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A Fun Look Ahead: Projecting Baltimore Orioles 2015 Opening Day Roster

October 22nd, 2014 at 10:38 AM
By Josh Michael

With free agency not beginning until after the World Series, and not much expected to be happening around the Warehouse until then, we thought it would be fun to try and give you our prediction for the Baltimore Orioles 2015 Opening Day Roster.

First, let us just state the obvious, this is simply a "for fun" article as it is practically impossible to predict the Opening Day Roster nearly six months in advance, but we will use some logic and our analysis to try and give it our best shot so far away from April 6.

We are going to go with the assumption of a five-man starting rotation and a seven man bullpen, thus putting 12 pitchers on the roster and 13 position players as that seems to be the norm for Manager Buck Showalter.

So here we go as we try to look through the crystal ball:

Pitchers (12)

  • Chris Tillman
  • Wei-Yin Chen
  • Bud Norris
  • Ubaldo Jimenez
  • Miguel Gonzalez
  • Kevin Gausman
  • Zach Britton
  • Darren O'Day
  • Tommy Hunter
  • Brian Matusz
  • Ryan Webb
  • Steve Johnson

Position Players (13)

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Unlikely Duo in Zach Britton and Steve Pearce Helped Lead Baltimore Orioles in 2014

October 22nd, 2014 at 7:50 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles may not be playing in the World Series this week, but they still had one heck of a 2014 season as they both won their first AL East title and reached the ALCS for the first time since 1997. An unlikely pair in Zach Britton and Steve Pearce were big pieces to the Orioles taking the division title.

Entering spring training back in February, both Pearce and Britton were in similar positions as they did not know if they would even leave Sarasota as members of the Orioles organization.

Britton was out of minor league options and the Orioles starting rotation was pretty crowded, so it became apparent very early that Britton's best shot to make the team would be as a reliever and a long reliever at that. With no options remaining, if Britton had a terrible spring he would have likely been placed on waivers and claimed by another organization.

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Offseason Outlook: Pending Baltimore Orioles Free Agents, Some Big Names

October 21st, 2014 at 9:49 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles are like every other team in baseball in that they will have some tough decisions to make with their pending free agents this offseason, and the Orioles list includes some very big names.

There are the obvious and most talked about names surrounding the Orioles and free agency, but some of the others are also intriguing parts that helped this team win its first AL East Division title since 1997.

Here is the list of the pending free agents for the Orioles that are currently on the 40-man roster:

Those players marked with an asterisk have options for the 2015 season, and before you panic, the Orioles will surely pick up the options for both Chen ($4.75 million) and O'Day ($4.25 million) so you do not have to worry about those two reaching free agency, thus, cross them off the list.

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The World Series Dilemma: Who Do Baltimore Orioles Fans Root for in the Fall Classic?

October 21st, 2014 at 7:46 AM
By Josh Michael

The 2014 World Series is set to begin tonight between the NL Champ San Francisco Giants and the AL Champ Kansas City Royals and unfortunately, Baltimore Orioles fans will have to wait at least one more year before being able to see the Birds back in the Fall Classic. The question for Orioles fans this World Series is who do they root for?

There are basically three answers to this question for O's fans, who saw a red hot Royals team eliminate our Orioles from the postseason just four wins shy of their first World Series berth since 1983: Giants, Royals or who cares.

If vengeance, for lack of a better word, is your cup of tea, then your answer to the question would be to root for the Giants as they try to win their third World Championship in a five-year span, which is pretty historic in its' own right. Some may also elect to root for the giants simply because of their color scheme, which is dangerously close to the Orioles.

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Brian Roberts Retires After 14 Years, So We Look Back at His Baltimore Orioles Career

October 20th, 2014 at 10:29 AM
By Josh Michael

Brian Roberts and the Baltimore Orioles were two things linked at the hip for so many years and, late last week, the former two-time All Star confirmed that he was retiring after 14 Major League seasons. Although his final year in the big leagues was spent in pinstripes, we wanted to take a look back at Roberts' time in an Orioles uniform.

Roberts signed with the New York Yankees prior to the 2014 season, and played his first, and what turned out to be his final, season in a non-Orioles uniform.

While it was weird to see Roberts wear a different uniform, Orioles fans never really generated the animosity towards Roberts that they had against other former Orioles who went to New York, as fans understood that the team had other options at second base and it was the right time for the Orioles and Roberts to part ways.

Now that he has decided to retire from the game, we wanted to highlight the good times that we shared with Roberts in an Orioles uniform.

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