors.
Orioles catcher Chance Sisco wasn’t available in Monday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a cut on his chin and possible concussion suffered when a foul tip hit him in the mask Sunday.
Manager Buck Showalter said it's a "long process" in deciding when Adam Jones will play and that, while the home fans wanting to see him play are a part of it, the Orioles are "trying to satisfy a lot of things right now."
A few weeks to see if their young players can hack it before the team has to begin making plans for 2019 and beyond could make a big difference by the time they and the Orioles are ready for the big time again.
Jones returned to the starting lineup for the series opener against the A’s, perhaps to show everyone that his absence wasn’t punitive or to show that the Orioles are aware of their responsibility to put a competitive team on the field.