Turning The O’s Into Instant Contenders

Some people would like to see the O’s really jump into the free agent market this off-season and make some big moves to get the team into contention as soon as next year. Can the team spend their way into the playoffs in 2010? Let’s take a really silly theoretical look. First we need to […]

Rookie of the Year Awards Announced

The Rookie of the Year awards were announced today, with A’s closer Andrew Bailey taking the award in the AL and Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan winning in the NL. I was largely resigned to these decisions, though I don’t think they were correct. My self-righteous indignation and brazen second-guessing can be found at MLB Notebook. An […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Ty Wigginton

In part twenty-five of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at Ty Wigginton… THE FIGHTIN’ CANNONEER*! Wigginton was signed to a two year, $6 M contract this past offseason to be a back-up at multiple infield positions and add some right-handed pop to […]

Matt Wieters Facts Contest

Friend of the blog Right Off Russell is having a contest in which they’re giving away a Matt Wieters Facts T-Shirt to the person who comes up with the best fact by November 20th. “So here is the deal. We would love to give away a Matt Wieters Facts t shirt here at Right Off Russell. […]

2009 O’s Retropective: David Hernandez

In part twenty-four of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at rookie right-hander David Hernandez… THE FIGHTIN’ MINOR LEAGUE STRIKE-OUT MASTER! Hernandez was very effective in Double-A last year, and I expected the 23 year-old to spend 2009 working on his control […]

How About If O’s Trade For Dan Uggla?

More trade rumors, this time with the O’s being interesting in Florida second-baseman Dan Uggla, who they would presumably move to third-base. Uggla can certainly swing the bat with a career .257/.344/.482 line, but his defense isn’t great (-9.6 UZR/150 last year, -2.9 UZR/150 career) and he only has two years before he’s a free […]

Reds’ Harang A Fit For The O’s Rotation?

With news recently that the Cincinnati Reds have to cut payroll for next season, one of the names (and contracts) on the trade-block as a result is starting pitcher Aaron Harang. With the Orioles potentially in need of a rotation upgrade, could Harang be a bow-low candidate for them? Harang was one of the more […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Michael Aubrey

In part twenty-three of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at first-baseman Michael Aubrey… THE FIGHTIN’ POOR MAN’S CASEY KOTCHMAN! The Orioles acquired Aubrey at the end of June for a PTBNL, and I wasn’t too excited about it. I felt it […]

Carlos Delgado An Option At First For The O’s?

In his post of the top 50 free agents at MLB Trade Rumors today, Tim Dierkes had only one guy going to the Orioles – Carlos Delgado. (It should be noted that Troy Glaus, among others, wasn’t on the list.) The O’s do have a hole at first-base, and could certainly use a slugger in […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Guillermo Rodriguez

In part twenty-two of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at fourth-string catcher Guillermo Rodriguez… THE FIGHTIN’ GUY YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF! Rodriguez is a 31 year-old catcher that the O’s picked up this past offseason when the Giants released him. He […]

Third-Base Options For The O’s In 2010

With Melvin Mora’s time in Baltimore over, the O’s have a spot open at third-base next year. Despite his impressive showing in the AFL thus far, top prospect Josh Bell probably needs at least part of another season in the minors before he’s ready. With Ty Wigginton being an atrocious fielder at the hot corner […]

Breaking News? Adam Jones Wins Gold Glove?

Congratulations to Adam Jones for picking up his first Gold Glove this year (if the message on MySpace from Jonathan Jones, his older brother, is accurate; hat-tip to jerios55 (Jason Harrington) at OriolesHangout for the link). “This Guy” wrote: “is happy 4 my lil bro Adam Jones; He just found out he won the Golden Glove […]

JJ Hardy No Longer A Potential O’s Acquisition

I discussed the possibility of the Orioles trading for JJ Hardy previously, and it looks like that potential move is off the table now as the Brewers have dealt him to the Twins for outfielder Carlos Gomez. Is that an offer the O’s could have or should have beaten? Quoting what I said previously about […]

Reviewing Pre-Season Predicted Standings

The baseball season has ended, so it’s time to look back at how badly my pre-season predictions went. Making guesses about the future is hard: I got 3 out of the 4 AL playoff teams correct (though I had the Sox with the AL East title and the Yanks as the Wild Card team), but only 1 […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Cesar Izturis

In part twenty-one of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at shortstop Cesar Izturis… THE FIGHTIN’ GOLD GLOVER! The Orioles 2008 shortstop situation was a disaster, and so to solidify the position the Orioles signed former Gold Glover Cesar Izturis to a […]