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The Orioles need to move on from certain players and philosophies

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By: Corey Johns

If Ubaldo Jimenez ever throws another pitch in an Orioles uniform you can bet it will be under a loud chorus of boos. These past five seasons were supposed to be an era of the Orioles return to greatness, but the entire period has been marred by one of the worst free agent failure in club history. At no point has Jimenez ever lived up to his four-year, $50 million contract that still has him owed a fully guaranteed $13.5 million next season, but Orioles fans should no longer have pay for the club’s bad decision.

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Five reasons the Orioles can win the World Series

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By: Corey Johns

When the Orioles were swept by Boston two weeks ago it appeared they were playing themselves out of the postseason that they set themselves up for, but the bird rebounded from that disastrous series by sweeping the Diamondbacks and winning series at Toronto and at New York to end the year with a 7-2 record over their final nine games. That clinched the Orioles spot in the postseason and while maybe the team was a little underwhelming after the All-Star Break, the second-season means ever team is starting fresh and can go on their big run to win it all.

Las Vegas has given the Orioles the worst odds to win the World Series at just 20-1, but Las Vegas is a long way away from Charm City and may not quite see all of the reasons why the Orioles could win the whole thing and lift the Commissioners Trophy for the first time since 1983.

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5 biggest story lines for 2016

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By: Corey Johns

Football is back and boy do you know it has been missed. Last year was a very trying season for the Ravens and the Ravens fans that have come to expect so much more from their team that year-after-year proves to be one of the best in the league. Injuries really put a hurting to the team’s chances to win a season ago, but even before everybody went down with injuries the team was struggling. This year is a very big year for the team. They need to have a bounce-back year.

Here are five story lines that we’ll be watching as they look to make that comeback.

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Bring the big summer soccer games back into town

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By: Corey Johns

Maybe you haven’t even noticed it as a fun summer tradition but every year since 2009 big time soccer games have come into town and it’s been an absolute blast. But this year, there was no big game, just an empty M&T Bank Stadium for most of the summer outside of a Beyonce concert and a two-day youth cheerleading camp.

Baltimore is a great soccer city with plenty of soccer tradition, going back to the days of Larry Surock, Joe Speca to Sonny Askew to Santino Quaranta. It’s been rated as one of the most soccer-crazed cities in the country with the top youth system. Just because there is no MLS team in town, it doesn’t mean we don’t love our soccer in Baltimore. Just look at the support the Baltimore Blast has, or how many people go support UMBC’s program in the fall. People protested Towson dropping their men’s soccer program.

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Os show they learned their lesson when it comes to who they draft

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By: Corey Johns

It’s been 26 years since the Orioles drafted a pitcher that they developed into a true ace pitcher. They’ve drafted top prospects at the time, like Mike Paradis, Richard Stahl, Chris Smith, Adam Loewen, Matthew Hobgood and Dylan Bundy, but none of them have really turned out. And there is a clear trend of those pitchers that differs from guys like Mussina and this past MLB First Year Player Draft it seems like the Orioles have learned the error of their ways and gone back to their most successful draft strategy.

The Orioles organization, even before Dan Duquette or Andy McPhail, always carried a mantra of ‘grow the arms and buy the bats’. If they want to have a dominant pitcher, he better come up through their farm system and the problem if they just haven’t and it’s been wasting what has been one of the best lineups in the game over the past four seasons.

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