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It's Sunday, which means Orioles news is really dribs and drabs from a press conference three days ago. Oh, goody.

J.! J.! Hardy!
J.! J.! Hardy!
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Seriously, there's not much going on in Orioles Cul-de-Sac these days, and just about everything I could find was either quotes from Thursday's news conference being doled out in small bits to extend over a few days, or from the "Holy crap, what am I going to write about until the Winter Meetings" panic that's hitting sports writers right about now. Heck, I don't even have any cute headlines for you. So, on to whatever qualifies as Orioles news these days...

Replacing Adam Jones atop the order - School of Roch
"Adam (Jones) did well there for a while and I think to take better advantage of his skills, in a perfect world he’d hit somewhere else in the order. That’s something I’m hoping and I plan making happen," Buck Showalter said.

Analyzing Duquette's and Showalter's comments on the offseason, the roster, free agency and more - BaltimoreBaseball.com
"I think a lot of the payroll flexibility will be absorbed (in arbitration) by these good players that had really good years. Zach Britton had an historically good year, the top ERA among major league relievers. (Manny) Machado, what, he hit over 30 home runs with almost 100 RBIs? These guys are going to be getting big raises. I think our fundamental team is a little stronger this year going into the offseason. I don’t really see the need to recommend a lot of long-term investments." - Dan Duquette

Orioles' Duquette, Showalter pleased with 2016, have some decisions to make for next year | Professional: All Sports | fredericknewspost.com
"You realize how many things have to go [right] for you to be one of those 10 teams. I think that’s what really gets you. You know what really could happen to make it even more challenging next year." - Buck Showalter

Minor league notes on league top 20s, Chance Sisco and Tanner Scott - Steve Melewski
"Baseball America has been rolling out its top 20 prospects list for each minor league over the last several days. They have not published the Triple-A league lists yet, but so far through the Double-A level, the Orioles have had just five players make the top 20s. Four of those were off the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds team when they ranked players from the New York-Penn League." Yeah, the minor leagues are as bad for the Orioles as you thought they were.

A fond farewell to a magnificent Orioles pitching coach | CSN Mid-Atlantic
"(Zach) Britton’s historic season may be rewarded with the Cy Young Award, and he’ll have (Dave) Wallace to thank, as he did in a tweet after Thursday’s retirement announcement."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Brian Roberts, often the lone bright spot on some pretty bad Orioles teams. He and Melvin Mora were often the only reason to watch games. He shares today with former Orioles (and presumably "Joe Dirt" stunt double) Chaz Roe and Jason Pridie, who I'm guessing doesn't look like a taller David Spade in "Joe Dirt". They share today with famous people like 1328 King Peter I of Cyprus; 1823 Mary Ann Shadd Cary, first African American newspaper publisher; 1859 Alfred Dreyfus, accused Jewish French officer; 1903 Walter O'Malley, baseball team owner; 1940 John Lennon, musician and songwriter (how's that for an understatement); 1941 Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN; 1944 John Entwistle, bass player, The Who; 1952 Sharon Osbourne, manager and all-around horrible human being (just ask Bill Ward, Bob Paisley and Lee Kerslake); 1953 Tony Shalhoub, actor; 1954 Scott Bakula, actor; 1958 Al Jourgensen, American musician; 1964 Guillermo del Toro, Mexican film director; 1966 David Cameron, British politician; 1967 Eddie Guerrero, American professional wrestler; 1969 P.J. Harvey, English musician; 1969 Steve McQueen, English filmmaker; and 1970 Annika Sorenstam, LPGA golfer.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1966 - In the World Series, Dave McNally of the Baltimore Orioles wraps up a brilliant pitching display, and a World Championship, with a four-hit 1 - 0 victory. Frank Robinson's home run off Don Drysdale gives Baltimore a surprising sweep of the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Baltimore sets a World Series record.

1971 - The Orioles win the opener of the World Series over the Pirates, 5 - 3. Dave McNally tosses a three-hitter and Merv Rettenmund adds a three-run home run.

2014 - One day before opening the ALCS against the Royals, the Baltimore Orioles sign SS J.J. Hardy to a three-year contract extension worth $40-million.

On this day in world history...

768 Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I are crowned Kings of The Franks

1000 Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (possibly L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada) reputedly becoming first European to reach North America

1446 The Hangul alphabet is published in Korea

1831 Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion

2006 North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.

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