Good things come in twos this week for the pennant-bound 1983 Orioles: two grand slams, two wins for Mike Boddicker, and two walk-off hits by recent call-up and Mount Saint Joseph alumnus John Stefero.
Like most years, the Orioles’ September roster additions will come in spurts and stops, with no true incentive to call players up before the end of the minor league season with the major league stretch run wholly devoid of competitive meaning.
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.
The Orioles might have avoided a real headache in a year full of them by missing out on Jason Vargas, and despite all that’s gone badly for them this season, it looks like Andrew Cashner was the right pitcher to stabilize their rotation.
Major League Baseball is taking steps to ensure its message of inclusion overcomes the recent bad publicity, while the Orioles have separate procedures to review and monitor players' public social media posts.
Infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 20, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31 for Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day, has hits in six of his first seven games entering Saturday since he joined the Shorebirds.
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.