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Which Oriole has the most impact on the field?

Sometimes, when you ask an obvious question, you get an obvious answer. Recently, on MASN's "The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report," I asked former Oriole Brady Anderson what was the main difference between the current stock of Orioles and the playoff teams he played on in the mid-'90s. "Talent" was Anderson's answer. Pretty cut and dry. In 1997, the O's rolled out an All-Star roster with players

Duquette targeting specific stats in effort to improve O's

Is Orioles executive vice president of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette channeling Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane? With the O's reluctant to invest in big-money free agents this offseason, it appears Duquette is taking more of a micro approach to improving the Birds Much like Beane, Duquette is crunching the numbers, and one he didn't like from 2011 was the Birds' .316 on-base percentage. He

First quarter is tell-all for Ravens in AFC championship

While the majority of the NFL media is predicting Sunday's AFC championship matchup is going to come down to the fourth quarter, I somewhat disagree. Here's my prediction: If the Ravens are going to win, we'll have a pretty good idea by the end of the first quarter. If the Patriots are going to win, we won't know until the end of the fourth quarter.

Preparing for O's FanFest

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday at Orioles FanFest! It's always a great opportunity to answer your questions face-to-face. This year MASN will re-create our web studio at the Baltimore Convention Center where Roch Kubatko, Steve Melewski and the gang will be blogging live from Fan Fest. Plus, all of you who've been wondering whether Roch's perfect hair is truly real, and if so,

Should Scott and Damon swap teams?

With Luke Scott gone, who will keep me captivated in the clubhouse with tales of hunting wild boar with a knife? For the record, in Scott's world, hunting without a gun is more sportsmanlike. Last time I checked, wild boars don't carry knives, so using a blade isn't exactly fair competition, either. These are the discussions I had with the former Orioles designated hitter on

A closer look at Larkin's Hall worthiness, plus steroids debate

As usual, the Hall of Fame announcement always brings debate. I'm happy for Barry Larkin. I've heard some critics call him a marginal Hall of Famer, but the voting is so subjective, it's hard for anyone to be a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Because of that, Cooperstown is still much more exclusive than Canton. The selection process is one of the few things Major League

Nats, O's miles apart in building winning organizations

It's hard to ignore what's happening down Interstate 95. The Nationals are going to be good in 2012. With Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman topping the rotation, Drew Storen closing it out and a possible Prince Fielder signing, they've made some serious noise this offseason. Since coming to Washington D.C., in 2005, I've always seen the Nationals as that "other" team in the

AL East teams take different paths to improvement in 2012

Happy new year to all of you! Thanks for all of your comments in 2011. I'm looking forward to hearing from everyone in 2012! At this point in the offseason, fans base their predictions for the upcoming season on the players teams lost or gained. If that's the case then the Angels (Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson) and Marlins (Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell, Ozzie

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