As far as anniversaries go, no one really cares about anything other than round numbers. And when you’re just one year away from a 40th anniversary, well...it stands to reason that next year will bring about a far greater celebration than this year will. But I don’t care. I’m celebrating anyway – because it’s the … Continue reading Tippy Picks Off 3 in One Inning: A Look Back
On Thursday morning, Mike Petrielo of MLB.com posted a tremendous analysis of what is different in Birdland this season. (See: How the Orioles turned their franchise around.) Petrielo concluded that there are four main reasons for the turnaround this season, including an improved starting rotation...an outstanding bullpen...better infield defense...and the emergence of Adley Rutschman as … Continue reading Stability of Starting Rotation Key to O’s Recent Success
This is the third and final entry of my three-part series where I tell stories from the times I’ve met three different Orioles legends. Last Friday, I told the story of when I was yelled at by Earl Weaver in Cooperstown back in 2003. And on Sunday, I told the story of the time I … Continue reading Meeting Orioles Legends: Waiting for Chuck Thompson
Today’s entry is the second in a three-part series where I tell stories from the times I’ve met three different Orioles legends. On Friday, I told the story of when I was yelled at by Earl Weaver in Cooperstown back in 2003. And in the next few days, I’ll tell the story of when I … Continue reading Meeting Orioles Legends: The Time Brooks Robinson “Argued” with Me
With the Orioles in Tampa for a surprisingly important series against the Rays this weekend, let’s step away from the playoff push for just a moment. Today’s entry is the first in a series of three...and it’s just a little bit different. Following the passing of baseball broadcasting legend Vin Scully on August 2, there … Continue reading Meeting Orioles Legends: My Earl Weaver Story
Today is an important anniversary in Birdland. Yet it’s one that comes with a tinge of bitterness...and a question about the future. You see, it was ten years ago tonight that the Orioles announced they would be promoting top prospect Manny Machado from Double-A Bowie to Baltimore the next day – and handing him the … Continue reading 10 Years Ago Today: The O’s Announced a Surprising Promotion… Should They Do it Again Tonight?