This week’s lack of movement toward a resolution to MLB’s player ownership-enforced lockdown has rendered the countdown to the Orioles’ next game pointless. With that in mind, there are two months and three days until the next scheduled Norfolk Tides game, which we can all hope Grayson Rodriguez will throw some pitches at Adley Rutschman. It might even be more fun than the Orioles’ opening day, if we’re being honest.
Even though the lockout never entered our lives, it still seemed like the start of the minor league season would have far more excitement than the MLB-level Orioles. The balance will shift a bit once Rutschman can make his MLB debut, but even after that the farm will be where the action is.
The team continues to stay at the top of the list as publications begin to unveil their farming systems rankings for the 2022 preseason. Baseball America released their list yesterday, with the O’s coming in at 4th. If you’re wondering, the Orioles are behind the Mariners, Rays and Pirates. Seattle, like the Orioles, has five players among the top 100 prospects, but they’re more clustered towards the top than the O guys in this ranking. The Mariners have three of the top 25 and four of the top 50.
It was quite a rise for the Orioles in the Mike Elias era. The team registered 22nd ahead of the 2019 season, Elias’ first at the helm. Another analyst, Keith Law of The Athletic, ranked the Orioles 30th out of 30 at that time. The O’s had worked their way into the top 10 with a No. 7 ranking before last season, and now they’re No. 4 heading into 2022.
Do you think the Orioles can get to #1 before next season? I looked at lead resourcing in an article a few weeks ago. With Rutschman all but assured of exhausting prospect status by the end of the year and Rodriguez having a real chance of promotion at the end of the season, the O’s could head into next year with their top two prospects. who are no longer eligible for these lists.
The Orioles will have the opportunity to add a blue chipper with the first pick in this year’s draft. It probably won’t propel them to the top spot without Rutschman or Rodriguez still on a prospect list. They’re going to have to add elite players to their stable to climb to the top. For now, though, it’s good to know that things are continuing to move in the right direction. Hopefully that improvement will start showing up in the major league win-loss record soon.
Around the blogO’sphere
Let’s all take a few minutes to enjoy this video shared by Cedric Mullins yesterday, in which he spoke about his battle with Crohn’s disease ahead of his big 2021 season.
Absolute legend. Kudos to Cedric for using Trey Mancini’s cancer diagnosis as a reason to make sure he gets checked out.
From MLB prospect to All-Star: The longest organizational droughts at each position (The Athletic)
It’s an owl from former SBNer Grant Brisbee. The longest positional drought for a player drafted by the Orioles to become an Orioles All-Star is first base, where Eddie Murray was the last All-Star in 1986. You can bend this one a bit with Mancini being in the Home Run Derby in 2021. If you want.
The MASN duo split up to talk to the Orioles’ new hitting coaches.
Fuller on minor talents and working with Borgschulte (Ecole du Roch)
New batting coach Matt Borgschulte joins the Orioles (Steve Melewski)
Some segments of the Orioles media raised eyebrows when they hired these two particular co-hitter coaches. Who knows how it will end up working out, but they sure said the right things to look like guys who can do good things for the franchise.
Maryland Stadium Authority launches $1.2 billion plan to keep the Orioles and Ravens in their Baltimore stadiums for years (The Baltimore Sun)
The short version is that the authority is seeking legislation that will allow it to hold up to $600 million in bonds related to work on Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the additional funds relating to the status quo n’ being unavailable unless the team signs a lease for at least as long as it would take to repay the obligations.
Orioles birthdays and anniversaries
There is a current Oriole with a birthday today, although he has yet to play a game for the team. Happy 28th birthday to Jose Bautista’s favorite puncher, Rougned Odor.
Also, a few former Orioles were born today. They are: 2021 four-game reliever Brooks Kriske, 1994-95 pitcher Scott Klingenbeck, 1982-83 reliever Don Welchel, 1986-88 outfielder Fred Lynn, 1955 swingman Harry Byrd and 1955-56 Jim Dyck.
Is it your birthday today? Happy birthday! Your birthday friends for today include: composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809), novelist Gertrude Stein (1874), painter Norman Rockwell (1894) and actress Maura Tierney (1965).
On this day in history…
In 1870, the State of Iowa ratified the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. They were the 28th state to do so, which at the time was the threshold for an amendment to take effect. Maryland ratified only token approval in 1973, having twice rejected the amendment in 1870. The amendment states:
Section 1. The right to vote of citizens of the United States may not be denied or restricted by the United States or by any state on the basis of race, color, or prior condition of servitude.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution also went into effect upon its approval by Delaware, then the 36th state to ratify it. Maryland was the seventh state to approve the amendment, nearly three years earlier. This amendment gave Congress the power to set a federal income tax.
In 1959, a plane crash in Iowa killed four people: the pilot of the plane and three rock and roll musicians, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The song “American Pie” recalls this as “The Day The Music Died”.
And that’s how it is in Birdland on February 3. Have a safe Thursday.