To say that the Orioles pitching staff was decimated in 2008 – not by injuries but by opponents’ bats – would be an understatement. Going into the season, the team knew that they would not have reliever Chris Ray for the entire year following Tommy John surgery. But for the most part, the Orioles were […]

The Orioles are currently in last place, seven games behind the first place Red Sox and two games under .500. And while most teams would get discouraged by a record like that, I think even the Orioles brass would admit that things could be a lot worse. When your starting lineup features an aging Melvin […]

– Nope, not Perlozzo’s fault. The Orioles would be far better off if more of their players were like Nick Markakis. – The A’s are torn about the ensuing return of Mike Piazza from the DL (as a DH); so much so that they’ve decided to make him their back-up catcher even though his right […]

Rookies. So young and innocent. So naive and trusting. So….so….skinny. Which of these tender young morsels showed the most promise this year? Which of them is most likely to end up, 15 years down the line, with bum knees, a bad back, an HGH-bloated jaw, a contract his team wants to dump, tobacco-stained teeth, kids […]

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