With the end of the 2022 regular season arriving on Wednesday, the season has arrived for look backs on what turned out to be a pleasantly surprising year for the Birds. And, of course, there will be countless previews of the offseason...and the speculation will begin as to what “big name” players the Orioles might … Continue reading 6 Things the Orioles Should Do to Improve the Fan Experience at Camden Yards for 2023
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?
The 2022 All Star Game has come and gone and now it’s time to look ahead to the second half of the baseball season. Here in Birdland – thanks to a remarkably hot stretch in the weeks leading up to the All Star break – that second half figures to be far more interesting than … Continue reading Burning Questions About What the Orioles Might Look Like One Year from Today
We’re coming up on yet another anniversary in Birdland. 35 years ago this Monday – on July 11, 1987 – Bill Ripken made his major league debut for the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. In a game that has been regularly featured on MASN’s Orioles Classics rebroadcasts, Bill went 0-for-3 with a walk in four plate … Continue reading 35 Years Ago: The Arrival of Bill Ripken
Saturday, July 2 marks the six-week anniversary of Adley Rutschman’s major league debut at Camden Yards. In that time, Rutschman has played in 32 games, with the team going 16-16 in those games while Adley has slashed .220/.287/.407. Of course since Rutschman is a highly touted rookie catcher, the comparisons of Rutschman to Matt Wieters … Continue reading How Do Adley Rutschman’s First Six Weeks Compare to Matt Wieters’?