The Baltimore Orioles are 2-13!
They entered the season with an unpleasant streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons and from the looks of it, things ain't getting any better.
So what in the world has happened to this once proud franchise? We ain't talking about a slouch here. The O's are proud owners of 3 World Series championships (1966, 1970, 1983); 6 Pennants (1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1983); and 10 overall playoff appearances (1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1996, 1997).
But that was back in the days!
My! Oh my! Where have you gone Earl Weaver, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor, Mark Belanger, Ken Singleton, Boog Powell, Al Bumbry, Dave McNally......
Ok, I think ya'll get the point.
So can someone please tell me what the heck happened in 1998? How did this franchise go from being a force for the most part of it's illustrious history, between 1954-1997, to a team that can't even put together a winning season (1998-present)?
It can't be Oriole Park at Camden Yards? Or is it? Do they miss playing in the old Memorial Stadium? But it can't be. When they began play in Oriole Park, they strung together winning seasons in 5 of their first 6 seasons in the new ballpark. Only in 1995 (71-73) were they a tad under .500.
So it is safe to say, it is not Camden Yards.
The only other common denominator during this funk of 12+ years-- is owner Peter Angelos. Is it him? I mean, from what I read, the guy is not exactly one of the most respected of baseball owners. The culture he has established for the organization is (pardon the pun) for the birds. Something is definitely not fluid with this man's leadership. So demand action Baltimore fans. Tell Angelos to shape up or ship out!
Anyway, I hope things turn around down there because I miss those days when the Orioles were a force to be reckoned with. And if Angelos is the problem, well then-- he gotta go!
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