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Manny Machado’s drama is someone else’s problem now

Manny Machado is a one-man whirlwind of on-field drama during this NLCS. That’s not news to Orioles fans who’ve seen his worst moments over the years - but it’s not our problem any more.

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Trades and a strong finish cemented Mychal Givens’ status as Orioles’ closer

Givens struggled over the summer but dominated in September, becoming the undisputed closer. He is also the Orioles’ best trade chip.

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Wednesday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Marlins now have more international signing money than the Orioles

In O’s news: updates on the GM search, the future of Duquette and Showalter, and the Birds young lefties should model Keuchel

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Tuesday ALCS + NLCS open thread

Both the ALCS and the NLCS will move along on Tuesday night - Game 3 in the AL of the 1-1 Red Sox-Astros Series, and Game 4 in the NL of the 2-1 Brewers-Dodgers series.

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Yefry Ramirez had an up-and-down season for the Orioles, in more ways than one

Inconsistency in the majors plagued Yefry Ramirez, as he was a frequent member of the Norfolk shuttle in 2018.

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where it’s 35 years since the last Orioles championship

On the anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. catching the last out of the 1983 World Series, he’s apparently not being considered for the Orioles’ vacant team president position.

NLCS Game 3 open thread

Jonathan Villar provided a desperately needed spark to the 2018 Orioles

It’s unclear how long Jonathan Villar will be a part of the Baltimore Orioles, but he has sure been a lot of fun to watch since being acquired at the trade deadline.

Monday Bird Droppings: Where it’s Jim Palmer’s birthday

The Orioles won the 1970 World Series 48 years ago today. Birthday boy Jim Palmer was on that team! Today’s stuff: The farm ranking drops despite the trades, quiet on the GM front, and more.

Sunday Bird Droppings: Where nothing is going on in Birdland

It’s another quiet off season day in Baltimore.

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Saturday NLCS/ALCS open thread

The Brewers and Dodgers played a thrilling Game 1 yesterday, with another game on tap for today. The Red Sox and Astros begin the ALCS later on Saturday night.

Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are staying quiet

In O’s news: the possibility of a Schoop return, updates on the O’s search for a GM and a grim reality.

NLCS Game 1 open thread

The Brewers last lost a game in September. The Dodgers dispatched the Braves fairly easily. They collide for the National League Championship Series starting tonight.

The Orioles were more dysfunctional than we ever wanted to believe

There were vague rumblings of a rift between Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette for years. Now that they’re both gone and don’t have to play nice publicly, we’re starting to see how bad it was.

Renato Núñez showed in 2018 that he can be the Orioles third baseman of right now

Renato Núñez probably isn’t going to be the Orioles answer at third base for the future, but he performed well enough in 2018 to be the third baseman for right now, and that’s something.

Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Manny vs. Schoop showdown begins

The NLCS starts tonight, and there’s room for only one of these two BFFs in the World Series. And in O’s news, the departed Dan Duquette threw shade at the Orioles’ coaches.

Tanner Scott showed flashes of dominance during an erratic 2018 season

The lefty has the stuff to be a force in the back end of a bullpen, but his 2018 campaign proved he still has work to do before he gets there.

Thursday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are losing the edge on Victor Victor

After the July trade deadline, the Orioles had millions more than any other team to offer to Cuban free agent Victor Victor Mesa. Not any more!

Reliever Richard Bleier continued to impress before a season-ending injury

Orioles reliever Richard Bleier has posted three consecutive seasons with a sub-two ERA. He followed up an impressive 2017 season with another strong campaign before a lat strain in June.

Wednesday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles don’t seem to be making progress on hiring a manager or GM

In O’s news: non-tender candidates, an internal managerial option and a new podcast!

Tuesday ALDS Game 4 open thread

The Red Sox could eliminate the Yankees from the postseason with a win tonight. If the Yankees survive, Game 5 will be on Boston on Thursday night.

Former top prospect Chance Sisco did not seize an opportunity in 2018

The rookie backstop’s impressive minor league numbers did not translate to Baltimore. But the future could still be bright for Sisco.

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where it’s the anniversary of the Orioles’ first championship

The Orioles won their first World Series on this date 52 years ago. Will it be 52 years before we see another one?

Monday MLB playoffs open thread

There could have been four games being played today, except that the Rockies offense couldn’t score. Today could be the end for both the Indians and Braves, if they lose.

Austin Wynns worked into the Orioles catching platoon this year and maybe beyond

The Orioles mixed and matched a lot at the catcher position in 2018, but Austin Wynns got a good chunk of playing time as the season wore on.

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Monday Bird Droppings: Where some ex-O’s are moving on to the NLCS

The rest of baseball is going through the postseason, but the Orioles might still be able to start answering some questions about their future this month.

Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles want Victor Victor Mesa

Manny is thriving, the Orioles probably can’t sign Victor Victor, and the playoff system is kind of messed up.

Saturday MLB playoffs open thread

Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where Mike Bordick wants to manage the Orioles

In O’s news: checking in on some prospects and looking at some GM options.

Friday MLB playoffs open thread

All four of MLB’s postseason series will be in action on Friday, starting with Astros and Indians and capped off by Braves and Dodgers, with Rockies-Brewers and Yankees-Red Sox in between.

Under Dan Duquette, the Orioles quickly became winners, then losers, again

The just-departed Orioles GM turned the team from a 69-win afterthought to a 93-win wild card team in one offseason. On the flip side, it was a long fall from 2014 to this year’s 47-115 mess.