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Spring Notes: Win or “Win Now” For the Orioles?

As position players report and spring training gets underway in earnest, any outlook for the 2011 Orioles should include “finishing at or better than .500” as a reasonable goal. That’s not an “If things break our way…” scenario as it has been in the recent past. This year it’s pretty much an expectation. The bar […]

Spring Notes 8

No surprises here: Kevin Millar has been named the cleanup hitter. Or maybe that ought to read “cleanup” hitter, since the absolute maximum expected production out of Millar would be .280 with, say, 18 HR and 85 RBI. But we all knew it was coming, so, eh. — For some strange reason, it seems that […]

Spring Notes 7

<a href=’http://www.thelosscolumn.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/oriolesvig.jpg’ target="blank" title=’baltimore orioles throwback logo 54 to 64’><img class="alignleft" src=’http://www.thelosscolumn.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/oriolesvig.jpg’ width="130" height="175" alt=’baltimore orioles throwback logo 54 to 64′ /></a>Crazy as it seems, we’re just under two weeks away from Opening Day. And as <b>Roch Kubatko</b> <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baseball/bal-orioles317,0,949783.story" target="blank">points out</a>, there are still plenty of decisions left to make. As far as I […]

Spring Notes 6

<a href=’http://www.thelosscolumn.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/6wa05k6i.jpg’ target="blank" title=’baltimore orioles pitcher daniel cabrera’><img class="alignleft" src=’http://www.thelosscolumn.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/6wa05k6i.jpg’ width="150" height="226" alt=’baltimore orioles pitcher daniel cabrera’ /></a><b>–</b> Yes, yes — it’s <i>finally</i> going to be <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baseball/bal-sp.orioles12mar12,0,2434290.story" target="blank"><b>Daniel Cabrera</b>’s year</a>. I like the big guy but I’ll believe this if, and only if, it’s still true in June. <b>–</b> The <b>Blue Jays</b> have added […]

Hernandez Struggling

Jeff Zrebiec is on the line at WBAL right now, talking about (among other things) how Luis Hernandez has looked bad so far this spring. Zrebiec speculates that the Orioles might look for a veteran infielder to fill the starting SS spot, relegating Luis to a utility role. Peter Schmuck also has more on Hernandez’s […]

Spring Notes 5

Two things out of Chicago with regard to the much-rumored Brian Roberts deal: First, some actual reporting that indicates how far off a deal might actually be. Second, more Angelos hate. — Steve Trachsel is willing to help the young guys. Which is good because they will need it. — The Mets are looking for […]

Spring Notes 3

Rough start to the Grapefruit League schedule yesterday. But, really, who cares? Adam Loewen returned to the hill and appears to be fully recovered, so that’s good enough for me. Cross your fingers that a shaky first outing is the worst news we get about him this spring. — Could Brian Roberts possibly be more […]

Spring Notes 1

Keeping up with the Birds as they kick spring training into gear… — Don’t miss Dan Connolly‘s excellent column on the Orioles’ renewed focus on international scouting and development. From Andy MacPhail: “This franchise has spent the money,” MacPhail said. “To me, it’s not a question of how much but where.” People tend to forget […]