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Davis at first not so bad an option for O's

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Davis at first not so bad an option for O's

So Mark Reynolds isn’t an Oriole — at least for the moment. With the club not offering him a contract, the first baseman hits the free-agent market, and it remains to be seen how much the market hits back.

But let’s say that Reynolds really is gone. Furthermore, let’s say the Orioles don’t land any of the other first basemen out there, with Adam LaRoche, late of the Nationals, chief among them.

Now, let’s say the Orioles head into the season with Chris Davis as their first baseman. Is that so awful?

With Nick Markakis returning from injury, Davis wasn’t going to be spending a lot of time in the outfield anyway. Given how well Reynolds played at first over the last months of the season and how Davis wasn’t so sharp there last season (four errors in 38 games), the Orioles could be weakening their defense from 2012 — and defense has become a point of emphasis under manager Buck Showalter.

But Davis has generally been a capable first baseman throughout his career, and even if the O’s are trading down on defense, they’re trading up on offense at first base — Reynolds was so streaky and prone to strikeouts and struggled for great stretches of 2012, while Davis finished with a .270 average, 33 homers and 85 RBIs.

Of course, Davis at first leaves a hole at designated hitter, and the way things look now, the Orioles could have a DH-by-committee. But who knows how many moves are ahead by the time Opening Day arrives?

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Oakland Athletics bench coach addresses celebration that resembled Nazi gesture

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Oakland Athletics bench coach addresses celebration that resembled Nazi gesture

Following a win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday, Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson was filmed celebrating the win with a gesture that resembled a Nazi salute.

Christenson had his arm pointed straight out for an elbow bump, and after reliever Liam Hendriks corrected him, Christenson appeared to notice his mistake, laugh and then do it again. 

The clip quickly made waves on social media, and Christenson has since addressed the issue in a statement released by the team. A former MLB outfielder, Christenson claimed that the gesture was not intentional but rather he was just trying to celebrate the win while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

"I made a mistake and will not deny it. Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of Covid, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players," Christenson said. "My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did was unacceptable and I deeply apologize." 

The Athletics also released a statement signifying their disappointment with the actions, especially in a time when the sports world is working to eliminate racism and create an inclusive society.

"A's bench coach Ryan Christenson greeted players with a gesture that looked like a Nazi salute. We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it. This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a Club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country," the team said. "We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field." 

Christenson played four seasons with Oakland from 1998-2001 and was promoted to the MLB coaching staff in 2018 following a short managerial career within their farm system. 

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Marlins announcer trolls Orioles with broom following sweep

Marlins announcer trolls Orioles with broom following sweep

After waiting over a week to play their scheduled games, the Orioles finally got the chance to take on the Miami Marlins for a four-game series from Tuesday to Thursday.

In short, it did not go well.

Despite coming in at a surprising 5-3, Baltimore quickly regressed to the team many expected to see and was promptly swept by the now 6-1 Marlins. Miami was a team considered in the same position as the Orioles for 2020, but for three days at Camden Yards, it didn't really look like it.

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After dominating the series, the Marlins piled on with a pretty solid troll job involving reporter Gaby Sanchez holding a broom to signify what they had just done in Baltimore.

This clever piece of social media work came just a day after the account made a joke about wanting to face the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, considering they were putting together a strong stretch of performances. They've since switched the roles of that meme following yet another win.

The past few years have seen Miami become the brunt of most jokes in baseball, and the COVID-19 outbreak in the locker room to begin this season did not help the image of the team. But in a 60 game season where anything can happen, the Marlins are adding to the chaos early on by shaking up the standings, and they're making sure to take advantage of their time on top. 

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