It hurts me to write about the Orioles.
I was in Baltimore for some of the golden years. The O's would win at least 90 games every season. There was an "Oriole Way.'' They had an assembly line of Hall of Fame ballplayers from
On and on it went. When the Colts fled to Indianapolis, Baltimore became a baseball-crazed town and the construction of Camden Yards changed the way all future ballparks were built. The Orioles were baseball's model franchise.
Today they are the "once-proud" Orioles. They are the bottom feeders of the American League East, owned and mismanaged by buffoon
But there is hope in 2010. Help is on the way.
It starts with general manager
It's all about the pitching, of course. The Orioles are the franchise that boasted four 20-game winners (Palmer,
The back end of the rotation is sprinkled with kids
The Franchise, of course, is switch-hitting catcher
Baltimore's lineup is not bad.
Markakis knocked in 101 last year. Veterans Tejada (trying third base this year) and first baseman
They've got a few holdovers from the golden days still in the organization.
No one thinks the Orioles have enough to contend this year, especially in the American League East. But maybe they can finish ahead of the Blue Jays. Maybe they can win 80 games.
They need to stop the embarrassment and come back to respectability.