So as Spring Training kicks off, it is the one time of the year that Orioles fans can be extremely hopeful that this year is going to be different. And by different, that can mean a lot of things. But hopefully, this will be the start of a streak of consecutive seasons where the Orioles continue to improve their record and make it to the playoffs for the first time since 1997, the last time that they finished above .500 and the last time they won a playoff series. When will the Orioles make the playoffs again? I have no idea. Highly doubtful that it will be this year, but what about being over .500? That’s a stretch, but I don’t think that it is out of the realm of possibility.
I am glad that the Orioles made some small but relevant and quality acquisitions this offseason. Bringing in Kevin Millwood will definitely help in so many ways. He will eat up the innings, teach the young hurlers how to pitch for an entire MLB season, and even help other young players, such as Matt Wieters, develop in different aspects of their game. I don’t see one bad thing about bringing in Millwood. His experience will go unmatched for this pitching staff. It’s almost as if we brought in another pitching coach to assist Rick Kranitz.
Another duo of acquisitions that seem almost perfect were adding Garret Atkins and bringing back Miguel Tejada. I feel like both of these players provide enough pop in their bat that they can make the bottom half of the Orioles lineup remain somewhat dangerous. Obviously, Tejada isn’t in MVP form anymore and Atkins isn’t going to be crushing the ball out of Coors Field, but they will be solid bats that will add quality at-bats until the Orioles are ready to make Josh Bell their everyday third baseman.
Needless to say, it is a great time of year to be a baseball fan. And an even better time to be an Orioles fan. We aren’t out of the race yet. We have a young core of players that are going to be exciting to watch in the years to come. Let’s hope that our young players continue to develop and provide a bright history for this proud Baltimore franchise. LET’S GO O’S!!!