Orioles Secure First Winning Season Since 2016

| October 3, 2022 | 0 Comments

After beating the New York Yankees 3-1 on Sunday, the Baltimore Orioles secured their 82nd win and first winning season since 2016. The Orioles were mathematically-eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, but did take two of three games from the American League East Champion New York Yankees.

The Orioles’ 2022 season, which still has three home games remaining against the Toronto Blue Jays, marks a huge turnaround for the franchise. Last year the team finished with a 52-110 record while this year the Orioles remained in Wild Card contention for much of the second half of the season.

From Orioles.com:

“It’s an accomplishment from where we came from last year,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s a 30-win difference. We still have a few games to go. I’m proud of our guys with the season they’ve had. It’s good to win a series here. Tough environment. A lot of people are watching the [Aaron] Judge [home run] record. I’m so happy with how our team played today.”

Orioles rookie catcher Adley Rutschman was named Most Valuable Oriole today. He leads a young squad that brought up prospects such as Felix Bautista, Kyle Bradish, DL Hall, Gunnar Henderson, Kyle Stowers, and Mike Baumann this year. Pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez, who has yet to get the call up to Baltimore, is currently listed as fourth best prospect by Major League Baseball.

Anthony Santander leads the team in home runs with 33 and RBIs with 88. Cedric Mullins leads the team with a .261 batting average. Mullins and Jorge Mateo both lead the American League with 34 stolen bases.

The Orioles success on-field success in 2022 has contributed to an attendance of 1,340,477 this season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This is a 547,248-person improvement from 2021 with three games still to be played in Baltimore.

The Orioles announced in August the team will open a SuperBook Sports betting lounge in the stadium in 2023. The team was also approved by Maryland General Assembly bill HB896 for up to $600 million of bond debt for future improvements to Oriole Park at Camden Yards if a new lease is agreed to between the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority. The Baltimore Sun is reporting the Orioles intend to sign a new lease.

Photos courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles 

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