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.
Both the Orioles and Tigers spent all day cooped up in their respective clubhouses as rain threatened Detroit all Saturday afternoon. Once they were let outside for some baseball, it seems the Orioles appreciated that reprieve much more than their hosts.
The Orioles officially introduced new starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the media and the fans during a televised news conference Thursday afternoon, ending days of contract negotiations and medical evaluations that finally resulted in a restructured two-year deal. Gallardo, a historically durable free-agent pitcher whose health came into question during the Orioles' rigorous physical examination process, seemed relieved just to be back in a baseball camp.
It's pretty clear that the Yovani Gallardo deal has not fallen through, at least not yet. Club officials are still evaluating the results of his diagnostic testing and determining whether to go through with the original deal, attempt to renegotiate it to alter the risk/reward equation or just pull out completely.
Questions quickly turned to American Pharoah's future schedule and his potential impact on a struggling sport, but Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat mostly wanted to soak in the moment after the horse won the 2015 Belmont Stakes and horse racing's Triple Crown.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he spoke to Major League Baseball¿s chief baseball officer Joe Torre in the aftermath of Friday¿s strange game in which right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected, but wouldn¿t divulge any details of his conversation.
Over the past three seasons, one of the foundations of the Orioles success has been their defense. But in recent days, it's becoming evident that the team¿s defense isn't up to the standard that manager Buck Showalter has set.
If Derek Jeter could have scripted his perfect ending at Yankee Stadium, it would have looked a lot like what actually happened Thursday night, but it wouldn't have happened if the Orioles hadn't worked so hard on the rewrite.
Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro will not be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the vote of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but three other candidates were selected for enshrinement, the most in one year since 1999.
It would be hard to take serious issue with the three baseball greats who were elected to the Hall of Fame by the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but the selection process always seems to create several levels of intrigue.
Former Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail was at the winter meetings Monday morning as a member of the Hall of Fame veterans committee that unanimously elected managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre into Cooperstown.
The Orioles' improbable run to the postseason wasn¿t enough to earn Buck Showalter the BBWAA American League Manager of the Year Award, but his narrow loss to Oakland's Bob Melvin could take little from savoring a memorable season.
He has more hits than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, a higher career batting average than Mickey Mantle and a higher postseason average than Joe DiMaggio. And it won't be long before Derek Jeter is a new lord of New York Yankees lore.