It’s easy enough to put the Orioles’ abysmal 2018 season into its proper perspective. It was a historically bad end to the brief renaissance that proved it is possible to compete in the big-money American League East in one of Major League Baseball’s smaller markets.
Now, we’re going to find out if it’s possible to do more than that with a new-age general manager and a 21st-century approach to player evaluation and development.
The first step in that direction was taken when John and Louis Angelos ripped the rear-view mirror off their stripped-down franchise and handed the keys to new executive vice president and GM Mike Elias.
There are no guarantees, not after the team...