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Carroll County Times: Orioles Know They Have Work to do
Andy MacPhail: We will be bat shoppers. -Stacey Prospects: Rankings: League Top 20 Prospects: Carolina League Top 20 Prospects
Baseball American named Brian Matusz the #2 prospect in the Carolina League in 2009 -Stacey

Jeff Zrebiec's 2009 O's player grades
It's the final report card on the 2009 season. - duck

Orioles offseason story lines to watch
"It can be argued that the Orioles have fewer holes to fill for 2010 than they have had entering an offseason in recent memory. What can't be argued is that those holes are monstrous, and any chance the Orioles have of not repeating as the residents of the American League East basement hinges on what personnel moves are made this winter." - duck

The best and worst of the 2009 Orioles season -
"A look at some of the best and worst of the Orioles' otherwise forgettable 2009 season." -duck

Wieters showed poise, persistence in rookie season
"He settled into a groove as the season progressed. In 29 games in September and October, he batted .333 with four homers, 17 RBIs and an .882 on-base-plus-slugging average." I'd say the kid did good this year. Eventually. -duck

The Schmuck Stops Here: Orioles: Let the offseason begin
"I'm sure there are some people here who think that Juan Samuel should be on the chopping block, too, but I don't see him leaving unless he's offered something better elsewhere. He could, however, end up moving onto the bench beside manager Dave Trembley and being replaced at third base by a new face on the coaching staff. Just a hunch." So Samuel is respected for telling it like it is, but he sucks at what his job actually entails. This is not a good sign. - duck 

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to Open Thread. I sense much fear in you.