Monday Bird Droppings

So I was looking around the Twitter for some Orioles news, and I saw one fellow named Hotline Josh say, "Don't look now, but the Orioles have quietly made themselves respectable for '11 - if things work well, could see a 2nd place AL East finish." Hee! Another person, Liberal510fan, says, "The Baltimore Orioles might be the best fifth place team in baseball, but their record may not show it based on their rough division teams."

Sources: Vladimir Guerrero, Baltimore Orioles working on contract - ESPN
Vladimir Guerrero and the Baltimore Orioles are making progress in their talks for a 2011 contract, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. - duck

Highly touted rookie to start as Shorebird | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times
Manny Machado will begin this season in Salisbury as a Delmarva Shorebird. Looks like I'm going to a lot more 'Birds games this year. -duck

Baseball lifer Terry Crowley makes a change with Orioles | SILive.com
Info about the Crow's new position with the Orioles, some of his background, and the work he did with Felix Pie.

Scott says slot him wherever, but keep him in Baltimore | Orioles Insider
Luke Scott wants to sign an extension to stay in Baltimore, he wants Vlad, and he loves America because it's not communist (yet). 

Catching up with Brian Roberts at Orioles Fanfest | baltimoresun.com
You might be shocked to learn that the Orioles will be better in 2011 if Brian Roberts is healthy!

Orioles have chance to capture new generation of fans this year | baltimoresun.com
The Orioles have lost a generation of fans with their 13-year losing streak, but if they can turn things around soon today's youngsters might grow up Orioles fans.

Orioles Sign Justin Duchscherer | Camden Crazies
Daniel analyzes the Duchscherer signing and gives it a thumbs up. 

The Duke Effect | Britt's Bird Watch
Brittany Ghiroli speculates that the Duchscherer signing means that Chris Tillman will start the year in AAA. 

Uehara poised to battle for closer’s role with Orioles | Japan Today
Koji Uehara wants to be the closer. I don't really care who is the closer, but if Koji wants it I'd rather it be him because Kevin Gregg gives me bad vibes and is the love child of Jaret Wright and Jason Giambi.

Orioles Card "O" the Day: Mike Bordick, 1997 Collector's Choice #274
Kevin shows off some of the autographs he got at FanFest, one on an adorable picture of Jason Berken. Also, Brian Matusz is kind of a hoot. 

Baseball's 'Iron Man' Cal Ripken Plays Not My Job : NPR
The Hall of Famer Baltimore Oriole holds the record for most consecutive games played. But at all 2,632 games, he was wearing pants, so does it really count as a "streak"? Ripken answers three questions about real streakers in sports.

The open thread thinks if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there's no requirement that the open threads enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of the open thread's attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of the open thread's attention is back at the offices of Camden Chat, where Zachary, Duck, Stacey, and, in particular, Mr. Birdman are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.

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