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Most baseball fans were surprised in 2012 when the Baltimore Orioles went 93-69 and made the playoffs.
This year, however, the Orioles won't be sneaking up on anyone.
Many writers, including CBS Sports' Jon Heyman feel like the Orioles did nothing to improve themselves this offseason.
To say that, means there is some optimism even among people who follow the game and don't have a dog in the fight.
Some writers think 2012 was all luck. And, as Drew Forrester of wnst.net found out, some fans took exception to that. From Purple Kelly:
Great! More Debbie Downer crap. (DF: LOL. You people are funny. The only opinion anyone is allowed to have is the one that says “everything around here is great, even if the team didn’t actually do anything worthwhile all winter.” No wonder the team lost for so long. The fans are part of the problem…)
Then again, some posters felt the writer was being too optimistic. From BK:
Drew, even you are being too optimistic. I don’t think there is anyway this team is a .500 club again this year. No chance, except for chance, that they win 80 games. Once lucky winning season does not make up for 15 years of getting abused and lied to as a fan and that could not be more evident by this offseason! If fans have forgotten that this quickly, then we once again have no hope in the near future as a baseball franchise.
NONE of these moves have anything to do with winning or caring about the fans. They are all predicated on lining Angelos’ pockets, MASN, and showing MLB how we compare to Washington financially so Angelos’ can continue to hold MLB’s feet to the fire about the damage Washington has done to ‘his’ franchise.
It is hard to think the Orioles can do the same as they did last year.
Then again, it's baseball and anything can happen.