It was always going to be about 2012 and 2014, right?
When it comes to naming an All-Decade team for the 2010s Orioles, the majority of players had to come from the team’s standout years. There were stars with the team before 2012 and after 2016, but those five years were the most successful for the franchise this century.
For the most part, coming up with each position was easy. Most of the position players shined for enough years that there was little competition, and the bullpen was so stacked it could have easily gone nine or 10 deep. A few players would likely be considered for an MLB All-Decade team, most notably Manny Machado and Zach Britton.
The most difficult players to pick were unsurprisingly the starting pitchers, easily the weakest unit of the decade. Each member of the All-2010s rotation had their moments, but few, if any, saw sustained success with the Orioles.
The All-2010s team will almost certainly not have much overlap with the eventual All-2020s team. Most players have already moved on at this point, with Trey Mancini and Mychal Givens the lone remaining holdovers.
Those two will play next season at age 28 and 30, respectively, so they’ll have to not only stick around, but play at a high level deep into their 30’s if they are going to be considered.
The All-Decade team was a fun walk down memory lane to some of the most meaningful, exciting seasons in recent Orioles memory. Let us know who we missed.
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