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.
As the Orioles search for a top executive stretches on, the work former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington did in building the 2018 World Series champion should stand out for how he ran a complete organization before his dismissal.
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.
Will the game remember Zach Britton for the 47 saves in 47 chances, the 0.54 ERA in 67 innings over 69 games, or his exclusion from the top three vote-getters for the American League Cy Young Award and the immediate — maybe long-term — shift in relief pitching philosophy that was the defining storyline of the playoffs after Showalter didn't use him?
In the top of the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 84th All-Star Game, Adam Jones led off with a double against the Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee, moved to third on a single by the Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer and then scored on a fielder's choice ground out by J.J. Hardy.
Members of the Orioles starting rotation have had their struggles getting deep into games, but right-hander Jason Hammel gave the team a gritty six-inning effort against the Dodgers in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
If there's anything fans will remember about the eighth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Kansas City, it'll probably be seeing flamethrowers Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman light up the radar gun one after the other for the National League.
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.