A big addition to the baseball team

January 04, 2012|By Dan Connolly

There haven’t been a whole lot of moves to get you excited about baseball in Baltimore this offseason. I understand that.

But I’ve got one for you.

I have a new partner now joining me on The Sun’s baseball beat -- a new person for you to read in the paper, on our website and at our Orioles Insider blog.

Our new lead Orioles writer is Eduardo Encina, a Baltimore guy who spent a chunk of the past decade soaking up rays and covering Rays in the Tampa area.

Ed, as we so creatively call him, grew up in Jessup, graduated from the University of Maryland and interned with the Sun in the late 1990s. (Cue the John Sebastian, “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme they play at Camden Yards for ex-Orioles.)

Ed and I worked together for roughly five years at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he covered Penn State University football. He left the area for sunny Florida and covered the Tampa Bay Rays for the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times as well as prep sports. And now he is, indeed, coming home again.

Most of you know I was rather weepy (in a manly kind of way) when Jeff Zrebiec abandoned me in September to cover that other pro team in Charm City (Playoffs? Who cares about covering playoffs? Playoffs?)

I spent six seasons carrying Z professionally and listening to his endless happy chatter personally -- kidding, of course -- and I enjoyed nearly every minute of it. I also felt like we brought you a strong product here. And I am confident we continue that with Ed on board.

Ed is a crafty veteran with upside. He grew up watching the Orioles and can tell you the glory that is Tito Landrum and the pain that was provided in 1989 by Peter Harnisch and a rusty nail. But he also has covered another major league baseball team -- and one that has rebuilt in the best way possible. So he should have an interesting perspective here.

I think the lineage of baseball writers at The Sun over the years can speak for itself (present blogger excluded), and I think Ed will continue that strong tradition.

So please welcome Ed to our little Orioles Insider family.

And know, in the future, that if something appears here and you don’t like it, Ed obviously wrote it. 

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