The consensus within baseball circles is that President Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba only can be a good thing for the sport -- although it's too early to tell exactly what changes may occur.
Outfielder Nick Markakis, who had been the longest tenured member of the Orioles before signing a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Braves last week, has taken out a two-page advertisement in Wednesday's Baltimore Sun to thank fans, the city and the organization for his nine seasons with the club.
This is an uncomfortable time for job speculation to be engulfing the guy who is supposed to be totally immersed in improving the Orioles for next season, especially when the other team involved is a close division rival that already has made some big moves in its attempt to jump over them in the standings.
Speculation that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette could be leaving for Toronto was quelled Tuesday after a report that Blue Jays president and chief executive officer Paul Beeston would remain in his current position.
Uncertainty still exists about Dan Duquette's future in Baltimore as he remains the subject of reports that he is a top candidate to take a higher level position with the division rival Toronto Blue Jays.
As the winter meetings open Monday, the biggest question regarding the Orioles has little to do with actual players, but whether Dan Duquette, the team's top baseball executive, will remain in Baltimore.
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.
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 still have a lot of work to do to hold the nucleus of the team together for 2015 and beyond, but the swift signing of shortstop J.J. Hardy goes a long way toward diminishing the uncertainty about their ability to remain competitive for the foreseeable future.
Even before they signed it, a handful of Major League Baseball owners expressed deep misgivings about a 2005 agreement negotiated by Orioles owner Peter Angelos establishing conditions under which the Montreal Expos would move and become the Washington Nationals.
Residents of East 26th Street in Charles Village want financial compensation for having been dramatically displaced from their homes when a landslide in April sent half their block crumbling into railroad tracks below, and have begun taking steps to achieve that goal.
The final vote did not come easy, but Major League Baseball chief operating officer Robert D. Manfred finally achieved the necessary super-majority early Thursday night to become the the 10th commissioner of baseball.
Representatives of Major League Baseball's 30 teams were back behind closed doors Thursday morning, first in a full meeting of all the owners and then in smaller discussion groups. They are expected to begin voting to select the next commissioner by early afternoon.
The Baltimore Orioles defied an order from commissioner Bud Selig to appear at a sanctions hearing and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network filed an $800 million arbitration claim against Major League Baseball in the deepening feud with the Washington Nationals over TV rights fees.
There is a clear favorite in the pending vote to determine who replaces longtime commissioner Bud Selig, but the coronation of Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred is not a foregone conclusion.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that the Orioles' All-Star bid and the current dispute over Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights are not connected — that there is no consideration in holding the All-Star Game hostage from either franchise if the MASN issue continues.
The Annapolis-based Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund will move its headquarters to Baltimore's Locust Point neighborhood next fall, bringing its 240-person workforce to the expanding McHenry Row mixed-use project, the company announced Monday.