Here's a look at what some of the national media outlets have been writing about the Orioles:
--- David Schoenfield of ESPN.com's SweetSpot blog put up his offseason report card for the Orioles yesterday, and let's just say he wasn't too impressed.
Schoenfield gives the O's an F for their offseason:
No team had a more disappointing offseason than the Orioles, who failed to capitalize on their surprising playoff run by making any impact moves. With potential holes at left field, second base and DH, the Orioles instead elected to bring back [
As a bit of a retort, it’s probably unfair to say the Orioles have entrusted the DH spot to Betemit, as it sounds more like Showalter would like to rotate who fills that role. (
But even the most ardent Orioles supporters would agree that their offseason hasn't included many fireworks.
Overall, Schoenfield says the Orioles are a B- team, “But
Law's rankings take into account each organization's farm system "from top to bottom," but it's pretty clear that the O's are ranked that high on account of their "top":
Today, Law released his Top 100 prospects list, which includes four Orioles prospects: Dylan Bundy (No. 3 overall), Gausman (26th), Jonathan Schoop (50th) and Eduardo Rodriguez (100th).
--- On CBSSports.com, senior blogger Matt Snyder took a look at the Orioles' future as part of their "Core Values" series.
He gives the O's core a B+ grade:
The O's fall short of an A here due to not having great position-player depth in the system, whether at the big-league level or in the minors. The good news is they have plenty of time to build around [
Even if the Orioles take a step back this coming season, there is a good foundation in place for future success.
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--- Finally, the New York Times had an obituary on former Orioles catcher Earl Williams, who died last week. Williams spent two years in Baltimore but was best known for the promising start to his career with the Atlanta Braves. That and apparently a pretty good sense of humor.
The obit quotes him as once saying "my favorite position is batter," and then there's this:
During spring training in 1978, he was waived by the A's and not claimed by any other team — a surprising turn, especially to Williams. That June he took the remarkable step of placing a job-seeking advertisement in The New York Times.