We made it through the All-Star Game. It was painful to say the least. Manny Macahdo did what he could to stay humble and professional and not look forward too much. He was interviewed a thousand different times and asked the same questions about a potential move to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Matt Kemp was interviewed during the game and asked about Machado. He too played coy. But everyone knows what’s going down. Machado is going to be a Dodger, and it will probably happen today.
He also wore this, for some reason:
To be honest, I’m just relieved. The talk has been swirling for months. Manny has been gracious through the whole process. The Orioles have protected the player and seem to have played this as well as you could for waiting until July of a contract year to deal a guy with such talent. Let’s see who comes back in the deal and then judge it from there. Until then, let’s just sit here and cry together for a little while.
Can report with more certainty: Machado to #Dodgers happening. Among remaining questions, in addition to specifics of return beyond OF Yusniel Diaz: How much money, if any, #Orioles will send #Dodgers to secure a better package and help ease LAD’s luxury-tax concerns.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2018
Manfred says Orioles need ‘compelling’ bid to host All-Star Game - Baltimore Baseball
Conservatively speaking, Camden Yards is one of the top five places throughout Major League Baseball to take in a game. The Orioles have been making minor upgrades every single season. The park is kept in pristine condition. How much more compelling does it need to be?
Former Oriole Rich Dauer makes return to coaching at All-Star Game after near-death experience - Baltimore Sun
Something to make you smile on what could be a dark day.
One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Cedric Mullins - Baltimore Sun
The bright spot of all these possible changes coming down the pike are that we will soon get to see the young guys in Baltimore. Of course, it could all go horribly wrong if they can’t hack it, but let’s be positive here, people!
The Manny Machado Sadness Extravaganza - Camden Depot/The Warehouse Podcast
Where will Machado wind up? You may already know by the time you read this. Either way, you should listen to this podcast and join in on the depression that comes with dealing your team’s best player.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!
You only share the day with just one former Oriole. Rudy May turns 74 today. He was a left-handed pitcher in Baltimore during the 1976 and ‘77 seasons. In that time, he had a 3.68 ERA, 98 ERA+ and 3.91 FIP over 61 games (58) starts and 404.0 innings.
Other notable birthdays: Wendy Williams (1964), Vin Diesel (1967), Torii Hunter (1975), M.I.A. (1975), Deion Branch (1979) and Kristen Bell (1980)
1882 - Tony Mullane losses 9-8 to the Baltimore Orioles, but the Louisville Eclipse’s player becomes the first person to pitch with both his left and right hand in a major league game.
2001 - A train derailment in Baltimore spills toxic substances and forces the second game of an Orioles-Rangers doubleheader to be cancelled. Texas won the first game of the day 6-4.
2002 - Orioles shortstop Melvin Mora ties an MLB record by being hit by three pitches in a single game. The O’s beat the Blue Jays 5-4.
2015 - Chris Tillman and Zach Britton combine to throw a one-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. The only base-runners to reach for Detroit were via a single (Ian Kinsler) and a walk (Victor Martinez) in the first inning.