The Orioles proved the pundits wrong and turned in their best season since 2016 with a fourth-place finish in a rugged AL East Division with an 83-79 record. Baltimore posted an impressive 31 more wins than the previous season and ended just four wins shy of earning a wild card spot.
Right fielder Anthony Santander enjoyed a banner campaign and finished 13th in the majors with 33 home runs. Reliever Cionel Perez had the sixth-most holds and sported a 7-1 card with a 1.40 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 57.2 frames.
The Orioles' rebuild is complete, and the team is positioned to compete for a playoff spot in 2023.
The Baltimore Orioles are an American League (AL) East division MLB team based in Baltimore, Maryland. They were founded as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901 and moved to St. Louis two years later, becoming the St. Louis Browns in 1903. The team then relocated again to Baltimore in 1954 when they were renamed the Orioles.
The Orioles have become one of the most successful teams in MLB history, winning three World Series titles (1966, 1970, and 1983), seven American League pennants, and nine Division championships.
The Orioles play their home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards located downtown in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor neighborhood. Camden Yards is known for its unique, electric atmosphere, and for combining modern amenities with historical touches such as a replica of the old B&O Warehouse that lines one side of the ballpark.
The Orioles' main rivals are the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, the latter of whom they compete annually in what is known as “The Battle of the Beltways”. The rivalry with the Red Sox dates back to when both teams were in the old American League East division. Over the years, these two teams have had many memorable moments including some intense playoff series matchups. As for their rivalry with the Yankees, that dates back to 1976 when they won their first pennant since moving to Baltimore 22 years prior.
Some of the most iconic players in Orioles history include Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, and Frank Robinson among others, all widely considered to be some of MLB’s greatest all-time players.