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DJ Stewart is improving, Dexter Folwer is available again, and Logan Ondrusek, we barely knew you, and we won't really miss you. Nothing personal.

Fall League Fever! Catch it!
Fall League Fever! Catch it!
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Never Forget Our Times Together

Orioles closer Zach Britton details the impact of Chiti and Wallace on his career - Baltimore Sun
"The things that really stand out to me is how open-minded they were," Britton said. "They didn’t have an ego that they were trying to push on you to get you to buy into them. It was more, ‘What do you think you’re good at? Here’s what we see and let’s try to work together to get you successful.’ To me, it was a lot of things I had been fighting from previous things or struggles or injuries, and a lot of it was turning the page on that. Hey, let’s forget about that stuff and move forward and get you back to being successful."

Alan Mills remains candidate to join Orioles' coaching staff - School of Roch
Double-A Bowie pitching coach Alan Mills interviewed on Thursday and he’s a prime candidate to join the staff. However, he could replace Dom Chiti as bullpen coach rather than move into the dugout as Dave Wallace’s replacement.

Minor MLB Transactions: 11/4/16 - MLBTR
The Orioles declined the team's previously unknown option over righty Logan Ondrusek, as BaltimoreBaseball.com's Dan Connolly was among those to tweet.

It's Getting Better All the Time

Rickard and Lee reinstated from 60-day disabled list (updated) - School of Roch
The Orioles have reinstated outfielder Joey Rickard and minor league pitcher Chris Lee from the 60-day disabled list, procedural moves that increase the 40-man roster to 34 players. The free agents have been eliminated.

Orioles' prospect DJ Stewart meeting challenge in prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League - Baltimore Sun
"He’s competing well, and this is a big jump in competition, to be able to play in the fall league with the very best players from mostly Double-A and Triple-A, so this is a good challenge for him," Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said.

Orioles Foundation Donates $25K To Louisiana Flood Relief Fund " CBS Baltimore
The Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation has donated $25,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Flood Relief Fund in an effort to help the lives of those affected by the natural disaster.

I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places

Orioles Celebrate 25th Anniversary Season At Oriole Park With New Logo " CBS Baltimore
The Orioles introduced a commemorative logo in honor of the 25th anniversary season of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The logo will be featured on the right sleeve of all Orioles game jerseys throughout the 2017 season. Additionally, the logo will be printed on official Rawlings Major League Baseballs used in all home games during the 2017 season.

Friends Like You

Late Orioles TD sinks Warriors - The Recorder
It is the editorial policy of this blog to celebrate the triumph of any team named Orioles, so good on ya, Belchertown HS!

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles catcher Javy Lopez (insert Stacey's old user name joke here). He shares this birthday with famous people including Eugene Victor Debs 1855 - American union leader, socialist politician; Roy Rogers 1911 - Singer, guitarist, and actor; Vivien Leigh 1913 - Actress; Art Garfunkel 1941 - Singer-songwriter; Gram Parsons 1946 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist; Bill Walton 1952 - Basketball player; Bryan Adams 1959 - Singer, guitarist; Tilda Swinton 1960 - Actress; Tatum O'Neal 1963 - Actress, author; Ryan Adams 1974 - Singer, songwriter, guitarist (yes, he and Bryan Adams share a birthday, I checked); and Kevin Jonas 1987 - American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Jonas Brothers). Yes, one of the Jonas Brothers will be 30 next year. Start feeling old now to avoid the rush.

On this day in Orioles history...

1901 - Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey lease Sportsman's Park for five years for an American League team. Two weeks later it is announced the Milwaukee Brewers franchise will become the St. Louis Browns in 1902.

1940 - Former pitcher Walter Johnson, who won 416 games for the Washington Senators, goes down in defeat as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland. Johnson entered the Hall of Fame in 1936.

1958 - The Baltimore Orioles replace general manager Paul Richards with future Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail. The Orioles allow Richards to continue in another role as the team's field manager. Baltimore will end up with a 74-79 record.

1976 - Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer, who led the American League with 22 victories and 315 innings pitched, easily outpoints Detroit Tigers rookie Mark Fidrych to win the American League Cy Young Award.

1997 - In an unprecedented move, Davey Johnson resigns the same day he is named American League Manager of the Year. Despite the fact that Johnson ended the Baltimore Orioles' 13-year playoff drought in 1996 and led the Orioles to the league's best record in 1997, a dispute over $10,500 in fines to second baseman Roberto Alomar ends Johnson's reign in Baltimore. Johnson directed the fines to be paid to a charity. Orioles owner Peter Angelos is upset with the way the matter is handled and Johnson resigns.

On this day in world history...

1605 - The "Gunpowder Plot" attempted by Guy Fawkes failed when he was captured before he could blow up the English Parliament. Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated every November 5th in Britain to celebrate his failure to blow up all the members of Parliament and King James I.

1872 - In the U.S., Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election. She never paid the fine.

1895 - George B. Selden received the first U.S. patent for an automobile. He sold the rights for $200,000 four years later.

1935 - The game "Monopoly" was introduced by Parker Brothers Company.

1959 - The American Football League was formed.

1974 - Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman in the U.S. to win a governorship without succeeding her husband.

1999 - U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft Corp. enjoyed "monopoly power".

You'll see enough quotes from "V For Vendetta" on your social media feeds without me adding to it, and most of the memes about the Gunpowder Plot reduce it to just fighting back against a government. History is more complicated then it gets credit for. So, spend the day reading about the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in the late 1500s and early 1600s. Or not. Maybe just go outside and enjoy the leaves turning.