Apparently the baltimoresun.com readers are as insane as Jack Hill III and I are. The O’s season starts in less than 24 hours, and we’re all so optimistic (at least until Danys Baez starts warming up).
Check out the results of the poll below from baltimoresun.com. Yes, I’ll admit to being part of the majority on this one.
Poll: AL East winner?
Which team will win the American League East this season?
Boston Red Sox (929 responses)
New York Yankees (634 responses)
Orioles (2479 responses)
Tampa Bay Rays (422 responses)
Toronto Blue Jays (48 responses)
This story is actually a week old, but I just ran across it today.
It seems former Oriole Larry Bigbie unwittingly helped blow the cover off of Major League Baseball’s steroid issue.
By the way, a quick check of baseball-reference.com shows the 2005 Orioles (the time when the snitch was in the locker room) having six starters with links to steroids: Palmeiro, Roberts, Tejada, Bigbie, Sosa and Gibbons.
That’s also the team that spent the first three months of the season in first place before sinking like a rock. Oi!
Two big stories involving former Baltimore Orioles are burning up the news wire today.
First, Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty today to federal charges that he lied to congressional investigators about steroids in baseball.
Then, there’s this story about a lawsuit filed against Roberto Alomar.
Is there any way that Albert Belle could be next?
The Orioles made a smart move in locking up Nick Markakis to a long-term deal, but I still haven’t quite figured out their master plan … or if, in fact, they even HAVE a master plan.
The deal the O’s made to get Felix Pie from the Chicago Cubs baffles me. The Orioles are a team way short on starting pitching, yet they gave up Garrett Olson – a starter who had a so-so 2008 – and Class A pitcher Henry Williamson, who struck out 110 batter in 90 innings last season.
They have three closers on the roster – George Sherrill, Chris Ray and Danys Baez – with 30-plus save seasons under their belts. They could have moved Sherrill a month before the trade deadline last year – when it was quite obvious the team was going nowhere – and gotten a king’s ransom for him, but true to form, the O’s held on to him.
The same could be said of Brian Roberts. Wouldn’t it make sense for the O’s to trade him now (or shouldn’t they have last year) and get optimum value for him? Here’s an idea: Get a starting pitcher or two in exchange for Roberts. Just don’t get anymore outfielder/first basemen.
Having missed out on Mark Teixeira and every other big free agent this offseason, the Baltimore Orioles are hoping the signing of Koji Uehara will help get them out of the AL East basement in 2009.
I’m not very confident.
The best quote from Uehara isn’t included in the linked story. When asked how known the Orioles are in Japan, Uehara replied:
“I believe everybody knows Cal Ripken Jr. played for the Baltimore Orioles. I think that’s about it.”
On the plus side … isn’t it great that spring training begins in 30 days??