Orioles rookie Cedric Mullins is batting leadoff for the first time in his brief major league career, and got some career advice from Kenny Lofton — one of the best to hold that role — before the game.
Former Orioles ace Mike Mussina saw his vote total climb again in the balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but missed out on induction, while Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman earned induction as the class of 2018.
The four players who were predicted to gain induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame got in, meaning that there will be a total of six players inducted on July 29 counting Modern Era Committee inductees Alan Trammell and Jack Morris.
As part of the Major League Baseball Players' Association Players' Choice awards, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was named the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year, which annually recognizes one player for his combination of on-field performance and community dedication.
Nelson Cruz arguably impacted the Orioles more in 2014 than any other one-year-and-done player in club history. If the Orioles and their players loved Cruz, he enjoyed Baltimore and he remains highly productive, why isn't he still an Oriole?
Howard senior Jimmy Cain was recently in Ohio for his older brother Patrick's Senior Day with Ohio Wesleyan when his cell phone was inundated with a flurry of texts. His teammates were notifying him that Reservoir's nine-inning, 2-1 victory over Mt. Hebron had pulled their Lions back into a three-way tie for first place in Howard County. During the six-and-a-half hour ride home, all Cain could think about was getting back on the diamond. He took a break during the journey to talk about this season, last year's breakout all-county campaign, and the team's elaborate dugout handshakes for celebrating various accomplishments.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has made it clear he wants to take his time to fill the club's hitting coach vacancy to ensure the right candidate gets the job, but he said Tuesday that the team is getting closer to making a hire.
Dan Connolly has been talking to several baseball people outside of the Orioles organization for the past week or so about the club's trade possibilities as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches. And everyone basically says the same thing: Dan Duquette will do something.
The decision the Orioles face with Ryan Flaherty was already one of the most difficult ones of the of the spring before major league camp began, and as the team's days in Sarasota whittle away, the 26-year-old utilityman has done nothing to make the organization's choice any easier.
Last March, Jason Pridie was fighting for a roster spot in Oakland Athletics' spring training camp when he received a 50-game suspension for a second failed test for a recreational drug — a "drug of habit" as Major League Baseball calls it. First failed tests are kept confidential.
It was the Orioles' final regular season series in Tampa Bay -- three October games that precluded the team¿s first playoff berth in 15 years ¿ and I was sitting in Orioles manager Buck Showalter¿s office in the visiting clubhouse of Tropicana Field.
On the eve of this year's Winter Meetings, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette re-emphasized that the team's top priority this week is acquiring a middle-of-the-order power bat.
Dan Duquette, the Orioles¿ executive vice president of baseball operations, took some time away from the organization¿s affiliates¿ reception to talk to reporters tonight at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
NASHVILLE -- On the eve of this year's Winter Meetings, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette re-emphasized that the team's top priority is acquiring a middle-of-the-order power bat.
During the Orioles postseason run, manager Buck Showalter often said that 42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer Jim Thome was walking around the clubhouse with the exuberance of a kid playing his first day of Little League.
The Orioles apparently left their bats back in the visitors' clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. They enter tonight's game against the New York Yankees with just six runs in their past three games, which is obviously a pretty big reason why they are trailing the Yankees, 2-1, in the American League Divisional Series. But it's not just that they aren't having any success at the plate. It's which hitters haven't yet come through.
There was some speculation that New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi might drop Alex Rodriguez in Wednesday's lineup because the aging star is 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the series so far. But the lineups are out and Rodriguez is batting third as the Yankees¿ designated hitter.