Pedro Alvarez's story is not a cautionary tale, because others will endure the same experiences in the future. Alvarez has gone from being viewed as one-time savior of a then-depressing Pittsburgh Pirates franchise to being without a job, forced to wait out an entire offseason before joining the Orioles well into spring training on a modest one-year deal.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was selected Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers' Association of America's American League Manager of the Year for the third time in his 16-year career, winning the honor in a landslide.
As Orioles designated hitter Chris Davis' bat exploded into two pieces in the seventh inning Wednesday, some eyes went on the fractured barrel of Davis¿ bat, which went spinning toward the Orioles dugout. ¿It almost took Nick Johnson's head off,¿ Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. But most eyes followed the ball, which Davis sent onto the grounds-crew roof in right-centerfield for a broken-bat home run.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Curtis Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to rework his swing.