The Orioles' September slide gave way to a finish in the American League East basement and an entirely different feel around Baltimore baseball for the season's final few weeks. To avoid a similar scenario in 2018, the Orioles -- who have a slew of pending free agents after next year -- will have to win big this winter.
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A pair of Halls made some waves at O's instructional league this year as DL and Adam -- both 2017 Draft picks -- exceeded expectations.
After a season marred with injury, Anthony Santander is looking to make up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League, and he showed off some of his offensive ability on Friday night.
Vote for Manny Machado for Best Play, Offense in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball's ultimate honors.
It's easy to chalk up the 2017 season as a disappointment for the Orioles, who were eliminated from postseason contention in mid-September. But before you go counting down the days until 2018's Spring Training, let's appreciate some of the positives. Here are five things worth remembering from this season.
The Orioles have given fans reason for hope for the future in September and Austin Hays is one of the biggest reasons why. Hays was honored as the Orioles' MLB Pipeline Hitting Prospect of the Year, while Alex Wells was selected as Pipeline's Top Pitching Prospect.
While the Orioles will undoubtedly reflect and think about what went wrong in 2017, the plan for '18 remains pretty clear.
Who do the Orioles have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Baltimore's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Blake Snell gave the Rays a quality start and the offense put away the game late as the Rays ended the season on a high note, defeating the Orioles 6-0 Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis needed to vent. The slugger, who had one of the most frustrating seasons he can remember in 2017, was candid with the media as he discussed plans to revamp his swing by next spring.
Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.
Saturday night was about evaluating Miguel Castro while taking his first career big league start with a grain of salt. Good or bad, Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed Saturday afternoon, the outcome was not going to be a definitive evaluation of what the righty was or could be for the O's come spring.
Brad Miller accounted for most of the Rays' offense and Chris Archer ended the season on a high note as the Rays defeated the Orioles, 4-2, on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones plans to meet with principal owner Peter Angelos this winter, though the longtime Oriole -- a free agent after 2018 -- said he will not lobby for a contract extension.
Baseball luck has certainly not gone the Orioles' way for the past few weeks as Baltimore -- once a Wild Card hopeful -- has struggled mightily in September. And while there were plenty of other runs scored and opportunities lost in Friday's 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay, a fourth-inning ruling showed manager Buck Showalter's frustration and was indicative of the team's tough luck the final month.
The Rays played like a team still in the playoff hunt while taking a 7-0 win over the Orioles Friday night at Tropicana Field.
The Orioles will wrap up 2017 with plenty of questions surrounding their rotation, lineup and even front-office personnel, making '18 an intriguing -- and potentially game-changing -- year for an organization that is nearing a crossroads. Here are five of the biggest questions for the O's right now looking ahead to next spring.
Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in leading the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at PNC Park.
Pedro Alvarez returned to PNC Park for the first time on Tuesday with the Orioles, but he did not play. In Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pirates, Alvarez started at first base and hit cleanup, logging two singles in four at-bats with a run scored.
For all Andrew McCutchen has accomplished as the face of the Pirates' franchise, he had never had a night like Tuesday. McCutchen hit his first career grand slam and homered again in the sixth, driving in a career-high eight runs -- and earning two curtain calls -- as the Pirates cruised to a 10-1 win over the Orioles at PNC Park.
In "The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record," Baltimore-based journalist John Eisenberg compares and contrasts men who have become synonymous with reliability, consistency and dependability. Which, by itself, would be a solid piece of work.
D-backs pitcher Archie Bradley and O's pitcher Dylan Bundy met when they were 8 years old, and have remained friends through the ups and downs of in their careers. Bundy is eager to cheer on Bradley in the postseason, just as Bradley has done for him in the past.
Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions
To evaluate what shortstop J.J. Hardy has done for the Baltimore Orioles, you have to go beyond the box scores. You have to look past Hardy's sure glove, his place in the club's all-time rankings -- which has him second in homers among shortstops and third in RBIs and games played -- and take an even closer look.
J.J. Hardy hit a two-run home run in what was likely the last home game of his seven-year Orioles career, and rookie Chance Sisco added a two-run shot to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
For five seasons, Jeremy Hellickson was a mainstay in the Tampa Bay Rays' starting rotation. Three trades and three seasons later, the 30-year-old is back in the American League East, and on Saturday pitched against the Rays for the first time in the Orioles' 9-6 loss.
Jake Odorizzi tossed the Rays' sixth consecutive quality start and the bullpen survived a late scare in a 9-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night at Camden Yards.
O's Baby! Tiny tot steals limelight
Led by Wilson Ramos' grand slam and Evan Longoria's homer -- which tied the club record for home runs-- the Rays powered their way to Friday's 8-3 series-evening win over the Orioles.
Whether it was the last game Ubaldo Jimenez ever starts for the Orioles, no one was certain. But Friday's 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays -- the home finale for the inconsistent righty -- was a microcosm of Jimenez's entire four-year stretch in Baltimore.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had a stem-cell injection in his left knee on Friday, a move that will likely end the left-hander's 2017 season.
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop isn't content to just be this year's recipient of the Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award. Schoop sees his career 2017 season as a challenge: to continue to set the bar higher.
Joe Kelly messes with O's fan while warming
There will be growing pains, for sure, but No. 2 prospect Austin Hays has shown over a short stretch what's he capable of bringing to the Orioles sooner rather than later.