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Your Off-Season Ex-O of the Day:Melvin Mora

Orioles decline Mora's 2010 option

     Already posted in FanShots by OEutaw, but the article is worth a read. Several players officially had their team options declined. -duck

Yanks take Classic duel to pull even

     The Yankees won 3-1 last night. Game 3 in Philadelphia Saturday night. -duck

Key dates ahead in O's rebuilding project

     Here's a somewhat concise summary of key dates over the winter for arbitration, setting the 40-man roster, the Rule V Draft, and the Winter Meetings. -duck

Bell, Snyder making strides in Arizona

     Josh Bell and Brandon Snyder hope to play with the big club next year. And they just might get the chance. -duck

Guthrie bent on making '09 an anomaly

     Jeremy Guthrie doesn't need statistics to tell him how his year went. He went to Stanford, you know. He's really smart. He knows darn well he sucked. And he doesn't want to suck next year. That's a Stanford education for you, right there. -duck

Inbox: What's Uehara's role in 2010?

     In the latest mailbag, the Orioles beat reporter fields questions regarding Koji Uehara's role, Nolan Reimold's position and the decision to bring back manager Dave Trembley. -duck

O's head to offseason market with quite a list

     Andy MacPhail and his staff have got some work to do in a free agent market that probably doesn't provide answers to most of the team's questions. -duck

AFL Update (Roch version)

     "Brandon Snyder and Josh Bell were a combined 0-for-7 today in the Phoenix Desert Dogs' 4-0 loss to Peoria Saguaros." -duck

Orioles hire Datz as bench coach

     Jeff Datz is the new bench coach, so that search is over. Oh, yeah, and they declined Melvin Mora's option, apparently as an afterthought. Melvin at least deserved his own press release. This is shabby, Orioles, shabby. -duck 

An Interview with Jeff Datz

     Jeff Datz, 50, has fond memories of his first hit in MLB. It was off Gregg Olson in Baltimore. In 1989. And he's now 50. Man, I'm getting old. -duck

McCrory upbeat after surgery

     Bob McCrory thinks he will be ready to pitch in Spring Training. He also, apparently, thinks he will actually be at Spring Training. With the Orioles. Right. Love that optimism, Bob. -duck

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt accuses wife of affair, insubordination

     "Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on Wednesday filed papers opposing his wife's demand to be reinstated as the team's chief executive, citing insubordination and an affair she allegedly had with her bodyguard." Pop some popcorn, pull up a chair, and relax. This is going to get good... -duck

Integrating Major League Baseball retroactively with Strat-o-Matic cards

     I'm a big Alternate History fan (can't get enough Harry Turtledove), and this sounds like a interesting idea. But Strat-o-Matic cards? That was played out when I was a kid in the Cenozoic Era. -duck

Ten shining moments: The '80s World Series winners

     Rick Dempsey makes two, count 'em two, appearances on this photo collection. -duck

Great Gameday Threads in Camden Chat History - You Had Me At Melmo

    You didn't really think I'd fail to link to this most awesome Gameday thread we had celebrating Melvin Mora, did you? And my post-game put a nice little bow on the evening, if I do say so myself. -duck

"We'll always have Melmo."