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Those were days...
Those were days...
Greg Fiume

The news about Manny Machado's knee surgery came as a bit of a shock yesterday, calling to mind the old adage about no news being good news. Oh, well. Cal Ripken continues to be a not so stealth candidate for the Nationals manager job. If you haven't been following the news from the Arizona Fall League with bated breath, you are forgiven.

School of Roch: More on Machado So, what next?

Washington Nationals shouldn’t give Cal Ripken Jr. manager’s job — unless he’ll fight to take it - The Washington Post Come on, Boz...Cal was "merely a good hitter"?

Flaherty beat the odds as Rule 5 selection | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore "Flaherty is one of just three players taken in the 2011 Rule 5 draft who's played two seasons in the major leagues." So there's that.

Camden Depot: Orioles in the Winter Leagues: AFL Pitchers A preview of sorts. Branden Kline and Tim Berry made their AFL debuts yesterday.

On this day in 1900, the American League announced that there would be baseball in Baltimore in 1901 with a team helmed by John McGraw. In 1971, Brooks Robinson led an 11-3 rout of the PIrates by getting on base five times.

It's the birthday Gregg Olson and Ty Wigginton.