Orioles manager Buck Showalter led the Orioles to success as part of a wave taking over the game that emphasize bullpen usage and defense. That the rest of the league caught up and passed them on that front doesn't take away from the success it brought.
Orioles' leadership has been let off the hook far too easily for the Manny Machado debacle and several others that have characterized the team’s pitiful player procurement decisions over the past five years.
A friendly rivalry was almost settled Friday night when Darren O'Day was set to face Ryan Flaherty, but manager Buck Showalter's decision to intentionally walk him avoided that "potential moment" in favor of trying to win the game.
Former Orioles star Nick Markakis is enjoying a career year in the fourth year of his deal with Atlanta, with he and Ryan Flaherty providing the upstart Braves much of what they did for the Orioles, showing what their old team lacks in the process.
On the six-year anniversary of Adam Jones' contract extension that kept him off the free-agent market and in Baltimore through his prime, he and the club reflect on what made the last such deal they signed worthwhile and why others haven't had the same opportunity.
Machado's play on the field had made him one of the game's brightest stars, and even though the Orioles have made an unprecedented effort to keep the club's core intact for the long term, the reality remains that rare stars like Machado don't always stay in one place for long. And free agency looms in two years. That means Lutwin's father, Ivan, has prepared his daughter for a discussion, just like the one his father had with him when his favorite player growing up, Mookie Wilson, was traded
Now that they've made a couple of late-August moves to rectify it, everyone around the Orioles seems comfortable acknowledging it. In settling their revolving doors in the corner outfield spots this season, the standout offense the Orioles have gotten there has been paired with defensive limitations that partially negated the gains.
At the end of last season, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made it clear that he wanted to meet with the team's managing partner, Peter G. Angelos, to emphasize how important it would be to retain the club's key free agents during the offseason. "You see the result of that," Jones said Wednesday as he held court with reporters following the Orioles' first full-squad workout of the spring. Since Jones met with Angelos, the Orioles have committed nearly $285 million through free agency.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones held court following the team's first full-squad workout of spring training Wednesday and touched on a variety of topics, from his desire to meet with club ownership to a pair of new teammates at the corner-outfield spots to the annual rite of prognosticators picking the Orioles to finish last in the American League East.
To pinpoint exactly when the Orioles' 2015 season veered off the tracks and a 96-win division champion became an also-ran, you first have to go back to before the calendar flipped. In early December, three key 2014 Orioles officially signed lucrative four-year deals with other teams. In each instance, executive vice president Dan Duquette had an explanation for letting the player walk.
It is a simple enough matter to break down the past season and find all the reasons why the Orioles did not score enough runs — or distribute them more evenly — to deliver their fans a fourth consecutive winning season. The Orioles offense was consistently inconsistent because it was not built with enough versatility and connectivity to overcome the predictable ebb and flow of a free-swinging lineup with an inordinate dependence on the home run.
Orioles center fielder and team leader Adam Jones has said repeatedly that he will make his opinions known to management and ownership on what he would like to see happen this offseason. On Thursday, while holding court with reporters, he was asked specifically about his feelings toward slugger Chris Davis potentially leaving the team after four-plus seasons as an Oriole. In his typical style, Jones didn't shy away, calling Davis "probably the highest priority" for the Orioles.
There's no question in Steve Pearce's mind what his career highlight has been so far: Picking up Ryan Goins' grounder in the top of the ninth on Sept. 16, 2014, running to first to step on the bag and then throwing his hands up in the air as Camden Yards roared.
The Orioles failed to adequately replace right fielder Nick Markakis last winter, but Gerardo Parra came better late than never. He gives the Orioles both the on-base potential and defensive ability that they lost when Markakis signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.
The Orioles finally designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment Friday after making him a centerpiece of their offseason attempt to upgrade the club's on-base potential and replace popular veteran Nick Markakis. The move was not a surprise, since there was speculation a week ago that he would be clearing some room on the roster soon.