First offseason edition: 10 questions for O's fans

Since it's the offseason, it is time for the first edition of 10 questions for O's fans. You can expect about one of these blogs a month until opening day as we survey Birdland on a variety of Orioles topics. If you are somewhat new here, I throw out a bunch of questions and get your answers. Answer one question, two, three or all 10. ... read more

After Dyson's comments, are O's fans rooting against Kansas City?

Kansas City outfielder Jarrod Dyson said he believes the Royals will beat San Francisco in the World Series. He believes the Giants feel that way, too. Well, he didn't actually say that, but would anyone be surprised if he had? Has a player ever played less and talked more? Dyson is the mouth that roared, but he's no modern-day Joe Namath. You have to actually ... read more

A look at the biggest Orioles development of the past few weeks

The best news for the Orioles and their fans over the last few weeks didn't take place on the field. But it will have a big impact on the field. It was the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series when the O's made a surprise announcement: They signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a new three-year deal through 2017 with an option ... read more

Time for more patience with Bundy, plus a few more playoff notes

Looking ahead to the 2015 season, I think the time has come for us to stop asking one question: When is Dylan Bundy going to be in this rotation? Even though he pitched just 41 1/3 innings this season, it was a success for Bundy. He came back from Tommy John surgery, made it into a minor league game less than a year removed from ... read more

Will Jimenez make the 2015 rotation? (plus winter ball assignments)

If you start to think about how the Orioles rotation will shape up next season, there certainly seem to be fewer questions than heading into most recent seasons. You have the four that started in the playoffs in Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez. Kevin Gausman made 20 starts this season and he certainly looks to be a key member of the ... read more

Cruz has earned big payday, but should Orioles give it to him?

Nelson Cruz said he'd like to remain an Oriole. But for that to happen, the club will likely need to sign him to a long-term deal of at least three years - and probably more. Cruz is about to hit the free agent market, and if he does, it seems likely some team will throw big dollars his way after a 40-homer, 108-RBI season. He ... read more

After tough ALCS loss, the offseason begins

KANSAS CITY - The Orioles' first batter yesterday hit a groundball up the middle and Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante made a nice play, ranging to his right. The Royals' first batter hit one up the middle. It went for an infield single and Kansas City scored two runs without hitting the ball out of the infield. That is how the series went for ... read more

Final clubhouse quotes from Markakis, Gonzalez, Jones and Joseph

KANSAS CITY - Here are more comments from the quiet Orioles clubhouse after today's 2-1 loss that sends the Royals to the World Series and ends the O's 2014 season. Nick Markakis on this year: "We had a great season. We just fell short of where we wanted to go. Doesn't take anything away of what we did all season. We did what we were ... read more