Franchise Power Points: 107
Cumulative Record: 669-465
Playoff Achievements: Division Title (S3, S4, S5, S6 & S7); Division Championship Winner (S3, S4, S5 & S6); League Championship Winner (S4, S5 & S6); World Series Champion (S4, S5 & S6)
Best Season Record: Season 7 (113-49)
Worst Season Record: Season 2 (74-88)
Franchise History- Yes folks, here we have it, the true Dynasty in Glavine300. The Baltimore Orioles are one of the original franchises in Glavine300. They have been here since Season 1 and had a period of pure domination in Seasons 3-6. It is amazing to see how many star players have worn the Oriole jersey. Glendon Carter, Douglas Hunter, Ken McInerney, Vic Estrada, Al Urbina, Kip Kingland, Ned Cook, Ray Gilmore, Melvin Zhang, Glendon Boggs, Gaylord Glass, Glenallen Gibson, Ed Hitchcock, Gene Vickers, Shannon Cortes, Lynn Grebeck, Alvin Ingram, Stan Nathan, Reginald Hall, Kirk Dwyer, Shayne McBride, Don Lee, Rico Estrada, Bronson Stone, Chris Camilli, Jay Bottenfeld, Vince Fabregas and David Molina have all hung their hat in Baltimore at some time during their career. Most of these players have some sort of award ranging from All Star Team to Cy Young to MVP. It’s incredible to see the talent that eryanf has had access to. A lot of it traded for or traded away…some great trades and some horrible ones, anyway you slice it eryanf has found a way to win. It is arguable that he was handed down the most loaded franchise in the league from Season 1. When you look at the names on his original roster it is easy to see why he was able to build a dynasty. There was an awful lot of talent at his disposal to use to build the ultimate franchise. Either way, by Season 3 the Orioles were emerging as the team to beat in the American League. (Their first 2 seasons were quite uneventful) They made the playoffs in Season 3 but were defeated in game 7 of the ALCS by the San Juan Warlords. This would be the last time they were beaten in a playoff series for quite some time. In Season 4, 5 & 6 they won an unprecedented 3 championships in a row. (Defeating the Arizona Dust Devils, Buffalo Nanucrons and San Francisco Zodiac in the World Series.) The team was unstoppable…until Season 7. Season 7 saw the resurrection of the Warlords and the begin of a decline for the Orioles. They were still a dominant team but could not keep pace with San Juan and were defeated by them in the DCS ending the most amazing run in Glavine300 history.
Franchise Outlook- The future remains uncertain for the Orioles. (Owner eryanf has announced his retirement since the start of these write-ups.) Without eryanf, it is unclear whether or not the Oriole Magic will continue. The team is still in decent shape though it looks as if payroll is going to be an issue in the not too distant future. It doesn’t look like their minor league system is stocked either as eryanf has traded most of their recent draft choices away. (Jemile Ross and Clem Rizzo are two of the bright spots in the minors.) Anyway way you slice it, whoever is lucky enough to take over this storied franchise will have a tremendous amount of work to do to re-create the magical run that this team has had so far. GSPN will be interested to see what happens.