There are now 91 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. Pretty soon, I won’t even have to say 2018, because it will just be 2018 and Opening Day will be Opening Day! This would be a lot more exciting if the Orioles weren’t rolling with a projected rotation that includes, uh, Gabriel Ynoa, Alec Asher, and Mike Wright.
Perhaps the 91 days will be auspicious for you, since 1991 was when Cal Ripken won his second AL MVP award, still the most recent MVP in franchise history. When do you think that drought will be broken?
I don’t think that next year is looking too good, although I guess there’s always the chance of Manny Machado going bananas as a launchpad to being a free agent. That would be fun to watch, at least until the season ended and he inevitably departed for elsewhere.
The theme of this week’s talking about the Orioles seems to be who is getting mooted as a possible conversion into a starting pitcher. It’s not exactly the kind of stuff that would keep one in a cheerful Christmas spirit sort of mood. Don’t let the Orioles bring down your down week, if you have one, between Christmas and New Year’s!
Around the blogO’sphere
Thoughts on Asher, Hart, Crichton, and Yacabonis (School of Roch)
“There’s a slight curiosity moving through the organization about Yacabonis’ potential as a starter,” writes Roch. This isn’t the first time this week that I will point out that sometimes it seems like the Orioles don’t have any idea what they’re doing.
Could Brad Brach be converted to a starter? (Steve Melewski)
Oh, come on. Now it’s just getting ridiculous. This one, at least, is not sourced to any kind of team thinking, and is just the random musing of Melewski.
Could the Orioles’ Manny Machado saga have been avoided? (Baltimore Sun)
This article comes to the reasonable conclusion that the Orioles couldn’t have seriously contemplated trading Machado before this offseason. It fails to put them on the hook for failing to enter the offseason with a clear idea of what to do.
Baseball’s stealth contenders for 2018 (ESPN)
Sporadic Camden Chat commenter Dan Szymborski, an Orioles fan growing up, proclaims the Orioles a possible stealth contender because they only have to improve their starting rotation to “bad” and they’ll have a significantly better team. He’s not wrong - and they’re still screwing that up!
Effectively Wild Podcast: Orioles Angst and and Cooperstown Questions (Fangraphs)
As a lapsed podcaster, I respect the heck out of one that is on episode 1154. The Fangraphs show is joined by The Ringer deputy editor, Game of Thrones superfan, and Orioles aficionado Mallory Rubin about how bleak this O’s offseason is.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: J.J. Hardy’s soap opera co-star and 2012 short-timer Bill Hall, 1999-2005 reliever B.J. Ryan, 1987 infielder Ray Knight, and 1983 third baseman Aurelio Rodriguez.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Molson Brewery founder John Molson (1763), President Woodrow Wilson (1856), actress Maggie Smith (1934), actor Denzel Washington (1954), Linux developer Linus Torvalds (1969), and singer-songwriter John Legend (1978).
On this day in history...
In 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
In 1867, the United States claimed Midway Atoll, which was its first claimed territory outside of the continental limits.
In 1895, William Rontgen published a paper in which he detailed his discovery of a new type of radiation - what is now more commonly known as x-rays.
In 1958, the Baltimore Colts upended the New York Giants in sudden death overtime, “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was passed.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 28 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday.