Found October 01, 2012 on
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The Phillies have been eliminated from playoff contention and are fighting to finish the season with a winning record. As the season winds down and I am realizing that I will have a lot more time on my hands than I have the last five years, one question remains: Who will I root for this postseason? To me, the choice is easy: Jim Thome and the Baltimore Orioles.
When the Phillies signed Thome this offseason the Phillies fanbase was immediately excited. When the Baltimore Orioles hired former Red Sox General Manager Dan Duquette to fill the same role for them, despite having not run a team since 2002, fans let out a skeptical laugh. But despite the Phillies appearing playoff-bound and the Orioles being cellar-bound, the two swapped fortunes and one fan favorite along the way.
Duquette made no sexy moves this offseason. Some of Duquette's best moves were addition by subtraction and letting talented but underperforming players play. The big free agent acquisition was ut...
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Things are coming down to the wire, leaving Buck Showalter with some decisions to make as to how to utilize his pitching staff:
The Orioles have clinched a play-off spot. Wow. That feels a little weird to write after the last 14 years (especially given expectations going into this season), but it's true. The team is guaranteed at least a Wild Card spot, and given the...
While the Baltimore Orioles have guaranteed their spot in
the postseason, their playoff roster continues to take shape. Baltimore received some good and bad news yesterday regarding two of their injured
players; right fielder Nick Markakis and right-hander Jason Hammel.
The Orioles announced that the pins in Markakis’ thumb won’t
be removed for another week. The 28-year...
The last time our Baltimore Orioles clinched a playoff berth I was 4 years old.
This is new territory for myself as well as the generation that was “lost” in close to a decade and a half of consecutive losing seasons. But that’s all in the past now – we are losers no more, we are playoff starved no more.
But this ride doesnt feel like its coming to an end anytime soon.
After the most eventful Sunday in recent Baltimore Orioles history -- an emergency landing in Jacksonville, Fla., followed by the mathematical clinching of their first postseason berth in 15 years -- star center fielder Adam Jones sought context.
"I didn't know we were going to be as good as we were," Jones said, in a quiet moment at his locker Monday afternoon. "...
Seconds after the Orioles clinched a postseason berth Sunday night, I stared at my phone, waiting for the inevitable.
My brother-in-law, Brian, bombarding me with text messages and demanding that I fulfill a promise to apologize to him in print if the Orioles made the playoffs.
"It should probably start with, 'My brother-in-law is a genius,'" Brian said. "...
The Orioles are on fire going into the playoffs. No? The Orioles are so hot right now that their plane was smoldering as they clinched a postseason spot. No? The Orioles are so smoking good.... Bad puns aside, the Baltimore Orioles showed again Sunday how good they've been this season -- and how distractions aren't much of an issue for a team locked on reversing its history...
The airplane taking the Baltimore Orioles to the Tampa area on Sunday night had its flight diverted to Jacksonville because of smoke in the forward galley.
Michael Stewart, spokesman for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, told The Associated Press that the plane was inspected and deemed OK to fly. The Orioles resumed their trip on the same aircraft, leaving Jacksonville International...
It's been a zany, unpredictable season for the Baltimore Orioles, so perhaps it's only fitting that the magical moment when they clinched a playoff berth occurred while they were on a chartered flight forced to land short of its destination.
Instead of spraying each other with champagne - the intended celebration earlier Sunday - the players exchanged handshakes. And that...
I have a post up this morning over at Camden Depot.breaking down player contribution to this season's team with what GM brought them to town. Enjoy!
Chris Davis hit his 30th home run, rookie Manny Machado lined a go-ahead shot in the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles climbed into a tie atop the AL East by defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Saturday night.
After finishing in the division cellar in each of the previous four seasons, Baltimore (91-67) is now in first place with the New York Yankees. Both teams have four games...
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles honored Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson before Saturday's game with Boston, unveiling a statue of him behind the bullpen in left-center field. Robinson spoke to the press a few minutes later and mentioned the way rookie third baseman Manny Machado's caught his eye. And with the way this season's gone for the Orioles, who else could...
The Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday, then took scoreboard watching to a new level by staying on the field and rooting for the Texas Rangers to beat the Los Angeles Angels.
If the Angels had lost, Baltimore would have clinched its first playoff berth since 1997. After celebrating their fourth straight win, nearly two dozen Orioles gathered around the first-base...
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he's challenged his team to always stay together. They've done that throughout the season and did so once more in an interesting way Sunday afternoon. Moments after the Orioles defeated Boston 6-3 the team came out on to the field at Camden Yards to watch the ninth inning of the Los Angeles-Texas game on the big video board...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb allowed two hits over seven innings Monday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Zobrist hit his 20th homer and Chris Giminez had a two-run double off Wei-Yin Chen as the Rays pulled away from a 1-1 tie in the seventh. Cobb (11-9) yielded a fourth-inning single...
For those of you who forgot, NFL legend Deion Sanders played Major League Baseball with the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds.
Last week, "Neon Deion" got the chance to take some batting practice with the Baltimore Orioles since Orioles manager Buck Showalter coached Deion when he was in the minor leagues with the Yankees.
Check out some of the photos that Deion...