My scheduled return home yesterday from Sarasota would have been the ideal time to reflect on six weeks of spring training. Something that I've been doing in its abbreviated form since my actual return on March 14.
In 2019, Orioles pitching prospect Michael Baumann had a special year. The right-hander threw well for both Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie and ended the season as the organization's co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
On Monday, Geoff Arnold would have boarded his first Orioles’ team flight, bound for Baltimore and his initial regular-season game on Thursday. Before that, the Orioles were scheduled for a game at the Naval Academy with the New York Mets.
I should have been flying home this morning from spring training. Should have been waking up at the Marriott inside the Tampa International Airport - a veteran move to drop off the rental car and switch hotels the night prior to departure - and stumbling to my gate after six ...
While checking eBay to see whether anyone is selling liquid hand soap ... I accepted the challenge on Twitter yesterday of naming five jobs that I held before becoming a sportswriter, and discovered that I couldn't complete the list.
The Orioles were supposed to be playing split-squad games tonight against the Twins and Red Sox. The latter would have provided the final division opponent before opening day and the last road trip in the Grapefruit League.
Usually, Mike Elias has easy answers for questions lobbed to him during conferences with the media, whether on the phone or in person. In Thursday’s conference call, he couldn’t give specifics because like everyone else in this country, Elias doesn’t know when the coronavirus emergency will abate.
The Orioles trimmed their camp roster to 50 players yesterday afternoon and reached an important date involving left-hander Wade LeBlanc. Well, it seemed to carry a lot more significance prior to the opening of camp and baseball's complete shutdown.
The Orioles haven't emptied their spring training complex in Sarasota, but the number of players are dwindling. Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias indicated this afternoon in a conference call that most of the Orioles returned home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Orioles held a conference call today with both executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias and senior vice president of community development and communications Jennifer Grondahl to discuss the current shutdown of baseball.
A week ago, I was in Sarasota preparing for the Orioles’ game in Fort Myers that never happened. Seven days later, the impressions of the truncated spring training are still fresh, and here are five that stood out.