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Orioles Bird Feed-2018 Final Thoughts

The Baltimore Orioles 2018 season reminds me of the dental appointment..you can’t wait until it’s over!

This season brought historical badness to the Orioles, finishing at a shockingly awful 47-115 record. Yes, that is correct!

61 games out of First Place and as bad a season as I have seen in my 52 years on this Earth.

It is truly hard to pinpoint any one area of deficiency, it was wide spread.

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A few days ago, The Orioles announced the departures of both Manager Buck Showalter and GM Dan Duquette. Perhaps a mild surprise but not a shock. Personally I appreciate all that Buck did with the on field product, and both did wonders to bring this team back to respectability (save for 2018). Buck actually had a winning record until 2018 struck like a cold slap to the face. Duquette also made some good moves, even as recently as Spring Training. Those moves didn’t reap much fruit (especially the pitching), but the effort seemed to be there. After that, he seemed to disappear for weeks at a time, especially when the collapse was in full sight of everyone.

There’s no need to talk about stats, none really mattered beyond the W/L.

Along with the sheer pain of losing games, the team also parted ways with Manny Machado, Brad Brach, Jonathan Scoop, Zach Britton, Darren O’ Day and Kevin Gausman, among others. This off-season will likely bring about more changes and a “new look and rebuilding” team going into 2019.

The Orioles do have the #1 overall draft pick for 2019 and have their eye on “rising stars” like:

Yusniel Diaz

Ryan Mountcastle

DL Hall

Austin Hays

Grayson Rodriguez

Dillon Tate

Luis Ortiz

Hunter Harvey (yes, he’s still around)

Cadyn Grenier

Blaine Knight

And a host of others.

2018 was a nightmare. At the least, 2019 will be a fresh start!

See you at Spring Training.

TK

 

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