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Camden Chat: Saturday's Bird Droppings: Where it's the final weekend of Orioles spring games
The Orioles roster is starting to come together and hoo boy, it is gonna be a rough season. We knew that, but seeing some of these names written down together, and then looking at the sort of lineups that the rival Red Sox and Yankees can trot out is downright depressing. I saw a blog somewhere the other day that said something along the lines of "Mark Trumbo is the most feared hitter in this lineup..." That line alone made me light-headed.<strong>Links</strong>
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Baltimore Sun: 'Just go out there and play': Orioles players discuss low expectations of club in first year of rebuild
Dig past the agenda being set for the Orioles' rebuild -- player development trumping all -- and there's still a game against another major league team every night through September.
The players -- who will be judged most on the 2019 season that begins Thursday at the New York Yankees after an upbeat camp in Sarasota -- have spent the spring trying to reconcile their piece in a large-scale rebuilding plan.
They want to win, of course. And the only ones who expect that to happen might be the players and coaches in Orioles uniforms.
Baltimore Sun: Mike Wright completes his spring audition in Orioles' 4-0 loss to Blue Jays
Right-hander Mike Wright made his last start of the Grapefruit League exhibition season Friday night, pitching four innings in the Orioles' 4-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium.
Wright has been at the front of the competition for one of the last slots in the starting rotation and did nothing to change that during a workmanlike performance against a decent Jays spring lineup.
He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, completing his exhibition statistical line with a 3.32 ERA in 21 2/3 innings. He figures to drop in behind the presumptive top three starters -- Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy -- if the Orioles go with a conventional rotation.
Baltimore Sun: Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli, former Orioles manager, struck by ball in batting practice
New York Yankees guest instructor and former Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli was struck in the head by a ball in batting practice Wednesday and taken to a local hospital.
Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said in an email that Mazzilli "will spend the night at the hospital for observation."
In his only stint as a major league manager, Mazzilli led the Orioles to a 78-84 record and third-place finish in the American League East in 2004 and a 51-56 record in 2005 before he was fired Aug. 5. He served as first base coach for the Yankees under Joe Torre from 2000 to 2003 and bench coach in 2006.
Baltimore Sun: Orioles update: Outfielder Eric Young Jr. gets released after solid spring performance
The Orioles' outfield situation got a little clearer on Friday when the club released Eric Young Jr.
The 33-year-old outfield candidate, who was signed right at the start of spring training, said he was surprised when he was informed that he wouldn't be making the club, but left open the possibility of re-signing with the O's and going to the minor leagues if he doesn't find a major league job.
"A little bit [surprised],'' he said, "but at the same time... I've been through a lot of situations, so there aren't too many situations that can shock me.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles Release Veteran Outfielder Eric Young Jr
The Baltimore Orioles have released outfielder Eric Young Jr., as reported by MASNSports's Roch Kubatko.
Young, a veteran of 10 major league seasons, was signed in early February to a minor-league contract with an invitation to MLB camp.
The soon-to-be 34-year-old was in the midst of an excellent spring training. In his 13 spring training games, he hit .323 (10-31) with seven walks, a home run, one double, and added two stolen bases. The seven walks contributed to his whopping .462 on-base percentage which was part of a very solid .913 OPS.
The move should not surprise Orioles fans.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: The All-Time Opening Day Starting Lineup
The final countdown to Opening Day 2019 has started. We are just six days away from the Baltimore Orioles taking on the New York Yankees and the roster is starting to take shape, but we don't know for certain who will be taking the field for the O's on March 28th.
Assuming Trey Mancini starts in left field and Chris Davis mans first base, every other position will feature a different starter than in 2018. The most notable omission will be, of course, center fielder Adam Jones. Now with Arizona, Jones spent the last 11 Opening Days in center for the O's.
Camden Chat: Friday Bird Droppings: Where things aren't getting better for Chris Davis
Good morning, Camden Chatters.
Can you believe it? We are only six days from the start of the regular season. This time next week, I'll be introducing Friday Bird Droppings like, "Boy, how about that Opening Day game yesterday? That sure was quite a (win/loss)! What a (great/terrible) performance by (Orioles player or players TBD)! Sports, am I right?"
I'll workshop that.
Anyway, the O's are winding down the Grapefruit League schedule and, theoretically, now is when the Birds' expected starters should be rounding into game shape. For Chris Davis, unfortunately, that game shape looks frighteningly similar to what we saw in 2018.
Camden Chat: Orioles positional preview: Outfield
Orioles fans needed to search hard for something to be excited about during spring training. But the outfield situation presented a glimmer of hope. Top prospect Yusniel Diaz raked. Austin Hays proved his health. Anthony Santander showed the promise that made the Orioles want to stash him as a Rule 5 pick. DJ Stewart was coming off a September call up where he hit well.
Despite the talent and spring performance of this group of young outfielders, the new regime in Baltimore reminded us that they are taking the long view despite declaring that spring training would be an open competition.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: More Roster Movement And A Decision Deadline
After granting Alcides Escobar his release on Wednesday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles have reassigned infielder Jack Reinheimer and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp, per MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko.
Pitchers Omar Bencomo and Bo Schultz have been released and are now free agents. Both pitchers were signed right before camp to provide spring training depth and possibly find a diamond in the rough. Unfortunately, neither have worked out for the Orioles.
Reinheimer put together a decent spring (.393/.414/.571 line with four stolen bases) but he isn't on the 40-man roster.
Baltimore Sun: Dylan Bundy stretches out but Orioles can't hold off Red Sox in 6-4 Grapefruit League loss
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy has been looking for a performance like this all spring, and it appears to have come at just the right time.
Bundy, who had allowed 10 earned runs over his previous two starts, held the Boston Red Sox to just a run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 6-4 Grapefruit League loss Wednesday night before a sellout crowd at Ed Smith Stadium.
Just for good measure, he left the game and threw enough extra pitches in the bullpen to replicate an 80-pitch outing.
Camden Chat: Thursday Bird Droppings: Where Opening Day is one week away
There are seven days remaining until the next Orioles game that counts. One week from today, there will be real baseball! If we want to get technical, there was already real baseball yesterday and earlier this morning when the Mariners and Athletics played regular season games in Japan, but since that baseball didn't involve the Orioles, it doesn't matter to me. The only Opening Day that counts is the one where the O's play.
One bit of fun for the O's thanks to those Tokyo games is that they will spend the first eight days of the regular season tied for a wild card spot, since their 0-0 record is equal to 13 other AL teams.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Clearing Up The Middle Infield Competition
It has to be hard to find a middle infielder who Mike Elias hasn't taken a look at since becoming general manager of the Baltimore Orioles. After stockpiling middle infield pieces early on in spring training camp, the competition for second base, shortstop, and backup roles is starting to clear up.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Orioles released 32-year-old shortstop Alcides Escobar, who had an opt-out in his contract set for March 20th. Escobar's release slightly clears up one of many spring training battles still taking place and means the 11-year MLB veteran won't be bringing his .
Baltimore Sun: At Hall of Fame tour, former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina still soaking in 'surprise' election
Two months after he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Mike Mussina still had a hard time believing his good fortune.
"Gratifying is a good word," Mussina said Thursday after touring baseball's shrine to prepare for his July induction. "I'm an example of someone that didn't win a ton of individual awards, I never won a World Series, and I never won 20 games in one season as a starter until the very last season.
"There's a lot of players out there who are going to play their careers similar to mine, so it's an example of the fact that you don't have to win five Cy Young Awards and strike out 4,000 people as a pitcher to be able to be thought of as one of the best that ever played.
Camden Chat: Previewing the AL East: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays finished last season 16 games below .500 at 73-89 -- good for fourth place in the AL East -- with the Orioles acting as the only buffer between them and the division cellar. As far as run differential in 2018, the Blue Jays were in the red (-123).
Since last year, Toronto has slashed its payroll by roughly $44 million, from about $150 million last year to about $106 million this year, according to Spotrac. They also cut ties with manager John Gibbons at the end of the 2018 season after six years running the ship, which doesn't include the four years he managed the club from 2004-2008.