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Lessons From Spring Training 2010

Not Much (In Many Ways) With a couple of (frustrating) games between us and the end of Spring Training, we can look back with a nostalgic eye for the days when we were gnawing our teeth about the  struggles of some key players like Matt Wieters, Kevin Millwood, Brad Bergesen, Nolan Reimold, Jeremy Guthrie, and […]

2010 Prospect Preview: Zach Britton

So, my intention here was to write about Troy Patton. Between a hectic life (I’m leaving Rochester behind forever in just a few weeks!) and the creeping realization that I had nothing interesting to say about Patton, I lost my motivation for it. This is not to say Troy Patton doesn’t intrigue me, because he […]

Defining “Meaningful Improvement” For the Orioles

The moment the Orioles‘ 2009 season drew to a close the 2010 season became about two words: Meaningful Improvement. Andy MacPhail said so himself when picking up Dave Trembley‘s option, and O’s fans from blog to bay seized on it as a sign that we were out of rebuilding and on to Phase Two. We […]

Orioles: The Roster Takes Shape

I almost feel guilty writing about this now, since you all have already covered it ably in the comments. That’s the kind of discussion that reminds me why this site exists and gets me stoked for what’s to come. You all are in mid-season form, and it’s much appreciated. In the interest of main page […]

Tillman? Not So Fast.

Presumptive fifth starter Chris Tillman might not be. That’s the word via Britt Ghiroli, echoed by Roch. An impressive performance by David Hernandez today (five shutout innings versus the Red Sox, including escape from a bases-loaded, no-out jam) put the heat on Tillman, who struggled Friday. Jason Berken has stayed strong, as well, and remains […]

Roberts to Play, New Names and Faces

Birdland positively bursts at the seams today with good news. For the first time I feel like Opening Day is in reach, as slowly but surely Spring Training anxiety fades into the background where it belongs. First up we have Brian Roberts, who will finally see game action on Friday. It is, as Schmuck notes, […]

2010 Orioles Position-By-Position: Bullpen

When the Orioles first reported to Sarasota, before performance and injuries began to dominate the discussion, bullpen makeup was the drama to watch. Not so much because it’s exciting, but because it was the main place to look for competition. Only four of the seven spots were guaranteed and at least six guys figured to […]

Randoms (ver. 1/vol. 6)

There’s no way I could talk strictly sports tonight. Not after watching that Maryland–Michigan State game. An absolute heartbreaker. It would have been easier to take had Vasquez not led that late-game rally to put them within a buzzer-beater of the win. I’d rather lose by 20 than go down that way. Such is March. […]