What’s happening? –The Orioles will have their fourth different Opening Day shortstop in as many years. Freddy Galvis, who played for the Cincinnati Reds last year, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract last month, to play shortstop this season.
Galvis and second baseman Yolmer Sánchez are the Orioles’ new double-play combination.
“So far it’s been good,” Galvis said in a video conference call from Orioles’ spring training in Sarasota, Florida. “We know each other back from Venezuela. We’ve been around the league a little bit, so we know each other.
“Just try to talk, try to communicate. I think as long as we do that. We can get ready and get better together every single day. So far, it’s been good, not just with him, with almost everybody on the team, too.”
Galvis was asked how he’s been handling the pandemic.
“I have my family,” Galvis said. “I’m married. I have two daughters. I had the opportunity last year to take my family to Cincinnati, too. From the time I left the stadium, I was coming back to my house and being with my family.
“For me, it was a little bit easier in that moment because I had have family. On a road trip when we go to a different city, it was hard because you’re used to going out and getting some lunch and then some dinner, and now we have to stay in the hotel.
“The more that you’re talking and you’re with your teammates, it’s going to be easier for everybody. It’s hard to be in the room, watching TV and doing nothing, especially if you have a bad day in the field.”
Galvis likes the atmosphere around the Orioles.
“We have to come through like a family,” he said. “That’s what I see so far here.”
What’s happened?—Manager Brandon Hyde says that he’s been discussing changes in Chris Davis’ approach on the plate since he turned the Orioles’ supervisor in December 2018.
“I’ve been speaking about making changes for a few years,” Hyde stated. “This offseason, he wished to alter some issues in his swing. Yeah, I see some bodily variations in his batting apply and reside BP. It’s solely been just a few days, so wait till video games begin to actually take an extended look.
“His setup is just a little totally different on the plate. He’s received mindset proper now. The final couple of years he’s are available with an amazing perspective, a team-first perspective. He’s doing a pleasant job on the sector proper now.”
What’s up with? Stevie Wilkerson is again within the Orioles’ camp on a minor league contract after lacking final season due to a damaged left ring finger. Wilkerson was pushed into center-field obligation in 2019, and he’ll transfer round within the spring.
“He’s going to play infield and outfield,” Hyde stated. “I’m going to present him a possibility to play everywhere in the area. I instructed him that just a few days in the past. He’s going to be enjoying three spots within the outfield, and he’s going to be enjoying a number of spots within the infield.”
In 134 main league video games, Wilkerson has performed each place however catcher and first base.
What’s what? Davis is the Orioles’ participant consultant, and he describes the connection between the house owners and gamers as “divisive.”
“There’s a whole lot of division between gamers and house owners proper now,” he stated. “It’s apparent within the media. It’s apparent in nearly the whole lot that you just learn. It’s irritating as a veteran participant as a result of I really feel like our sport might be in such a greater place than it’s proper now.
“The one approach for that to occur is for either side to return collectively … There’s received to be some give-and-take from either side. Will that occur? I don’t know. Solely time will inform.”
What’s the phrase? “It’s going to look totally different. That’s all I’m going to say.”-Davis on the mechanical changes to his swing.
What’s the quantity? 12. That’s what number of video games will probably be broadcast on 105.7 The Fan and the Orioles Radio Community this spring. The primary sport will probably be Tuesday in opposition to the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m.
Different video games are: March 4 (Boston), March 6 (Detroit), March 9 (at Minnesota), March 15 (Pittsburgh), March 21 (Minnesota), March 23 (Tampa Bay), March 24 (at Boston), March 25 (Pittsburgh), March 26 (at Yankees), March 27 (at Atlanta) and March 28 (Pittsburgh).
Video games March 6, 25 and 27 will start at 6:05 p.m. The March 26 sport begins at 6:35 p.m. Different video games are at 1:05 p.m.