The Orioles have had many underlying problems with their organization for years, including one of the worst farming systems in the Majors, longterm contracts with beyond underwhelming players, and poor moves by management time and time again. These issues have finally caught up to the Orioles, resulting in what is turning out to be one of their worst seasons as an organization.
One of the issues that has plagued the Orioles for years and years is offering players outrageous contracts after they have a single good season. Example 1: Ubaldo Jimenez, who went on to be among the worst pitchers, relief or starting in the entire majors. Example 2: Chris Davis, who went from being an MVP candidate to one of the worst batters in the entire MLB ever since his breakout season. Currently, the Orioles are holding onto Chris Tillman and Mark Trumbo, who are eating up cap space and holding the Orioles back.
To make matters worse, the Orioles top office is horrendous at identifying problems with the team. The Orioles over the past five years have had strong home run hitters, great defense and great relief pitching. What is missing from this? Let’s see, STARTING PITCHING. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that you have one of the worst starting rotations in baseball, which held the team back from strong World Series Contention. Now it’s 2018 and the office finally decided to “fix” the situation by signing pitchers with potential. None of whom I would argue have made a case to be called solid starters. The office’s inability to identify basic problems within the organization is mind-boggling to me.
The season that the Orioles are having this year is extremely hard for me to watch, personally. But I will say that it is something that has been overdue for years. Hopefully the office is smart enough to recognize after this season that it is time to start rebuilding and correcting the godawful farming system, which is ranked among the worst in the majors. Going on a complete tangent and coming from a life-long Orioles fan, congratulations to Nick Markakis for making his first All-Star team. Quite easily one of the most long over-due All-Star selections in the past decade and well-deserved for one of the greatest Orioles players in recent years. Even though you’re an ex-Oriole, your All-Star selection is the highlight of the 2018 Orioles’ season.