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Well, the off-season news cycle has already run into a screeching halt. Not a lot out there, folks.

Yeah, we're just standing around, waiting for Spring Training, too.
Yeah, we're just standing around, waiting for Spring Training, too.
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Orioles face painful choice with Wieters | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Is Matt Wieters worth $15.8 million to the Orioles in 2016? That’s the dilemma the team is currently working through.

School of Roch: Catching up on the catching situation (and other notes)
The Orioles should make the offer and take the draft pick if he leaves. And if he accepts it, you've got Wieters for at least one more season. Just don't use it as an excuse to shut down the rest of the offseason.

Duo of Sanchez, McNeely drive Orioles' stingy 'D' | High School Sports | fredericknewspost.com
As it is the editorial policy of this blog to celebrate the success of any sports team named the Orioles, we congratulate the Maryland School for the Deaf of its 42-8 football victory over Northern Virginia.

That's it. Thought I was kidding, didn't ya?

Happy Birthday to O's All Star infielder Ty Wigginton, O's All Star reliever Gregg "The Otter" Olson, MIke "I Didn't Mae The All Star Team" Fiore, and Joe, "NOpe, Me Neither" Ginsberg. They share this birthday with 1844 - Henry John Heinz, founded prepared-foods company; 1884 - Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady; 1925 - Elmore Leonard, US writer; 1946 - Daryl Hall,, singer, Hall & Oates; 1962 - Joan Cusack, actress; 1966 - Luke Perry, actor; 1968 - Jane Krakowski, actress; 1969 - Ty Murray, 5X All-Around World Champion rodeo cowboy; and 1989 - Michelle Wie, American golfer.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1900 - The American League announces that in 1901, it intends to put a team in Baltimore, MD led by John McGraw, and one in Washington, DC. But the league pledges to stay out of Philadelphia and St. Louis unless the National League starts a fight.

1971 - Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles sets a World Series record by reaching base five consecutive times against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Robinson's barrage helps Baltimore to an 11 - 3 win in Game 2 of the World Series.

2012 - The Orioles also even the ALDS against the Yankees with a 2 - 1 win, meaning that all four Division Series will go the distance this year. J.J. Hardy drives in the winning run with a double, scoring Manny Machado in the 13th inning in the longest postseason game in Orioles history.

Also on this date...

1634 - the Burchardi flood — "the second Grote Mandrenke" killed around 15,000 men in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany.

1737 - Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys half of Calcutta India

1797 - Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): English navy defeats Dutch fleet

1945 - Chinese civil war begins, Chiang Kai-shek vs Mao Zedong

1962 - 2nd Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII

1986 - Reagan & Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Consider this your discussion space for who should be the choice for Maryland football coach Randy Edsall's replacement. That job will be opening up momentarily...