Mar 10, 2015; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) steals second base under the tag of New York Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew (14) during the first inning of a spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Baltimore Orioles so far have had a quiet Spring Training, and in many ways that is just the way it should be.
The Birds don’t have a bunch of battles going on that are going to draw attention. They also don’t have any highly-touted rookies that everyone can’t wait to see if they will make the major league squad.
In many ways, as Baltimore Wire editiot Randy discussed earlier this week, much of the lineup is set. Which, when you are divisional champs, is usually considered a good thing.
In fact, you could say the biggest noise coming from Spring Training is the repeated conversation and chatter about Nick Markakis. Can we all just move along? Doesn’t seem like it.
In addition, the Orioles have had a healthy Spring Training. And with Yu Darvish and Cliff Lee likely both out for the year with elbow injuries, and Marcus Stroman now out for the year with a torn ACL, health is a good thing.
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In addition, when speaking about health and the Orioles, Manny Machado is automatically at the top of one’s mind. Well, Manny is arguably having the best spring out of any Oriole, and he proved his health Tuesday.
In the 3-1 win over the Yankees, Machado went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. He also turned a play that regular season Manny makes, charging a ball right on the line and gunning down Didi Gregorius.
The biggest part about the Orioles having a quiet spring is having Manny and Matt Wieters healthy. And so far, both have been just that.
Remember, no matter what the record, for a defending division champ, a quiet spring is a good spring!