I began writing the intro, the same thing you are reading right now. It commenced with me saying, "It is now 78 days away from Opening Day ... " I continued to explain that we are in baseball limbo, inbetween the time of the hot stove and the start of the season. I also explained that as Orioles fans, we have not seen significant moves this offseason to get inspiration to my fingers.
Right now, as we stand set on the night of February 8th, it is 56 days until Opening Day and we are still in baseball limbo. However, since then, we have signed Miguel Tejada - someone who got Baltimore excited; but that was about it. Yes, I've been working for this very hard for the past 22 days - a very extended period of time for me to work on a project.
However, let me throw this back to myself, a 22 days younger self, to explain where I am going with all this ...
As I looked for a way to bring something more of substance to the Orioles page, I realized something. There isn't a consensus all time Orioles team. There isn't a solid list of players that everyone can agree on. I already did an all decade team, so why not expand the time.
Here's the all time Orioles team to end all conversations. I am disqualifying the St. Louis Browns from this conversation. Want to complain about it? Don't. Do you consider any Baltimore Colt player an Indianapolis Colt? No, you don't. Don't be a hypocrite. Also, the stats that are counted are the ones logged as an Oriole, not the players' full major league careers.
So here it is, a full active roster of the Orioles all time team.
Now here is my recommendation to you: I got pretty into this as I got into the heart of the team. Take it slow, guys. Read one section at a time. You can divide it down to one a day, one an hour, one every few hours, or just look at this intro and think its crap. Fact - 80% of you will choose the last option.