The Baltimore Orioles have been struggling over the last couple of years.

The O’s do have a reasonable excuse for some of their down years: they are in the toughest division in Major League Baseball which includes teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and the sometimes surprising Toronto Blue Jays. No team would want to compete in the American League East.

But is it good for the Orioles to be competing in the AL East?

It is, if the organization wants to develop their players over the years and keep the stars.

Why? The experience of tough competition will help the young players. As you know, the O’s are full of young talent. 

As the rookies improve and develop, they will get that sense that they want to beat all the teams, including World Champions and playoff teams. It makes them hungry to beat everyone.

If you are a rookie in the big leagues, and you see other teams dominate in your division for five or more years, you want to win. 

If the young Baltimore players can play in the AL East, they can play anywhere.

It improves the mental mind and their determination for one thing: to win.


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