Orioles pitchers and catchers are supposed to report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Feb. 15. The date remains alive during the lockout, but is threatened by the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement.
The ticking of the clock is getting louder.
Edgar Allan Poe might write a short story about it if he were alive today.
The sides reportedly will meet in-person Monday, with the union offering its counterproposal. The first bargaining session since a video conference Jan. 13
I’ve already written a dozen anticipated spring training storylines that should keep me busy, whether or not I’m able to provide in-person coverage down in Sarasota.
There’s the rotation behind John Means and Jordan Lyles, whether Adley Rutschman will get a fair shot at breaking camp with the team, whether Rougned Odor will avoid becoming Yolmer Sánchez, who’s on the left side of the infield, how Yusniel Diaz will look in camp, whether Paul Fry rediscovers his command and confidence, whether there’s a noticeable difference in Trey Mancini after a normal offseason, what role is bestowed upon Jorge López, whether Tyler Wells is on the team and the closer, who catches if it isn’t Rutschman, whether Félix Bautista make the club, and if DJ Stewart solidifies his spot on the roster.
Here are two more:
Will Heston Kjerstad look like a second-overall draft pick?
Kjerstad is waiting to start his professional career and the media is waiting to…