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Birdland mourns the loss of Paul Blair; Tanaka anticipation builds...elsewhere

Greg Fiume

Orioles Buzz: In O's glory years, Blair made the impossible grabs seem routine
2013 has been a tough year for O's of a bygone era (and the tributes keep rolling in).

Orioles Notes: Blair, Starters, Tanaka, Wright: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com

MLBTR rounds up the latest in hot stove scuttlebutt from a selection of beats.

Which MLB teams have a shot at Masahiro Tanaka? | SportsonEarth.com : Jonathan Bernhardt Article
"Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka has been posted, and under the new system in place, will essentially be a free agent. But there's no reason to think that small-market teams have a better shot at him than they would have previously."

Orioles would like less eventful offseason | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Rich Dubroff briefly recaps an offseason that has left a bitter taste in the mouth of many...

Baltimore Orioles optimistic for 2014 with key pieces on the mend | orioles.com: News
Britt keeps on the sunny side.

Alameda: Former Islander Pries inducted into Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame - ContraCostaTimes.com
Get to know 2013 O's HOF inductee Don Pries.

Time For a Hall of Fame Stand | HardballTalk
Did you think Hall of Fame season would pass without a word from Joe Posnanski?

It's the birthday of Connie Johnson. Gene Brabender passed away in this day in 1996.