2014 record: 84-78, 2nd place in AL East
Manager: Joe Girardi, 8th season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $214.3 million
What’s that churning sound? It’s the American League East rumor mill:
The Orioles no longer fear going to Yankee Stadium.For years, they lost consistently there. This year, they won six of nine in the Bronx, winning two of three in each series.
For many Orioles fans, the first postseason game in 15 years is reward enough. The loyalists, old, new and returning, might be satisfied with the qualification for the Divisional Series.