Here's a look at what some other media outlets are saying about the
* In his 10 Degrees column for Yahoo Sports, Jeff Passan looks at free-agent fortunes for the coming offseason, including those of Orioles IF Mark Reynolds.
* Christina Kahrl of ESPN.com lauds the recent play of slugging center fielder Adam Jones, especially after his two-run blast helped the Orioles beat the
That's his 17th home run on the year, another reason why the Orioles shelled out at least $85.5 million to keep Jones in baltimore through 2018. . . . His adjusted OPS (OPS+) of 146 is a creer high.
It's probably no coincidence that he'll turn 27 in August, the age forecasters have pegged as the likely peak for most players. Informed by that, no doubt a few spoilsports already mourn the Angelos dollars spent on Jones when he'll be 32. But the next couple of seasons should look very good for a franchise that hasn't had a center fielder this good since
* Nick Cafardo of the
Dead last, no questions asked, was the consensus on the Orioles before the season, but instead they have been in first place. Showalter's steady hand and leadership have kept his promising pitching staff consistent.