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Mark Trumbo empowers Orioles to keep contending as window starts to close - The Washington Post

Trumbo keeps the Orioles’ competitive window firmly open for the two years the team still has control over Zach Britton and Manny Machado, according to this analysis.

Weekend negotiations led to Trumbo deal - MASN

Just as the O’s were publicly saying they were ready to move on, they were actually moving in on a deal for Mark Trumbo. Sneaky!

A look at Mark Trumbo’s impact on the lineup, payroll and more - MASN

Next year’s known payroll commitment is $153.6 million for 20 players.

Zach Britton interested in long-term deal with Baltimore Orioles - Outside Pitch Sports Network

It’s based off a Roch Kubatko tweet, but since MASN has long since decided making their content easy to find is not a corporate goal, here’s the easiest way to the info.

Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones to work as minor-league hockey official - FoxSports

“The All-Star will live out a lifelong dream on Friday when he serves as an off-ice official when the San Jose Barracuda meet the San Diego Gulls.”

Orioles Count Down Most Memorable Games In OPACY History - WJZ

The countdown began Friday on, where games 25 through 11 will be revealed each day for on demand viewing. The top 10 games will be revealed and televised in their entirety every Sunday evening at 7 p.m starting January 29th.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Keith Shepherd, Bob Reynolds, beloved manager (and former player) Johnny Oates, and Sam Mele. They share today’s birthday with famous people including Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson 1824; fasion designer Christian Dior 1905; actor Telly Savalas 1924; comedian Benny Hill 1925; radio DJ Wolfman Jack 1939; golf champion Jack Nicklaus 1940; singer Richie Havens 1941; opera singer Placido Domingo 1941; country music singer/songwriter Mac Davis 1942; singer Billy Ocean 1950; actress and archer Geena Davis 1957; NBA Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon 1963; and rap pioneer Jam Master Jay (Jason William Mizell) 1965.

On this date in Baltimore baseball history... nothing much happened.

On this date in world history...

1793 - During the French Revolution, King Louis XVI was executed on the guillotine. He had been condemned for treason.

1915 - The first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit, MI.

1924 - Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died. Joseph Stalin began a purge of his rivals for the leadership of the Soviet Union.

1970 - ABC-TV presented "The Johnny Cash Show" in prime time.

1976 - The French Concorde SST aircraft began regular commercial service for Air France and British Airways.

1977 - U.S. President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

2003 - It was announced by the U.S. Census Bureau that estimates showed that the Hispanic population had passed the black population for the first time.

Consider this your discussion space for the East-West Shrine Game.