September 5, 2020: Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the first pitch on the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game played. Ripken’s son, Ryan, caught his father’s throw. Ryan threw out the first pitch to his dad the night Ripken set the record in 1995. He was just 2 years old at the time.
Season Preview: The Orioles have enough talent to win anytime they walk on the field. The question is whether they can win games in bunches. The team’s lineup includes several players in their prime years, including Rio Ruiz, Pedro Severino, Anthony Santander, and Hanser Alberto. Manager Brandon Hyde is working a pitching staff without any stars, but with a number of live arms.
Season Recap: No one expected the Orioles to have a winning record in 2019, and they were right: Baltimore lost 108 games. However, the O’s played opponents tough—with the exception of the Yankees, who won 15 of 17 games. Trey Mancini, Jonathan Villar, Hanser Alberto, and Renato Nunez led the offense, while John Means and Dylan Bundy pitched well most of the year.
July 25, 2019: Utilityman Steve Wilkerson pitched the 16th inning in a victory against the Angels and earned a save. He became the first position player to save a game since the statistic became official in 1969.
Season Preview: The Orioles had a terrible year in 2018 and things might not get much better in 2019—at least not in the win column. The club is determined to rebuild around up-and-coming players, but also wants to be competitive this year for Baltimore fans. That is almost impossible to do. Trey Mancini and Chris Davis will have to put up big numbers for the O’s to avoid another 100-loss season.
Season Recap: Baltimore fans were not expecting a division title in 2018, but no one imaged the Orioles would lose 115 most games—the most in the history of the franchise. To make matters worse, their best player, Manny Machado, was traded away. Among the few bright spots for the O’s was the play of Jonathan Villar, who stole 21 bases after being acquired in a deal for Jonathan Schoop.
Season Preview: The Orioles have plenty of punch in the lineup, thanks to Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Trey Mancini, and Manny Machado—who seems ready to put up MVP numbers at the age of 25. The big question mark for the O’s is their starting pitching. Newcomer Alex Cobb will need to become an ace for Baltimore to contend with the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East.
Season Recap: The Orioles had one of the best-hitting lineups in baseball in 2017. In August, the club hit 57 home runs to set a new record for that month. Even so, Baltimore lost too many close games and finished last in the AL East with a 75–87 record.
July 23, 2017: Zack Britton set a new AL record when he saved his 55th game in a row.
November 1, 2016: The Orioles nearly slugged their way to the AL East title behind the power hitting of Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, Adam Jones and home run champion Mark Trumbo. They made it to the Wild Card game with a patchwork pitching staff, but lost to the Blue Jays in extra innings.
May 2, 2016: Manny Machado was named AL Player of the Month for April. He batted .344 with 7 home runs and 16 RBIs.
October 6, 2015: Manny Machado recovered from his ankle injury to play all 162 games and hit 35 home runs. Chris Davis added 47, but the Orioles were never much better than a .500 club. Wei-Yin Chen had another good year on the mound, but Baltimore’s pitching was not as strong as in years past.
October 4, 2015: Chris Davis won the major league home run crown with 47 round-trippers.
April 5, 2015: Manager Buck Showalter is good at doing a lot with a little, but he faces great challenges in 2015. For the Orioles to compete, slugger Chris Davis must improve on last year’s numbers, and young stars Manny Machado and Matt Wieters must stay healthy.
November 15, 2014: Buck Showalter was named AL Manager of the Year for the third time. He won the award with Yankees in 1994 and Rangers in 2004. Other Baltimore award winners included Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and J.J. Hardy, who won Gold Gloves for fielding excellence.
October 30, 2014: The Orioles won the AL East for the first time since 1997 thanks to great seasons from sluggers Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz, and a pitching staff led by Chris Tillman and reliever Zach Britton. The big surprise of the year was Steve Pearce, a journeyman who delivered 21 homers. Baltimore’s hopes of a pennant ended with a sweep by the Kansas City Royals in the playoffs.
September 28, 2014: Nelson Cruz finished the year as the AL home run champion, with 40 round-trippers. It was the second year in a row that an Oriole led the majors in home runs. Prior to that, the last Baltimore player to lead the big leagues was Frank Robinson, with 49 homers in 1966.
August 8, 2014: The Orioles celebrated their 60th anniversary by wearing replica uniforms from their first season, in 1954.
March 31, 2014: Baltimore would have a chance to finish first in most of baseball’s other divisions, but in the AL East the Orioles have three excellent teams between then and first place. Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez lead the pitching corps, while young stars Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Jonathan Shoop support sluggers Chris Davis and nelson Cruz in a high-powered offense.
October 1, 2013: Baltimore failed to make the playoffs, but proved their 2012 season was no fluke. They won 85 games and got historic season from Chris Davis, Manny Machado, and Jim Johnson. The starting pitching, which was so good the year before, simply did not get the job done.
September 18, 2013: The Orioles set a new record with their 114th errorless game of the season. The old record of 113 was set by the Astros in 2008.
September 17, 2013: Chris Davis set a new team record with his 51st home run of the year. He finished the 2013 season with 53 to lead the major leagues. He also led the majors with 138 RBIs and 96 extra-base hits.
July 10, 2013: At 21 years and 5 days, Manny Machado became the youngest player to have 125 hits by the All-Star Break. The old record was set by Tommy Davis of the Dodgers in 1962.
April 5, 2013: Chris Davis became just the fourth player in history to hit a home run in each of the season’s first four games.
March 30, 2013: Young star Manny Machado joins team leaders Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in a lineup that promises to score a lot of runs. Can the Baltimore relievers hold leads as well as they did in 2012? That may be the story of their season.
October 13, 2012: Some picked the Orioles to finish last in the AL East, but they nearly finished first. The team’s young pitchers were sensational, and five different players hit more than 20 home runs. At age 27, Adam Jones became a true superstar—doing it all in the field, at bat, and on the base paths. The Orioles fell to the New York Yankees in the playoffs, but came within a couple of hits of reaching the American League Championship Series.
May 10, 2012: Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis each hit a home run to start Baltimore’s game against the Texas Rangers. It was the first time in AL history that a team hit back-to-back-to-back homers to open a game.
April, 2012: It looks like the Orioles will have two pitchers from Japanese Leagues in their starting rotation for 2012—Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada. Chen was actually born in Taiwan. Wada pitched for Japan in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.