We have gone through the first month of the baseball season. The NFL Draft is over and there are more than two months until training camp opens.
So, Baltimore, you have the Orioles to yourself for now, and the Orioles have you. Come sit at the bar and let’s chat a bit about what’s been important in this relationship so far in 2022.
The Orioles are 8-14, last in the American League East and already eight games behind the division-leading New York Yankees. Not a good start, but not disastrous either. They won series against the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Yankees, but were also swept by the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.
They lost their club ace, John Means, to Tommy John’s surgery and they saw one of their top pitching prospects, Kyle Bradish, make his successful debut.
Several players have caught our collective attention, whether in a good or bad way: Bradish, Bruce Zimmermann, a host of relievers, Rougned Odor, Kelvin Gutiérrez, Austin Hays, Anthony Santander and Cedric Mullins, among others.
I think the player who impressed me the most is on the right register: Zimmermann. He took his chance in the rotation and doesn’t seem to want to let it pass. And, of course, I love the tale of the hometown boy doing good — even though he’s a product of Loyola Blakefield (ignore the Calvert Hall College pennant behind the bar for a moment).
Now I want your thoughts. You can use your own story. And go positive or negative. Your call.
Tap-In Question: Which Oriole has stood out to you the most so far in 2022, good or bad? Why?
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