Originally posted on The Slanch Report  |  Last updated 4/4/12

It's going to be a long baseball season in Charm City: the once proud Orioles franchise has basically no chance to even come close to competing in the brutal AL East, they hired DAN DUQUETTE as the new GM (despite being out of baseball for a mere decade), the young pitchers haven't developed, and other than Matt Wieters and Adam Jones, there really isn't much in the way of talent on the roster. As if things weren't bad enough already, the Orioles took on the State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) in an exhibition game...and LOST!

Playing 8 innings, the Orioles (who played Wieters and Jones the first five innings) managed a mere 1 run against the vaunted SCF pitching staff. This isn't the first victory for the former Manatees against a big league club, in 2009 the school took on and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates (who featured a young Andrew McCutcheon in the late innings. That Pirates team finished the year 62-99, for Orioles fans everywhere, let's hope that the birds don't suffer a similar record...

Sure, it's just one game and anything can happen on a given day, but at the same time, these are supposed to be professional baseball players and they just lost to a community college.

Sorry Baltimore, there's no hope in sight.

[Bradenton Herald]

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