Today, it occurred to me that the O's have a tendency of repeating their failures in the exact same way as before. If you look at some of their players close enough, they will start to remind you of former O's who didn't exactly pan out.
Adam Eaton - He was a good young starter who got injured a lot and is basically washed up. Can anyone say Jaret Wright? Wright made a few starts, got injured, and cost the O's $4 million and a relief pitcher, Chris Britton. Eaton might end up costing some young pitchers a spot on the team.
Alfredo Simon - As well as he has pitched this spring and as much as I've been impressed, he is really just Rodrigo Lopez in disguise. He's pitched in the Mexican League most of his career, and now has come to the O's in his late twenties with a low 90's fast ball and some good starts early on. Lopez ended up being a good pitcher for 4-5 years before disappearing.
Hayden Penn - The once top prospect has missed every opportunity he's had to make it to the big leagues. This is his last shot to live up to his previous potential; he hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006. Sounds a lot like Matt Riley, once the O's top prospect who finally resurged after 4 years of working his way back. Riley collapsed midway through and is lucky to still have an arm.
Felix Pie - A failed Cubs outfield prospect with lots of speed and lots of strikeouts. No it's not Corey Patterson. I honestly didn't think Patterson was that bad.
Danys Baez - Does anyone remember Steve Kline? He was supposed to be a top-notch reliever, but every Orioles fan hated him. Baez fits pretty well into that category.
Ryan Freel - Run fast. Hustle. Play a lot of positions. Really only a backup. David Newhan.