1. What Did We Learn From The Orioles Opening Series?

    So the Orioles' 2010 season opening series is through. The O's gritted their way through three games, all decided by one run, and managed to head back to Baltimore with one more victory ...

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  2. Is Anthony Ranaudo Going To Be the Orioles 2010 First-Round Pick?

    It's pretty clear that the 2010 MLB Draft is going to be pitcher heavy. Aside from catcher prospect Bryce Harper (aka the second coming of Stephen Strasburg in position player form), who is practically a shoe-in to go No...

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  3. Is Jameson Taillon Going to Be the Orioles 2010 First-Round Pick?

    Don't look now, but the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft is only 147 days away. Granted, so many things can happen between now and then. This time last year, the Orioles seemed like the front-runners for USC shortstop Grant Green...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 5 years ago 1,151 reads 4 comments

  4. Nick Markakis vs. Adam Jones: Who Is the Better Baseball Player?

    As usual, the idea for the this slideshow came from another night spent watching the clock countdown to closing time at work...

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  5. The Back-Up Plan: Who Gets The Job If Orioles 2B Brian Roberts Can't Go?

    How does any team replace a player who has averaged 46 doubles over the last six years, 39 stolen bases over the last four, and made two All-Star appearances? More importantly, how ...

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  6. Orioles Top Prospect No. 1: Brian Matusz

    It's been a long strange road, but the Orioles Top 30 prospects, my little "rip-off" of Baseball America's version, has finally come to a close. And without a doubt, there is no better prospect to top it all off than Brian Matusz...

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  7. Orioles Top Prospect No. 2: Josh Bell

    You have to give credit to Andy MacPhail. This past season, the Orioles desperately needed more production from the third base position...

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  8. Orioles Top Prospect No. 3: Jake Arrieta

    In any other organization, namely one without Chris Tillman or Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta could easily pass for a number one pitching prospect. Great fastball, check. Above-average complimentary pitches, check...

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  9. Brandon Erbe: Orioles Top Prospect No. 4

    Brandon Erbe has come a long way. Five years ago the scrawny 17-year old was struggling to keep his head above water (not to mention his ERA under 4.00) over three different levels...

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  10. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospect No. 5: Brandon Snyder

    It's kind of hard to be an Orioles fan and NOT be a Brandon Snyder fan. Seemingly, no kid from the O's system has been through the gamut of the emotions that come with trying to make your way through the minor leagues more than Snyder...

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  11. Orioles Top Prospect No. 6: Matt Hobgood

    Congrats to 2009 first-round pick, Matt Hobgood! Not only is he the only Oriole prospect in the top 30 with braces, but he's also the sixth best prospect that the Orioles have to offer...

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  12. The Top 10 Quarterbacks in Boise State Football History

    Boise State has become "Quarterback U." Not neccesarily in terms of NFL productivity (that honor goes to USC) but moreso in terms of college productivity...

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  13. The Blueprint To Rebuild The Washington Redskins Through The Draft

    Okay. Here's the deal. Clearly, the Redskins aren't going to be seriously competing year in and year out for a Super Bowl for a few years. Even with Mike Shanahan at the helm. And with or without Jason Campbell...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 2,758 reads 26 comments

  14. 2010 NFL Draft: Five Reasons Sam Bradford Is the Endgame in D.C.

    Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen? Bradford or Clausen? Grrr... After weeks of gut-wrenching tension (thank you Taco Bell) and weary worry over which way the Redskins should go with the forth pick in the 2010 NFL draft, I have come to a conclusion...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 2,705 reads 22 comments

  15. Zack-Attack's Super Early 2010 NFL Mock Draft Top 10

    With East-West Shrine game practices starting up this week, it means it's finally somewhat sane to project what the first picks of the 2010 NFL draft will look like...

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  16. Orioles Top Prospect No. 7: Zachary Britton

    It only took four whole years, but 22-year old Zach Britton is finally starting to get some much deserved attention. And after putting together his second consecutive solid season, Britton ...

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  17. Fiesta Bowl-Winning Coach Chris Petersen Almost Wasn't There to See It

      That's right...that good looking guy in the picture above almost didn't make it onto the field for tonight's game. No, it wasn't an illness or injury, and it sure as heck wasn't stage fright for the gutsiest coach in America (see fake punt vs...

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  18. Orioles Top Prospect No. 8: Troy Patton

    It's hard to believe, but the 2007 trade that sent Miguel Tejada to the Astros and brought Luke Scott, Mike Costanzo, Matt Albers to the Orioles, was mostly about Troy Patton...

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  19. Orioles Top Prospect No. 9: Xavier Avery

    In the summer of 2008, Decatur, GA product Xavier Avery found himself in a very precarious situation. The two-way star could have signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Georgia, where he would have led a very talented backfield...

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  20. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospect No. 10: Brandon Waring

    For all the faults that Brandon Waring has, the one thing that keeps him from disappearing into the void where most other power hitters with high strikeout numbers end up is not just power. It's his freakish power...

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  21. Orioles Top Prospect No. 11: Caleb Joseph

    Who knew that when the Orioles took Matt Wieters and Caleb Joseph in the first seven rounds of the 2008 MLB draft, they would be getting two of the better catchers available in that pool of players? ...

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  22. Orioles Top Prospect No. 12: Mychal Givens

    The run on infielders continues with 2009 draftee and newly appointed "shortstop of the future" Mychal Givens coming in as the 12th best prospect in the Orioles system. You may remember Givens from his tenuous, down to the last minute draft-deal days...

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  23. Five Strikes: Boise State Downs San Jose State, Moves to 8-0

    After sitting out last week's edition of Five Strikes with the flu (bleck!) I'm back in full-force this week, just in time for Boise's Friday night tilt with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs...

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  24. Orioles Top Prospect No. 13: L.J. Hoes

    Coming into the 2008 season, Jerome Hoes was a UNC commit, with a very strong verbal agreement to play with the Tar Heels. He was part of a stellar recruiting class that included flame-throwers and fellow top draft picks Tim Melville and Jason Knapp...

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  25. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospect No. 14: Pedro Florimon Jr.

    You have to go back a good long ways to find a guy who made as big a jump from nobody to somebody like Pedro Florimon Jr. did in 2009. For starters, the scrawny shortstop didn't even make the mentionables in Baseball America's 2009 Prospect Handbook...

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