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Monday Bird Droppings: Spring countdown begins in earnest

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One week until pitchers and catchers report. Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez are still hanging out on the open market, but the O's have the look of being increasingly comfortable in heading to camp with what they got. Frequently rumored target Jason Hammel also signed with a competitor this weekend, so if he was still on your big board...

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Leftovers for breakfast - School of Roch
Featuring the ever quotable Adam Jones.

My Top 5 Orioles' radio broadcasters - Let me get this straight: Ernie Harwell did play by play for the O's back in the day and he's not in Connolly's top 5? Okay.

Miller tops Top 10 relief pitchers for 2017 |
This is billed as top relievers "right now." I'm calling shenanigans because there's no baseball being played right now. What's up with that,

On this day in 2012, the Orioles traded pre-Buck/Duquette mainstay Jeremy Guthrie for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom

It's the birthday of Babe Ruth. The Yankees and Red Sox great was born in Baltimore on this day in 1895. "El Toro", Pedro Alvarez turns 30 today.