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Dave Wallace explains his departure, Mark Trumbo states his desire to stay, and of course Chris Davis was hurt almost all year.

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Let Me Sleep On It...

Dom Chiti on Dave Wallace's O's departure: 'As big of a blow to me as it is to our pitchers' - BaltimoreBaseball.com
"Not working with Dave Wallace is as big of a blow to me as it is to our pitchers. He’s a tremendous person who has taught me a lot," Dom Chiti said. "He’s a tremendous pitching coach and a tremendous human being. For me, personally, selfishly, I feel like I couldn’t have been luckier to have been with him for our time in Atlanta and our time in Baltimore. For me, it was a chance to become a better person."

Dave Wallace on his decision to retire as pitching coach - School of Roch
"Dave Wallace indicated that he’d like to stay with the Orioles if they’re able to find a spot for him. "Obviously, I’ve got ties in Baltimore and as you guys know, Buck (Showalter) being the best game manager ever and I think our relationship was pretty good," Wallace said. "I haven’t talked to Dan (Duquette) or him or anyone about that, but we still have some time yet, so I guess at this point we’ll just wait and hear."

A Smile Can't Hide A Broken Heart ...um, hand?

Showalter on Davis' hand injury and the "challenge" it presented - School of Roch
"There’s so many things like that that are going on, you’re always careful about telling truths that hurt innocent people, and Chris wanted nobody to look at it as an excuse," Buck Showalter said.

Take A Bow

Orioles Mark Trumbo Finalist For 2016 Hank Aaron Award " CBS Baltimore
"Mark Trumbo is a finalist for MLB’s Hank Aaron Award for most outstanding offensive performance. Trumbo ended his career year with the Orioles having played in 159 games, slashing .256/.316/.533 while hitting a major league-leading 47 home runs and driving in 108 RBIs."

This one is easy: Zach Britton should win AL Cy Young Award - Steve Melewski
"At some point, and maybe it’s going to take a while, the talk concerning Orioles closer Zach Britton will shift from not pitching in the wild card game to whether he will win the American League Cy Young Award."

Something Old, Something New...

Orioles Claim Jed Bradley, Designate Paul Janish - MLB Trade Rumors
"The Orioles announced this afternoon that they’ve claimed left-hander Jed Bradley off waivers from the Braves and designated infielder Paul Janish for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Keith Reed, Mike Morgan, Enos Cabell, and Bob Mabe. They share this day with famous people like 1939 Harvey Pekar, American author; 1943 Chevy Chase, comedian/actor; 943 R. L. Stine, children's book writer; 1948 Johnny Ramone, guitarist; 1949 Sigourney Weaver, American actress; 1950 Robert "Kool" Bell, singer, Kool & the Gang; 1955 Bill Elliott, NASCAR champion; 1970 Matt Damon, American actor; 1985 Bruno Mars , singer; 1993 Angus T. Jones, American actor.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

2012 - Taiwanese rookie Wei-Yin Chen pitches into the 7th inning against veteran Andy Pettitte to lead the Orioles to a 3 - 2 win in Game 2 of the ALDS, evening the series. Chris Davis drives in two runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 3rd, then Mark Reynolds provides the winning margin with an RBI in the 6th.

On this day in world history...

1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, Tataro-Mongols retreat, leds to eventual disintegration of the Horde

1856 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River

1862 Otto Von Bismarck becomes Chancellor of the German Empire

1915 Battle of Loos, almost 430,000 French, British & Germans killed

1917 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control

1971 John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"

2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

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