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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where we say goodbye to 2017

It’s the last day of 2017. Do you think the Orioles will do more next year?

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Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve 2017 Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

Happy New Year’s Eve, Camden Chatters! Do you have anything fun and exciting planned to ring in 2018? Don’t forget to be safe out there. I would say don’t do anything I wouldn’t do, but that would make for a boring night as I am lame.

As for Dan Duquette and the Orioles, we have to hope that the new year means a resolution to actually do something. Anything. Maybe get a pitcher or two?

We are now 88 days from Opening Day, and I have to say that 88 isn’t a great number for the Orioles. There is 1988, of course, which is the year the Orioles started the season 0-21 and finished with 107 losses.

And of course, 88 is the number worn by surly slugger Albert Belle, who got a big contract and left baseball after two years of it due to injury.

I don’t know what the 2018 season will bring, but the odds are very slim that we’ll have to endure 21 straight losses. So that’s something.

Orioles offseason report: Plan to compete, not rebuild in 2018 - USA Today

Dear USA Today: It’s spelled Sisco.

The hopes for raising a new Orioles fan - The Baltimore Wire

As someone with a new kid to raise as an Orioles fan, I am worried about this. What if she is 14 years old before they have a winning season?

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! I have never heard of your Orioles birthday buddies. Ted Gray pitched for the O’s in 1955. Ken Rowe appeared in 12 games for them in 1964-65. And Donnell Dixon had 21 plate appearances in 1990.

Happy New Year!