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Welcome to the Darklands. Welcome, to off-season Open Thread.

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Thus commences our long, arduous journey to March 31st, 2014. Who will grow stronger? Who will leave the pack? Who will join our legion? Who will die off under the hammer of banning? Answers will come over the next 6 months. But enough chit-chat, there's bickering over arguments to be done!

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers - Recap - September 30, 2013 - ESPN
The Rays messed with Texas. I always thought the saying went 'You don't mess with Texas'? Guess someone was a little full of themselves.

School of Roch: Machado's second opinion matches the first

Breath easy, Birdland.

Camden Depot: Making the Orioles a Champion in 2014: Catcher, Matt Wieters

He has to get better. Can't get much worse, offensively anyway.

A First Last Word on Strengths of Schedules | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan with another look at the Strength of schedule issue pertinent to O's fans interests.

The future remains bright for the Orioles | : Marc Normandin Article

Hope, indeed. But first we must survive the long, cold, and dark Winter. #StayHungry

Jim Johnson joins very small club - Baseball Nation

And, per Eno Sarris of Fangraphs, JJ created his own club. As he is evidently the only RP to post a 50 Save season that was worth less than 1 fWAR. Impressive.

Manny Machado and a young hitter's development - Beyond the Box Score

Beyond the Box Score takes a look at what Manny needs to do to progress from a very good player, to a great player.

Successor in place? Rob Manfred named Chief Operating Officer of MLB | HardballTalk

And Andy Mac's chances take a significant blow...

The all-decade team: the ‘80s

Which players reign supreme in the age of Ronald Reagan, the DeLorean and Live Aid?

On this date in 1997 the O's continue their winning ways vs. Ace lefty Randy Johnson (yes, Birdland, the O's could at one point in time knock around lefties!) and take Game 1 of the ALDS.