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The Orioles are without a gold glover this year, and that’s about all the news on them at the moment.

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Hello again, Camden Chatters. We’re now 140 days from Opening Day, which is still entirely too many days. No big moves have been made by any teams yet, but don’t expect the Orioles to be the first to do something.

In case you missed it, the Gold Glove awards were announced yesterday and Manny Machado lost out to Evan Longoria. Lame.

The world of baseball is still reeling from the news that pitcher Roy Halladay was killed in a plane crash yesterday. Halladay was one of the greatest pitchers I’ve seen pitch, and Craig Calcaterra has a nice roundup of reactions to this tragedy from the baseball world.

On that sad note, let’s move on to the links.

What should the Baltimore Orioles do this offseason? - ESPN
This is kind of a no brainer, but go vote anyway! You can also vote on the biggest offseason needs for the other 29 teams too, if that's your thing.

Topps MLB All-Star Rookie team announced with special card set - FanSided
Our favorite Orioles rookie was named to the team!

Castillo's no longer an Oriole, but his 2017 contract and solid play may have a lasting reach - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Dan Connolly on how Castillo's time here might help entice players to come here in the future, and change the Orioles minds on opt outs.

Padres Must Use Petco Park To Lure Free Agent Pitchers - Scout.com
Everyone knows Petco Park is good for fly ball pitchers. This article suggest that Chris Tillman might find success there.

Jones' first home run with the Orioles | Sports | hmbreview.com
I don't understand what this story is at all other than an advertisement for MLB.com, but right at the top is video of the first HR Adam Jones ever hit as an Oriole. I enjoyed it. He's so young!

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies, all short timers. Wally Westlake had a ten-year career, but got into just 8 games for the 1955 Orioles. Dwight Smith spent 28 games of his eight-year career with the 1994 Birds. And Carlos Casimiro spent his entire big league career with the Orioles, but it lasted just two games for the Orioles in 2000.

On this day in 1966 Frank Robison won the A.L. MVP after taking home the triple crown and leading his team to its first World Series victory. Not a bad year for Mr. Robinson. And in 1991 Cal Ripken won his second MVP award, doing so on a team that lost 95 games.