The Orioles are going for it. The team will start pitcher Dylan Bundy on Sunday in Tampa Bay.
It will mark Bundy's first major league start, one that's been much anticipated in Baltimore and beyond.
Whether the 23-year-old right hander would crack the starting rotation at all this year has been a subject of debate.
Bundy has pitched 38 innings in relief for the Orioles as manager Buck Showalter preferred to be cautious with his health. The concern stems from several prior injuries, most notably Tommy John surgery in 2013 and a shoulder issue in 2015.
However, Bundy has shined in relief at the same time as Baltimore's starters have struggled. He owns a 2-1 record and 3.08 ERA in 38 relief innings, and hasn't allowed an earned run in his past six outings. He struck out 7 batters in 2.1 innings during his July 6 appearance against the Dodgers.
Still, don't expect the youngster's start to last very long. He has not pitched more than 3 innings at any point this season.
With Bundy making his way into the starting rotation, the odd man out will likely be Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38 ERA).
Major League Baseball has reached out to the Baltimore Orioles ownership requesting a formal answer on who the current leadership consists of by June, according to multiple sources and first reported by The Baltimore Sun.
Though long-time owner Peter Angelos' two sons Louis and John have become more involved in team activities while their father continues to deal with health issues, Major League Baseball and all club owners must pass a formal approval of whoever the Orioles deem to be the new person in control.
The next club owners meeting takes place in June, which is when the league would like an answer, according to multiple unnamed sources. This gives Baltimore around three months to come up with a response to the MLB.
Angelos has owned the team for over a quarter of a century since purchasing the team in 1993 for $173 million. However, his sons have taken larger roles in years past as Angelos has had to step away from the team to deal with his health issues.
Still owning majority control, Major League Baseball's request doesn't necessarily mean that the Angelos' time as the family owning the team will come to an end, as one of his sons is more than likely to be appointed. The request does potentially signify the end to Peter Angelo's time at the helm.
As the Orioles continue to work on a rebuild coming off a 47-win season, new faces have already introduced to the franchise. Besides a boat-load of new prospects due to trades, Baltimore also hired former Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde to be their new manager.
Now, it looks like ownership could be the next part of the team to see a change.
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On Tuesday, reports broke that prized free agent Manny Machado would be signing a record-breaking contract with the San Diego Padres. With the last few months playing out like a never-ending soap opera between Machado and his potential suitors, it's no surprise the news created a lot of buzz and numerous reactions from all types of baseball fans.
One of the best came from a young New York Yankees fan, who learned of Machado's decision while in Florida to watch his team during Spring Training. SNY was on the scene to catch his live reaction, and from it we received a beautiful viral video.
Dissecting this video, there are two important aspects: the passion and the actual take.
Passion-wise, this kid gets a 10/10. Has he most likely used 27 rings to try and win an argument before? Probably. But, he delivered his monologue with a fire that will most likely earn him a spot on a sports talk show in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, you have to respect his ability to construct an argument in defense of his team.
As for the take, it has its flaws. It's a struggle to really defend the idea that you wouldn't want a once-in-a-generation type player just because he played on a team in your division, especially when that team floated around 50 wins last season.
I can sort of understand not wanting Mookie Betts considering he plays for their biggest rival, but even that sounds crazy when you really think about it. With the likes of Johnny Damon and Babe Ruth coming from Boston to New York, it's hard to fully support this argument.
The kid also concluded by saying it's like Tom Brady going to the Dolphins. At this point, I think Miami would be more than happy to take Brady off the Patriots' hands.
Yet whether you agree or disagree with what was said, we can all appreciate the passion this young man shows. Now we'd like to see his thoughts on Bryce Harper.
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