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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where 2018 is coming, but the Orioles aren’t ready

2017 is almost over and we never have to worry about the 2017 Orioles rotation again. Yay! But the 2018 one, well... that’s another story.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 89 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. That’s not a bad number since the 1989 Orioles were a lot of fun. It’s also not a bad number because the 2018 Orioles definitely won’t be that much fun and it may be better to have to wait longer to see them.

It’s not the first time I’ve made that comment this offseason and I’m sure it won’t be the last, either. The longer that things drag on with the Orioles not addressing their many needs, the harder it will be to be hopeful.

As we’ll see in today’s links, the team is not alone in letting the market play out before taking action. That’s encouraging in a way, but it’s not going to be any consolation if the best players they might actually sign slip away. One fluke injury has already put a real wrench in this offseason. They’re another fluke injury away from a very bad time.

Around the blogO’sphere

Orioles can expect company in waiting out free agent market come January (Baltimore Sun)
The rest of the league probably isn’t waiting to dumpster dive like Dan Duquette, but so far, there’s no way to tell the difference between the two.

What’s left for Orioles as they try to balance lineup? (School of Roch)
A better scenario to improve against right-handed pitching would be “Mark Trumbo doesn’t suck in 2018,” but I guess nobody can really count on that.

Another look at an impressive power display on the farm in ‘17 (Steve Melewski)
In which Melewski notes that Austin Hays was the only non-Pacific Coast League player to hit 32 or more minor league home runs this season. Hey, that’s pretty good!

Oh yeah, there’s also this:

Jon Morosi is either the only guy working on the Manny Machado trade story in the week between Christmas and New Year’s or he’s the only guy willing to fluff up non-stories into something to talk about. It could go either way, really.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2006-07 reliever and J.J. Hardy trade piece Jim Hoey, 1996 reliever Archie Corbin, and 1981-82 reserve Jose Morales.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: author/poet Rudyard Kipling (1865), Hubble telescope co-developer John N. Bacall (1934), baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (1935), golfer Tiger Woods (1975), basketballer LeBron James (1984), singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding (1986), and actress Caity Lotz (1986).

On this day in history...

In 1460, during England’s Wars of the Roses, the Lancastrian force decisively defeated an army led by Richard, Duke of York, leading to the death of York, though within three months, Richard’s son would take the throne.

In 1853, the United States completed the Gadsden Purchase, acquiring land from Mexico in order to help build railroads in the Southwest.

In 1916, the infamous Russian mystic and Tsar advisor Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was murdered by conservative loyalists. After failing twice in the same night to kill him with poisoned cakes and wine, the loyalists shot Rasputin in the chest, left him for dead, then came back, found him still alive, and finally shot him in the head and dumped his body in the river. You might have heard this in a song.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 30 - or at least, unless something happens later. Don’t hold your breath. Have a safe Saturday!