Orioles utility man Hanser Alberto has been a saving grace for manager Brandon Hyde through the first month of the season, hitting better than both his career numbers and the supporting metrics for this season say he should be.
April 28, 2000: Mike Bordick’s seventh home run helps the Orioles defeat the Texas Rangers, 4-3, before an announced 44,092 at Camden Yards. With 29 RBIs, Bordick breaks the one-month team record for RBIs by a shortstop held by Cal Ripken Jr.
Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is the latest addition to the Orioles' loaded outfield mix, and the third trade executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias has made using international signing bonus pool money this spring.
Orioles right-hander Luis Ortiz didn't make a good first impression when he was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Jonathan Schoop deal. He was overweight and out of shape, but arrived at training camp this spring with a new body and a new lease on his baseball life.
Pitching development has barreled forward in recent years, with data-tracking systems, speed cameras and reams of information helping teams refine and advance the arsenals of their young arms. Now the Orioles hope to join the revolution.
The Orioles announced Wednesday that their coaching staff under manager Brandon Hyde will include Tim Cossins, Doug Brocail, Don Long, Arnie Beyeler, José Flores, José Hernández, Howie Clark, and John Wasdin.
Many of the Orioles' prizes from their July teardown trades were dealt by their prior clubs with this week in mind — when they'd have to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. But only one remained to be added by Tuesday's deadline — right-hander Dillon Tate.