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Birdland Caravan: Making A Difference In Our Communities

April 6, 2020

In February, the Birds hit the road for the Birdland Caravan, a season kickoff event created to bring the Oriole Park experience directly to fans across the Birdland community. Orioles players, coaches and front-office staff traveled more than 513 miles across Maryland and Pennsylvania. More than 18 cities were visited

Best Photos of 2019

April 6, 2020

Brandon Hyde's first day as Orioles manager

March 30, 2020

Ushering in a new era of Orioles baseball, Brandon Hyde - the 20th manager in club history - was introduced to the media and fans Monday, December 17. On his walk into his first day, he was greeted by the club's and the city's rich history - from Babe's Dream

Year One in the Books

March 30, 2020

Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias and Manager Brandon Hyde enter the 2020 season having completed their first year with the Orioles. Each were new to their positions and the organization after successful stints with previous teams. While the Major League team is going through a rebuilding period,

He was a Dodgers prospect. Now he's a supermodel

March 18, 2020

The conversation was one John Shoemaker has had many times with many players as summer turns to fall and the sun sets on childhood dreams. Shoemaker is a seasoned baseball vet whose playing career ended at Triple-A before he began coaching in the Minor Leagues in 1981 and managing in

This terrible college team invented the shift ... sort of

February 27, 2020

The once-sure single instead gets gobbled up by a second baseman positioned in the outfield grass. The double play to the right-hand side is scored a 5-6-3, not 4-6-3, because it was the repositioned third baseman who initiated it. The base hit up the middle that ordinarily would have scored

Baseball's 'Miracle on Grass': An oral history

February 20, 2020

Will Team USA bring home Olympic gold from Tokyo this summer? Let's not get ahead of ourselves -- they have to be invited first. Baseball may be returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2006, but the U.S. squad has yet to qualify. It’ll have two more chances

He can throw 95. But wait 'til you hear him sing

February 10, 2020

In the weeks after he was hired as manager of the Pirates, Derek Shelton made a point of calling every player on Pittsburgh’s roster. Most of them aren’t accustomed to answering calls from unfamiliar numbers, so more often than not, Shelton was sent to voicemail. Steven Brault surprised Shelton. He

Timeline of Hammerin' Hank's legendary career

February 5, 2020

When it comes to icons of baseball, sport and American society at large, few names are bigger than Hank Aaron. Aaron overcame unfavorable odds in the Depression-era South to become an all-time baseball legend, and even more importantly, a man of impeccable grace and character. Muhammad Ali once said that

They had 1 career AB, 1 career hit. Nothing else.

August 29, 2019

Fernando Tatis Jr. grounded a single through the left-hand side for his first hit, and, as the instant souvenir ball was rolled into the dugout, the Petco Park crowd gave the prized Padres rookie a raucous reception. That was the first of Tatis’ two hits on Opening Day, the first

The crazy story behind MLB’s last forfeit

Questionable calls, souvenir balls combine for chaotic night in LA
August 29, 2019

It was sometime around 3 a.m. ET when the phone rang in Leonard Coleman’s hilltop home in New Jersey, rousting the National League president from his slumber. “Mr. Coleman, it’s Jim Quick,” the voice on the other end of the line announced, “and Bob Davidson’s on the line, too.” Groggy,

The crazy story of how the Reds found Votto

August 27, 2019

My name is Joey, uh, Joey Votto, 6-2, Richview Collegiate High School in Toronto, Canada, third base. That’s how Joey Votto introduced himself in the opening seconds of a video featuring the future Reds superstar first baseman for a Draft showcase event at Fort Myers, Fla., in 2001. Votto was

Was Tony Gwynn's quest MLB's last real run at .400?

'What if?' Tony Gwynn and the chase for history in 1994
August 27, 2019

It's been more than 78 years since Ted Williams defied the odds. More than 78 years since Williams, a son of San Diego who grew into one of baseball’s greatest hitters, played two games on Sept. 28, 1941. Sitting on a .400 batting average entering the season’s final day, Williams

Were these the worst -- or best -- jerseys ever?

In 1999, 'Turn Ahead the Clock' was all the rage in MLB -- but it was met with mixed reactions in Queens
July 26, 2019

At some point, Orel Hershiser had seen the mock-ups: a black synthetic-fiber jersey with silver cap sleeves, tucked into the Mets’ usual white pants. On the jersey’s front was an oversized astronomical symbol for the planet Mercury, plus a shadowy illustration of the rock itself. In horizontal text was the

Crews, Olin families persevere so many years later

Wives, children cherish memories, march on with lives after pitchers' tragic deaths
June 14, 2019

This story originally ran in March 2013, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Tim Crews and Steve Olin. The cloudless sky, the shining sun and the still waters betray the truth of what happened here. This is where the world lost you, Tim, and you, Steve.

Oral history of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Players, coaches reminisce about White Sox pitcher's famous feat
June 14, 2019

This story was originally published on July 23, 2015. CHICAGO -- There was a comment made by Mark Buehrle, shortly after throwing the second perfect game in White Sox franchise history, that perfectly summed up the surprise of the day's event, even for the left-hander. "I don't know how to

Oral history of epic Mets-Dodgers 1988 NLCS

Key members of each team look back at one of MLB's best postseason series
June 14, 2019

This story was originally published on on Oct. 3, 2015. The 1988 National League Championship Series had everything an inspired script writer on Broadway or in Hollywood could have produced. It was New York vs. Los Angeles, a clash of titans and cultures. Stars, enough to fill an All-Star

Bryce Harper is a business, man

June 7, 2019

The Phillies have never had a player like Bryce Harper. They have had the greatest third baseman in baseball history in Mike Schmidt and one of its greatest left-handers in Steve Carlton. They have had MVPs, like Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard; Cy Young winners, like Roy Halladay; and All-Stars

The fall and rise of Kung Fu Panda

May 31, 2019

Walk into the Giants clubhouse, and one of the first things you’ll see is a trio of banners mounted high on the ceiling displaying the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series championships. Walk into the Giants clubhouse, and one of the first things you’ll hear is Pablo Sandoval, the boisterous

The story behind the walk heard 'round the world

May 3, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Twenty years ago, a handsome, gifted -- and slightly cocky -- outfielder named Mark Quinn burst onto the scene in Kansas City. Royals fans hadn’t seen anything quite like him. In his very first game, the second game of a doubleheader against the Angels on Sept. 14,

Koufax's legacy paves the Dodger way

Mentorship molds aces dating back to Brooklyn
April 30, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- He’s 83 years old now, more than a half-century out from his playing days, and his recent ballpark appearances have been trimmed to the postseason and Opening Day. But Sandy Koufax, the living legend of Dodgers pitching greatness, is always there in spirit, and his imprint is

White Sox have deep Cuban connection

Club's history of players from the nation started with Minoso
April 19, 2019

Jose Contreras, Jose Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Luis Robert, Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay walk into a conference room at Camelback Ranch on a Sunday morning in early March during Spring Training. A bond has been forged between the group via the White Sox organization they work for, but there’s something

Remembering the most dominant start ever

20 years later, Wood and Astros hitters recall 20-strikeout game
March 13, 2019

When you're a right-handed pitcher from Texas, and you throw hard, and you have been tabbed as "The Next Big Thing," the comparisons are inevitable. Nolan Ryan. Roger Clemens. Kerry Wood? Wood was still a fresh-faced kid starring at Grand Prairie High School when the comparisons to Ryan and Clemens

2004 NLCS: Recalling a forgotten classic

October 4, 2018

This story was originally published on Sports On Earth in 2014. There's an argument to be made that the 2004 National League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals is one of the best postseason series ever played. Too bad few people watched. Viewership was down almost

Here's how the Yanks landed Judge in '13 Draft

Slugger, scouts, coaches recount rise from awkward teen to powerful prospect
May 29, 2018

Aaron Judge has become one of the biggest names in Major League Baseball, though his road to stardom was a long and winding one. From his time as a marginal prospect in high school to his selection by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 Draft, Judge went