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The top Baltimore sports stories of 2018

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The scene before first pitch at last night’s Orioles-Blue Jays game. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

A lot happened in Baltimore sports in 2018. Yes, that’s bound to happen every year by virtue of all the games played. But a look at all the major developments for the area’s pro and college teams shows there were truly seismic changes. After years of competitive baseball, the Orioles fell flat on their faces, leading to a complete overhaul. On the verge of winning the AFC North, the Ravens are approaching the end of the Ozzie Newsome era and, by all accounts, have already concluded the Joe Flacco one.

Those are just a few of the major storylines to make our list.

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.

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

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Image courtesy of the Orioles

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.

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.

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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Image via Twitter.

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 announce theme nights, including tributes to ‘The Sandlot,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and good dogs

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Image courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles today announced a full slate of themed promotional events throughout the season, including a yoga night and games dedicated to classic kids’ baseball movie “The Sandlot,” HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” and good doggos.

Five Takeaways From Orioles Spring Training

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By Rich Dubroff

SARASOTA, Fla. — With the Baltimore Orioles’ Grapefruit League schedule complete, and the March 29 opener against the Minnesota Twins just three days away, here are five takeaways from Orioles spring training.

Trey Mancini: The Sage Sophomore

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By Steve Ginsburg

Terry Crowley remembers the precise moment he realized Trey Mancini was going to be special.

Colby Rasmus looking forward to new start with Orioles

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By Rich Dubroff

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles first targeted outfielder Colby Rasmus as a potential free-agent signing more than three years ago. Manager Buck Showalter even visited Rasmus’ home in Alabama to gauge his interest in joining the Orioles.

That visit has finally paid off.

Rasmus signed a minor league contract with the Orioles Feb. 21, and the left-handed hitting outfielder remembers Showalter’s visit.

Read the full story at PressBox.

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