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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

Properly Analyzing The MLB Draft Requires Hindsight, Not Knee-Jerk Reactions

Fans often want to pick apart professional sports drafts the moment they occur, but Dan Connolly says that's ludicrous, especially in baseball, when many draftees don't make it to the majors for several years.

Long Litany Of Reasons For Orioles' Woeful Start

Dan Connolly shares his thoughts on what has made the beginning of the Orioles' 2018 season so painful to endure, even if it isn't the worst stretch, record-wise, in the franchise's history.

Orioles' 2018 Season Hinges On An Improved Starting Rotation

While there will be no shortage of storylines throughout the Orioles' 2018 season, Dan Connolly says what kind of year Baltimore has hinges on one thing: starting pitching.

How Many Games Will The Orioles Win In 2018?

Dan Connolly says the 2018 Orioles look at lot like the 2017 Orioles, which is why he's predicting the team will again win 75 games this season.

Playing WAR Games In Order To Analyze Orioles Pitching Greats

Dan Connolly looks at what modern metrics -- particularly WAR, or Wins Above Replacement -- say about the greatest pitchers in Orioles history.

Eli Manning Saga Brings To Mind Buck Showalter's 'Fallen Star' Phrase

Dan Connolly says the situation with Eli Manning and the New York Giants brings to mind Buck Showalter's homespun vernacular regarding fallen stars.

Is Orioles Catching Prospect Chance Sisco Ready For The Majors?

Dan Connolly says just because catcher Welington Castillo is no longer with the Orioles doesn't mean the Chance Sisco era needs to begin immediately, as the Orioles prospect may need more time to work on his defense in the minors.

To Improve Starting Pitching, Orioles Must Be Willing To Make A Trade

Dan Connolly says Dan Duquette is going to find starting pitching any way he can, but the most logical route is to trade for it -- and trades can easily blow up on you, too.

Skill Was Always There, What's Separated Jonathan Schoop Is The Work Ethic

Despite his breakout, All-Star season, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is still working every day to be better. And Dan Connolly says that's what sets him apart.

It's Hard To Buy Into The Plan Of Hope The Orioles Are Selling

Dan Connolly says the Orioles' trade deadline moves show the organization is hoping the team's struggling starting rotation just works itself out, but in baseball, it doesn't usually work out that way.

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Stan 'The Fan' Charles On What's Next For Former Orioles Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop

Stan "The Fan" Charles reflects back on PressBox's May 2016 cover story on the close relationship between Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop and looks at what's next for the two former Orioles.

Orioles Prospect Ryan McKenna Continuing To Learn From Opportunities

After a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, Baysox outfielder Ryan McKenna is looking forward to his potential role in the Orioles' rebuild. "It seems like we got some good people at the helm," he said. "And I'm looking forward to seeing their vision play out."

If Mike Elias Is Looking For Experienced Manager For Orioles, An Option Could Be ...

Jim Henneman has a suggestion for Orioles GM Mike Elias in his search for the team's next manager -- Boston Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke.

Orioles Non-Tender Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph

The Orioles non-tendered infielder Tim Beckham and catcher Caleb Joseph ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the club announced.

With Manager Hire, Orioles GM Mike Elias Can Further Establish Chain Of Command

For most of the past 25 years, the Orioles have had GMs and managers who have inherited one another. Jim Henneman says Mike Elias' next hire will complete a historic chain of command for the current ownership group.

Ben Reiter: Mike Elias 'Really The Ideal Person' For Orioles GM

Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter, who wrote a book on the Astros' rebuilding process, believes new Orioles GM Mike Elias is "really the ideal person to take over this job" with his ability to combine analytics and scouting.

Orioles Name Sig Mejdal Assistant General Manager, Analytics

The Orioles have named Sig Mejdal the club's assistant general manager, analytics, reporting to executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias.

Orioles' John And Louis Angelos: From Boys To Men

In hiring Mike Elias as the Orioles' next general manager, Stan "The Fan" Charles believes John and Louis Angelos broke out of their father's shadow to begin forging a successful, sustainable path for the club.

Mike Elias Ready To Put Stamp On Orioles As New GM

"We're going to work as fast and as smartly and as hard as possible," new Orioles GM Mike Elias said at his introductory news conference. "We're going to remain focused on the process."

Gary Kendall Deserves Consideration For Orioles' Managerial Job

Jim Henneman says Gary Kendall could be the right man at the right time to be the Baltimore Orioles' next manager.

Orioles Hire Mike Elias As General Manager

The Baltimore Orioles hired former Houston Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias as the team's next general manager, the club announced Nov. 16.

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