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If not Alejandro De Aza, Who Would Be the Next Baltimore Orioles Candidate to Leadoff?

January 30th, 2015 at 9:59 AM
By Josh Michael

The departure of long-time Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis in free agency left some holes to fill. One of those is at the top of the order as the leadoff hitter, but the O's appear to have an easy replacement for that in outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

If De Aza were not to be the leadoff man this season, which we have no reason to believe is the case, who would be the next option for the O's?

Before we answer that, let us first state that it appears that De Aza is the favorite to leadoff for the Orioles in 2015, and rightfully so. Over the course of his career, De Aza has hit in every spot in the lineup in the big leagues, but without question, the leadoff spot is where he has the most experience.

1,358 of De Aza's 2,176 career plate appearances have come from the top of the order. The top spot has been pretty good for De Aza, which bodes well for the Orioles.

Over his career, De Aza has hit .271 with 26 home runs, 64 doubles, 11 triples, 117 RBI, 48 stolen bases, scored 174 runs and boasts a .334 on base percentage when hitting in the leadoff spot.

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Baltimore Orioles’ Spring Training Television and Radio Broadcasts Announced

January 30th, 2015 at 7:28 AM
By Josh Michael

Smell that? That's right, it's Spring Training and believe it or not it is just around the corner for the Baltimore Orioles. On Thursday, the Orioles' television and radio scheduleS for Spring Training games were announced.

MASN's Roch Kubatko was the first to report on the O's television schedule for games being broadcast by MASN.

MASN will televise seven of the Orioles' Spring Training games this year in high definition, all of which will be home games played at Ed Smith Stadium.

Here is the compete schedule for Spring Training games televised on MASN:

  • Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m., Blue Jays vs. Orioles
  • Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m., Yankees vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m., Rays vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, March 17 at 1 p.m., Twins vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 25 at 1 p.m., Blue Jays vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m., Pirates vs. Orioles
  • Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m., Braves vs. Orioles
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Baltimore Orioles Bring Back 13-game Plan, Scratch Other Plans

January 29th, 2015 at 2:19 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles will once again offer a 13-game plan as a season ticket option for fans in 2015, while eliminating the 20 and 40-game plans.

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun broke the news today.

Heading into this offseason, the 13-game plan, which several fans loved, had been taken off the table by the Orioles as part of a change to season ticket plans. Baltimore originally added a 20 and 40-game plan, while eliminating the 13-game option. The news was not well taken by fans who liked the 13-game plan due to its more favorable price as well as the flexibility it offered.

While the 13-game plan would have still been available for existing customers, new customers did not have the option to purchase it.

Well, as Sheldon of the Big Bang Theory says, "Bazinga."

Baltimore has changed their plans and are getting rid of the 20 and 40-game plans and going with the more tradition options of the 13-game, 29-game, and 81-game plans.

This is good news for those who wanted the 13-game plan and also goes well with the news from earlier in the week that the Orioles are not going to raise ticket prices in 2015 either.

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Returning from Injuries, Who’s More Important to Baltimore Orioles 2015 Success? Matt Wieters or Manny Machado?

January 29th, 2015 at 10:29 AM
By Josh Michael

The 2014 Baltimore Orioles seemed to overcome almost any obstacle put in their way, from injuries, suspensions, needing to use role players everyday and so on. Baltimore may have lost some key free agents, but will also get back two key players from injury in Matt Wieters and Manny Machado for 2015, but which player is more vital to the team's success?

First off, we want to point out that both players are extremely vital for the Orioles this season and all we are really doing here is labeling them 1-A and 1-B. With the departures of both Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, Machado and Wieters will be looked at to help fill the offensive void left by Cruz and Markakis.

Essentially, we are posing this question as a "you must pick one" type of scenario.

So who is more vital? Let's first lay out both of their cases.

Machado is one of, if not the best defensive third baseman in the American League and perhaps all of baseball. Ryan Flaherty performed well, Chris Davis held his own, Jimmy Paredes, Jonathan Schoop and Kelly Johnson struggled at the hot corner, but none of them are near Machado's level at the hot corner.

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Taking a Look at the Baltimore Orioles Potential Lineups in 2015

January 29th, 2015 at 8:31 AM
By Josh Michael

Spring Training is getting closer and closer and despite the brutal cold we have been experiencing recently in Charm City, warmer days are ahead. Today we thought we would take a look ahead at the potential lineups the Baltimore Orioles could have in 2015.

Despite the departures of both Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, the Orioles appear to still have a pretty darn good lineup. We will lay out two lineups below for you, one against left handed pitchers and one against right handed pitchers.

We want to point out a few things here in regards to our lineups. First, we are treating the Orioles roster as though both Manny Machado and Matt Wieters are healthy and good to go. We know that it's possible one or both of them could begin the year on the DL if they are not ready, but just to clarify, we are predicting the lineups with both being healthy. Secondly, Chris Davis is eligible in our lineup, with his 25-game suspension being completed on Opening Day.

So let's see how the lineups look.

VS RHP:

  1. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  2. Manny Machado – 3B
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