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Jan 19, 2019

Calling the Pen: One Oriole fan’s perspective as FanFest approaches

A week from today, Oriole fans will be almost within a snowball’s throw of Camden Yards. Standing in the cold outside the Convention Center should spark warm thoughts of shedding the winter coat for an Orioles jersey, the wool hat for a baseball cap, and the gloves for those that catch baseballs. FanFest is a […]
Jan 18, 2019

Diner Question: What would you ask an Orioles legend?

The Orioles are holding their annual FanFest next Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Baltimore Convention Center. One of the most popular parts of the daylong event is the autograph stations that are set up, and this year, three Hall of Famers, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinson join the active players in signing for […]
Jan 17, 2019

Brocail an impressive addition to Orioles’ staff

Most of the reported names on the list of Orioles coaches for 2019 aren’t widely known. However the news that longtime major league pitcher and pitching coach Doug Brocail has been added to manager Brandon Hyde’s staff was greeted with enthusiasm by one longtime observer of the Orioles. “Dylan Bundy will have a breakout year […]
Jan 16, 2019

What will 2019 roster look like?

Pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Fla. four weeks from today, and while there are probably several moves still to be made, let’s look at what a 25-man roster with the current players in the organization could look like. Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is March 28. Pitchers (12) Starters: Dylan Bundy, Alex Cobb, Andrew […]
Jan 15, 2019

A fan’s spring training to-do list

A month from tomorrow, spring training opens in Sarasota, Fla. It will be the 10th spring training for the Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, and while the 2019 team is an enigma, Sarasota isn’t. Attending spring training is on the bucket list of many fans, but sadly few come. I’ve yet to meet […]
Jan 14, 2019

The best way to sum up the Orioles’ offseason is through Billy Joel song titles

The Orioles made some off-the-field news last week with the announcement that legendary musician Billy Joel will perform at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 26. The Piano Man’s concert will be the first live musical performance in the 28-year history of the ballpark. It’s fitting that Joel would be chosen as the debut […]
Jan 14, 2019

Elias keeps adding infielders to Orioles

After word surfaced that the Orioles had reached agreement with their three players eligible for arbitration on Friday and just before the team sent out its letter from new General Manager Mike Elias to season ticket holders, Elias acquired his fourth infielder, Hanser Alberto, in the past month. If Elias’ predecessor, Dan Duquette had added […]
Jan 12, 2019

Calling the Pen: You May Be Right – it’s time for the Piano Man

John Angelos wasn’t playing the Big Shot, but the Orioles’ executive vice president was talking about a Matter of Trust when he announced that Billy Joel would play the first concert in Oriole Park’s 27-year history. “This is the perfect marriage of baseball and live music,” Angelos said Thursday about the July 26th concert. “You […]
Jan 11, 2019

No arbitration for Orioles, Bundy, Givens, Villar agree to contracts

In Mike Elias’ first offseason as Orioles general manager, he gets to avoid going to arbitration with any of the three players who were eligible. On Friday, Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Jonathan Villar, the only three players who could have gone to arbitration agreed to one-year contracts with the team. Bundy, who was the […]
Jan 11, 2019

Orioles payroll to fall significantly in 2019

The Orioles’ payroll will be substantially lower in 2019 than it was last year, and there are fewer players eligible for arbitration. Only Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Jonathan Villar are eligible. A year ago, seven players, all of whom are no longer with the team, were eligible for arbitration, and none ended up in […]
Jan 10, 2019

Oriole Park to host Billy Joel in first concert

BALTIMORE—After 26 years, the Orioles will hold their first concert when Billy Joel performs on July 26. Since Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened in 1992, the Orioles haven’t held any concerts. The most prominent non-sports event was when Pope John Paul II held mass on Oct. 8, 1995. With managing partner Peter Angelos’ declining […]
Jan 10, 2019

Diner Question: Will you attend more Orioles games in 2019?

After a break for the holiday, Dubroff’s Diner is open for a full year of Orioles business. Last season, Orioles attendance fell to a 40-year full-season low of 1,564,192. To conclude 2018, we asked if fans were more optimistic with the hiring of Mike Elias as general manager and Brandon Hyde as manager than they […]
Jan 9, 2019

Cadyn Grenier hopes his second pro year is better than the first

Mike Elias spent part of the Winter Meetings adding three infielders to the Orioles mix. Cadyn Grenier, the shortstop who the Orioles drafted with the 37th overall pick, used the meetings to get acquainted with his new boss. While some of the big-name free agents came into Las Vegas to market themselves and perhaps have […]
Jan 8, 2019

Britton’s big contract reminds Orioles what they’re missing

It’s been a good offseason for two members of the stellar 2014 Orioles bullpen. Over the weekend, it was reported that Zach Britton re-signed with the New York Yankees. On Dec. 21, Andrew Miller signed a two-year, $25 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Miller’s contract is more straightforward than Britton’s. If Miller appears […]
Jan 7, 2019

In the Elias administration, a small move can mean much

Late Friday afternoon, the Orioles made a seemingly minor move, acquiring right-handed reliever Austin Brice on waivers and designating infielder Breyvic Valera for assignment. A day later, Valera was traded to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations. Under normal circumstances, it would be seen as just one of many moves the Orioles would make […]