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The O's beat writers seem beaten, J.J. Hardy is feted, and Winter Ball is Coming.

J.J. Hardy is pretty good at baseball.
J.J. Hardy is pretty good at baseball.
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Is the Baltimore Orioles' window of opportunity closing as the calendar turns to 2014? - baltimoresun.com
Will the O's be even as good as last year? The Sun wants to know.

School of Roch: Orioles haven't been bullish on free agent market
"Ryan Webb signed as a free agent, making him the Orioles' version of a unicorn. Is there another team in baseball with fewer major league free agents on the roster?" You say that like it's a bad thing, Roch.

Orioles owe it to fans to take their best shot - The Boston Globe
Even The Boston Globe is jumping on the "Peter Angelos is cheap" train.

Are there any reasons for Orioles to be optimistic? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Jeez, take a Valium and pet a puppy, dude. At least we don't have to watch games in New Comiskey or whatever that dump built the year before OPaCY is called.

Chris Davis thrilled in 2013 with monster numbers for Orioles | orioles.com: News
Tommy Hunter said this in 2011 about Chris Davis: "He's going to be good." He was right.

Hansen's No. 1: 'Hoover' Hardy enjoyed all-star season with Orioles - Arizona Daily Star
A celebration of J.,J. Hardy with quite possible the worst first paragraph you will read today.

Winter League roundup: Peguero leads Gigantes | MLB.com: News
"Gigantes 2, Escogido 0: Francisco Peguero, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect after signing with the club as a free agent earlier this month, singled in a run in the first inning for Gigantes." One commentator we all know will be very happy. Winter Ball!

Happy Birthday to former O's Jaret Wright,  Jim Brower, Dave Ford and Ken Rudolph.

On this date in O's history, "2005 - Elrod Hendricks is remembered as a "kind, wonderful person" today at a funeral attended by thousands in honor of the man who spent nearly four decades as a catcher and coach with the Baltimore Orioles. Baseball stars Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Lee May, and former Orioles managers Earl Weaver and Mike Hargrove are among those filling the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in tribute to Hendricks, who died December 21 of a heart attack at age 64."