Well, I HAD someplace to go, but someone let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, so you get the full 7” dance-remix of all the Seth Smith-related news you’d ever want. Let’s get to it.
You Can Call Him Dad
He’s 34, left-handed, batted .249 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI in 137 games last season for the Mariners. And he’s called Dad by Mariners fans, apparently. Or at least Lookout Landing.
☑Get rid of the worst starting pitcher the Orioles have.
☑Get an actual qualified major-leaguer.
☑Who can play OF.
☑Who’s also left-handed.
Seems like Honey Badger General Manager ticked off a lot of boxes on his To Do list yesterday.
The view from the other side of this trade. Come for the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, stay for the cognitive dissonance as you read this quote by the Mariners’ GM. “Gallardo gives us the veteran presence that we have been searching for,” Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “He has a track record of durability and success as a starting pitcher.” Yes, he actually said that about YoGa.
“Aside from salary, Smith appears to differ from Gallardo in three key regards:
- He's a hitter;
- he's a lefty; and
- he's a competent major league baseball player.”
Let’s just say I don’t think too many stat-centric Orioles fans or analysts are gonna be sorry to see YoGa go.
I’m just gonna leave this here, without comment. “Immediately after the Orioles tweeted the news yesterday that they acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the Mariners for pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations, my first thought turned to how the club made the announcement before it leaked to the media. When does this happen anymore?”
Apparently, Dan Duquette isn’t done. “We’re going to continue building the club. We’re looking to add depth. We may sign another outfielder and we’ll also look at the pitching depth.”
If you want to hear an interview with a Mariners beat writer about the Seth Smith trade, well, Dan Connolly has you covered.
And that’s all for the All Seth Smith, All The Time version of Bird Droppings today. Onto the celebrations and remembrances.
Birthdays and History
Happy Birthday to former Orioles Kyle Hudson (who? And he played in 2011!), Francisco “Thanks for absolutely NOTHING, K-Rod”) Rodriguez, and Ross Grimsley. They share today’s birthday with famous people including Pres. Millard S. Fillmore 1800; Rolling Stone publisher and perpetrator of the fraud that is the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Jann Wenner 1946; "Danger Zone" singer Kenny Loggins 1948; sunglasses model and actor David Caruso 1956; journalist Katie Couric 1957; national treasure Nicholas Cage 1964 (wait, that's "National Treasure" actor, sorry); rapper Doug E. Doug 1970; actor Jeremy Renner 1971; alleged musician (Big & Rich) John Rich 1974; actor and professional self-important person Dustin Diamond 1977; and singer Rhianna (Robin Hannah Louise Kenny) 1983.
1985 - Lou Brock and former Orioles pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
1610 - Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter's moons. He named them Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
1782 - The Bank of North America opened in Philadelphia. It was the first commercial bank in the United States.
1789 - Americans voted for the electors that would choose George Washington to be the first U.S. president.
1894 - W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.
1949 - The announcement of the first photograph of genes was shown at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
1953 - U.S. President Harry Truman announced the development of the hydrogen bomb.
1975 - OPEC agreed to raise crude oil prices by 10%, which began a time of world economic inflation.
1996 - One of the biggest blizzards in U.S. history hit the eastern states. More than 100 deaths were later blamed on the severe weather.
1999 - U.S. President Clinton went on trial before the Senate. It was only the second time in U.S. history that an impeached president had gone to trial. Clinton was later acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice charges.
Enjoy the snow, if you’re getting any. And consider this your discussion space for PGA Tour Golf: SBS Tournament of Champions.