Originally posted on Oriole Post  |  Last updated 3/10/12

This is March in Baltimore. Sixty degrees one day, thirty the next for no apparent reason. Being in education we are in the long period of uninterrupted time between President's Day and Spring Break that just makes the kids antsy and uncooperative. Daylight Savings time means we all start getting up in the darkness again, just as soon as we were all enjoying the sunshine but March does bring us one glorious thing - Spring Training baseball.

The Orioles opened up camp earlier this month and games are under way. Early impressions:

-Chen Wei-Yin is going to be a very good pitcher for us. He has only pitched two innings but his bullpen sessions have brought nothing but good news and he is starting to turn some heads. SI's Jon Heyman tweeted after Chen's start that he could be a "sleeper". I contend that Chen would not be such a "sleeper" if he were picked up by another team, but I digress.

-Brian Roberts is done. Stacey Long over at Camden Chat posted these pictures from the 2012 photo day sessions and I agree that Roberts looks so sad. He looks like a shell of his former self. His small frame is usually balanced out with an athletic physique but no more. A Summer and a half of limited work outs he just looks small. He looks so small that I just don't see how we will possibly see Brian Roberts start in a major league game this year. I honestly predict a contract buyout before Opening Day.

-Brian Matusz isn't "back" yet, but he is rounding the corner and about to pull into "back's" driveway. Yes, he gave up three runs in his first Spring Training start but the most important thing is his velocity. Matusz' velocity was back up in the low 90's consistently throughout his two innings. Matusz' inexplicable drop in velocity last season led to his horrendous nightmare of a Summer. There is no way that Brian Matusz is a 10 ERA pitcher and getting the zip on his pitches back is step one to getting back.

-Nolan Reimold is cursed. Yesterday Nolan Reimold was drilled in the face by an Alex Cobb fastball. Thankfully, he is okay minus a swollen cheek and a chipped back tooth. Reimold is another important key to this team. Reimold burst onto the scene in 2009 but a disastrous '10 campaign set him back. He came on strong toward the end on 2011, as he got more ABs, and has been named the starting left fielder for the team. Reimold has the ability to leadoff as well, something this team needs without Roberts in the lineup. in 2009 Reimold got on-base at a .362 clip, very impressive and useful in the number one slot. Reimold also has very significant power and having a guy who can get on base and have 15+ homer power at the top of the lineup is something that can only help the Orioles going forward.

-Jason Berken will likely not break camp with the team due to injury, and we aren't freaking out about it. The reason why is because of Dan Duquette's offseason. Duquette went out and got as many arms as possible any way possible and now we actually have depth in the bullpen. Last year Berken's injuries put a big hole in the pen and it hurt the team. Now if Berken misses the first month or so of the season it is no big deal because there seems to be an army of relievers waiting to take his place. Every year fans go into the offseason expecting the pen to be a strength but with so many arms competing for so few spots this year it might actually be true.


March is usually long, annoying and boring. Spring Training baseball finally gives me something to talk about and digest over the sameness of the days. But not this year. This year March has been fantastic. You see, on March third I married the love of my life. I met her at a local pup four-and-a-half years ago. We talked about teaching, school, history and I was smitten. I then offered to take her to Opening Day that year, she nearly leapt with excitement, I knew it was love. Fast forward to March third, 2012 when we committed our lives to one another and she made me the happiest man in the world.

This Summer should be fun.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

‘Emotional’ LeBron eager to face Kobe Wednesday

Steve Spurrier says he should have retired after 2014 season

Joe Namath: Jets should take a look at Colin Kaepernick

Aqib Talib intentionally committed facemask during SB

Knicks have ‘real chance’ at Russell Westbrook

No. 1 Villanova reaches new heights under Jay Wright


Twitter, Facebook report engagement decline during Super Bowl

Steve Spurrier becomes special assistant to South Carolina AD

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Unranked Duke uses big first half to beat No.13 Louisville

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

USOC says athletes concerned about Zika shouldn't attend Games

Phil Jackson reunion with Lakers possible?

Would it be smart for the Broncos to franchise Von Miller?

Ten storylines to watch heading into spring training

Seahawks release awesome Marshawn Lynch tribute video

WATCH: Alleged LeSean McCoy fight video surfaces

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker