Reports: Orioles zeroing in on Mike Elias as next GM

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By Luke Jackson

The Baltimore Orioles are poised to hire Houston Astros assistant general manager as their next general manager, as first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Houston Chronicle confirmed Nightengale’s report.

Charming 1836 farmhouse in Lutherville asks $750K: 1.9 acres with barn


Hot House:¬†“Henry’s Delight,” 2615 Pot Spring Road, Lutherville, MD 21093

Fieldstone farmhouse, circa 1836, with frame addition, circa 1905, completely restored. Four/five bedrooms, 2.5 baths over two and a half stories and 3,585 square feet. Entry foyer, living room, dining room, open-plan eat-in kitchen and family room, master suite with double walk-in closets, glass shower and den/dressing room. Three further bedrooms, office, three fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout. Central AC, attic, unfinished basement. Large wooded barn with hayloft, converted to four-car garage and workroom. Landscaped 1.9-acre lot: $749,900

Maryland Million reports largest betting handle in more than a decade

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado aboard Maryland Million Classic winner Saratoga Bob. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

Last Saturday’s Maryland Million, a day of stakes races at Laurel Park featuring the progeny of in-state stallions, saw a 30 percent increase in wagering, and for the first time since 2007, the overall betting handle surpassed $5 million, the Maryland Jockey Club announced.

A defense of Dan Duquette

Dan Duquette in 2015. Photo by Keith Allison.

There likely won’t be any front-page farewell tributes to Dan Duquette, the former executive vice president of operations who the Orioles yesterday announced would not be returning.

Unlike former manager Buck Showalter, whose contract was also not renewed, Duquette never had clever turns of phrase or outwardly embraced the city in a way fans could appreciate, remembrances¬†mentioned in The Sun‘s story weighing fans’ reactions to the skipper’s departure. Duquette was the strait-laced baseball man, and in interviews, he seemed as careful about what he didn’t say as much as what he did, sometimes making him come off as affectless.

Reports: Buck Showalter Won’t Be Back With Orioles

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By Luke Jackson

Buck Showalter, who managed the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-2018, will not be back with the team in 2019, according to multiple reports.

The news was first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Adam Jones, in maybe one of his last acts as an Oriole, and wife Audie donate $75K to local charities

Adam Jones, center, at his 2013 #StayHungry tailgate. Image via Adam Jones’ Twitter.

As this bitterly awful Orioles season winds to a close, it comes with the realization the city of Baltimore may be seeing the last days of center fielder Adam Jones in black and orange.

Baltimore Blast will play a 2018-2019 schedule heavy on division play

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Baltimore Blast fans will notice two major changes in the upcoming season schedule released today by the Major Arena Soccer League.

A lot of championship golf, including Ryder Cup and PGA Championship, is coming to Bethesda’s Congressional C.C.

The clubhouse at Congressional Country Club. Photo by Carl Lindberg via Wikimedia Commons.

In what the PGA of America is calling a “landmark agreement,” the organization is bringing eight championship golf tournaments to Bethesda’s Congressional Country Club in a 16-year stretch, including the PGA Championship in 2031 and the Ryder Cup in 2036.

Baltimore is going to throw a parade for Hall of Famer Ray Lewis

Image via Ray Lewis’ official Facebook page.

Linebacker Ray Lewis began his half-hour Hall of Fame induction-cum-motivational hype speech in Canton, Ohio by shouting: “Baltimore! Baltimore! We in the building, baby!”

It was indicative of the former Raven’s relationship with the city: Lewis played the entirety of his 17-year career here, bringing home two Super Bowls. And while that love affair was tarnished with murder charges in 2000, after which the city and organization stood by him, and his more recent hypocrisy on the anthem protests, after which many did not, the bond between Lewis and Baltimore has remained unbroken.

In pro sports first, the Orioles will wear a jersey with Braille lettering

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In what the team says is a first in American professional sports, the Baltimore Orioles will wear jerseys with Braille lettering during their Sept. 18 game against the Toronto Blue Jays, honoring the 40th anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind moving its national headquarters to the city.

Braille will be used for both the “Orioles” script on the front of the jersey and the player’s last name on the back.