Four seasons ruined, millions of dollars lost, and a once proud reputation shattered to pieces. A lesser club – one not possessing either the financial or supporter base strength – probably wouldn’t have survived.
It was 25 years ago, on Monday 6 April 1992, when the first pitch was thrown in Baltimore’s brand new ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (OPACY).
As the Orioles stumble their way through their worst season since 2011, there’s been a number of stars – both young and old – who have felt the wrath of Orioles fans and writers alike.
Brian Matusz and Ubaldo Jimenez aside, not many people within the Orioles organization in recent years have received as much criticism as Dan Duquette has – rightly or wrongly.
Following a thumping three-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs immediately after after the All-Star Break, the Orioles slipped to a season-high seven games below .500, and appeared to be heading towards the trade deadline as sellers.
For reasons other than just what he’s achieved on the field, Adam Jones has always been – and remains – one of the Orioles most popular players.
Following the 2017 MLB Draft last month, the farms of all 30 MLB teams were ranked by numerous baseball writers around the nation, and in the case of the Baltimore Orioles, it came as no surprise they ranked towards the lower end of the scale.
How many times throughout the course of an MLB season do we find ourselves muttering, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint…“?
The All-star Break hasn’t slowed down the best team in baseball, as the Dodgers continue to pull away from their NL West rivals, increasing their division lead to 9.5 games tonight with a 7-1 win over the Marlins.
Regardless of the New York Yankees fortunes throughout the remainder of the 2017 MLB season, there’s no debating that the season is quickly becoming the season of 25-year-old Aaron Judge.
In last Thursday’s piece (here), I outlined why the Orioles need to be sellers as the trade deadline approaches, with basically everyone not named Mancini, Schoop, Bundy, or Gausman at least being put forward for discussion.
The nature of sport, being the great leveler it is, ensures pain and suffering is only a matter of time away for all passionate fans.