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Only one baseball game today, and it doesn't include the Orioles. C'est la vie.

Happy Birthday, Darren O'Day
Happy Birthday, Darren O'Day
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I Read The News Today, Oh, Boy...

Orioles Rank Third In ESPN MLB Ultimate Standings " CBS Baltimore
"ESPN has been asking fans to vote on their favorite teams for the past 13 years, and then they rank them, all 122 sports franchises, from top to bottom. Last year the Orioles saw their highest overall ranking in Ultimate Standings history, but the Birds soared even higher this time around."

What moves can return the Orioles to postseason in 2017? | CSN Mid-Atlantic
It’s not Dan Duquette’s way to try and outbid other teams, but there are so many good hitters that perhaps one or two of these names, or ones from the second tier fall into the Orioles’ price range.

Letter: Enough of Duquette giving away Orioles talent - Carroll County Times
"I wonder how many sports fans are tired of hearing about all the great moves Orioles general manager Dan Duquette has made during his time with the Orioles? Are you as tied as I am seeing one of the worst starting staffs in all of baseball?" As Bill Simmons used to say, "These are my readers."

A few more health updates - School of Roch
Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard and pitcher Darren O'Day will both avoid surgery in the off-season for their various ailments. Not so sure about Chris Davis.

Thoughts on former Orioles in this NLCS -
Dan Connolly shares his memories of the ex-Orioles still playing baseball in the NLCS.

Seriously, that's it. The Sun might have some more stuff, but they aren't playing nicely with SBNation's news aggregator software, so screw 'em.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to Darren O'Day, and former Orioles Eli Whiteside, Hector Carrasco, Keith Osik, and Jamie Quirk. They share this birthday with famous people including 1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist; 1907 Jimmy Foxx, Hall of Fame baseball from the Eastern Shore of Maryland; 1920 Timothy Leary, Harvard professor and LSD activist; 1949 Stiv Bators, American musician (The Dead Boys); and 1968 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], reggae rapper.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history... not much happened.

On this day in world history...

1633 Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Dutch East India Company defeated by Chinese Ming naval forces in southern Fujian sea

1721 Tsar Peter the Great becomes "All-Russian Imperator"

1879 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian

1907 Panic of 1907: A run on Knickerbocker Trust Company stock leads to US wide run on banks

1962 US President John F Kennedy imposes naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Football: Michigan State at Maryland.