In case you didn't know, the Baltimore Orioles have been an absolute trainwreck in 2018.
They've been so bad, in fact, that MLB Network actually does not acknowledge their existence in the standings for the American League East division. Ouch.
The Baltimore Orioles: so horrawful that MLB Network no longer recognizes their existence. pic.twitter.com/May489Ehli— Chris Dobbertean (@ChrisDobbertean) August 23, 2018
The Orioles are in last place in the AL East with a 37-90 record, good for a .291 winning percentage. The Boston Red Sox, who lead the division, currently pace Baltimore by 52 games with five weeks left in the regular season.
Orioles general manager Dan Duquette made the controversial decision not to trade star infielder Manny Machado last offseason in hopes of contending for a playoff spot. To say that hasn't gone according to plan might be a bigger understatement than saying that first baseman Chris Davis is having a subpar season.
The Boston Red Sox entered Tuesday on pace to win 113 games. The Baltimore Orioles are also having a historic season—for an entirely different reason. https://t.co/bEBWvU94uf— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 21, 2018
Machado has since been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jonathan Schoop was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers, Zach Britton was shipped to the New York Yankees, Kevin Gausman was dealt to the Atlanta Braves, and Adam Jones might be on his way to the Philadelphia Phillies. Chris Davis is currently on pace to have one of the worst statistical seasons of all time, and rookie outfielder Cedric Mullins might be the only shrivel of hope on a depleted Baltimore roster.
The Orioles will obviously be a non-factor in the AL East for years to come, but it still hurts not to see them get listed on the graphic.