Podcast Episode 12: Dissecting the horrible mess that is the Maryland Football program

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

Unfortunately, this week’s show kicks off with a lengthy discussion surrounding the horrible mess that is the Maryland Football program (0:52). Last week, ESPN released a detailed report siting several current University of Maryland football players and other people close to the organization calling it a “toxic culture” under head coach D.J. Durkin. On June 13, Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair passed away after the 19-year-old had passed out during an outdoor football workout on May 29.

Since the report became public, coach Durkin has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues. Both the University of Maryland’s athletic department and the university itself are being questioned about their lack of attention to McNair’s situation following the May 29 practice.

After the Maryland segment concludes, Jake and Ian go into a lengthy conversation about the Baltimore Ravens (17:50) Following the Ravens’ 33-7 win over the Rams on Thursday, the guys tell you who’s trending, either in a good or bad way (21:12). The crew also discusses the latest training camp nuggets (30:34) and tells you what to watch for next Monday night as the Ravens hit the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts in more preseason action (33:30).

Up next, Jake and Ian talk about the extremely early exit of the Orioles from the American League East division race (36:40). In fact, the Orioles officially being eliminated on August 10 is the earliest date in the divisional era that a team has been out of the race for their team’s division. But it’s not all bad, because this Orioles segment wraps up with some talk on the call-up of Cedric Mullins and Adam Jones moving to right field (41:11).

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Ravens & Orioles players to wear the number 12 (44:57).

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Podcast Episode 9: Rebuild – To build something again after it has been damaged or destroyed

Welcome to Episode 9 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell and author Ian Schultz.

As usual, the podcast opens with the weekly numbers segment (4:57), reminiscing the best Ravens and Orioles players to sport a #9 jersey.

Next, Jake and Ian mourn the loss of Manny Machado and break down the trade that sent the former O’s superstar to the Dodgers (14:13). As you can tell by the podcast’s title, the gang also addressed Dan Duquette’s recent public comments announcing that the Orioles are beginning a rebuild. Jake and Ian pondered whether or not Duquette is the right man to lead the rebuild, and broke down the latest trade rumors surrounding the ball-club.

Up next, Jake’s friend from high school, Conor Miller, calls in (30:56). Conor is the younger brother of 14 News Sports Director Bethany Miller, who was on the podcast in January. Conor, a lifelong Baltimore sports fan and current collegiate baseball player, gives us his reactions/hot takes to the Machado trade, the Orioles rebuild, and the start of Ravens training camp.

With the end of Conor’s call-in focusing on the Ravens, Jake and Ian’s next segment analyzes the first few days of Ravens training camp (54:28). We’ve already heard from both Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson, and the national media is having a field day with the current storylines surrounding the two quarterbacks. Will Jackson’s presence make Flacco more emotional than we’ve ever seen? What are the biggest takeaways from the first few practices? Football is back, and we’ll get you up-to-date on the latest Ravens nuggets.

Last but not least, we wrap up episode 9 with What an Idiot (1:04:53).This week, Jake and Ian call out Josh Hader and the Milwaukee Brewers fanbase for embarrassing themselves in front of America.

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Podcast Episode 7: As Joe Angel would say, time to wave Manny Machado ‘bye bye’

Welcome to Episode 7 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

After the Charm City Bird Watch crew goes over the top #7’s in Ravens & Orioles history (2:30), the guys dissect the latest trade rumors surrounding Manny Machado (12:15). There’s reportedly been some hesitation within Orioles’ ownership to trade Machado to a division rival like the Yankees, as well as letting him go before next week’s All-Star game in Washington, D.C. You’ll find out why the O’s should change their way of thinking when it comes to these scenarios.

With Ravens training camp kicking off next week, the next part of Episode 7 features a full breakdown of the Baltimore’s offense (25:16). Jake, Ian, and Nolan break down each position on the offensive side of the football, and end the segment by picking one player for Ravens offensive MVP.

The guys wrap up the show with their thoughts on the recent news surrounding Maryland basketball (47:07). Last week Maryland turned over documents to the FBI that included details on the recruitment process of Diamond Stone and Silvio De Sousa. Sources have reported that Stone was allegedly payed over $14,000 to come to Maryland while De Sousa was lured away from the Terps after being compensated by Adidas.

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Orioles swept by Phillies as offense goes quiet again

PHILADELPHIA — Despite out-hitting Philadelphia 14-8, the Phillies picked up a two-game sweep as the Orioles scored three combined runs, spoiling two solid starts by Alex Cobb and Yefry Ramirez.

Following Wednesday’s action, the Orioles (24-61) still own the worst record in Major League Baseball and stand 33.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox (59-29) for first place in the American League East. The next-worst team in the majors, the Kansas City Royals (25-60) are only 22.5 games back in the AL Central, with the Cleveland Indians (47-37) leading that division.

Meanwhile, the Phillies (47-37) remain in a competitive run with the Atlanta Braves (49-36) for first place in the National League East division. Just 1.5 games behind Atlanta, the Phillies remain in the discussion of teams included in the Manny Machado sweepstakes. However, the Phillies appear much more open to signing Machado long-term, rather than shipping off a group of prospects for potentially a two-month rental.

It was hard to ignore the “We Want Manny” chants heard at Citizens Bank Park during this series. Although teams like the Diamondbacks, Indians, and Dodgers seem much more willing to deal some prospects to Baltimore, keep in mind that former Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail, the man who drafted Machado, is now the Phillies’ President of Baseball Operations. If Machado does not end up in Philly this month, look for a strong pursuit by MacPhail and the Phillies for Machado’s services after the season concludes.

Game 1 (3-2 PHI): After about an hour and 20-minute rain delay, Phillies starter Zach Eflin dazzled on Tuesday night, winning his sixth straight after limiting the Orioles to two runs on five hits and six strikeouts in seven innings. Mark Trumbo drove in Baltimore’s two runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth that scored Machado.

Aside from Trumbo, the rest of the Orioles offense produced just five hits and two walks. The two runs delivered by Trumbo would not be enough for Cobb, who lost his 10th game of the season. In the third inning, Maikel Franco singled with one out and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eflin. After a mound visit, Cobb walked Cesar Hernandez. The following batter, Rhys Hoskins, scored both Franco and Hernandez on a double to Adam Jones. The Hoskins RBI double tied the game at 1, but the O’s regained a 2-1 lead in the fourth with Trumbo’s sac fly.

Baltimore did not hold the lead for long. In the bottom of the fourth, Andrew Knapp tripled with two outs to score Nick Williams, who had walked earlier in the inning. Knapp’s second three-bagger of the season ended up being all Philadelphia needed to seal the win, as neither team scored the rest of the game. Eflin now holds a 7-2 record, while Cobb sits at 2-10. Cobb gave the Orioles a chance to win, allowing three runs on four hits, three walks and five strikeouts over 6.2 innings, but the Knapp triple doomed him.

Game 2 (4-1 PHI): Despite it being the Fourth of July, there were not many offensive fireworks on Wednesday, especially on the Orioles end. Soon-to-be All-Star Aaron Nola was brilliant again for Philly, striking out nine Orioles hitters over seven innings and lifting his record to 11-2 in the process. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks.

In the top of the third, the Orioles plated their lone run on a double by Jones that scored Tim Beckham, who reached base via walk. Beckham, Jones, and Jonathan Schoop each went 2-for-4 on the day at the plate.

Ramirez cruised through his first four frames, three of which were 1-2-3 innings. But, in the fifth, Williams walked with one out before Scott Kingery doubled to left field to put runners on second and third. Then, Jorge Alfaro hit a ground ball to first base that was easily playable for Chris Davis, but the ball found it’s way under the first basemen’s glove and continued rolling into right field. Both runners easily scored on the play, giving the Phillies all the offense they needed to complete the sweep.

After Ramirez’s five strong innings, David Hess made his first major league relief appearance. He tossed the sixth and seventh innings before Britton got some work in for the eighth inning. Off Hess in the seventh, Carlos Santana walked from the lead-off spot,  then Williams delivered his 10th home run of the season that landed in the Phillies bullpen. Ramirez (0-2) collected the loss. Hess’s ERA is up to 6.06 and continues to rise.

Up Next: The Orioles continue their first July road trip at Target Field for a four-game set with the Twins (35-48) beginning on Thursday. The Twins, in third place and 11.5 games behind the Indians in the AL Central, took two of three from the Orioles to open up the regular season.

Image Credit: Derik Hamilton, Associated Press

Podcast Episode 6: July 2018 – Most crucial month in Orioles history?

Welcome to Episode 6 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

July 2018 could possibly be the most crucial month in the history of the Baltimore Orioles franchise. This year’s team owns the worst record in baseball, people aren’t going to games (except for the giveaways), and several contracts to key people in the organization – both on and off the field – expire after the 2018 season. With an ownership team who’s reputation has been extremely tainted in the past due to several poor, mind-boggling decisions, the future of the Orioles looks dim once again.

With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline now less than a month away, the Charm City Bird Watch team dissects the latest Orioles on-field action & injuries, and takes a peak into the Manny Machado rumor mill.

Also on the show, Jake, Nolan and Ian reflect on the best players to wear #6 in Orioles & Ravens history, and end the show with Don’t Be A Jerk. 

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Podcast Episode 5: Is Terrell Suggs a future Hall-of-Famer? Ebony Bird’s Connor Brooks helps us find out

Welcome to Episode 5 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell and editor Nolan McGraw.

The hot topic of this episode is trying to figure out if Terrell Suggs is already a future NFL Hall-Of-Famer. Along with an introduction to this subject from Nolan and Jake, Ebony Bird contributor Connor Brooks calls in to dissect Suggs’s career and whether or not his resume will be good enough to land him a gold jacket in a few years. Brooks, also a Braves fan, breaks down this weekend’s series in Atlanta, as well as Nick Markakis‘s soon-to-be first All-Star season.

In-case you missed it, Orioles play-by-play commentator Gary Thorne had Orioles fans cackling at their TV’s on Monday night with another word botch. With this transpiring, Nolan and Jake spent some time going over their favorite Gary Thorne botches/funny moments.

Also on the show: Jake rants about Colby Rasmus, Tim Beckham, & Chris Davis, breaking down the latest Orioles injuries, and famous #5’s in Baltimore sports history.

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Podcast Episode 4: Pop the champagne, Chris Davis has been benched!

Welcome to Episode 4 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with Nolan McGraw and Jake McDonnell. Things sound a little different this week with Nolan hosting the show as Jake enjoys his vacation.

The podcast begins with a look at a few of the famous figures in Baltimore to wear the number four in their career. The guys follow that up by diving right into a few of the big Orioles stories from this past weekend, including Chris Davis being benched and the Orioles interviewing Ned Colletti.

After discussing the tough news surrounding Richard Bleier and his injury, the guys transition into some Ravens talk. Lamar Jackson got the opportunity to run the offense during practice this past Thursday which quickly caught the attention of the national media. Nolan and Jake give their opinions on Jackson’s progress thus far and comment on the media circus forming around the rookie QB and starter, Joe Flacco.

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