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.
On Sunday, the Orioles will reach the halfway mark of the 2017 MLB season, and it’s likely they’ll do so with a record below .500 – the first time this has occurred since 2011.
Tonight at 7:00pm Eastern, I’ll join Hayley Milon on 47abc to talk about the Orioles, in particular focusing on the abysmal pitching throughout June, the 2017 MLB Draft, J.J. Hardy’s decline, and why the Orioles need to sell as the trade deadline approaches.
Earlier this evening, as I do a few times each week, I sat down in front of my computer with a beer and some chocolate, ready to write about baseball.