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Santa’s got a mean cutter.
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Merry Christmas, and happy 2nd day of Hanukkah. Hope it’s a good day for you and yours. I’ll be hosting my parents and my wife’s mother, and both kids are in the house, so it’s a great family holiday. There’s not much in the way of Orioles news, but if you think these are slim pickings, I pity poor j.q. when he does Monday’s edition.

Matt Wieters Among Braves’ Targets

Looks like Switching Hitting Jesus is going to get fewer years and a lot fewer dollars than he and Scott Boras anticipated.

Orioles Interested In Mike Napoli

Because if it’s one thing the Orioles need, it’s another 1B/DH who can’t reasonably play outfield.

Jose Bautista open to one-year contract

Not O’s-related, unless you count the fact the Orioles have already told him no, but I’m not above taking enjoyment in the fact Jose Bautista isn’t going to get even a fraction of the money or years he expected when he became a free agent.

Orioles continuing efforts to improve OBP

It’s not like it would take much...

Memo to batters: Hit it high and let it fly

Steve Melewski takes a look at Mark Trumbo and his concerted effort to improve his exit velocity on batted balls. Whatever he did, it worked.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Tom O'Malley, Charlie Beamon, and Mike Blyzka. They share today with famous people like physicist, mathematician Sir Isaac Newton 1642; Clara Barton 1821; actor Humphrey Bogart 1899 ; musician Cab Calloway 1907; writer, director and creator of "The Twilight Zone" Rod Serling 1924; the world's greatest mom, Carolyn Faye Northam Duck 1944; NFL QB Ken Stabler 1945; actor Gary Sandy ("WKRP In Cincinnati") 1945; bassist Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) 1945; NFL Hall of Famer Larry Csonka 1946; singer Jimmy Buffett 1946; singer Barbara Mandrell 1948; actress Sissy Spacek 1949; singer Annie Lennox 1954.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...nothing much happened. Not surprising, actually.

On this day in world history...

800 - Charlemagne was crowned first Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Leo III.

1066 - William the Conqueror was crowned king of England.

1223 - St. Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy.

1776 - Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, NJ.

1818 - "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.

1914 - During World War I, British and German troops observed an unofficial truce and even playing football together on the Western Front.

1939 - "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was read on CBS radio for the first time.

1971 - The longest pro-football game to date finally ended when Garo Yepremian kicked a field goal in the second quarter of sudden death overtime. The Miami Dolphins defeated Kansas City, 27-24. The total game time was 82 minutes and 40 seconds.

1989 - Former baseball player and manager Billy Martin died in a truck crash in Fenton, NY.

1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as leader of a Communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.

Have a great Christmas if you celebrate, have a wonderful second day of Hanukkah if you celebrate, and if you don’t celebrate either, have a great Sunday.