The Royals were coming off their first World Series appearance in decades and clearly were more focused on taking another step forward rather than just trying to get back to the playoffs with the same team.
If Wednesday¿s ALDS Game 5 outcomes were any indicator, this year¿s American League Championship Series should be an entertaining one, but watching the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays play for a ticket to the World Series has to make more Orioles fans gag.
This week 56 years ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox to win the World Series in six games; the first test of an anti-satellite weapon took place; Yuri Gagarin and Georgi Shonin were among the first pilots selected as Soviet cosmonauts; Pan Am began flights around the world; American singer and actor Mario Lanza died; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
The Washington Nationals were eliminated from the playoffs when the New York Mets clinched the National League East title. Less than 24 hours after that the tension building in the Washington clubhouse was front and center for all to see. While the Orioles' possible struggles may be behind closed doors, it was hard to miss the action in the Nationals dugout on Sept. 27 when pitcher Jonathan Papelbon went for the throat of teammate and MVP candidate Bryce Harper.
Astronaut Terry Virts could only take a few items on his mission into outer space, but among those items was an Orioles jersey that he presented to manager Buck Showalter before Monday night¿s game against the Boston Red Sox.
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.
Rob Manfred, who has been promoting increasing youth involvement in baseball since he was elected the 10th commissioner of Major League Baseball in August of 2014, brought that same message to Aberdeen Thursday when he visited the ongoing Cal Ripken World Series.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that the television rights dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals won't be settled until after a judge hands down a decision in the lawsuit filed in New York by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
Right-hander Billy Loes pitched for the Orioles from 1956 to 1959. Before that, in four full years in Brooklyn, Loes pitched in three World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1953 fall classic. But he also made headlines by claiming he'd rather not win 20 games "because they'll expect you to do it every year."
The nine-day 2015 Cal Ripken World Series kicks off July 24, bringing youth baseball players from throughout the U.S. and the world to Harford County, along with well-known figures such as Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The fact that the Orioles and Royals each will send two relief pitchers to Cincinnati next week is emblematic of the outsized role that their bullpens have played in the dramatic resurgence of both franchises. Sure, there have been some pundits grumbling about the presence of setup man Darren O'Day on the AL team, but the best seventh-inning and eighth-inning relievers have been getting more All-Star love in recent years and it's about time.
It was nearly eight years ago to the day when Andy MacPhail stood behind a podium and outlined his immediate plans to fix a once-proud baseball organization that was in a 10-year tailspin. This past week, MacPhail, sounding every bit as assured, vowed to do those same three things as he accepted another significant challenge: resurrecting the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization in steep decline.
It really doesn't matter whether one of baseball's tiniest markets has decided to totally rock the Internet-based All-Star vote or some brilliant miscreants have simply hacked it to monopolize the American League lineup with Kansas City Royals. What matters is that Major League Baseball has left the integrity of the World Series to dangle in the middle of this latest ballot controversy
A decade ago, it was nicknamed the "American League Beast," the biggest, baddest division in all of baseball. It featured the sport's two free-spending behemoths and three other talented but inferior teams that seemingly prayed for the gift of realignment to win a title. But the American League East has become — gasp — anyone's race each season, with four clubs winning the division title in the past five years. Only the Toronto Blue Jays haven't captured the crown recently.
As the Orioles open their three-game series tonight against the Red Sox, all eyes will be on former O¿s pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who will make his third career big-league start tonight against his old team.
The sports fan known as "Marlins Man," who generated widespread curiosity and Internet fame when he sat behind home plate for the World Series, positioned himself at the finish line at the end of the 140th running of the Preakness on Saturday.
In those early days of the struggle for racial justice, when racism was as much express as implied, we found the ability to come together in the general admission area of Memorial Stadium. There we were just people and baseball fans, equally fixated on the events transpiring on the heavenly expanse of lush green grass before us.
The Orioles' 274 wins the past three seasons are the most the franchise has compiled over a three-year span in three decades, when the 1982-'84 teams won 277 games, including the club's last World Series title in 1983. Next season is almost certain to bring major roster turnover.
Stu Miller, the fearless, soft-tossing pitcher who joined the Orioles in the twilight of his career and became an integral part of the team's stellar bullpens of the mid-1960s, died Sunday at his home in Cameron Park, Calif., following a brief illness. He was 87.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly shares some thoughts on free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus' potential fit in the Orioles clubhouse, the deaths of Stu Miller and Hank Peters, and the Hall of Fame voting.
If the point of the Orioles' recent renaissance is to get to the World Series, the emphasis this particular winter has to be on getting better rather than treading water and hoping to roll the dice again next October.
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.