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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

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.

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.

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Darren O'Day Is Back, Hopes Orioles Start Turning Things Around

After missing most of June, right-hander Darren O'Day has returned from the disabled list, while Zach Britton and others are trying to make it back as well.

Shocking Power Surge Has Rays Looking Like Playoff Team

Jim Henneman says, so far, the Tampa Bay Rays have been the biggest surprise of the 2017 baseball season, and he wouldn't be surprised if they make a run at the AL East title.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver-Wire Watch: June 23, 2017

Phil Backert surveys the fantasy baseball waiver wire, and he says owners should target Astros starting pitcher Mike Fiers and Braves starter Sean Newcomb.

Orioles Fall To Cleveland As Runs-Allowed Streak Continues

During a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians June 22, the Orioles extended their streak of allowing five or more runs in a game to 19, one short of the major league record,

Orioles Closer Zach Britton Takes First Step In Recovery

"I feel really good. I feel normal, and I think that's the biggest thing is just coming in and feeling how you normally would after throwing," Orioles closer Zach Britton said after his rehab start with Aberdeen.

Kevin Gausman Better, But Not Good Enough As Orioles Fall To Cleveland

"You take the positives and try to forget the negatives. I think one of the huge positives to take out of this is I'm throwing the ball really good right now," Orioles starter Kevin Gausman said after the Orioles fell to Cleveland, 5-1.

Injuries To Zach Britton, Darren O'Day A Major Factor In Orioles' Pitching Woes

Rich Dubroff looks at the domino effect the injuries to Zach Britton and Darren O'Day have created for the Orioles' bullpen, and he says once Britton and O'Day return from the DL, the bullpen should again become a strength.

Manny Machado's Big Night Gives Orioles A Big Win

"We've all got to stick together and do what we've got to do as a team," said Manny Machado after his first four-hit game and first two-home run game of 2017 helped the Orioles edge the Indians, 6-5, June 20.

Baysox Right-Hander Lucas Long: New Role 'Keeps Me On My Toes'

Orioles prospect Lucas Long has shifted mostly to a bullpen role with the Bowie Baysox this season, and he's handled the transition well and says he's enjoying his new role.

Keys' Austin Hays 'Just Playing Every Day And Having Fun Doing It'

Frederick Keys center fielder Austin Hays is one of the top outfield prospects in the Orioles' farm system, but he isn't looking too far ahead. "When they say I'm ready, then that means I'm ready," Hays said.

Dylan Bundy Has Rough Outing As Orioles Suffer Lopsided Shutout Loss

"I'm not commanding the baseball and throwing it where I want to and getting ahead of hitters like I did early in the season," Dylan Bundy said after the Orioles' 12-0 loss to the Indians June 19. "I want to get back to that."

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