With the signing of Vladimir Guerrero this winter, I sensed an unusual amount of optimism surrounding not just the potential of the Orioles as a whole, but also as to what Guerrero could accomplish this year in an Orioles uniform. It seemed like a lot of fans were evaluating the signing of Guerrero based on his successful past rather than what the future holds for him.
With Justin Duchscherer headed for an MRI on his hip, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll open 2011 on the disabled list. Many have labeled Britton as the front runner to take over for Duchscherer. Here are five reasons why Britton shouldn’t get the nod over Chris Tillman.
Notes on Brian Roberts‘ neck injury, Derrek Lee’s BP session, the game day pitching schedule, a look at which pitchers the Pirates will throw at the Orioles and more.
Nick Markakis discusses carrying the late season success of 2010 into 2011, his goals for 2011, and the atmosphere surrounding spring training.
Nolan Reimold discusses what he learned from his struggles last year, the feel of this year’s spring training and his goals for 2011.
JJ Hardy talks about his switch to the American League, his new double play partner (Brian Roberts), and more.
Buck discusses what he’s most excited about this season, his love for baseball, how the off-season additions will make the team better, and more.
Matt Wieters discusses his preparation for the 2011 season, what he can learn from Vladimir Guerrero and Derrek Lee, how he maintains being a switch hitter and more.