Dirty Little Secrets: The 2014 Edition

Don’t run around telling a lot of people in Baltimore this, but… The 2014 Baltimore Orioles aren’t good at some things. That’s right, they’re not the best team at anything, anything at all. Did I just hurt your feelings? Are you already preparing a response about how wrong I am? If you are, you might want to kill yourself…. or just read ahead a bit. The truth is, the Orioles have a few secrets that are being ignored by overzealous writers and TV analysts everywhere. Continue reading

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Shitty outfielders: The new market inefficiency

Yes, we didn’t give up again just yet.

As was displayed in the classic book “Moneyball”, the key to success in baseball on a limited budget is finding inefficiencies in the baseball market. I believe Dan Duquette and the Orioles are a ttempting to exploit the next great inefficiency. Many have speculated that once OBP started to make money, Billy Beane moved on to try to find undervalued players by exploiting defense and platoons. This has worked magically for the Athletics. The Orioles need to find their own brilliant GM to find skills undervalued by the majority of teams in baseball. I believe he has finally found it: Continue reading

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Bud is no Chuck

Far too often around the Baltimore area I hear people still talk about acquiring Bud Norris as if it was a good thing. I even often hear people say they think he did pretty well for the Orioles after the trade. This kind of mindless drivel coming from the casual baseball fans around Baltimore is the kind that drives me mad. I can’t yell at people I barely know in the streets and in the office, but I can on the internet. Continue reading

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Closing Time

Should you be worried that the Orioles traded away their saves leader from the past two years and haven’t signed a “proven” replacement?

No.  Not at all.  Not even if you put value into saves as a stat category or a basis for judging a pitchers talent (which you shouldn’t because they are not.)

Coffee is for closers

Coffee is for closers

Here is a little breakdown for you regarding “closers” and “saves” Continue reading

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Ain’t no offseason like an Orioles offseason

HEY! HO!

It wouldn’t be an off-season in Baltimore without massive amounts of fan unrest. This year, it seems they are trying to outdo themselves. After falling one game short of the ALCS in 2012, the Orioles had a quiet off-season, much to the chagrin of Orioles fans everywhere. They had no inclination to  take the next steps necessary to take the 2012 team to the next level. With all of the luck that came in 2012, it wasn’t hard to see the 2013 regression coming. Continue reading

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Best Friends Forever

A sad day is upon us. While Brian Roberts has clearly not been worth the big contract extension the Orioles signed him to, just like a few before and after him, he was a bright spot on the team when there weren’t many. In 2005, Brian Roberts was the 6th best player in baseball by WAR. He also average 4.0 WAR between 2003-2009. Brian Roberts has been a very good player for the Orioles. As someone who did not discover their love for baseball until adulthood in the early 2000s, Brian Roberts was immediately one of my favorite players. Players of small stature are also dear to me, for obvious reasons. Brian Roberts as a baseball player tugged at my heart strings. Continue reading

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