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Veterans' Day News Links

There are two days left to vote for us in the Mobbies, so get over there and do your civic duty. There are a lot of great Orioles blogs and websites out there, but Camdan Chat holds its tenuous lead nonetheless as Best Orioles Blog and Best Overall Blog. So go vote! And while you're there, scroll on down and vote for Testudo Times (Terps) and Baltimore Beatdown (Ravens). They are our SB Nation brethren, they do a bang up job, and they need a little help.

Question of the Day: With a weak free agent market this year, it makes a lot of sense to say that if the Orioles are going to do something dramatic, it's going to be with a trade. So, noting that you have to give something to get something, who on the current roster is expendable in your eyes (if anyone)? -Andrew

MLB honoring sacrifices on Veterans Day | News
"Thursday is Veterans Day, and Major League Baseball and its clubs are taking this occasion to solemnly remember those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country -- and to pay heed to those who have served and share in tributes today."

Orioles and Maryland Stadium Authority reach agreement on home plate ad revenues -
"The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to pay Maryland $913,424 for ads behind home plate at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, settling a dispute over a form of stadium advertising that did not exist when the team negotiated its lease two decades ago." That's a good thing, right?

Jay Hancock's blog: Orioles stadium-ad settlement hurts taxpayers
"What Maryland Stadium Authority executive director Michael Frenz told reporters last night may be true: Cutting the state's take of Orioles' home-plate advertising in half might be the best deal the state could get." Apparently, it wasn't a good thing. Although I'll disagree with Mr. Hancock on one point - those ads behind home plate are essentially TV ads, not stadium ads.

School of Roch: Bordick's waiting like everyone else
Mike Bordick sure would like to be on the Oriloles staff in 2011, he partook in the organizational meetings, but no one from the O's has even called him asking if he's interested in being on the MLB staff. Between this and letting Rick Kranitz twist in the wind, it makes you wonder if the phones work at OPaCY.

Steve Melewski: A take on the free agent first basemen
Yet another look at who's available for first base. Not exactly an awe-inspiring list.

Orioles Insider: Your international Orioles; props to VandenHurk
Rick VandenHurk is spreading the gospel of MLB to Europe, and raising money for a children's cancer charity as well. Very nice.

Orioles Insider: Orioles are cutting a Dominican minor-league team
The Orioles are cutting one of their two Dominican Summer League teams and will field just one next year.

Scottsdale 11, Peo Saguaros 1 | Events
Ryan Adams went 1-for-4 with 2 R and a BB, while Caleb Joseph went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a BB. Kam Mickolio pitched 1.0 of score relief with 2 hits and 2 Ks, and Pat Egan pitched 1.0 scoreless with just 1 hit.

I don't have to tell you the story. You all know it. Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. Now get off your butts. You guys are the Open Thread.