How I learned to stop worrying and love a Manny Machado trade

Manny Machado. Photo by Keith Allison, via Wikimedia Commons.

If you’re reading this, I don’t need to tell you how bad things are in Birdland. But here it is just in case: a 28-69 record, 39.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. A first baseman with a -2.5 wins above replacement (WAR) in mid-July. An outfield defense that may end up being historically bad. A starting rotation whose ERA is only .4 points better than last year, when the Orioles had the worst in professional baseball.

Ugly doesn’t begin to describe it.

UPDATE: Today’s Ravens practice at M&T Bank Stadium has been cancelled

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UPDATE (7/21): The Ravens’ open practice at M&T Bank Stadium today has been cancelled due to the inclement weather, the team announced.

The Baltimore Ravens will head to the team’s regular season home on Saturday to hold an open practice, the team announced today.

Sports media startup ‘The Athletic’ launches a Baltimore site

The Athletic Baltimore’s Twitter cover image.

The Athletic, a sports media startup that has lured away prominent beat reporters and national writers to its online news platform, launched a Baltimore-specific page this morning.

UMBC alumni fall in first round of $2 million cash-prize basketball tournament

Still via video from The Basketball Tournament/YouTube

The Hilltop Dawgs won’t be enjoying their own Cinderella run this summer, as the squad of University of Maryland, Baltimore County hoops alums fell early in The Basketball Tournament on Saturday, losing 72-59 to Monarch Nation.

All the times Nick Markakis should have made the All-Star Game as an Oriole

Nick Markakis in 2015 in a Braves-Orioles game. Photo by Keith Allison, via Wikimedia Commons.

The MLB All-Star Game rosters were announced last night, and for the first time in his career, former Oriole outfielder Nick Markakis is playing in the Mid-Summer Classic. In fact, he’s starting.

Anyone who’s checked out of the baseball season–and honestly, who could blame you given the woeful state of the Orioles–may have missed that Markakis is having a career year in his fourth season with the Atlanta Braves. As of this writing, he has a personal best in batting average (.322) and has hit more home runs (10) at this point than he did all of last year.

Event Pick: Head to the pep rally for the UMBC-affiliated Hilltop Dawgs before they compete for $2 million

Photo by Ian Feldmann, via UMBC/Twitter

The UMBC Retrievers men’s basketball team captured international headlines with their March Madness magic, becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the history of the men’s tournament. Now, a group of alumni–including some players from that historic team–going by the name Hilltop Dawgs is competing for $2 million in The Basketball Tournament.

Baltimore Blast announce August game with Canadian National Team

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The U.S. may have failed to qualify for the World Cup, but competitive soccer with national pride on the line is coming right to Towson. Local arena soccer team the Baltimore Blast will take on the Canadian National Team in a game at SECU Arena on Aug. 4, the franchise announced today.

Gary Thorne adds to local legend status with observation O’s are ‘within shitting distance’ of opponent

Gary Thorne in 2015. Photo by Keith Allison, via Wikimedia Commons.

Watching the Orioles stumble through the 2018 season has been hard for everyone to watch. Most of us can just tune out for our own sanity, but MASN play-by-play announcer Gary Throne has to watch ’em all, or at least the many, many games he broadcasts.

Jaylen Adams Hopes To Represent Baltimore In NBA

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By Seth Tow 
Former St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams, who hopes to be selected in the NBA Draft June 18, told Glenn Clark Radio June 14 that he wants to become the next Baltimore product to make it in the NBA.

M&T Bank Stadium, ‘walkability,’ local soccer fandom should all boost Baltimore’s World Cup odds, official says

El Salvador fans pack the stands of M&T Bank Stadium. Image courtesy of Baltimore Ravens/Twitter.

It’s a great day for local fútbol fans. The United States, Canada and Mexico have been tapped as host countries for the 2026 World Cup, and Baltimore is on the short list of locales that could serve as host sites for the massive quadrennial soccer tournament.

Now that short list must be trimmed within the next couple years from 23 to 15 or 16 cities that get to play host to some world-class international soccer. If it’s any sign for now, Baltimore scored well compared to others, tying for third with a score of 4.2 out of 5, behind only Denver, Houston, Miami and San Francisco, per FIFA’s official Bid Evaluation Report.