Sunday Bird Droppings


Ozzie talked to Orioles about 3B coaching job, on sidelines for now -
"Ozzie Guillen talked to the Orioles about becoming their third base coach, but with the job going to longtime minor-league manager and coach Bobby Dickerson, the former Marlins manager remains in Chicago, working on his foundation, considering some TV work and mulling his next baseball step, which could include managing in Asia."

Trayvon Robinson rejoins Baltimore Orioles after week on waivers - Michigan Live
"Former Great Lakes Loons outfielder Trayvon Robinson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles from the Seattle Mariners during the off-season." Always love the local paper angle, which invariable includes the name of their high school. Great Lakes Loons? Who thought that was a good mascot name?

A few nuggets from Showalter -
"Luis Ayala, Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day threw their first bullpen sessions in Group 2. Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel and Chris Tillman threw in Group 1; Miguel Gonzalez, Mark Hendrickson and Pedro Strop in Group 3; Daniel McCutchen, Troy Patton and Daniel Schlereth in Group 4; and Mike Belfiore, Kevin Gausman and Eduardo Rodriguez in Group 5." There will be a quiz later.

Roberts' health the main factor in the Orioles' battle at second base - The Sun via Miami Herald
"I still feel like, barring anything else, I don't mean any disrespect to anyone, but I still feel like I'm our best option," Roberts said about the starting second base job. "I still feel like I can provide a lot to this team."

Pope Field airman's mastery of the knuckleball earns shot with Baltimore Orioles -
"Zach Staniewicz, a senior airman in the Air Force Reserve, is 26 years old. He wasn't good enough to get drafted by a Major League team out of college. He last played in independent leagues three summers ago. But after signing a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, the right-hander is going to try to restart his career on the strength of the oddest of pitches."

Got Heeeem!!! - Zach Britton's Tiwtter feed
Awesome picture of Kevin Gausman's punked locker. He shouldn't run short of donuts anytime soon.

10th anniversary: Steve Bechler’s death | The Hardball Times
Chris Jaffe at THT recounts that sad day ten years ago when Steve Bechler died due to his taking of ephedra. (late link! --Stacey)

On this day in 2003, Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died of heatstroke at Spring Trianing. His death was later linked to the use of ephedra, a substance found in diet pills. One year later, ephedra was banned in the United State by the FDA. Today marks the birthday of Alan Wiggins and Scott Williamson. Yeah, I don't remember SW, either. Really wish that birthday list included 'teams played for'.

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