May 8, 2021 • 1HR 0M

John Means is the best pitcher in the world (Ep. 67)

The historic performance from the Orioles ace has Birdland's collective hearts all aflutter.

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For the last 25 years, poor starting pitcher has been as much a part of the Orioles organizational fabric as the Crab Shuffle, strolls down Eutaw Street, and off-beat clapping to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” It’s cultural.

But for a brief moment this week, that quarter century of ineptitude on the mound was washed away by what may go down as the most brilliant performance by an Orioles pitcher.

John Means threw the club’s first no-hitter since 1991, and their first complete game no-hitter since Hall of Famer Jim Palmer in 1969.

The Orioles lefty was incredible, featuring the absolute best version of his changeup, staying ahead of the Seattle hitters, and cruising to what was a dropped third strike away from a perfect game.

On this week’s episode, the guys discuss the Means no-no, what it does to his future with the team, and where the southpaw currently sits in the “ace” pecking order. Later, they talk trade candidates, minor league baseball, the second base situation, and managing young pitchers.

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