The Orioles have been giving up home runs at a record pace this season and Saturday shattered the major league record for homers allowed by the end of April. The 17 hit in the doubleheader sweep by the Twins also set a major league record.
Orioles right-hander Luis Ortiz didn't make a good first impression when he was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Jonathan Schoop deal. He was overweight and out of shape, but arrived at training camp this spring with a new body and a new lease on his baseball life.
What's proved to be a year of seismic changes for the Orioles on and off the field still packed in plenty of actual baseball over the required 162 games, even if it might have been nice for them to mercifully end by about halfway through.
With the mostly intact husk of their recently successful rosters or the newly made-over version without any of the pedigree or star power, these Orioles have lost more often than any other team to wear the colors.
The gulf between where the Orioles are now and where they were — when Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy were winning Gold Glove Awards on the left side and Jonathan Schoop was using one of the game’s strongest infield arms at second base — is vast.
In the second half of July, the Orioles jettisoned All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton, reliever Brad Brach, starter Kevin Gausman, eighth inning set-up man Darren O'Day and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. A look at what sports writers coast to coast had to say on the matter.
It had been obvious for quite some time that the Orioles were going to bail on this season and trade away the veteran nucleus of the team, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that the full magnitude of the long-anticipated rebuild hit home.