Sunday Bird Droppings

Ryan Flaherty. Because, why not? - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Training continues to get closer, or do we get closer to it? Discuss.

Where does the Baltimore Orioles' offseason go from here? - baltimoresun.com
Well, it goes to Sarasota, Fla., in six weeks, no matter whom the Orioles do or do not sign.

It's time for the Orioles to get busy - CBSSports.com
Personally, I'd prefer no moves to dumb moves. And I'm not sure how many non-dumb moves are left out there.

School of Roch: Notes on the rotation, Chen and the upcoming mini-camp
Roch makes a pretty good point that we probably already know who the five starting pitchers to start the season are.

Aubrey Huff retires after 13 major league seasons | Big League Stew
Gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, and when to walk away. Aubrey Huff knows it's time to walk away.

Orioles firmó a Berry con invitación - Beisbol
"Los Orioles de Baltimore le dieron un contrato de ligas menores al jardinero Quentin Berry, con una invitación a los entrenamientos de primavera, confirmaron fuentes del club de las Grandes Ligas de beisbol." Your non-English Dropping of the Week.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Ryan Minor, Ron Kittle, and Fred Marsh. Wonder if Ryan Minor is going to substitute teach in Frederick County the way he did in Wicomico County during the off-season. And he's a massive dude, by the way.

On this day in Baltimore basball history, in 1915 "The Federal League sues organized baseball, claiming it to be an illegal trust and asking that it be dissolved and all contracts voided. The case is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, before Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He will stall his decision, and peace is declared at the end of the year, but another suit, brought by the owners of the Baltimore Terrapins franchise, will result in baseball receiving an exemption from antitrust laws." Guess who later became commissioner of baseball. Go ahead, guess.

In 2006, "Jeff Conine and the Baltimore Orioles finalize a $1.7 million, one-year contract. Conine, who was with the Orioles from 1999 to 2003, hit .304 and had a .374 on-base percentage in 131 games for the Florida Marlins last season, batting .327 after the All-Star break."

Consider this your Open Thread for the last day of the first weekend of the NFL playoffs.

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