In an Orioles bullpen that has faced plenty of turnover one month into the 2019 campaign, Sunday marked perhaps a record day of change. Excluding the three position players manager Brandon Hyde has sent to the mound, the Orioles have deployed 18 relief pitchers this season, the most in baseball.
New San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado arrived at Nationals Park on Friday and said he wasn't talking about Orioles fans when he made a negative comment about Baltimore in a Sports Illustrated interview this spring.
With the loss of C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and others, the Ravens will have to rebuild their defense in a hurry and Baltimore will have to brace for a serious star-power shortage from both of its major professional teams.
Orioles top prospect Yusniel Diaz re-incorporated a leg lift in place of a toe-tap to his swing this year, which he said allows him to be more relaxed at the plate and helped him muscle out his first Grapefruit League home run Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.
When he learned about Manny Machado’s reported $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, young Yankees fan Jacob Carpenter argued he was glad the former Orioles star would not be suiting up in pinstripes, as some in New York had hoped.
Without much incentive to pry their young players away from the end of the minor league season, the Orioles added only infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, the first day rosters expanded past the 25-man limit.
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.
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.