Good morning, Birdland!
The Orioles are back on TV today. They host the Braves at 1 p.m. The game will be on both MASN and MLB Network. So, feel free to blow off work or school and pretend like you are down in sunny Sarasota for the afternoon.
Hopefully it will bring the O's a bit of good luck. Their only win so far this spring came on Sunday, when they were also on TV. Bold prediction: If they continue the trend of winning every game that is shown on MASN then they will have a very good season.
Today's game marks the spring debut of Asher Wojciechowski. The big righty is expected to be a part of the big league rotation, but nothing is set in stone. He is still in a competition for the job, so every spring outing is significant.
Links & Notes
Wind whips Means in his spring debut - School of Roch
Is John Means as good as his rookie stat line indicates? Probably not. But he’s better than he showed in his spring debut. Over 1.1 innings, the O’s lone 2019 all-star allowed two runs on three hits and three strikeouts. Overreactions work both ways.
Thomas Eshelman on scoreless outing versus Boston - Steve Melewski
The Orioles lost both parts of the split-squad double-header on Tuesday by a combined score of 27-6. Not great.
Iglesias heeding wisdom from former mate Votto - Orioles.com
Jose Iglesias is a glove-first major league shortstop. But he did hit a career-high 11 home runs in 2019, and his 85 OPS+ isn’t horrendous for the position. If he can match his average production of the last few seasons then he should be a bargain at $2.5 million this summer.
FanGraphs projects Orioles to face the toughest schedule in MLB - NBC Sports
We all understand that the AL East is quite good. The Yankees are going to be one of the best teams in the league. The Rays will put up a fight for the division. And the Red Sox should be just fine despite losing Mookie Betts. Yay, 2020!
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
It is the 43rd birthday of Josh Towers. The right-handed pitcher was a 15th-round pick of the Orioles in 1996 and went on to appear in 29 games for the Birds between 2001 and 2002.
Baseball Reference doesn’t mention any other significant events regarding the Baltimore Orioles history occurring on February 26, so here are some notable baseball happenings from outside of the Charm City:
1969 - The Red Sox make Carl Yastrzemski the highest-paid player in American League history by signing him to a one-year, $130,000 deal.
2011 - Former manager Joe Torre is named executive vice president of baseball operations for MLB.