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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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2019 Orioles Spring Training Preview

Todd Karpovich previews spring training for the Orioles, from the competition to fill out the starting rotation to Chris Davis' road to redemption to the battle for the right field and catcher spots.

MLB Owners, Players Start Process Of Overhauling National Pastime

Stan "The Fan" Charles looks at some of the rules changes that are reportedly being discussed by MLB and the MLB Players Association and shares his take on how they could change the action on the field and the economics within the game.

Jim Henneman: Former Oriole Frank Robinson Typified Dedication, Excellence

Jim Henneman reflects on the career and legacy of Frank Robinson and shares his memories of the legendary Orioles Hall of Famer, from dedicated player, manager and executive to devoted basketball fan.

Ricig's World Of Sports: New Camden Yards Tour

In his latest sports cartoon with PressBox, Mike Ricigliano imagines possible stops on a new Camden Yards tour.

Billy Joel Concert First Step Of Orioles' New Entertainment Venture

Billy Joel's July 26 performance in Baltimore -- the first-ever concert at Camden Yards -- is a play to draw more people to downtown Baltimore and a shift away from the Orioles' long-held reluctance to open the field to more than baseball games.

Mike Bordick Weighs In On Potential MLB Rule Changes

Former Orioles shortstop and current MASN analyst Mike Bordick shares his take on some of the potential MLB rule changes that have reportedly been discussed, from a universal designated hitter to a three-batter minimum for relievers.

Baseball Hall Of Fame Facing Perfect Storm In 2022

Jim Henneman says there's a perfect storm approaching for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022, with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens in their last year of eligibility on the BBWAA ballot and Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz in their first.

Michael Olesker: Frank Robinson's Death Serves As Reminder Of Baltimore's Racial Legacy

In remembering Orioles legend Frank Robinson's accomplishments on the baseball field, Michael Olesker says it's important to also remember the era in which he played and the historical obstacles he faced.

As Spring Training Kicks Off, New Goals Arise For Orioles

After the Orioles went a franchise-worst 47-115 in 2018, starting pitcher Dylan Bundy and his teammates are welcoming a fresh start. "That was in the past," Bundy said, "and now we are looking forward to spring training."

Boog Powell: Frank Robinson Brought Attitude To The Orioles

Boog Powell looks back on the impact longtime teammate Frank Robinson had on the Orioles, and he says his influence extended far beyond his MVP-caliber production with the bat and Gold Glove fielding ability. 

Orioles Announce 2019 Minor League Coaching Staffs

The Orioles announced the coaching staffs for their seven minor league affiliates for the 2019 season, and former Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall moves to Triple-A Norfolk.