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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

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.

A Lasting Handshake: Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop Take Unique Path To Majors

How two shortstops put competition aside to blaze their paths to the majors and build an enduring friendship.

Mark Trumbo Has Gone From Simple Insurance To Accepted Assurance For Orioles

Dan Connolly says Mark Trumbo was acquired because he has a thunderous bat, but he's brought that and a whole lot more, and the Orioles are better for it.

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Orioles, Mark Trumbo Agree To Three-Year Deal

Mark Trumbo and the Orioles have agreed to a three-year deal worth $37.5 million. Trumbo's signing basically completes the team's 2017 outfield.

Closers Not Respected In Hall Of Fame Voting

Stan "The Fan" Charles says after seeing the Hall of Fame vote results for Trevor Hoffman, Billy Wagner and Lee Smith, it's clear the voters don't respect the closer position.

Why Mike Mussina Should Get Into Hall Of Fame

Mike Mussina's Hall of Fame vote percentage climbed for the third straight year, leaving Rich Dubroff to believe the right-hander will be a more prominent omission as more names leave the ballot.

Two Former Orioles Gain Support In Hall Of Fame Vote

While Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are getting most of the attention for their election to the Hall of Fame Jan. 18, there was some good news for two former Orioles.

Oriole Park At Camden Yards: Still Wonderful After All These Years

As Camden Yards prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Rich Dubroff takes a look at what sets Oriole Park apart.

Orioles' Most Logical Move In Right Field Is Still Mark Trumbo

As the options on the free-agent market dwindle, Rich Dubroff says Mark Trumbo is the Orioles' best option at right field next season.

Roger McDowell Could Be Key To Orioles' 2017 Season

Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell has reached out to each of the 22 pitchers on the team's 40-man roster. "I think it's important to know I have an interest, and they are that interest."

Is Buck Showalter's Orioles Legacy A Hall Of Fame One?

Sometime during the 2017 season, Buck Showalter will have more major league wins as a manager than Earl Weaver. But will the Orioles' skipper make his way to Cooperstown, N.Y.?

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.

Bud Selig, First Time Voters Help Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens Hall Of Fame Push

Jim Henneman says the younger Hall of Fame voters get, the more forgiving they become, which could potentially lead to "PED Poster Boys" Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens getting to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Will Orioles Go Arbitration Route With Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman And Caleb Joseph?

Three players didn't come to an agreement with the Orioles Jan.13, and Rich Dubroff wonders if heading to arbitration is the right move for both the players and the team.

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