I asked this on Twitter and the response was “Peter Angelos.” I’m not in the Baltimore area and can’t say for sure if that’s true. The Orioles have won stuff before with Angelos as owner.
The line on a local sports radio show was apt; “the Orioles are in a teardown, but it isn’t a rebuild yet.” The team is really awful but if they had a wave of stud prospects en route that’d be okay. They don’t, though, that I can see. The starting lineup is fairly young, but there are no Vladdy Guerreros or Juan Sotos here, except for Cedric Mullins, who is already great and is just old enough that by the time anything else improves he’ll be taking a long term deal with a better team. Ryan Mountcastle could win a home run title someday I guess.
As to the pitching, it’s so hard to tell on a team this bad because when the team is this awful, and boy are they ever, it’s hard to ascertain if the kid with the 5.00 ERA is really that shitty or if he just has no support, especially given that the Orioles are also a very, very bad fielding team.