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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

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.

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.

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Orioles Will Face Tough Decision On Adam Jones After 2018 Season

After 10 years, it seems hard to fathom a Baltimore Orioles team without Adam Jones in center field, but that's a reality the Orioles could face after the 2018 season.

Where Can The Orioles Find A Left-Handed Starter?

Dan Duquette has said the Baltimore Orioles want to add a left-handed starter this offseason, but what options are out there in the free-agent market or within the organization?

Five Factors That Could Affect Manny Machado's Contract

With Orioles third baseman Manny Machado eligible for free agency a year from now, Rich Dubroff looks at five factors that could affect Machado's contract in 2018.

Where Will The Orioles Find New Starting Pitchers?

It's obvious the Baltimore Orioles must be aggressive in trying to improve on a starting pitching staff that had a 5.70 ERA in 2017, but how will they go about finding new starters?

Orioles Prospect Austin Hays Not Shying Away From Big Stage

"Next year [he'll] find himself fighting for a job in spring training. I like what I see so far," Adam Jones said of Orioles outfield prospect Austin Hays.

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.

Trying To Live Up To Big Contract Has Messed With Orioles' Slugger Chris Davis' Head

Stan "The Fan" Charles says Orioles first baseman Chris Davis needs to do his own mental reset if he's going to return to being on of the most feared sluggers in the game.

Breaking In With Cal Ripken, Orioles Trainer Richie Bancells An Iron Man In His Own Right

Jim Henneman reflects on the career of longtime Orioles trainer Richie Bancells, who recently announced his retirement.

Ricig's World Of Sports: Orioles Fan Offseason Activity No. 724

In his latest sports cartoon with PressBox, Mike Ricigliano looks at Orioles fan offseason activity No. 724: the Ubaldo and Wade Miley "wave."

Photo of the Month: Thank You J.J.

PressBox's October photo of the month looks back on what was likely shortstop J.J. Hardy's final home game as an Oriole.

Stan 'The Fan' Charles' NLCS Preview: Dodgers Vs. Cubs

Stan "The Fan" Charles previews the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs and makes his pick for the NL champion.

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