Baltimore Orioles Tickets
Named after the state bird of Maryland, the Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team that competes in the Major League Baseball (MLB). The Orioles or The O’s compete in the American League (AL) East division and are also one of the AL’s eight charter teams. Established in 1901 as the Milwaukee Brewers, the team later moved to St. Louis as the St. Louis Browns. Based in St. Louis from 1902 to 1953, in 1954, the team was bought out by a Baltimore business Clarence Miles. As a result, the team relocated to its present home and were renamed the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles play their home games at the famous Oriole Park at Camden Yards and have won three World Series titles.
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The Orioles Greatest Success
From 1966 to 1983, the Orioles were virtually unstoppable. This era marked the Orioles winning three World Series titles, six AL Pennants, and seven East division titles. The secret behind the Orioles dominating the league during this era was exceptional ball players and high-quality coaches.
Oriole Way – “perfect practice makes perfect!”
The Oriole Way was a new and revolutionary way of thinking in professional major league baseball.
From 1966 to 1983, the Orioles played baseball the Oriole Way a technique best summed up in their coach Cal Ripken Sr.’s quote perfect practice makes perfect! The team’s mantra was hard work and the understanding that professionalism coupled with a strong understanding of the game, can take you to the top. The entire coaching staff approached the game the same way, so that if a player or players had to be replaced for whatever reason, their replacement could fit in effortlessly.
The new philosophy was put into practice in 1966 after the Robinson-for-Pappas deal. This was the same year when the Orioles would win their first World Series Title. This new way of playing baseball would win them two more World Series titles in 1970 and 1983. Some of the most notable Orioles’ ballplayers from this era were Cal Ripken, Jr., Boog Powell and Frank Robinson.
The glory years of the Orioles, however, ended in 1984 when the Detroit Tigers defeated them.
The O’s in the Wilderness
From 1984 to 1995, the Orioles played abysmal ball games. Not only did they not make it to the playoffs, but they also couldn’t win their division. However, they came close to winning their division in 1989 and 1994, when they stood second in the AL East division standings.
Glimmer of Hope
Though for a very short period of time, but the Baltimore Orioles played exceptional ball games during the 1996 and 1997 MLB seasons. They made the playoffs back-to-back, only to lose in the American League Championship Series.
Down and Out till Buck Showalter
From 1998 to 2011, the Orioles played 14 straight losing seasons. They consistently ranked 5th in their division from 2008 to 2011. However, things started to change for the team under manager Buck Showalter.
Brought on in 2010, Showalter is presently the team’s manager. Under him, the Orioles started to show signs of a different team, starting in 2012. From 2012 till 2016, the Baltimore Orioles have made the playoffs on three occasions. In 2016, the Orioles entered the playoffs as a wild card team.
The Baltimore Orioles and 2017 MLB Season
The good news for the Orioles’ fans is that the Sports Illustrated in their The 30: Who’s No.1 in the first MLB power rankings of 2017? list, has listed the Baltimore Orioles at No.15. Placed dead in the center of the list, the Orioles have an equally decent chance of sinking or swimming in the 2017 MLB season.
The Story So Far …
Reaching the playoffs is not out of the question. The Orioles’ strongest traits are their management, which knows how to extract the best out of the given lot. With re-signing of Mark Trumbo, the Orioles have got their core sluggers in place. On the pitching mound, if Kevin Gausman can shine and Chris Tillman comes out of his shoulder injury, especially before the first two weeks of the season, then the Orioles can make it happen, yet again, in 2017.
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