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MLB American League East Baltimore Orioles 2022
General manager Mike Elias took over in 2018 for the struggling Orioles. Coming from the Houston Astros, Elias was hired to help a full-blown rebuild for the Baltimore Orioles.
In 2021, the Orioles were still in the midst of that rebuild. They finished the season 52-110, 48 games behind the first-place Rays. With all four of the other teams in the AL East having at least 91 wins, Baltimore has not been very competitive in recent years.
Still, there is optimism that the Orioles could start to turn the corner in the future. They have one of the strongest groups of prospects in the MLB. Players like Adley Rutschman, Heston Kjerstad, Grayson Rodriguez, and others have Baltimore fans hoping that it will soon be their turn to dominate the division.
In the meantime, though, Orioles fans may have to be patient. They are currently tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the worst odds to win the World Series in 2022.
MLB American League East Baltimore Orioles History
The Baltimore Orioles franchise was one of the original American League teams since first introduced in 1901. Despite their origins as one of the original teams, they have not always been known as the Orioles, nor even based out of Baltimore.
When the franchise began, it was first based out of Milwaukee and was known as the Brewers (not to be confused with the current Brewers’ organization in the National League). In 1902, the franchise would move to St. Louis and be known as the Browns.
The St. Louis Browns would remain in existence until 1953 when the franchise finally shifted to Baltimore and was renamed the Orioles after the state bird of Maryland.
When Major League Baseball decided to incorporate divisions into each league in 1969, the Orioles were one of the original American League East teams. Despite another realignment in 1994 that added the Central division, the Orioles have remained in the East since divisions were created.
When analyzing the franchise back to its roots in 1901, they have a winning percentage of just .473 (8,845-9,873). However, when looking at the franchise since they moved to Baltimore in 1954, they have a .503 winning percentage (5,383-5,319).
The Orioles’ stadium is located in downtown Baltimore. Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been the home to the Orioles since 1992.