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So, today is the last day that you can vote in the Mobbies. Voting closes at 5 p.m., and then you'll never have to hear me talk about it (until next year!) So go vote, ok? 

Report: Wilson Ramos kidnapped from home in Venezuela | HardballTalk
So sad. Wilson Ramos was kidnapped last night from his home in Valencia, Venezuela by four gunmen. He was with his family.

Dan Duquette as GM: The Pitching Staff | FanGraphs Baseball
"In 11 years as GM, only twice have his pitching staffs finished with an ERA above the league average." Not bad. 

Orioles pitcher acquitted in Dominican shooting death | CNN.com
A Dominican court on Tuesday acquitted Baltimore Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon of involuntary murder in a New Year's shooting.

Can Dan Duquette restore glory days for the Baltimore Orioles? | SI.com
Mel Antonen gives Dan Duquette some love.

Ron Hopkins expresses interest in O's scouting director job | Steve Melewski
I've never heard of Ron Hopkins, but he is interested in being the scouting director. 

Crafting a strategy for the O’s off-season | Baltimore Sports and Life
Ten questions for the new GM and a look at the 2012 roster.

The Good News About Dan Duquette | The Loss Column
"I’m ready to see what Duquette can do. Expectations are low, frustration is high. It’s the perfect time for a surprise." 

Free Agents - Second Base | Camden Depot
With Brian Roberts less than a sure thing for 2011, the Depot looks at options for second base. 

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Koji Uehara | Camden Crazies
Koji and the amazing K:BB 

Evaluating the front office: Channel your inner Rumsfeld | Camden Depot
A word to the wise when dealing with known knowns, unknowns, and unknown unknowns.