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Things have been awful for the Orioles for a while and they finally got eliminated on Saturday night. In today’s links, Tillman hopes for a fresh start, minor leaguers take a bow, and more.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, friends.

It’s a bleak day today because last night was a dark night. The Orioles finally got their butts eliminated from the wild card race and in the process they guaranteed the first losing season since 2011. There’s no sugar coating to be done about that. It sucks, and so have the Orioles at times this year, especially, but not only, in the month of September.

The good news is that there will only be six meaningless games left to play, including this afternoon’s home finale against the Rays. You don’t even have to watch them! You can do something else with your life. I can’t, because I run this blog, but you don’t have that problem.

Maybe now we will get a few games of Chance Sisco in the starting lineup, or Anthony Santander, to see what they might be able to offer next year’s Orioles. There will come a point, and for some it may have already come, where we will know that this is the last time we have to watch Ubaldo Jimenez as an Oriole, or Wade Miley, among others.

Soon, it will be over until March. By Thanksgiving, I’ll be wishing that there was any baseball at all, even the kind of baseball where Jimmy Yacabonis is warming in the fourth inning because Chris Tillman was really bad. But right this moment, I can’t wait for it to be over because this season stopped being fun a while ago. Baseball, much like the life of John Mellencamp’s song, goes on long after the thrill of it is gone.

Around the blogO’sphere

Orioles eliminated from race, assured of losing record (with quotes) - School of Roch
Among the Buck Showalter quotes following last night’s loss, he said he’d been paying such little attention to the standings that he didn’t realize they were mathematically eliminated.

Some quotes from the minor league awards press conference - Steve Melewski
The O’s gave out a bunch of minor league awards before last night’s game. Congratulations all around.

After enjoying his best offensive season, Welington Castillo controls his future with Orioles (Baltimore Sun)
Castillo can choose to be a free agent again this offseason, or he could come back next year with the O’s. Which are you hoping for?

Chris Tillman wouldn’t mind “fresh start” with Orioles (Press Box)
We’d probably all like a fresh start in some things in life, especially those areas where we have a 7.66 ERA.

Orioles VP John Angelos backs athletes, expresses opposition to Trump in series of tweets (Baltimore Sun)
Something like this makes me proud to be an Orioles fan.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 1971, the Orioles clinched the AL East in the first game of a doubleheader. Mike Cuellar won his 20th game as the O’s beat the Indians. In the second game of the same doubleheader, Pat Dobson also picked up win #20.

In 1997, the Blue Jays fired Cito Gaston as manager before a game against the Orioles. The O’s won the game and clinched the division to complete the sixth-ever wire-to-wire season.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2013 short-timer Travis Ishikawa, 1999-2000 reserve Jesse Garcia, Orioles Magic song reviver Kevin Millar, bad B-12 shot taker (he says) Rafael Palmeiro, and the late Curt Motton of the 1967-71 and 73-74 Orioles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: Marbury v. Madison writer John Marshall, Mars, Inc, founder Franklin Clarence Mars (1883), novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896), the late funny man Phil Hartmann (1998), wrestling heiress and personality Stephanie McMahon (1976), and Tony Award-winning actor Ben Platt (1993).

On this day in history...

In 1664, the Dutch Republic surrendered New Amsterdam - now New York - to England.

In 1846, in the Mexican-American War, General and future president Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed America’s first National Monument - Devils Tower in Wyoming.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in the 101st Airborne Division to enforce desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 24 - or at least, until something happens later, which it certainly will when the Orioles play their home finale against the Rays. Have a safe Sunday. Go O’s!