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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

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.

World Baseball Classic Isn't Perfect, But It Should Continue

Dan Connolly says he understands the criticism the World Baseball Classic receives, however, U.S. aside, it's important to the countries that participate and their fans, which is really what it's all about.

Orioles' 2017 Success Hinges On Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman

Dan Connolly says, fair or not, the 2017 Orioles will rise or fall based on the performances of young right-handers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.

Among Fans, Optimism Currently Higher For Orioles Than Ravens

Dan Connolly says for the first time in two decades, the Orioles may be in a better spot to succeed in the near future than their football-playing brethren, the Ravens.

Orioles Should Consider Trading Manny Machado, Zach Britton For Future Gains

Dan Connolly says the Orioles can make some tough choices now, like trading Zach Britton and Manny Machado, to create a new foundation for 2018 and beyond.

Changes Needed To Boost Prestige Of Reliever Awards

Dan Connolly says Zach Britton's exclusion from the list of Cy Young finalists proves the award is officially for starters only, so MLB should find a way to properly recognize relievers.

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Walks Kill Orioles Chances In 5-4 Loss To Angels

Three pitchers combined for nine walks. Three of them scored, and the Orioles dropped further behind in the race for an American League wild-card spot Aug 20.

J.J. Hardy Ready To Start Rehab Assignment

J.J. Hardy will begin his rehab assignment Aug. 21 for Triple-A Norfolk and he told manager Buck Showalter he'd like to play all nine innings.

Kevin Gausman Allows Four Home Runs As Orioles Lose, 5-1

Kevin Gausman gave up four home runs in the first four innings as the Orioles fell to the Los Angeles Angels. “It's that time of year. Mistakes go a long way,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

1992 Orioles Remember Johnny Oates

As 20 members of the 1992 Orioles gathered to celebrate the 25-year existence of Oriole Park at Camden Yards the weekend of Aug. 19, a name often mentioned by them was the late Johnny Oates, who managed the Orioles from 1991-1994.

Manny Machado's Three-Homer Night Ends Grandly For Orioles

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hit a walk-off grand slam as part of a three-homer night to clinch a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Aug. 18.

Twenty-Five Years Later, 1992 Orioles Players Return To Oriole Park

Nineteen players and one coach from the 1992 Orioles returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to celebrate the ballpark's 25 years in existence, including Cal Ripken Jr., Chris Hoiles and Rick Sutcliffe.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver-Wire Watch: Aug. 18, 2017

Phil Backert surveys the fantasy baseball waiver wire, and he suggests owners target St. Louis Cardinals reliever Tyler Lyons and Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario.

As Manny Machado And Kevin Gausman Go, So Go The Orioles

Stan "The Fan" Charles says the Orioles' fortunes this season -- and next -- are largely dependent on how well third baseman Manny Machado and starter Kevin Gausman perform.

Despite Frustrating Road Trip, Orioles Still In Playoff Hunt

The Orioles' 10-game, West Coast road trip is finished, and while it was a disappointment, the Orioles are still in the playoff hunt and there are reasons for optimism.

Five Things To Know About Orioles Starter Jeremy Hellickson

Here are five things to know about Jeremy Hellickson, Orioles starting pitcher and former American League Rookie of the Year.

Orioles End West Coast Trip With 7-6 Loss To Mariners

"It's been a long trip," Buck Showalter said after the Orioles went 4-6 on their West Coast trip. "We have a chance to roll the dice the last six weeks and that's what we hope to do -- compete with a chance to play in October."



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