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13 DAYS.

And slim pickings out there, but it's that time of year. 

O's prospect Brian Parker suspended 50 games | MLB.com: News
Because there haven't been enough Orioles suspended for prohibited substances, right? (first mentioned by matman008 in the Bédard thread yesterday) -zk

Rebuilding blocks include trades, free agents, homegrown talent - USATODAY.com
USA Today takes a look at rebuilding teams. Nothing you haven't heard before about the Orioles, plus reviews of the Mariners, Indians, A's and White Sox.

Baseball Nerd: Wrong - Keith Olbermann
An interesting column I stumbled across by Olbermann muses on the 1995 strike, and whether its replacement players (including Kevin Millar) should be held ou of video games as a result. Bizarre, but a good read. -zk

On February 5 in CC history: 

All the world will be your enemy, Open Thread. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Thread with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.