Orioles spring training draws closer

Hello Birdland!

It’s almost February. Maryland experienced brutal temperatures and intermittent snow showers for several weeks. But the days are getting a little longer, spring is getting closer and that means spring training is on the horizon.

The Orioles know this. Their social media team fueled the excitement by posting a video on Friday featuring the Oriole Bird “helping” load the trailer bound for Sarasota, Florida in just a few days.

Spring training is about to take place. It’s looking increasingly likely that the 40 players on the roster won’t be participating, at least not right away. But the minor leaguers will be there at some point. Their season is fully underway no matter what happens with the CBA negotiations.

This still gives Orioles fans plenty to be excited about. We should get substantial updates on Adley Rutschman, Grayson Rodriguez, Colton Cowser, and more. I’m all about it!

But it will be different. I don’t think any potential games will air on radio or TV until the major leagues are back in action. I’m sure many of us would love to see an intrasquad game between the club’s prospects, but it’s been pretty tough to get normal spring games on MASN. Don’t hold your breath to watch the chicks battle it out.

A potential delay (apparently likely at this point) to the start of the 2022 season certainly makes the upcoming start of spring training worse. But there is still something magical about this time of year that excites baseball fans. Anything can happen, even for our rebuilding Orioles.

Connections

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Some additional praise for Kyle Stowers here. It has become a trend inside the organization in recent months. A league debut is certainly within reach for the outfielder in 2022, but the team may need to make some trades in order to create the necessary space.

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Coby Mayo is the 2022 version of what we saw with Gunnar Henderson a year ago, and I’m okay with that. Like Henderson, some expect Mayo to drop down the defensive spectrum at some point. The problem is that Mayo is already at third base, which would represent a move to an outside corner or first base. It’s OK as long as his bat is playing, which is entirely possible. It will be fun to see what he can do this year.

Orioles birthdays

It’s your birthday ? Happy Birthday!

  • Jair Jurrjens turns 36. The former star pitcher played two games with the 2013 Orioles.
  • John Habyan turns 58. The right-hander began his 11-season career with a four-year stint at Baltimore.
  • Joe Kerrigan turns 68 this weekend. He came to the Orioles with Gary Roenicke and Don Stanhouse in a 1977 trade with the Expos. Kerrigan played 27 games with the O’s between 1978 and 1980.
  • Davey Johnson is 79 years old. The Orioles legend was an infielder for the team from 1965 to 1972, making three All-Star Games, then led the club in 1996 and 1997, winning the Manager of the Year award in 1997, before having a falling out with the property and resign.
  • Walt Dropo (d. 2010) was born on this day in 1923. The first baseman played in three-season games from 1959 to 1961.

This weekend in the history of O

1994 –The Orioles sign reliever Lee Smith to a free agent contract.

1998 — Ozzie Guillen signs a minor league contract with the Orioles. He would make the opening day roster but would be released a few weeks later.

2002 – The O and White socks make an exchange. Outfielder Chris Singleton lands in Baltimore while outfielder Willie Harris heads to Chicago.

2003 — Cal Ripken Jr. is elected to the Orioles Team Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility by unanimous vote.

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