Sunday Bird Droppings

Jonathan Schoop. - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Alexi Casilla buys the O's some time if needed, the new pitching coach has some ideas, and resolution in the case of a murdered former Oriole.

School of Roch: Wallace taking his fresh eyes and slow hand to Sarasota
I don't know how one has "fresh eyes." Does it involves a spray, constant rehab and rest, or did he just buy them at the farmers' market?

Five things to watch for in Orioles minicamp this week -
It's another in the never-ending series "Oh, No, It's a Slide Show!" from The Sun, but there's not much else Orioles-related today, so go take a look.

Casilla consigue contrato de liga menor con Baltimore
Alexi Casilla gets your Non-English Link Of The Week.

Addition of Alexi Casilla on minor league deal gives Orioles important middle-infield depth. - Baltimore Sun
"More than anything, Alexi Casilla offers the Orioles an insurance policy if third baseman Manny Machado is unable to return from offseason knee surgery by Opening Day." So that's why he's back.

Man sentenced in death of ex-MLB player Clyburn - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC
"Danny Clyburn was a second-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 and played parts of three seasons in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the late 1990s."

It's the birthday of sorta-former Oriole Dontrelle Willis, and Chris Ray, Luis Ayala, Tim Hulett, Juan Bonilla, and Paul Gilliford.

On this day in Orioles history,  in 1900, " Baltimore Orioles manager John McGraw threatens that if the National League drops the Orioles, which are controlled by the owners of the Brooklyn Superbas, he will form an American League team. Two weeks later the NL Circuit Committee recommends buying out Baltimore, Washington, Cleveland, and Louisville and going to an eight-team league. McGraw then organizes a Baltimore club in the AL." In 1983, "the Baseball Writers Association of America elects two players to the Hall of Fame: Juan Marichal, the winningest Latin American pitcher in major league history, who won 20 or more games six times and had an ERA of 2.50 or less six times, and Brooks Robinson, a winner of 16 straight Gold Gloves and hero of the 1970 World Series, who becomes the 14th player elected in his first year of eligibility."

It is in bad taste. This whole Open Thread is in bad taste. You young people are a disgrace to the human race. To all living things, to plants even. You shouldn't be seen in the same room with a cactus.

Consider this your Open Thread for the second day of the second weekend of NFL playoff games.

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