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As evidenced by this picture, Melvin taught Derek Jeter everything he knows about hitting.
As evidenced by this picture, Melvin taught Derek Jeter everything he knows about hitting.

O's pleased with production of minor league system --
"I thought we had a very good year in what really counts, and that's introducing players to the big leagues and how they performed once they got here," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. -zk

Dan Connolly's 10 Orioles prospects to watch --
Connoly talks about (in alphabetical order) Arrieta, Avery, Bell, Britton, Erbe, Hobgood, Johnson, Lebron (who?), Snyder, Waring. -zk 

Caleb Joseph feels good about most of his season -
"I feel really good about it," Joseph said. "You know I was able to skip a level and still have success. I can go home and hang my hat on my numbers, but I'm still not satisfied." - duck

Looking at MVO, is Izzy in the discussion? -
Do you find it outrageous that at least one beat writer has suggested that he might choose Cesar Izturis, mainly because the veteran has stabilized the shortstop position and been spectacular in the field? Izturis is hitting .251 in 94 games, and is in the throes of a 2-for-23 slump. -duck

Have Arm, Will Travel - Bats Blog -
On Tuesday morning, Henn boarded a flight [from Dallas] to Boston, reporting directly to Fenway Park. He struck out J.D. Drew, gave up hits to Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz, and presumably found a place to stay. When he arrived, he did not have one. “Don’t go to the hotel,” the Orioles had told him. “We don’t have a reservation for you.” -zk

Power Rankings have O's at #28 -
Because of three off days, the Orioles had a very light week, which is probably a good thing, because it was mostly all bad news. Lost in all the attention about the Pirates clinching a 17th consecutive losing season was the fact that the Orioles lost their 82nd game last week, giving them 12 straight years of sub-.500 records. -duck

Brian's video blog-
With so many good questions from fans on his entry from last week, Brian gave his usual update on the O's before answering a few extra questions from fans. -duck

Walk Toward The Light: Your 2009 Baltimore Orioles - Big League Stew
Big League Stew eulogizes the 2009 Orioles. -Stacey

Orioles RHP Uehara shut down with elbow injury -
Koji is officially done for the year. -Stacey

MacPhail: O's top prospects won't be used as trade bait --
President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said this week that he'd like to add an impact bat to the Orioles ' lineup for the 2010 season. He just has no plans to part with any of the organization's top prospects in order to do it. -Stacey

This is your Open Thread for Saturday, 12 September, which also happens to be Amber Theoharis' birthday. Happy birthday, Amber! We think you're just grand.