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New Years Bird Droppings: Where we can start worrying about the 2018 Orioles

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It’s officially 2018, so now we can start worrying about the fact that the Orioles don’t have a rotation. Yay!

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Hello, friends.

There are now 87 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. I don’t have to say Opening Day 2018 any more because it’s 2018 and that’s that! There’s also now a month and twelve days until pitchers and catchers are required to report to spring training.

As it is just the first day of 2018, probably nothing will happen today, as nothing has been happening for most of the last couple of weeks. Today represents the last day where nothing happening can be explained as “the holidays.” After today, well... it’s time for things to start happening.

I hope you all had a safe New Year celebration. Now that it’s 2018, it’s time to start thinking about the 2018 Orioles. Although, with the starting rotation remaining in the state that it’s in, maybe that’s not something we want to do.

Around the blogO’sphere

5 questions Orioles must answer in 2018 (Orioles.com)
If human hands had six fingers each, would stories like this then be “6 questions Orioles must answer”? These are the things I wonder sometimes.

Five questions the Orioles must answer to start 2018 (Baltimore Sun)
The Sun’s Jon Meoli tried a little harder to come up with his five questions, I have to say.

Dickerson on Machado as shortstop (School of Roch)
The extent that “the shortstop runs the defense” is one of those things that’s definitely not visible to fans.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2012 outfielder Xavier Avery, 2006 all-over-the-diamond guy Fernando Tatis, and 1958 utility man Foster Castleman, who turns 87 years old today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: midnight rider Paul Revere (1735), United States flag designer Betsy Ross (1752), author E.M. Forster (1879), author J.D. Salinger (1919), and rapper/DJ Grandmaster Flash (1958).

On this day in history...

In 45 BC, the Roman Empire established January 1 as the first day of the new year when it began using the Julian calendar.

In 1808 AD, the United States banned the importation of slaves - the first day it was allowed to do so by the Constitution.

In 1908, the Times Square ball dropped for the first time in New York City.

In 1983, the proto-Internet ARPANET changed its protocols to the Internet Protocol, effectively creating the Internet.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland to start off 2018 - or at least, unless something happens later. Don’t hold your breath! Have a safe Monday.