As it begins a new season, Major League Baseball has a deep roster and a waiting bullpen of suppliers promoting their brands by visibly associating with the sport. MLB grants licenses to Under Armour Inc., Nike Inc., Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. and other companies for products ranging from uniforms and cleats to sunglasses.
When the Orioles traded Jake Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs on July of 2013, he was toiling in Triple-A , still struggling to fulfill tremendous expectations placed on both him by both the club and himself since he had been anointed one of the promising young home-grown arms destined to bring the Orioles back to respectability.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones, the Orioles' two representatives who played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, had similar results in each of their two at-bats during the annual event.
Let's not get too carried away. Free agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is not going to be mistaken for Clayton Kershaw any time soon, but the 30-year-old right-hander who agreed to a four-year deal with the Orioles on Monday is the significant pitching acquisition that Dan Duquette has been trying to pull off for the last four months.
After a record-setting season, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will receive consideration for most of the major awards this fall. But he finished a distant second-place in one vote announced Thursday.
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was picked third overall in ESPN's "franchise player draft," in which 30 ESPN analysts picked which Major League Baseball player they would start their franchise with.
Showalter was announced Wednesday night as one of three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's award after leading the Orioles to a 93-69 record and their first playoff appearance since 1997.
For Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, the line between good and great Saturday night was as thin as one strike. Chen was close, very close, as he turned in a serviceable performance in the O's 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.