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Hell of a Week for Baltimore…and Now It’s Baseball Season

New (2011) Orioles Cartoon Bird LogoFirst things first: congrats to the Ravens and the city of Baltimore. The Ravens may not be my team but I can’t hate. What’s good for the city is good for me, mostly. Great run, great game. For those of you who live the purple & black, enjoy it. These things (usually) only come around so often.

As we close the book on that chapter, we come to more good news: baseball season.

Hard as it may seem to believe, pitchers and catchers report for the Orioles on February 12. Which is, as of press time, just five days away. The first official full-squad workout is on the 16th, but if some rumblings on Twitter are any indication several players have already set up shop in Sarasota.

Spring Training, even in the darkest years, is always a great time. Baseball’s cool that way. Even when there’s no hope it’s still possible to feel optimistic when those first reports roll in of guys actually suiting up and taking the field for the first time.

This year, for us, it’s different. There is hope. And not hope like we felt it before. Legit hope.

I know it’s common to criticize Dan Duquette for a relatively quiet offseason but I don’t buy that line. I’ll reiterate what I’ve said once before: there haven’t been any major losses, and the same team that won 93 games last year is basically coming back. We also have a full season of Manny Machado to look forward to, along with the possible arrivals of Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. I also like the addition of Jair Jurrjens as a potential high-reward play.

We’ll dig into the details as spring gets underway in earnest but on the whole I’m stoked as hell about this season. And you should be too.

5 comments to Hell of a Week for Baltimore…and Now It’s Baseball Season

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    still speechless from this weekend but definitely psyched to be psyched about baseball season. after that ravens run everything seems possible.

  • dan the man

    I’m 100% fine with this offseason. While it’s completely valid to say the 1st half of the O’s season was impacted largely by luck, I don’t really buy that as much for the 2nd half, when they were one of MLB’s best teams.

    Healthy Nolan (he’ll be fine with lots of DH opps)
    Healthy Nick (wasn’t even around for most of the 2nd half!)
    Healthy Betemit (+ no longer will bat against LHP, I’d bet – Canzler=other half of platoon?)
    B-Rob Shell/Flaherty/Casilla > Andino
    McLouth all year
    Machado all year
    Bundy/Gausman at some point
    Potential for pickups during the year

    We got this y’all.

  • sci

    Watched a segment on AL East contenders this morning at the gym. Started with three logos — Boston, TB, NY. Then morphed into just the Blue Jays logo. Segment then proceeded without one mention of the O’s.

    Separately, ESPN ranked the O’s offseason 28 out of 30 teams. I have yet to read one prediction by a national writer that the O’s will be anything better than around a .500 team.

    Summary: We are right where we want to be.

  • Miles

    @ sci:

    And, specifically, it was the immortal Jim Bowden on ESPN who said the O’s rank 28 of 30.

    Meanwhile, Billy Beane says the O’s can repeat.

    Who do you trust?

  • sci

    Schoenfield from ESPN just predicted the O’s to finish last in AL East in a chat.

    I have two quick predictions for the year:

    1. The O’s will finish with a better record than Boston.

    2. The Yankees will not make the playoffs.