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The Royals won again last night, which means we're getting closer to the end of the season and the start of free agency. By this time next week, this article could be filled with reports of actual transactions, instead of just more rumors and speculations. But in the meantime - more rumors and speculation!

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School of Roch: Can Walker and Mancini co-exsist in Norfolk?

Roch discusses potential in-house options for replacing Chris Davis. Personally, I don't think Mancini is a real option and Walker may be better, but would still be closer to Jonathan Schoop's 2014 offensive season than Chris Davis.

Steve Melewski: Should the Orioles take another chance on Nolan Reimold?

Yes, but only if it means they're spending that money elsewhere. Roch's article seemed to indicate the team was going to re-sign Gerardo Parra. Would a Reimold, Parra, Jones outfield in 2016 worry you?

Jon Heyman: Inside Baseball: Personality clash led to Anthopoulos' gutsy call; more notes

"Buck Showalter, who's not an especially good loser, and Duquette are still working on their relationship ... The belief now is that there's a decent chance the Orioles make Matt Wieters a qualifying offer even though they hope he doesn't take it. They just don't see Scott Boras as the first agent to take the QO."

Concur 100% with that last part...

Dan Connolly: Would you give Wei-Yin Chen a five year deal to keep him on the Orioles?

Well, would you?

The Baltimore Wire: The worries of today match one year ago

Some discussions of where Orioles free agents rank in the Fangraphs free agent tracker.

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On this date in Orioles history:

1960 - Baltimore Orioles shortstop Ron Hansen is voted American League Rookie of the Year, getting 22 of 24 votes. The other votes go to teammates Chuck Estrada and Jim Gentile.

1979 - Edward Bennett Williams buys the Baltimore Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for a reported $12.3 million.

And this one isn't Orioles related, but important nonetheless:

2001 - The first major league game ever started in the month of November is a memorable one as the New York Yankees, for the second consecutive night, make a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and go on to victory in extra innings in Game 5 of the World Series.

...Even though that game of the World Series was the first game ever started in November, the game before it was actually the first one played in the month. Game 4 the night before went to the tenth inning and wasn't done until after midnight. I remember watching that game and hearing Joe Buck comment on how it was the first time a major league game was ever played in November. All of this was because of the delays in the schedule caused by 9/11. The point here is that in over 100 years of baseball, it was never played in November. Now, it's a common occurance with the World Series being pushed back further and further. Tonight will be Game 5 of this year's World Series, with the potential for an off day and two more games before its over. In my humble opinion, baseball should be kept in October. Cut games from the schedule, play more doubleheaders, whatever. But let's figure this out.