The Orioles will have an alternate training site again in 2021

Hello Birdland,

Much like their MLB peers, the Triple-A season was scheduled to begin in early April. That has now been postponed until May, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The report explains that the reason for the delay is that the teams will set up alternative training sites, similar to what was done last summer.

It is unclear whether these sites will be an entirely separate entity from Triple-A, or whether they will continue to operate after the start of the minor league seasons.

As it was a season ago, the goal of having these sites would apparently be to give every major league team a pool of potential players who are physically ready to play at the major league level while limiting their exposure to others, and therefore reducing the risk. viral contraction. This theory would disappear once games started and minor leaguers traveled by bus from town to town.

It will be interesting to see how the pullback of the Triple-A season and the addition of the alternate site impacts roster decisions. Someone like Stevie Wilkerson or Wade LeBlanc might not make the major league roster for Opening Day, but he would almost certainly deserve a spot on the alternate site.

Links and notes

Orioles pitching prospect Mike Baumann brings explosive stuff to big league camp: ‘I just want to prove I belong’ | The Baltimore Sun
Michael Baumann is one of the players who seemed to take a huge leap forward with the implementation of Mike Elias and Chris Holt’s vision for the club. There’s a chance he’ll make his Baltimore debut at the end of the summer and then fight for a rotation spot by this time next year.

Pitcher returned 1st, trots to start 2nd | Orioles.com
John Means was eliminated after some difficulty in the first run. But then he pitched the whole second inning. Oh yeah, and the teams have only played seven innings. Spring baseball kind of turned into this “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Everything is made up and the points don’t matter. Remove balls and strikes from the board. Just let one at bat go, like, six pitches, then move on to the next guy. Use ghost runners. No matter.

Cedric Mullins on quitting switch shots | Steve Melewski
This is a big deal. It will take some time for Cedric Mullins to adjust to having left-handed pitchers throw him from the same side of the plate, but ultimately, this looks like his best chance to turn into a daily option in the outfield.

Hyde on Means, Mullins, Rutschman and more | The school of Roch
Adley Rutschman caught knuckleballer Mickey Jannis and appeared to have done well. In addition, he worked a walk. Who needs to see more? Call the kid already!

It’s your birthday ? Happy Birthday!

  • Dilson Herrera is 27 today. He played three games for the 2020 O’s.
  • José Rondón is also celebrating his 27th birthday. He appeared in only one game for the 2019 Orioles.
  • Happy 42nd birthday to longtime reliever Jorge Julio. The right-hander spent five seasons in Baltimore from 2001 to 2005, racking up a 4.20 ERA.
  • It’s the 53rd birthday of Bobby Muñoz, a right-handed pitcher who played nine games with the 1998 Birds.
  • The late Francisco de la Rosa (d. 2011) was born on this day in 1966. He played in two games for the 1995 Orioles.
  • Jesse Jefferson also has a posthumous celebration (born 1949, died 2011). He pitched for O’s from 1973 to 1975 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox for Tony Muser.

History of the Orioles

1916 – Orioles owner Jack Dunn buys the ballpark built by the Baltimore Terrapins.

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