Orel played in YMHC during the 1973 to 1975 seasons. Orel subsequently was a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers from years 1983 to 1994. Orel subsequently played for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, before returning to finish his career with Dodgers in 2000. His best year was in 1988 when he went 23-8 with the Dodgers. He finished with 204 wins, and set the MLB record for 59 consecutive scoreless innings.