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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where we’re still waiting on our gifts from the Orioles

The baseball world is still down and out for the holidays.

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Good day to you, Camden Chatters. Are you one of the unlucky few who has gone back to work already, or are you one of the happy folks who take off the entire week between Christmas and New Years? I’m in the first category, sadly.

It is now 92 days until Opening Day! 1992 was a good year, the first for Camden Yards. The Orioles celebrated that year by winning 83 games and kicking off a six-year run of winning as fans packed the house to see them play.

But it’s not 1992 now, and instead of a shiny new ballpark and optimism, we spend our days wondering why the Orioles didn’t trade Manny Machado, while still being terrified that they will trade him and then what will be watch in 2018? The pitching?!

Still not much on the news front, but writers have started to crawl out from their pile of Christmas presents to join Roch Kubatko in talking about the Orioles.

Assessing the Orioles’ starting pitching additions from December - Baltimore Sun
Somehow this is not just a blank page below a title.

Leftovers for breakfast - School of Roch
Roch keeps pumping out the posts even in this time of holiday. This edition focuses on players you forgot even existed such as Dariel Alvarez and David Hess.

Orioles fans ask about Manny, Britton, Schoop -
Britt Ghiroli answers questions from the fans and has to tell some poor soul to get over Manny staying, it's never going to happen. Some person is also wondering about the future of Ryan Flaherty for some reason.

Baltimore Orioles should extend Buck Showalter's contract - Birds Watcher
I love Buck, but I don't know about this one. It sort of feels like Buck had his window and it's now closing. I'm very sad the Orioles haven't accomplished more under his leadership.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! I hope that your birthday presents don’t come wrapped in Christmas paper. You have two Orioles birthday buddies. The speedy Michael Bourn, who spent 2016 with the Orioles and 2017 recovering from injuries in the minors, turns 35 today. A nice number.

Connie Johnson was a right-handed pitcher who spent five years in the majors, the final three with the Orioles from 1956-58. He made 72 starts for the Orioles. In 1957, a year where nobody knew what FIP was, he led the league. Mr. Johnson passed away in 2004 at the age of 81.