Mike Elias added some veteran depth to the bullpen this morning, signing 34-year-old LHP Fernando Abad to a minor league contract.
Orioles fans knew going into today that Mike Elias would make at least one selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, but the organization decided to select four young right-handed pitchers and a catcher this year.
All of 2020, a monumental cloud that was looming over the heads of Oriole fans was the inevitable loss of the Orioles High-A team, the Frederick Keys. Unfortunately, that cloud just rained on us.
Pedro Severino and the Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal that will avoid arbitration for the young catcher.
The Orioles made a few minor moves on Thanksgiving Eve. These moves consisted of designating RHP Thomas Eshelman for assignment and picking up infielder/outfielder Chris Shaw off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.
The 2020 MLB season was one we have never experienced before, and as fans and players alike, we hope it’s one we never see again. However, baseball was still played, and here at The Baltimore Battery, we have come to give readers an extensive breakdown of the 2020 season. This edition is the position playerContinue reading “Orioles 2020 Season Recap: Part 1 – Position Player Breakdown”
The Angelos family has been a staple in Baltimore for many years. The family’s patriarch, Peter Angelos, has been running the Orioles since he bought them in 1993.
With Doug Brocail out of Baltimore, one of the big holes to be filled was the pitching coach position. Many fans wondered if the Elias crew would decide to look outside of the organization. However, it is clear Elias knew exactly who he wanted for the job.
Of the many surprises that the Orioles had in 2020, the dominance of one José Iglesias was surely the top of that list.
The Orioles front office has been busy so far in the new off-season, adding another player today. Yolmer Sánchez, formerly known as Carlos Sánchez, has been claimed off waivers after being let go by the Chicago White Sox.
With the off-season now upon us, the last string to the 2020 season is player awards. Although we know no Oriole player will be in the discussion for MVP, CY Young, or ROY, one of our guys has found a spot as a finalist for the All-MLB team.
As one of the first moves in the Orioles offseason, the Birds have decided to re-sign outfielder Stevie Wilkerson to a minor league deal, that also included an spring training invite. The only position player to ever record a save in a major league game, Wilkerson returns to a very overstuffed minor league outfield. MoreContinue reading “O’s re-sign Stevie Wilkerson to minor league deal”
Just days after the end of the 2020 season that saw the Baltimore Orioles finish with an impressive 25-35 record, the club announced coaches José Flores and Doug Brocail will not return to the team next year.
There you have it folks. The 2020 season has come an end for the Baltimore Orioles. After finishing much better than anyone expected, we all can be happy at the things accomplished by the Orioles this season.
After all the baseball world has been through in 2020, the final day of the season has finally come. A season finale many didn’t think would actually happen due to corona. Yet here we are as the Orioles are set to finish up the 2020 season in Buffalo against the Blue Jays. The Orioles haveContinue reading “O’s take the field for the last time in 2020 in series finale against the Blue Jays: Lineups 9/27/20”
John Means gets to see the mound one more time this season, after turning things around in the second half of 2020. Means is 2-0 with a no decision in his last three starts. In those games, he has only allowed three runs and has pitched 17.2 innings, a big difference from the start ofContinue reading “John Means gets last start as O’s look to bounce back in game 2: Lineup 9/26/20”
Now time for the final weekend of the season, the O’s have one more chance at the Blue Jays, as well as a chance at a 25-win season. At 24-33, the Birds will finish this season with more wins than anyone expected.
Going into Fenway for the last series against the Red Sox, both teams are out of playoff contention. More or less, this series was about securing fourth place, or if you are a part of the tank train, hoping to gain a better draft spot by losing this series.
At 23-31, the Baltimore Orioles travel to Fenway Park for the last time in 2020. In a battle of the two non playoff teams in the AL East, the Orioles have a chance to come out as 25 game winners with three games left. That would be better than most fans would have expected. SomeContinue reading “O’s Begin Final Road Trip in Boston: Game One Lineups 9/22/20”
With the end of the 2020 season quickly approaching in the rear view mirror, the Baltimore Orioles take to the road one last time to put an end to this chaotic season.
Following a solid series win against the Atlanta Braves, the Orioles were slated to finish the 2020 home season with five games against the deadly and poetic Tampa Bay Rays.
As the trade deadline approached in August, the Orioles let go of a couple long-time Orioles in the bullpen. One of these players was Miguel Castro, who was sent to the New York Mets in exchange for pitcher Kevin Smith and a player to be named later.
The Baltimore Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays again Saturday night, their second to last home game on the season.
The Baby Birds kick off their final leg of the last home stand for 2020 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Thursday consists of a doubleheader, with game one finishing a series back from August 27, when that final game was postponed. This current series begins with game two of the doubleheader, consisting of four gamesContinue reading “O’s and Rays finish August series, follow with 4-game set: Series Preview & Game 1 Lineup 9/17/20 – 9/20/20”
A little too late for a Wild Card push following a horrid series against the Yankees, the Orioles looked to bounce back against the Atlanta Braves, an even tougher opponent. But, were they able to do it?
One night after dropping 14 runs on the Atlanta Braves, the Baltimore Orioles fell scoreless in game two, as the offense was no where to be found.
With the final Wild Card spot now seemingly out of reach for the Orioles, they decided to explode offensively on Monday night, scoring 14 runs against the NL-East-leading Atlanta Braves.
This series started a day late, as the rain forced the Orioles and Yankees into four games in three days. Coming into this series, the O’s trailed the Yankees for the Wild Card spot by just 1.5 games. After this series, however, that gap grew exponentially.
Sitting at 20-25, the Orioles look to take game four of this four-game set with hopes to avoid a series sweep.
After dropping both games of Friday’s double header, the Orioles head into game three against the Yankees , now trailing them 3.5 game for the wild card spot.
Due to a rain out Thursday night, the Orioles and Yankees are now billed for a doubleheader, with game one beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET.
The O’s look to make a push for the postseason, but they have to go through the Bronx and defeat the Evil Empire to do it!
The Orioles come roaring into game two against the Mets following an 11 run night for the offense on Tuesday. Six batters had a multi hit game, the O’s hit four long balls, and Cedric Mullins was a HR shy of the cycle. Backed by a solid start by John Means, the Orioles continued theirContinue reading “Orioles vs Mets lineups: 9/9/20”
NY state of mind, huh? The red hot Baltimore Orioles rode into Citi Field on Tuesday to begin a two game series against the Mets, which is part of an 11 game stretch against New York teams. The Birds got on the subway to Queens scorching hot having won their last 3 over the Yankees,Continue reading “Orioles split series with Mets: Series Recap 9/8/20-9/9/20”
The Orioles visit the New York Mets Tuesday evening, kicking off a two-game series to start the road trip.
Coming into the four-game series against the New York Yankees, the Orioles sat at 16-20 and had lost their last 18 to the Evil Empire. After trading away Mychal Givens, Miguel Castro and Tommy Milone, the Orioles pitching staff was looking much different.
The Baltimore Orioles entered this four-game set vs. the New York Yankees having lost their last 18 against the Evil Empire. Looking to turn things around, the Orioles also had a chance to be somewhat of a playoff spoiler for the Yankees. With the Rays comfortably ahead in the AL East, taking two, maybe threeContinue reading “Youngsters shine vs. Yankees; O’s take 3 of 4: Series Recap 9/4/20-9/6/20”
The Orioles and Yankees put an end to this four-game set today, with the Birds in a position to snag the series win. Following a beautiful starting outing by LHP Keegan Akin, another young Orioles prospect gets the bump today, as RHP Dean Kremer gets his first start in the major leagues!
The Orioles come off a doubleheader against the Yankees on Friday where they were finally able to snap the losing streak against the Yankees that stood at 19.
The New York Yankees are coming to town, looking to continue their win streak against the Orioles. With the Rays comfortably ahead of the Yankees in the AL East with a lead of five games, the Orioles certainly would pick a good time to end that losing streak today in game one of this doubleheader.
On the busiest day of the season, the 14-19 Baltimore Orioles look to avoid the break today, as they face off against the Toronto/Buffalo Blue Jays.
With the ever-growing shadow of the August 31 Trade Deadline looming above all of baseball, the Orioles have decided themselves as sellers and kicked off this trading season.
The Orioles go into game two of this three-game set against the Rays in Tampa, looking to even this series at one game a piece.
The struggling Baltimore Orioles hosted the Boston Red Sox for a four-game series starting on Thursday. Coming into this series having lost their last four and losing possession of third place in the A.L. East, the Orioles desperately needed some wins in this series.
With many obstacles standing in the Orioles way in 2020, maybe none reached the heart of O’s fans quite as much as the news of Trey Mancini being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. The 2019 Orioles MVP, losing Mancini was a dagger in the heart off and on the field. So, what happens whenContinue reading “Anthony Santander: O’s unlikely MVP”
2020 has been a year, although not over yet, that will go down in history for many things. In baseball, that is no different. To many people’s surprise, the Orioles are atop the A.L. and are continuing to win baseball games.
The red hot and under-appreciated Baltimore Orioles come home to start a three-game and some change series against the neighboring Washington Nationals.
The Orioles came out of the three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with heads held high. However, the Miami Marlins would come to town and shake that all up.
Now a little over two weeks into the start of this once in a lifetime 2020 MLB season, it finally feels like baseball season.
Orioles left-handed reliever, Richard Bleier, has been shipped to the Miami Marlins, with a player to be named later as the return.
Following the postponement of the Orioles home opener against the Miami Marlins, the Orioles held their opener on Wednesday instead, hosting the powerhouse New York Yankees.
During the Orioles’ first exhibition game of this revamped spring training, Stevie Wilkerson picked up where he left off last season; making incredible catches in the outfield.
According to Dan Connolly of The Athletic, shortstop Richie Martin fractured his right wrist during an intersquad game Friday.
After months of disagreement, Rob Manfred has finally announced that the MLB will hold a shortened season starting July 23-24. Teams are to report to Spring Training 2.0 on July 1.
In a beautiful article posted on ThePlayersTribune.com, Trey Mancini himself wrote about his recent cancer diagnosis and how his love for baseball has helped him through.
Now into mid-April with no baseball seen in the near future, two former Orioles decided to hang up their cleats. Mark Reynolds and Steve Pearce were short term residents here in Baltimore, but both assisted in playoff runs that we will never forget.
Happy Sunday, everyone! We at The Baltimore Battery hope everyone is enjoying their quarantine! Baseball season has yet to return, so we fill that void with The Baltimore Battery’s fourth edition of Battery Q&A!
As we approach what would have been Opening Day 2020, we are forced to relish in memories of former Opening Days. For the Baltimore Orioles, there are many fond memories of Opening Day, and we at The Baltimore Battery have decided to show you our top 5 memories. 5. 1954: The Orioles first Opening DayContinue reading “Top 5 Orioles Opening Day memories”
With coronavirus suspending spring training and pushing back Opening Day, it’s safe to say this is a very awkward situation for the Orioles. Inspired by these events, The Baltimore Battery has decided to talk about our top 5 most awkward moments ever in Orioles baseball! Without further ado, let the awkwardness begin! 5. Brian MatuszContinue reading “Top 5 awkward Baltimore Oriole moments”
Amid the frenzied madness caused by the recent rise of the Coronavirus, Major League Baseball has decided to suspend spring training. The league will also push back the start of the regular season by at least two weeks, as said earlier today by Commisioner Rob Manfred.
The Orioles travel to TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, for a showdown with our AL East rival Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles host a night game this evening at Ed Smith Stadium, as Nick Markakis and the Atlanta Braves come to visit at 6:05 p.m.
The Orioles return home to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, for the second matchup of the spring against the New York Yankees.
The Baltimore Orioles visit the Tampa Bay Rays in their spring home at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, FL, at 1:05 p.m. ET.
The first Friday in March saw a few moves for the Baltimore Orioles, a couple of them questionable. First let’s start with the players moved to minor league camps.
The Baltimore Orioles make a trip to the New York Yankees for one of only two matchups between these two clubs before their Opening Day showdown.
The Baltimore Orioles are making a visit to their neighbors, the Nationals, in their spring training park today at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida.
To finally conclude The Baltimore Battery’s top 30 Oriole prospects is the first overall pick in the 2019 draft, catcher Adley Rutschman.
The Baltimore Orioles will host the Miami Marlins on this leap day at beautiful Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.
A monumental discussion coming into the 2020 offseason, as it has been for the last couple years, is Chris Davis.
In an offseason that has seen a load of moves for potential starting pitchers, the Orioles haven’t called it quits yet.
With FanFest no longer a winter tradition for Orioles fans, many were upset with the lack of player-fan interaction. However over this past weekend, the Birdland Caravan made its way around Maryland to bring the players to the fans.
With the Orioles in a constant pursuit for starting pitching, a deal with the 35-year-old veteran Wade LeBlanc seems to be a valuable signing.
Up next on The Baltimore Battery’s Prospect Profiles Countdown is left-handed outfielder, Kyle Stowers. Turning 22 in early January, Stowers was drafted by the Orioles 71st overall in the June draft of 2019.
Up next on The Baltimore Battery’s Prospect Profiles is 22-year-old outfielder, No. 13 overall prospect Ryan McKenna. McKenna was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft and later signed with the Orioles out of.
Drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft is our No. 14 ranked prospect, middle infielder Adam Hall. Measuring at 6 feet even, Hall is 20 years old and throws and bats right-handed.
Throughout the long history of the Baltimore Orioles, few have had an impact on the team and community like Adam Jones had. After one season in Arizona in 2019 that followed an 11-year reign in Baltimore, the San Diego native has agreed to a two-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes.
The Winter Meetings are officially underway, as the Orioles have claimed right-handed pitcher Marcos Diplan off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.
Following multiple moves by the Orioles in the first couple days of this past week, Mike Elias made another move, this time hiring former Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves manager, Fredi González, as a major league coach.
A day after sending Jonathan Villar to the Miami Marlins, the Orioles made another move this afternoon. This one is a splash, as Orioles GM Mike Elias sends Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for four minor league pitchers, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN
In order to avoid the Rule 5 draft on December 12, the Orioles have selected the contracts of Ryan Mountcastle, Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer, and Ryan McKenna.
Starting in 2020, the Baltimore Orioles are moving the start of home games before memorial day and after labor day, to 6:35 PM ET, as said by Steve Melewski of masnsports.
When you think of a ninth round draft pick, you wouldn’t normally associate that pick with being a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Luckily for Oriole fans, we can do just that. John Means will add one more accolade to his fantastic rookie campaign.
Next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is the 22-year-old Australian kid, left-handed pitcher Alex Wells. After signing with the Orioles via international free agency, Wells pitcher for Australia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The Baltimore Orioles made a couple roster moves today, including the pick up of infielder Pat Valaika from the Colorado Rockies. Along with that claim, pitchers Ryan Eades, Luis Ortiz, Josh Rogers, and Tanner Scott have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Coming in at number 21 on The Baltimore Battery’s top 30 prospect countdown is 22 year-old 2B/SS Cadyn Grenier. Formally a 21st round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2015, Grenier elected to go to college at Oregon State. Grenier was later drafted by the Orioles in 2018.
Up next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is 23-year-old infielder, Rylan Bannon. Bannon was selected in the eighth round of the 2017 draft by the Dodgers. As a part of the Manny Machado deal, Bannon came over to the Orioles in July of 2018.
Fan Fest was an annual occurrence here in downtown Baltimore, and it was known as one of the best ways for fans to personally connect with the Orioles players. Unfortunately, among the plethora of changes to the Orioles organization, Fan Fest will not return to Baltimore in 2020.
Next up on Prospect Profiles is 23 year old Zach Pop. The hard throwing right handed relief pitcher was drafted 220th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. Coming to Baltimore in the Manny Machado deal, Pop immediately showed himself as a potential building block.
DJ Stewart, who was the Orioles’ first round draft pick in 2015, underwent microfracture surgery on his right ankle Thursday, October 18. Stewart is expected to resume baseball activities towards the end of spring training.
Up next on Prospect Profiles is switch hitting catcher, 24-year-old Brett Cumberland. Cumberland is the No. 29 ranked prospect in the Orioles farm system, currently playing in Bowie with the Baysox. Cumberland, who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2016, was traded to Baltimore as a part of the Kevin Gausman Deal.
In the five year span that the Baltimore Orioles were among the leagues best in 2012-16, many players played a part in that success. Whether they were bred in the Orioles system, short lived free agent signings, or even just minor leaguers, many of those players have went on to find success with other teams.
With the offseason just starting for the Baltimore Orioles, General Manager Mike Elias has already been a busy man. It has been announced that assistant hitting coach Howie Clark, bullpen coach John Wasdin, and first base coach/outfield instructor Arnie Beyeler have been dismissed from their duties.
As change has come in Baltimore, it is no surprise Brady Anderson is among the list of firings. After missing the 2019 season due to family reasons, the new Elias regime looked to cut ties with the long-time Oriole.
When we think of Baltimore Orioles infielder Hanser Alberto, other names like Derek Jeter do not seem to fall into the same category. However, it is time we put Alberto in that equation.
In the illustrious history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a lot of memorable things have happened. From it’s opening in 1992, to hosting the 2014 ALCS, there are a lot of choices. I’m here to present the top 5 moments experienced in beautiful Camden Yards.