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Jon Miller selected as Frick Award winner - baltimoresun.com
Jon Miller has been selected as this year's Ford C. Frick Award and will be honored in Cooperstown during the Hall of Fame inductions. They couldn't have picked a better guy and I'm tempted to go up to Cooperstown to hear his speech in person. -Stacey

Oriole Post on Jon Miller
Oriole Post found a great video of Jon Miller and Joe Angel from 1989. In addition to the Jon and Joe awesomeness you get to see Cal Sr. playing some catch and Frank Robinson flirting with the ladies. Awesome. -Stacey

Ranking MLB team nicknames - Hardball Times
Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times ranks Blue Jays at #9 and Orioles at #10. As to why he likes Blue Jays better than Orioles: "I don't have a reason why - I just do." Well, glad we cleared that up. -duck

Cubs, Millar may be near Minors deal | MLB.com: News
Ol' Kevbo isn't ready to hang 'em up yet and could sign a minor league deal with the Cubs. -Stacey

Orioles ready to compete in 2010 | MLB.com: News
Peter Angelos throws a bucket of cold water on our optimism by stating that the Orioles cannot remain competitive with the Red Sox and Yankees thanks to economic disparity. Not really what you want to hear from your owner. -Stacey

Bill Watterson, creator of beloved 'Calvin and Hobbes' comic strip looks back with no regrets | Living - cleveland.com - - cleveland.com
Watterson created "Calvin & Hobbes" and walked away 15 years ago. Not baseball, just cool. -duck

Finally (this is zknower talkin' here), we're gonna try a new Bird Droppings feature today, This Date in Camden Chat History.

Everyone can benefit from a little perspective, as I discovered yesterday when I uncovered this hysterical two-year-old thread in which we debated the wisdom of signing vs. trading Érik Bédard. It's a total hoot to see who was right (Baltimo, OEutaw), who was wrong (SC, me, JP, among others), and what the vibe of CC was a scant 24 moons in the past. 

So as we go forward, we'll try to keep one eye on the past by linking to the best Stories/Fanposts from the current date in past years. It'll be kind of like looking into CC's own personal journal/diary: fun (for sure), enlightening (perhaps), and maybe it'll keep us all honest. Best of all, it will remind us of how terrific the present looks compared to the dark days of, say, 2005. 

We'll do our best to mix these in every day, unless there's absolutely nothing interesting to link to. Or we're too busy. Or nobody likes it. So, drumroll please.........

On February 2 in CC history: Ainsworth lands with Dodgers (2006), Jonnypops stars as Roch (2007),  O's sign Esteban Yan and Chris Heintz (2008), SC likes Rich Hill as an Oriole (2009) 

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