Everybody in Baltimore knows that Adam Jones is the man. Now the rest of the baseball world knows it, too. Jones wasted no time parlaying the pride that goes with starring on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic into a heroic offensive performance Friday night in a game that could easily have gone in a very different direction.
Welington Castillo, the 29-year-old backstop the Orioles signed to be the successor to longtime catcher Matt Wieters, will be with the club for two weeks before he joins the Dominican Republic WBC team. Castillo concedes he's a little uneasy leaving the Orioles, but the situation isn't as simple as it might seem.
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