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Ryan Flaherty is presumably ready for another Spring Training.
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A mere 50 days until Opening Day, and we’re reminded that’s the uniform number of fan favorite Miguel González, personal favorite Jorge Julio, and possibly the best pitcher to ever come out of Hawaii, Sid Fernandez. On to the news...

5 storylines to watch as the Orioles open spring training - The Sun

What a coincidence there are exactly five. What if there had been only four? What would a poor reporter due if assigned a headline that included five and there were only four? What if there had been six? Luckily, we’ll never know, because there are five. Whew.

Evolution of baseball from power to speed has left SBs behind - Chicago Sun-Times

It’s possible Honey Badger General Manager is onto something, after all.

More Ynoa and Mancini on possibility of playing outfield - MASN Sports

I don’t think anyone is expecting Gabriel Ynoa to actually play outfield. Sometimes, headline editors just have an off day.

Plenty to ponder as pitchers and catchers set to report - MASN Sports

Oddly enough, it focuses on baseball, not the meaning of life or why we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway. And what would happened if you lock a humidifier and a de-humidifier in a room and let them fight it out?

Chance Sisco is ranked No. 57 by Baseball America - MASN Sports

Basically, I saved you a click. What you need to know is pretty much right in the headline.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Chris Snyder, Adam Stern, Don “Full Pack “Stan The Man Unusual” Stanhouse, Pat Dobson, and Jerry Walker. They share today’s birthday with famous people including scientist Charles Darwin 1809; Pres. Abraham Lincoln (U.S.) 1809; actor Lorne Greene 1915; director Franco Zeffirelli 1923; chdilren's book author Judy Blume 1938; Door keyboardist Raymond Manzarek 1939; Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald 1952; talk show host Arsenio Hall 1955; and actress Christina Ricci 1980.

Today in Baltimore baseball history... not much happened, actually.

Today in world history...

1870 - In the Utah Territory, women gained the right to vote.

1878 - Frederick W. Thayer patented the baseball catcher’s mask.

1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.

1892 - In the U.S., President Lincoln's birthday was declared to be a national holiday.

1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

1999 - U.S. President Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate on two impeachment articles. The charges were perjury and obstruction of justice.

2004 - Mattel announced that "Barbie" and "Ken" were breaking up. The dolls had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Wrestling: Maryland at Penn State. Actually, don’t. This one’s gonna be bad. Really, really bad.