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2008 Season Previews: Baltimore Orioles
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Welcome to the 4th of 30 "2008 Team Previews", where I'm - you guessed it! - offering up a little preview of the 2008 season for each of the teams. Nothing super fancy, (I'm not writing books here munecas), just a few notes on what major moves the teams made over the winter and a thought or two on their upcoming season. I'm going in reverse order of 2007 standings, so next up is....


you lookin at me?Baltimore Orioles

2007 Record: .426 (69-93), 4th place in AL East

2006 Record: .432 (70-92), 4th place in AL East

Who's Out: Pitching coach Leo Mazzone, Kris Benson (P), Miguel Tejada (SS), Erik Bedard (P)

Who's In: Roberto Novoa (P), Guillermo Quiroz (C), Luke Scott (OF), Troy Patton (P), Matt Albers (P), Dennis Sarfate (P), Mike Costanzo (3B), Roberto Novoa (P), Cory Doyne (P), Greg Aquino (P), Chris Roberson (OF), Chris Ray (P), Matt Albers (P), 5 prospects (in return for Bedard)

Notes: The O's are clearly in rebuilding mode, a mode I strongly advocate for teams in their position. They've suffered 10 straight losing seasons, and president of operations Andy MacPhail wisely realized that they weren't going to bust out of the streak if they kept cruising with the roster in its current state. They scored a bevy of prospects in return their big name players - Tejada and Bedard - and ditched dead weight in Kris (and Anna) Benson, which is certainly a good start towards a future winning team. Distant future.


Next up: Florida Marlins

Previous Profile: Kansas City Royals


*PS: if you have a non-Yanks blog and want to chime in when it's your team's turn,
let me know!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Saturday, February 09, 2008  
5 Comments:
  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    Good write up..however, your title says "Florida Marlins" and your write-up says "Baltimore Orioles". They may be in the same field of suckiness, but i'm pretty sure they are 2 different creatures.

     
  • At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Mr. Marbles said…

    Snore.......

    Snore.......

    Snore(louder)......

    Oh sorry! That me just snoring.

    Boring!!!!!

    Let's just get back to:

    The Yanks again have no chance this year with a pitching staff that's worse off than last year.

    Sox REPEAT in '08!!!!!!!

    Drop the "Reviewing of all the teams". No one cares about anything else but Sox/Yanks!!!!!

     
  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    With the exception of your name, mr. marbles, I must disagree with your opinions. What fun is baseball if you only care about 2 teams? No matter which team is your favorite and who their rival is, your team still has to play other teams...

     
  • At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Jake said…

    Seriously, are all Red Sox fans so paranoid that they've started trash-talking before the season even starts?

    Yeah, I'm sure that they're ready to get completely SHUT DOWN by Scott Kazmir. James Shields had a couple of good starts against them too. Wait, as did Matt Garza.

    I'll be damned, 3 out of the 5 Rays' young starters have had good careers thus far against the Red Sox.

    I hope that Boston overlooks us, I'm all for giving a team with a 90-year long napoleon complex a sucker punch from hell.

     
  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger Anna said…

    Opening day is only 5 days away! Get your tickets to see the Baltimore Orioles play Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, March 31, 2008 at Camden Yards.

     
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