Four years is an eternity in professional sports. Players get “old” quick. Contracts run out. Reality sets in. And soon, a vivid memory turns gray.
Can you believe it’s been four years since the Delmon Young double? You know which one. The two-base hit that is imprinted on the brain of every Orioles fan. The lined shot down the left field line that paved the way for the then-AL East champions to cruise into the 2014 ALCS.
Four years, 1,461 days (you have to count the leap year!).
There are just two players left from that postseason roster, and that number could quite possibly be down to one, or even zero, by the time Opening Day 2019 rolls around. Adam Jones is almost surely set to sign elsewhere in the off-season. Caleb Joseph is the only other player still hanging around, and the O’s catcher situation is murky, to say the least.
Maybe I’m talking to myself here, but try to enjoy each baseball season as it comes, even this group of guys that was thrown together in 2018. It was a disaster, but there was still something charming about them. The debuts of Cedric Mullins and DJ Stewart. Danny Valencia chucking 91 on the mound. Your new favorite player: Jonathan Villar. Andrew Cashner’s awful hair and bench-cheering antics. And of course the (possible) send offs of Jones and Buck Showalter.
Even when it’s bad, baseball is still pretty great.
Lingering thoughts on Davis - MASN Sports
Roch gives his feeling on the Chris Davis situation. To no surprise, he thinks the team holds onto him through the offseason. Why not? Maybe something magical happens over the winter and he comes back to Sarasota new and improved in February.
Wheelchair users sue Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards - ESPN
Does anyone in the Camden Chat community utilize a wheelchair or regularly attend games at Camden Yards with someone who needs to use a wheelchair? This is the first time I have heard of an issue like this at OPaCY, but clearly this is more prevalent than I realized.
VOTE FOR THE 2018 HANK AARON AWARD - MLB
The O’s nominee is Jones. Should he win the award that goes to the best overall offensive performer in each league? No, no he should not. But if you want to stuff the ballot box for our Cap10, go for it!
The Orioles are slashing payroll. The question on how they’ll allocate those funds remains - The Athletic
This is a nice quick break down of what the O’s payroll situation will look like in 2019. However, while the talk about moving money around to invest it elsewhere sounds nice, there has not been a ton of evidence (so far) that the team is taking steps to do what they say they will. A few international free agents have been signed, which is great, but more needs to be done.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!
Mike Belfiore pitched in one game for the 2013 Birds; he’s 30 years old today. Mike Johnson appeared in 14 games for the ‘97 team; he turns 43.
1986 - With a 6-3 loss to the Tigers, the Orioles clinch their first last-place finish since the franchise moved from St. Louis in 1954.
2012 - The MLB season comes to a close, and the O’s fall two games short of the AL East crown. However, they return to the postseason for the first time since 1997 with a 93-69 record, good enough for the first ever second wild card spot.
2014 - Delmon Young etches his name in Orioles lore. In game two of the ALDS against the Tigers, the Orioles are trailing 6-4. Young steps to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Joakim Soria is on the mound. You know the rest...