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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

Properly Analyzing The MLB Draft Requires Hindsight, Not Knee-Jerk Reactions

Fans often want to pick apart professional sports drafts the moment they occur, but Dan Connolly says that's ludicrous, especially in baseball, when many draftees don't make it to the majors for several years.

Long Litany Of Reasons For Orioles' Woeful Start

Dan Connolly shares his thoughts on what has made the beginning of the Orioles' 2018 season so painful to endure, even if it isn't the worst stretch, record-wise, in the franchise's history.

Orioles' 2018 Season Hinges On An Improved Starting Rotation

While there will be no shortage of storylines throughout the Orioles' 2018 season, Dan Connolly says what kind of year Baltimore has hinges on one thing: starting pitching.

How Many Games Will The Orioles Win In 2018?

Dan Connolly says the 2018 Orioles look at lot like the 2017 Orioles, which is why he's predicting the team will again win 75 games this season.

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.

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Jim Henneman: Early Returns On Trades Don't Justify Hype

Jim Henneman says the early returns have been mixed for the teams that acquired infielders Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop and right-hander Kevin Gausman from the Orioles.

Orioles Outfielder Cedric Mullins Adapting Quickly To New Surroundings

"He's got a good group of veterans around him to keep him poised," Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said of Cedric Mullins. "He's in a good situation here, just knowing not really any expectations throughout the year except get some at-bats, get some seasoning."

Should Orioles Bring Back Adam Jones Next Season?

Should the Orioles try to bring outfielder Adam Jones back at the end of the season? Stan "The Fan" Charles and Glenn Clark weigh in.

Silence From The Top Too Loud To Ignore Regarding Dan Duquette's Future With Orioles

Stan "The Fan" Charles likes what he's heard from Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, but he wonders about the silence from ownership on Duquette's future with the team.

Fifty Years Later, Dave McNally's Accomplishments As An Oriole Still Resonate

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest seasons by an Orioles pitcher. Dave McNally went 22-10 with a 1.95 ERA and 202 strikeouts during the 1968 season. He also threw five shutouts with 18 complete games.

After Decades Of Debate, Line Separating Hall Of Fame Worthiness Remains Blurry

After making the trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., for baseball's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Jim Henneman reflects on the decades of debate surrounding which players are worthy of being enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Ricig's World Of Sports: How To Obliterate This O's Season From Your Memory

In his latest sports cartoon with PressBox, Mike Ricigliano offers some advice on how to obliterate this Orioles season from your memory.

Cedric Mullins Ready To Help Lead Orioles' Rebuild

"It's been fun," Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins said of getting the chance to play in the majors. "Lot of support from throughout the system, and just having this opportunity now is amazing."

Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Aug. 13, 2018

Stan "The Fan" Charles shares his latest MLB power rankings, and the Baltimore Orioles manage to avoid last place for another week.

Fantasy Baseball Risers, Fallers: Aug. 13, 2018

Phil Backert highlights the top fantasy baseball risers and fallers of the past week, from Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.

Five Memorable Left-Handed Pitchers In Orioles History

Aug. 13 marks International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the occasion, PressBox takes a look back at five memorable southpaws throughout Orioles history.

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