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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles have no presents to return

Perhaps you need to take back a Christmas present that didn't fit today. The Orioles have nothing to take back because they have gotten nothing.

Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 93 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. That sounds like a bit of time because it is, but pitchers and catchers will be reporting on February 13. So if the Orioles want to sign some guys and avoid the "he didn't get a full spring training" excuse, they have to get moving before that.

It's also now a month and a day until FanFest, so if the Orioles want there to be, like, even the slightest little bit of something new to get excited about at that event, they should strike before that.

Will today be the day that something happens? I don't expect it will, and I'm sure you don't either. That's not to say that nothing ever happens in the baseball world in the week between Christmas and New Year's, but are the Orioles going to be the team to confound that trend? Yeah.

Did you find any Orioles gifts under the tree? I'll take a guess that at least a few of you have a well-meaning relative who knows enough to know that you really like the Orioles and that Manny Machado is good, but maybe they don't realize the coming developments (trade or free agency) that keep his jersey from having staying power at this time.

Around the blogO'sphere

Today's links come courtesy of MASN's Roch Kubatko, who deserves all credit for being the lone Orioles beat writer to update on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. As a matter of fact, he did both!

Could Zach Britton get an extension and become a starter again? (School of Roch)
This was posted by Stacey on Christmas Eve and by me yesterday. I’m just mentioning it again because it’s one of those things that makes you wonder if the Orioles have any idea what the hell they’re doing.

Christmas Because You Asked (School of Roch)
Christmas Roch is not full of patience for those who don’t understand why the Orioles can’t trade Chris Davis.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1995, the Orioles traded for David Wells. In his lone Orioles season, Wells threw 224.1 innings with a 5.14 ERA. That doesn't sound good, and it's not, but keep in mind that offense was ridiculous in 1996 - his ERA was actually good for a 97 ERA+, meaning he was only 3% worse than the league average.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1984-89 reserve Jim Traber, 1982-86/92 pitcher Storm Davis, 1988 outfielder Jeff Stone, 1955-57 infielder Wayne Causey, and the late Stu Miller of the 1963-67 Orioles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: poet Thomas Gray (1716), Difference engine inventor Charles Babbage (1791), many-time banned book author Henry Miller (1891), baseball Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk (1947) and Ozzie Smith (1954), and Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington (1986).

On this day in history...

In 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie announced the isolation of the element radium.

In 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold the rights to Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees.

In 1963, two of The Beatles songs, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" were released in the United States. This was the beginning of Beatlemania as an international phenomenon.

In 1972, during the Vietnam War, the ongoing operation for massive bombings of North Vietnam, Operation Linebacker II, saw a day in which 120 B-52s attacked Hanoi. This included a launch of 78 aircraft from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, which remains the largest single combat launch of the Strategic Air Command (post-WWII).


And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 26 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday.