Esskay

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  • joined Dec 22, 2008
  • last login Apr 18, 2014
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A 30-year-old life-long Marylander whose first sporting love was baseball. He likes Star Wars way too much to ever be considered a normal person. As his handle may suggest, he thinks that no trip to Camden Yards is complete without eating an Esskay hot dog, with the ketchup on one side of the bun and the mustard on the other. His real name is Mark.

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  • MLB Baltimore Orioles
  • NFL Baltimore Ravens
  • NCAAB Maryland Terrapins
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O's "remain interested & in contact" on Morales

The Orioles have missed out on every starting pitcher under the sun, but they're still interested and in touch on Kendrys Morales, whatever that means.

Top 40 Orioles of All Time: #21, Rafael Palmeiro

Did he take those steroids on purpose? Had he been taking them all along? It's hard to know what to think about Rafael Palmeiro without a definitive answer to those questions, but he's our #21 greatest Oriole anyway.

Suk-min Yoon takes picture in an Orioles hat

Suk-min Yoon has tweeted a picture of himself in an Orioles hat. This is news on a dead Tuesday night at the end of a dead Orioles offseason. Do you think it means he will soon be signing?

O's could target Bonifacio if he hits free agency

Do you want the Orioles to get Emilio Bonifacio? They might, once his waivers expire and he becomes a free agent. He would probably be a bench player, which is okay because he isn't very good as a regular.

Market update: Ervin Santana on O's radar, or not

What is the latest in the Ervin Santana saga? To find out requires a journey into the realms of quantum mechanics. Ever hear the one about Schrodinger and the cat? That's the Orioles this offseason.

Arroyo signs with Dbacks; O's choices shrink again

Another Orioles free agent target has been struck from the board. Bronson Arroyo has signed with the Diamondbacks for a $23.5 million guaranteed deal.

Top 40 Orioles of All Time: #23, Scott McGregor

Few, if any, are his equal for postseason performance and mustachioed glory. He is the great left-hander Scott McGregor, #23 on our Top 40 Greatest Orioles list.

O's, Wieters settle on $7.7 million deal for 2014

The Orioles and Matt Wieters have reached an agreement on a one-year contract for $7.7 million, avoiding arbitration.

Another O's target gone: Rodney signs w/ Mariners

Another reported Orioles target is off the board as Fernando Rodney is reported to be signing with the Mariners.

Orioles announce spring training roster

The Orioles have announced their spring training roster. Pitchers and catchers must report by February 14. Position players must report by February 19.

Urrutia's adjustment to US could benefit the O's

Most of the time, thinking a player will suddenly improve at age 27 is crazy. When considering Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia, who continues to adjust to life in the US and playing in MLB, maybe it's not so crazy to think that.

Camden Chat is looking for new writers

We are looking for new writers to join our band of bloggers. Are you up to the task?

O's front-runners to land Korean RHP Suk-min Yoon

The Orioles are reported to now be the front-runners to sign Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon.

Top 40 Orioles of All Time: #25, Davey Johnson

You might remember him better for managing back-to-back playoff teams in the 1990s, but Davey Johnson was one of the great Orioles players, too. He comes in at #25 on our Top 40 list.

O's still in contact on Cruz, Burnett, Rodney

In Friday's edition of Orioles news that sounds important but probably means nothing, the Orioles are reported to "remain in contact" with the agents for Nelson Cruz, A.J. Burnett, and Fernando Rodney.

Orioles are "all in" on A.J. Burnett

The Orioles are said to be "all in" on free agent starter A.J. Burnett. Maybe this time it will turn out they've actually spoken to the player they're reported to be interested in.

Five O's prospects in Law's 100, four in top 50

Five Orioles appeared on Keith Law's top 100 prospects, headlined by Kevin Gausman at #23. The Orioles have four pitchers in the top 50, which should be pretty cool as long as three of them don't fail.

Top 40 Orioles of All Time: #27, Mike Cuellar

Next on our Top 40 Orioles list is a one-time journeyman lefty who came to Baltimore and found glory - Mike Cuellar.

Burnett to pitch in 2014, open to new team

A.J. Burnett will reportedly be pitching in 2014 and the Orioles are reported to be a team that could be in play for him. Could they actually sign a player they're widely reported to be interested in?

Some O's tickets cheaper than last year, for now

When the Orioles released the dynamic pricing for individual games on Monday, there was one big surprise. Many tickets are cheaper than they were last year. Prices subject to change.

Orioles have three prospects in MLB.com's Top 100

The Orioles had three prospects on MLB.com's Top 100: Dylan Bundy (20), Kevin Gausman (31), and Eduardo Rodriguez (68). How do they stack up with their divisional rivals?

Top 40 Orioles of All Time: #29, Adam Jones

#29 on our greatest Orioles countdown is one with us in the present day: Adam Jones, who was the Most Valuable Oriole on the magical 2012 playoff team. That we have years more of his career to look forward to is a nice thing indeed.

O's "making progress" with Rodney, or maybe not

The Orioles are reported to be "making progress" with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney, whatever that means. They are also "expected to make one other 'significant' move", whatever that means.

Rays get Balfour for two years at 20% off

After the Orioles backed out of their deal with Grant Balfour because of concerns with his physical, the Rays team doctor said it was a "no-brainer" for them to approve his contract. Now, the Rays have signed Balfour. I'm shocked (not shocked).

O's may have concerns about Colvin's physical

The Orioles had an agreement last week with outfielder Tyler Colvin, which you may have forgotten because they never announced it. Now there might have been a problem with his physical. Oops!

With Tanaka off board, what starters are left?

Now that Masahiro Tanaka has signed, everyone expects the rest of the starting pitching market to heat up. The Orioles will probably settle for someone like Bronson Arroyo. Hopefully they don't miss out on even the likes of him.

Top 40 Orioles of All Time: #31, B.J. Surhoff

A staple of the mid-late 1990s Orioles, B.J. Surhoff cried when he was traded in the 2000 fire sale. That's some, but not all, of why he appears at #31 on our Top 40 Orioles list.

Wieters, O's swap figures as Davis, 4 more settle

The Orioles settled on contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players. Matt Wieters is the lone player remaining. The team filed at $6.5 million. Wieters asked for $8.75 million. Slugger Chris Davis agreed to a $10.35 million deal.

Six weeks later, O's still haven't spent Johnson $

It's been six weeks since the Orioles traded closer Jim Johnson, purportedly to create payroll flexibility. They have done nothing with the extra money. If they struggle in predictable ways in 2014, another year of standing pat will look foolish.

Machado ahead in rehab, could play Opening Day

Manny Machado was in Los Angeles to visit a specialist on Thursday. Not only was he cleared to resume baseball activities, but he is apparently 6-8 weeks ahead of the typical recovery time for his surgery.

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