Hall of Famer Leon Day's passion for baseball lives on in his widow. Geraldine Day attended "about a dozen" Orioles games this past season and watched the rest on television, even those on the West Coast.
The Orioles didn't fall short of the World Series by much this year, and the obvious case can be made that the return of some key players will make them a stronger team in 2015. But this is no time to take the pedal off the metal.
When Baseball America's list of the Orioles top 10 prospects was released Monday, there was some backlash from fans about how right-hander Dylan Bundy could still be the organization's top prospect. Bundy sits atop the list for a fourth straight year following a season in which he pitched in just nine games after returning from Tommy John surgery.
Manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette plan to meet, along with team brass, to begin looking to next season. Pitchers and catchers are slated to return for spring training three months from Saturday, and the Orioles face many difficult roster decisions in the meantime.
Despite season-ending injuries to shortstop Manny Machado and catcher Matt Wieters and the late-season suspension of first baseman Chris Davis, this Orioles season's biggest disappointment had to be right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
As the Orioles prepared to leave the visitors' clubhouse Wednesday night after being swept in the American League Championship Series, they understood the harsh reality of today's industry: This group, in its entirety, will never again be together as a team.
The Orioles' "We Won't Stop" season finally came to a screeching halt Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium when the won't-be-beat Kansas City Royals won another nailbiter, 2-1, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
There are more similarities between the Orioles and their American League Championship Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals, than not -- they both have solid pitching, stellar bullpens and play exemplary defense -- but the way they score runs is completely different.
Despite ranking last in the major leagues in home runs and ninth in the AL in runs scored, the Kansas City Royals' 153 stolen bases in the regular season led the major leagues, and they had an 81 percent success rate. But Orioles catchers are primed to stop them in their tracks.
Hundreds of fans turned out to Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday afternoon to welcome the Orioles back to Baltimore, a day after the team finished a sweep of the Tigers in Detroit to clinch a spot in the American League Championship Series.
Behind the scenes, the Orioles front office relies on a range of contributors, from old-school scouts who gauge talent by watching players compete to younger executives adept at the statistics-driven approach captured in "Moneyball," the best-selling book and motion picture.
The Orioles hadn't even thrown a postseason pitch in 2014, and already Orioles manager Buck Showalter has rolled out the heavy artillery. Brooks Robinson, the 1970 World Series MVP, met with the club on Wednesday.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis have different personalities, but when the two take the field together -- as they have on most summer days for the past seven seasons -- they become unified partners for one purpose: capturing the Orioles' first World Series title in 31 years.
In the past year, Zach Britton considered what it would be like to wear a different uniform. But after getting another chance with the Orioles, the left-hander has found a home in a ninth-inning role as the club prepares for the postseason.
TORONTO ¿ Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expected to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team¿s postseason roster.
The starting lineup the Orioles fielded in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre was missing 98 homers and 304 RBIs. Without Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones, Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy, the Orioles were minus a significant amount of offensive punch.
Defense has been one of the keys to the Orioles' success over the past three seasons. But since they lost American League Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado for the season following right-knee surgery in August, the club has struggled to find a steady replacement.
The Orioles are still chasing the American League's best record and are still 2 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Angels for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after both teams lost on Monday.
It's been a year on the move for Glen Burnie's Steve Clevenger, and one that brought him to the right place at the right time: with the Baltimore Orioles just as the team hit a milestone this past week with its first American League Championship since 1997.