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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.

The O’s will hop on the brunch bandwagon on Sept. 16

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Brunch has been the it Sunday morning activity for a bit now, but never before could you have it at beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

That’ll change Sept. 16, when the Orioles will host a brunch at the Center Field Roof Deck ahead of the team’s 1:05 p.m. game with the Chicago White Sox.

Event Pick: The Orioles host ‘Game of Thrones’ night

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For the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Wedding came on July 31, when second baseman Jonathan Schoop, reliever Darren O’Day and starting pitcher Kevin Gausman were traded away. Those deals, following the earlier trades that shipped shortstop Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton out of Baltimore, cemented the Orioles’ status as a rebuilding team.

As prudent as those moves were, it sapped the club of many of its familiar names. Case in point: Gausman, the player featured on tonight’s “Game of Thrones” bobblehead, seated atop a flying dragon, isn’t even here anymore.

Orioles complete overhaul with trades of Gausman and O’Day, Schoop

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Jonathan Schoop. Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons.

With the trades of starting pitcher Kevin Gausman and reliever Darren O’Day, and second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette today pushed down on the last detonator in his effort to blow up and reshape the franchise.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Soooo, Jim Palmer basically called Chris Davis a liar

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Chris Davis (Kenya Allen/Pressbox)

Last night the Baltimore Orioles added another dismal loss to what is quickly becoming one of the most dismal seasons in franchise history, falling 11-1 to the lowly Chicago White Sox.

That itself wasn’t unusual. What was: Hall of Fame pitcher and broadcaster Jim Palmer throwing down the gauntlet on struggling first baseman Chris Davis.

The Orioles got owned online by ‘Looney Tunes’

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The 2018 Baltimore Orioles continue to find new levels of misery, as they did last night when starting pitcher Dylan Bundy gave up seven runs without recording an out in the 1st inning.

Woof.

Orioles debut expanded Kids’ Corner at Oriole Park tonight

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During tonight’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the Baltimore Orioles are debuting a revamped Kids’ Corner near Gate C.

(Insert joke about the much-needed distraction from the team’s lousy play here.)

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