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.
Fresh off a disappointing Playoff exit, the Orioles have their eyes on Sarasota, Fla. The team released its 2017 Spring Training schedule this afternoon.
The Orioles have taken the field for Grapefruit League action in Sarasota, but the most consequential contest of spring training seems to be taking place in the clubhouse. Center Fielder Adam Jones is making a public play to get more info from team executives. As the most stable piece of an outfield in transition, he’s the kind of guy you probably want to keep happy.
We get that the whole Super Bowl thing isn’t over yet. There’s still the Ravens’ arrival back home later today and of course the big victory parade tomorrow. We know. We’ll be there. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t take full advantage of this moment of collective civic enthusiasm to say: What about the O’s?? Spring training starts later this month (giving you a good couple weeks to recoup and book your travel plans). And personally, we’re hoping that the Ravens’ hard won success (remember how much of a coup that game against the Patriots seemed not so long ago?) can translate into a little extra enthusiasm for the Orioles when baseball season starts this year. Maybe we’re on a streak, right? Maybe this is just the beginning! Or maybe we could just use a few days in the Florida sun…