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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

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.

At A Crossroads, No Easy Answer To Which Path Orioles Should Take

Dan Connolly says decisions made during the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline may have a profound impact on the Orioles' organization for years to come.

Orioles' Reluctance To Spend On International Amateurs Is Hindering Farm System

Dan Connolly says the Orioles excel at recognizing talent in other organizations and acquiring those players at minimal cost, but there's a conspicuous boulder in the way of making the farm system as good as it should be.

Thoughts On Curtailing Boorish Stadium Behavior From A One-Night Heckler

Dan Connolly admits he was "that guy" once -- the drunken idiot at a sporting event screaming at a professional athlete -- and he says other fans can help police outrageous behavior in the stands.

Five Reasons Why The Orioles Will Be Better In 2017

Dan Connolly lists five reasons he thinks the Orioles will be one game better in 2017, and he says he still believes in Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

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Mike Wright Looking To Prove He Belongs In Orioles' Rotation

Believe it or not, Mike Wright has been with the Orioles' organization longer than nearly all the other players in the clubhouse, but this year the right-hander faces a "do-or-die" spring.

Colby Rasmus Looking Forward To New Start With Orioles

"I like his mentality, the way he goes about the game and manages the game," Colby Rasmus said of Buck Showalter. "I think it will be a good fit for me -- kind of old school -- because I just like to play the game hard, grit my teeth and go out there and go after it."

Jim Henneman Goes To Orioles Spring Training The Old Fashion Way

Jim Henneman wanted to come as close as possible to re-creating a MLB road trip the old fashioned way, so he took the train to Sarasota Fla., for Orioles spring training.

Where Do Orioles Stand After Latest Roster Moves?

Stan "The Fan" Charles and Glenn Clark discuss where the Baltimore Orioles stand after the latest roster moves to add pitchers Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman and outfielder Colby Rasmus.

Orioles Reach Agreement With OF Colby Rasmus On Minor League Deal

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with left-handed hitting outfielder Colby Rasmus on a minor league contract, pending a physical.

Chris Tillman Wants To Prove He Can Win Again For The Orioles

"I'm real happy that Chris Tillman is back," Dan Duquette said of the pitcher's return to the Orioles. "... "We need the veteran leadership that Chris Tillman brought to our clubs from 2012 to 2016."

Jonathan Schoop On The Orioles: 'This Is The Team That Gave Me The Chance'

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop isn't letting his contract status affect his mindset during spring training. "I'm not thinking about an extension," Schoop said. "... I'm coming here to play and train to help my team win."

Orioles Re-Sign Chris Tillman To One-Year Deal

Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles on a one-year, incentive-laden contract, according to reports.

Orioles' Chris Davis: 'I Have To Be A Better Player'

Orioles slugger Chris Davis knew things had to change after last season's disappointing results, and he spent the offseason working with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh on a different approach. "I feel like I'm back to my old self," Davis said.

Andrew Cashner Signing Doesn't Justify Orioles' Decision Not To Rebuild

Glenn Clark has one problem with the Baltimore Orioles' signing of Andrew Cashner. It doesn't give them a roster to contend in the AL East this season and it doesn't help them rebuild for the future.

Orioles' Adam Jones: 'I Want To Win. It's Not About Money'

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones is scheduled to hit free agency this fall. "I want to win. It's not about money. It's winning," he said Feb. 18.

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