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Are the Orioles worse off today than they were four years ago? -
"Four years ago, on August 22, 2007 -- the same day the team announced that manager Dave Trembley would return for the 2008 season -- the Orioles endured one of the lowest points in franchise history when the Rangers scored 30 runs on them at Camden Yards. That August 22 was rough, for sure, but four years later, are these Orioles better off than that bunch?" In scoring those 30 runs on 29 hits, the Rangers became the first MLB team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game. It was also an American League record. To make things worse, the Orioles, who led the last-place Rangers, 3-0, before giving up 30 unanswered runs, lost the second half of the doubleheader later that day.

2011 The Year of Abject Failure - Oriole Post

Is Matt Wieters Tired at the Plate? - Dempsey's Army
"The expectations put on Wieters’s expected offensive performance when coming through the ranks in the Minors were so extremely out-of-this-world that for him to have fallen so short of them must demand an explanation of sorts…right?"

MacPhail's status, roster management, former Orioles, etc. -
"I understand this isn’t Little League and hustle alone doesn’t cut it, but let’s not confuse a wide talent gap with overall indifference."

Matthew Taylor: Once intertwined O's careers take divergent paths - MASN
"Two men whose stories began in a fashion so similar that they could both be described by the same paragraph have ridden different narrative arcs ever since. One has become a story of stability featuring great individual success, the other an itinerant tale including the ultimate in team achievement."

Davis not damaged goods in trade, Orioles say - Star-Telegram
"The Baltimore Orioles do not believe the Texas Rangers knowingly traded them damaged goods when they included Chris Davis in a package to acquire right-hander Koji Uehara."