Author | Mark Brown

The Edge of the Abyss: the Orioles in the Second Half

July 12, 2012 | Mark Brown

With a 45-40 record heading into the All-Star Break that exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations, the Orioles are one of the feel-good stories of the season so far. While it’s nice to enjoy the thought that if the season somehow ended right now and still had playoffs, the O’s would qualify as the second wild card, [...]

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The All-Star Game

July 11, 2012 | Mark Brown

Like many serious baseball fans, I have been despairing for the All-Star Game in recent years. Ever since the farcical 2002 tie game and the subsequent “this time it counts” overreaction, the game has felt like it’s drifted more and more away from the platonic ideal. Bloated rosters, an increasingly-absurd voting process, not to mention [...]

The Unfortunate Isolation of the Ravens

July 09, 2012 | Mark Brown

Since moving into their new headquarters in Owings Mills, the Baltimore Ravens’ home base has been known semi-officially as The Castle. It’s a fitting name now that the team has decided to stop holding public training camp practices out in Westminster, because it’s as if the team is withdrawing inside to prepare for a siege. [...]

Throw us a strike, Chris Tillman

July 04, 2012 | Mark Brown

On one of Chris Tillman’s return starts to the big leagues last year, I channeled my inner Weird Al Yankovic and wrote a little song parody for him. I’ve updated it a bit for this season. It goes a little something like this, with all apologies to Billy Joel. ** It’s four o’clock on Independence [...]

Camdencast 27: Jim Jam

July 02, 2012 | Mark Brown

If you’ve been reading my postings since my introduction, you might remember that I mentioned hosting a podcast on Camden Chat called Camdencast. I’m proud of my work on it, and I think it is a big part of why I am already prepared to be the next Baltimore sports media superstar. My friend and [...]

Mark Brown

The writer is trying to realize the grown-up dream of becoming a sports writer. He likes cheap bullpens, reliable field goal kickers and Baltimore accents; and dislikes sacrifice bunts, vanilla offenses, and whoever is playing the Orioles or the Ravens.