Thursday Bird Droppings

Question of the Day: So far the bulk majority of our pre-offseason conjecture has been saved for the infield and the pitching staff, but it is an unfortunate fact that the Orioles were also 28th in run production out of left field. The "main" left fielder in 2009 was Felix Pie who at age 25 hit .268/.300/.414. Are you still a Pie believer, or should the Orioles be looking somewhere else (Reimold, free agency) for their starting left fielder? -Andrew

You can read recaps of the Giants 11-7 win over the Rangers at McCovey Chronicles and Lone Star Ball (ok so LSB's isn't exactly a recap). 

Orioles release 2011 spring training schedule - baltimoresun.com
First ST game: February 28th. It can't come soon enough!

School of Roch: Matusz endorses Kranitz's return
Apparently Matusz's improvement over the last part of the season had to do with Rick Kranitz or maybe his entrance music. Who knows?

Steve Melewski: When will Jeremy Guthrie get some respect?
Melewski implores you to recognize Guts for the stud he is. 

Connor a top candidate for O's pitching coach | orioles.com: News
Per Britt Ghiroli, Mark Connor is the leading candidate for the pitching coach job. Plus a lot of crap about Kranitz and Girardi.

Orioles Insider: Throw Barnett into Orioles’ hitting coach mix
Another name for possible hitting coach: Mike Barnett, who has been in the Astros system for the past two years. 

Behind the Mic presented by Allstate - Ripken on Commissioner - SI.com
(VIDEO). If Cal was commissioner, he'd correct the imbalanced schedule—there would still be an emphasis on intra-division games, but nowhere near as many as there are now. He'd also add another wild card team to create a one-game sudden death play-in game; and he'd forbid home plate umps to call check swings. Ok, then. -zk

Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51 | HardballTalk
53. Koji Uehara (Orioles – Age 35) ..."If he can stay healthy, Uehara could be one of the league’s best setup men for the next couple of years. I expect the Red Sox to make a bid, and the Yankees may well get involved here as well." -NOOOOO!!!!! You can't have our Koji! -duck

And I've learned something, too. I've learned that a flawless profile, a perfect body, the right clothes, and a great car can get you far in Open Threads - almost to the top - but it can't get you everything. 

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