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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

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.

Orioles Need More Offensive Balance In 2017 Lineup

Dan Connolly says the Orioles' lineup needs to be diverse. It needs to have guys who can get on base, steal and force the issue when the home run isn't there.

For The Orioles, Making The Playoffs Constitutes Successful Season

Dan Connolly says, for the Orioles, making the playoffs constitutes a successful season, because after all, only one in 30 cities has a tickertape parade each November.

What Orioles Got At Trade Deadline Just Might Be Enough

Dan Connolly says Dan Duquette doesn't always get what he wants, but often, he gets just what the Orioles need.

With All-Star Nods, Unheralded Relievers Finally Earn Recognition

Dan Connolly says Kansas City manager Ned Yost played a significant role in getting middle-relief pitchers the recognition they deserve.

With His Improved Play, Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim Provides Plenty Of Intrigue

Dan Connolly says Hyun Soo Kim's emergence has been one of the most interesting stories of the year for the Orioles -- and it's just getting started.

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Who Is Ahead In The Orioles' Fifth Starter Competition?

One of the biggest questions remaining for the final week of Orioles spring training is the identity of the team's fifth starter, and manager Buck Showalter still has five candidates for the job.

Manny Machado Returns From World Baseball Classic

"It was just unbelievable, the whole experience," Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said of playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Three Observations From Orioles Spring Training

Stan "The Fan" Charles shares his latest observations from spring training, including his take on the Orioles' options for a fifth starter, the team's next great leadoff hitter and more.

Orioles' Mark Trumbo Is Flying Under The Radar

A year ago, the Orioles added outfielders Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez and hit 253 home runs. Despite nearly all their top home run hitters returning, long ball talk has been at a minimum this spring.

Extra-Inning Rule Change No Way To Settle Real Contests

Jim Henneman says MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's rule change placing runners on base at the start of the 11th inning is no way to finish meaningful baseball games.

Is It Time For Orioles To Worry About Seth Smith?

Orioles outfielder Seth Smith hasn't played since March 8 with a sore right hamstring, but manager Buck Showalter said there's still enough time for Smith to be ready for Opening Day.

Top Three Fantasy Baseball Sleepers You Should Draft

Phil Backert highlights three fantasy baseball sleepers you should draft, including Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman.

Wade Miley's Illness Gives Orioles' Unknowns An Unexpected Opportunity

With Wade Miley scratched due to flu-like symptoms, the Orioles used five pitchers imported from minor league camp. "These guys are going to impact our team this year," manager Buck Showalter said.

Orioles' Zach Britton On Track To Open Season

Orioles closer Zach Britton says the discomfort in his left oblique is completely gone and his "focus is really just getting ready for the season."

Three Observations From Orioles Spring Training

Stan "The Fan" Charles shares three observations from Orioles spring training, from Kevin Gausman and Joey Rickard to who will be this year's Rule 5 star.

Craig Gentry Making Great Impression In Orioles Camp

Craig Gentry, added by the Orioles last month on a minor league deal, played in just 40 big league games the past two years while battling injuries, but he's bounced back to have a great camp with Baltimore.

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