Now into the 4th season under Mike Elias, the Baltimore Orioles rebuild is well underway. It might be baby steps, but anything forward is progress.
It would be straightforward to look at the AL East standings and think that the Baltimore Orioles are once again a garbage team. However, considering that is a massive mistake because they are far from the old image of themselves and look more like a much better, robust version of who they once were.
When you look back at teams who have succeeded and come out of the “rebuild hole,” you see a few things in common. Camaraderie, heart, growth both on and off the field, willingness to do whatever it takes, and slow, steady success. As you take a look at the 2022 Baltimore Orioles, it’s hard not to see any, if not all, of those attributes.
Sitting here even after an abysmal loss to the Washington Nationals on a Tuesday night, it’s hard not to be excited about the future. For starters, they are well on track to crush the previous year’s win totals, as they have already hit 30 wins. You would have to look back at the 2017 season to find a Baltimore Orioles team that won that many games well before playing at least 90.
Baltimore Orioles: All outlooks point towards a positive rebuild
Wins alone are enough, but this O’s team is showing so much promise that it’s maddening. Think back for a moment, if you will. When was the last time you watched an Orioles team show this much excitement for each other? That camaraderie, that’s heart, and that’s a willingness to do whatever.
Although the record won’t reflect it, this Baltimore Orioles under Brandon Hyde and Co. remind me of the teams under Buck there making it into the playoffs yearly. The Baltimore Orioles are actually fun to watch, and yes, I am writing this after a deadening night after game one of the Beltways clash.
Looking past the intangibles, you have stats as well… Fielding rejuvenations like Jorge Mateo, Austin Hays, and Ryan Mountcastle at the plate, and a bullpen that can keep any game close have been a sight for sore eyes. This year will not be their year, but it will be the year that the Baltimore Orioles can officially say that the rebuild is on! Stay frosty, Orioles Nation; big things are coming!