Tuesday Bird Droppings

The Mobbies celebration is tonight from 7:30-9:30. Stacey and I and others will be in attendance at RA Sushi, so drop by. It's a completely cash deal, so don't plan on anything free. Just warning you.

Question Du Jour: In case you haven't seen it, Dan Uggla is back on the trade block. The Orioles were interested last year, but between Uggla's apparent unwillingness to accept a move off second, and the Marlins asking price, and the Orioles pickup of certain other free agents, nothing happened. Uggla went on to have his best season yet at age 30, and now he's a free agent in one year. Interested? -Andrew

Orioles offer John Russell one of two open coaching jobs - baltimoresun.com
Former Pirates manager would likely become bench coach but could also coach third. "One of his prime duties will be working with young catcher Matt Wieters."...Showalter is still looking for an infield coach to round out the staff. Former Mets manager Willie Randolph and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson are two names under consideration. -zk

Brewers' Roenicke completes his staff - JSOnline
The Brewers replaced one Rick (Peterson) with another (Kranitz). -zk

Free-agency market for Manny Ramirez could be slim- bellinghamherald.com
Should the O's take a gamble on Manny as a one-year DH? With Boras negotiating, probably not. -zk

Orioles Insider: Fanfest 2011 set for Jan. 29
The Orioles' FanFest 2011 is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Orioles Insider: O's sign pitcher Atkins to minor league deal, re-sign several of their own
It's MITCH Atkins, people, MITCH, not Garrett. And Stacey's favorite reliever, Will Startup, resigned with the Orioles, as did Raul Rivero, Adam Donachie, and Carlos Rojas.

Steve Melewski: Mike Griffin is returning to the O's organization
The Norfolk pitching coach is coming back to the AAA team.

School of Roch: Is Randolph the final coaching piece?
Looks like the former Yankee will be the one sending Matt Wieters home from second on a ground ball to first this year.

Nature center reports Cockroach, geckos among wildlife stolen - baltimoresun.com
"If you see a Madagascar hissing cockroach, call Baltimore police." Now THAT is a lede sentence! Seriously, critters from the Carrie Murray Nature Center in West Baltimore's Leakin Park have been stolen. The center is named after Eddie Murray's mom.

Bias or Insight? | FanGraphs Baseball
Dejan Kovacevic, a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, filed a National League Rookie of the Year ballot that included two players from the Pirates, but did not include Jason Heyward.

ADP Crowdsourcing: Adam Jones | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
FanGraphs' readers take guesses at what Adam Jones' fantasy production will be next year. I'm just gonna leave that last sentence alone, I think.

Winter Leagues: Arizona Fall League: Statistics | MLB.com: Events
Scottsdale won, but the page wouldn't load correctly for me to get any relevant O's stats. 

There's something out there. That... that witch in the cellar is only part of it. It lives... out in those woods, in the dark... something... something that's come back from the Open Thread.

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