Tag Archives: Baltimore Orioles

Not Quite Preview Content

I’ve been a bit lax about updating this site with my latest pieces over the last couple of weeks, so here are links to three of my latest. These weren’t necessarily intended as regular-season-preview content, but they loosely function as such.

On March 16, I took a look back at this winter’s glacial free agent market. In doing so, I identified what some of the offseason’s free agent winners had in common, but the anchor of the piece is a list of the five free agents who were hurt most by the surprisingly stingy market. Note that this piece was written before the Orioles went off-script and gave Alex Cobb a four-year deal for a guaranteed $57 million. That contract recalls the Orioles’ similar belated overpay for Ubaldo Jiménez in 2014 ($50 million, 4 years, signed February 19), a deal which was included in my piece on post-pitchers-and-catchers signings back in February (and which I wrote up for in 2014). The Cobb contract should work out better for the Orioles than the Jiménez deal did, but it remains an inexplicable overpay, particularly in the context of this offseason, for a 30-year-old pitcher who has never made 30 starts or thrown 180 innings in a season and didn’t even make my list of the top 20 free agents back in November.

On March 21, I surveyed the seven teams who are considered locks for the postseason–the Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox, and Yankees–and tried to determine which one of them is most likely to fall short of the playoffs based on the likelihood that at least one of those teams will fail to make it to the postseason.

On March 23, I presented my preseason Misery Index, ranking all 30 teams by how much misery they have brought upon their fans, with an emphasis on recent seasons (the Astros, for example, rank 30th).

Looking at those three topics together, they all seem to focus on the negative, but worry not, this week I’m focusing on the positive, and I’ll have links to those pieces tomorrow.

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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in My Writing


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The Athletic: Manny Machado, shortstop

My latest for The Athletic looks at Manny Machado’s move to shortstop for his walk year, the impact it could have on the Orioles’ wins and losses this season, and the impact it could have on Machado’s potentially record-breaking free agency in the fall.

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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in My Writing


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Fake Cards: 1977 Baltimore Orioles

I created the two cards below in Photoshop for an article I wrote for SB Nation on Reggie Jackson’s 1976 season with the Orioles. Jackson’s lone season in Baltimore always seemed like one lost to history to me, in part because he signed with the Yankees that November, in plenty of time for Topps to airbrush a Yankee uniform on Jackson for his regular-issue 1977 card (worse yet, the base photo is from his days with the A’s per the green-and-gold sleeve of a teammate over his right shoulder).

While I was at it, I couldn’t resist giving Bobby Grich a 1977 Orioles card was well. Grich and Jackson were the Orioles’ two best hitters in 1976, but both signed with other clubs as free agents in November. Grich’s actual 1977 Topps card shows him on the Angels (without a cap, but with an airbrushed collar). Because Grich was capless on his 1976 card as well, he never appeared on a Topps card in the white-front cap the Orioles wore in his final two seasons in Baltimore.

The Jackson card is built from a rare proof of Jackson in an Orioles uniform on a Yankees template and Al Bumbry’s actual 1977 Orioles card. Keith Olbermann owns one of eight of the Jackson proofs known to be in circulation and the card below is built from the scan of that card he posted to his blog two years ago. The Grich card is built from a variety of actual 1977 cards (including Grich’s, Bumbry’s, and Rennie Stennett’s) and photo found on ebay (which was also the source of the two autographs).

1977 Topps Reggie Jackson proof (Orioles Photoshop) 1977 Topps Bob Grich (Orioles Photoshop)

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Baseball Cards, Fake Cards


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Postseason Coverage: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012

I have five pieces up on today, so rather than send out five tweets about them, I thought I’d put the five links here for one-stop shopping. They are:



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