Robert Joseph Weber, who chaired the political science department at McDaniel College for more than a decade, and inspired future lawyers, judges and politicians while seldom giving them A's, died Nov. 12 of cardiac arrest at his Westminster home. He was 79.
Who says the second wild card in baseball has taken the drama out of things? With September now upon us, it seems the entire American League is about to embark on a chase for the league's five playoff spots, with division races and the pursuit of the two additional postseason berths as crowded as ever. The days of pennant races are back again.
Former Johns Hopkins coach Henry Ciccarone Sr. and former Maryland coach Bud Beardmore will be among eight inductees in the second class of the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.
It certainly is no secret in Baltimore and beyond that the Orioles starting rotation is in crisis, which just makes it that much more frustrating for fans to watch from afar as 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta continues along his merry way.
Spring training isn't about perfect endings, which is a good thing for the Orioles, who have spent the final week before the start of the 2016 regular season in the same kind of roster-related turmoil that characterized the early weeks of camp.
Combine the scant major league track record of players coming over from the Korean Baseball Organization, the stark cultural adjustment required when they come over and the heaps of personal and national pride at stake, there's plenty of uncertainty involved in bringing players such as Hyun Soo Kim to the United States.
One of the Orioles' offseason priorities was improving the club's left-handed relief depth, especially given the prospect of fielding an all right-handed rotation. And now, less than two weeks before the regular season begins, Brian Matusz's nagging back injury has left the Orioles devoid of situational left-handed relief options, and the club is scrambling for bullpen help.
The pending addition of slugger Pedro Alvarez adds another 30-home run bat to the Orioles' power-packed lineup, but it also creates a logjam at the designated hitter spot that the club will have to maneuver around this season. When the Orioles' late attempts to sign a corner outfielder failed — their pursuit of outfielder Dexter Fowler proved unsuccessful last month when he returned to the Chicago Cubs and outfielder Austin Jackson turned down more money to sign with the Chicago White Sox