Birdland Tonight (Ep. 61)
The Orioles had a good week, and suddenly the future appears a lot closer.
The Orioles deserve to be criticized from time to time. Not every signing is brilliant. Not every move makes sense. And not every “business decision” is going to please the public. But the organization also deserves praise when they move things in the right direction, and this past week was a very progressive week for the Birds.
MLB Pipeline ranked the Orioles as the fifth-best farm system in all of baseball, praising the depth of the club’s young talent and the strides the front office has made in establishing a foothold in Latin America. Employing talented players like Adley Rutschman, D.L. Hall, and Grayson Rodriguez is helpful as well.
Then, on Tuesday, the O’s announced that they were going to be building a state-of-the-art training facility in the Dominican Republic, due to open sometime in 2022. While a fancy building alone won’t do much to improve future Oriole teams, it does serve as further proof that they are serious about their pursuits in the region.
It is an exciting time to be an Orioles fan, which is not something you have been able to say with a straight face for a few years. The team is unlikely to be headed to the playoffs this season or next, but suddenly the future doesn’t seem so far away.
Join Tyler, Jesse, and Eli as they discuss all of these developments plus a few spring training battles, and some emerging details in the never-ending story of if and when the Angelos family will sell the Orioles. To get more posts like this sent straight to your inbox, click that “Subscribe now” button.
This week’s edition of The Warehouse Podcast was done as part of “Podcast Takeover Week” at a brand new project called “Birdland Tonight”. Throughout the 2021 season Birdland Tonight will be your source of high-quality, fan-run post-game analysis of every single Orioles game. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch to be alerted when they go live and join the conversation!
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