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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where it’s ALDS time, just not for the O’s

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The division series teams are set. Nope, still no O’s. In today’s links, a vote of confidence for the coaches, pondering the Jimenez effect, and a photographer gets a profile.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 174 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. For today, at least, we will have the beginning of the American League Division Series to entertain us. The Red Sox and Astros get underway at 4:00 Eastern time in Houston, while the Yankees and Indians series begins at 7:30 in Cleveland.

So, how about that NL wild card game? Do you give any chance at all for the Diamondbacks to go on to beat the Dodgers after they had to blow two different starting pitchers in this game?

I have to say, after watching these two wild card games the last couple of nights, I appreciate more and more the fact that the Orioles won one of these games with Joe Saunders as their starting pitcher.

Man, 2012 was fun. There will never be another Orioles season like that. Even if there’s a season where they make or win the World Series, it won’t be fun like 2012 was fun.

Around the blogO'sphere

Davis wants entire coaching staff to return in 2018 (School of Roch)
Chris Davis is definitely not on the “Fire everyone!” train.

Not a dynamic duo: Davis and Trumbo need to increase production in 2018 (Steve Melewski)
The response that comes to mind to this headline is one in which a famous detective is kept apprised of a lack of excrement in the vicinity.

Trumbo 'far more inconsistent' than he would've liked in first year of new deal (Baltimore Sun)
Those feeling less charitable might be inclined to observe that Trumbo’s problem was that he was entirely TOO consistent... just consistently bad.

Will Ubaldo Jimenez affect Orioles pursuit of free agent pitchers? (Press Box)
This may be the most important question facing the Orioles free agent pursuits this offseason.

Orioles' young players show promise, but not all are ready for big leagues just yet (Press Box)
Jim Henneman wants to make sure people pump the brakes a little bit about some of the young guys.

Latrobe native makes most of 'dream job' as Baltimore Orioles photographer (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Hometown kid makes good stories are always a treat to read, even if they’re about the assistant team photographer.

ESPN Power Rankings: Final regular season edition
In the final accounting, the Orioles were proclaimed the #20 team in MLB. I’m a little surprised they didn’t end up lower.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 1966, the Orioles beat the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series, the franchise's first game win in a World Series.

In 1971, the Orioles completed a sweep of the Athletics to win the American League pennant.

And in 2014, the Orioles completed an ALDS sweep of the Tigers thanks to Nelson Cruz hitting a two-run home run.

One lone former Oriole has a birthday today. It's Terry Matthews of the 1996-98 Orioles bullpen.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: President Chester A. Arthur (1829), rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard (1882), Czech statesman Vaclav Havel (1936), Steve Miller Band leader Steve Miller (1943), astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy (1974), and actress Kate Winslet (1975).

On this day in history...

In 1582, due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, this day did not exist in Italy, Poland, Portugal, or Spain.

In 1789, Parisian women marched on Versailles with a series of demands, including that the king must rule from Paris. The crowd compelled Louis XVI and family to return to Paris the next day.

In 1921, the World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time.

In 1947, President Truman gave the first televised White House address.

In 1962, the first single by The Beatles, "Love Me Do", was released in the United Kingdom.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on October 5 - or at least, unless something happens later, which it probably won't because this is the playoffs and the Orioles aren't in them. Have a safe Thursday.