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Monday Bird Droppings

So it's back to the grind, the salt mines, the rat race. And Andy MacPhail and the rest of the O's Front Office get back to work making the Orioles better. Here's a little of what's been going on over the weekend.

The Schmuck Stops Here: O's: Back to the future
Peter Schmuck decides the Orioles need to sign a corner infielder this week. So get on that Andy, will ya? -duck

Alomar's Hall pass anything but certain | News
"I wish I had a Hall of Fame vote, because I would certainly vote for [Alomar]," (John) Hirschbeck recently told the New York Daily News, adding, "I have to say if the spitting incident was the worst thing Robbie ever did, then he's lived a real good life." -duck

Sports Legends Museum sales up 
"Baltimore’s Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards posted a nearly 30 percent increase in its combined store sales and admissions revenue in 2009." You need a subscrption to read the details, but revenue was up by more than $200K last year. -duck

Carlos Delgado makes PR Winter League debut
"Carlos Delgado made his long-awaited debut tonight in the Puerto Rican Winter League, going 1-for-4 while batting fourth as the designated hitter for Gigantes de Carolina." -duck

Circus makes deal with the Orioles | |
"The circus reached an agreement last month with the Baltimore Orioles to use the overflow parking site on 12th Street across from Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles have authority over the county-owned property courtesy of a new 30-year stadium lease." Glad to know that particular disaster was avoided. -duck

Cubs, Byrd agree to three-year deal -
"Outfielder Marlon Byrd agreed Thursday to a $15 million, three-year contract with the Chicago Cubs." Rest easy, Marlon Byrd fans. -duck

Big decisions looming on superstars -
Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez. are all due to be free agents within two years. Add in Ryan Howard, and it will be interesting to see which of the four  five actually make it to free agency. -duck

Talk of a third baseball team in New York rises again - Big League Stew
'Duk loves the speculation over adding a third team to New York. He sees it as a way to bring the Yankees back down to earth without being punitive. I think it's a way to drive the Mets into bankruptcy, myself. -duck

IN OTHER NEWS: Lone Oriole takes the mat
I know it's not our Orioles. But do you think I am going to miss the chance to include a high school wrestling story? -duck

I found out the way your mind works and the kind of man you are. I know your plans and expectations - you've burbled every bit of strategy you've got. I know exactly what you will do, and exactly what you won't, and I've told you exactly nothing. To these aged eyes, Open Thread, that's what winning looks like!