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Another week of the O's offseason in the can and Dan Duquette's magical, mystical waiver wire inspection machine is whirring to life. Indy League all stars, an out of favor starter...maybe some catching depth or a light hitting, slick fielding utility guy? What else is new, you ask? Let's see...

Looks like Cal Ripken out of running for Nats job | CSN Mid-Atlantic
What a relief...

Orioles Zach Britton up for Reliever Award | orioles.com
Speaking of relief...Zach Britton is in the running for the Mariano Rivera Award, which I liked better when it as the Rolaids Relief Award.

Orioles Buzz: Gary Thorne nominated for MLB Award for golf-like call
Get yours, Gary!

Camden Depot: Expensive Central And South American Prospects Are Overrated Big bonus does not necessarily equal big time talent.

Caleb Joseph Could Be 2016’s Francisco Cervelli | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball No offense intended, I'm sure.

On this day in 1923, Babe Ruth knocked a ball out of the Polo Grounds in an exhibition/benefit for former Giants owner John Day. Suiting up for the Giants, Ruth and company beat up on the Orioles 9-0.

It's the birthday of Denny Bautista. You may recall Bautista as a sort of poor man's Daniel Cabrera. You may pity that poor man. Former hitting coach Jim Presley celebrates a birthday today, too, as would franchise great Vern Stephens. One of the many great shortstops to don the black and orange (and brown), Stephens was felled by a heart attack before the age of 50.