Happy Wednesday, Camden Chatters! It’s hump day! If you’re in the Baltimore area, get out and enjoy that relatively balmy weather before temperatures drop again. I know what Stringer Bell says about a 40 degree day, but to me it feels great.
There are now 78 days until Opening Day, which feels like a lot of days. The 1978 Orioles were the last team to play before I was born. They won 90 games and finished in 4th place. Things were tougher back then.
We’re also 34 days from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training. I went to spring training a few years ago and it really was lovely. The one game I went to was fun and it was great to sit in the sunshine and watch baseball while it was cold and snowy in Maryland. But I don’t understand how people spend a week at spring training. One game was enough for me.
If you’ve been away from it all for a few days and are wondering if you missed anything in Birdland, don’t worry. Dan Duquette still hasn’t made any trades or signed anyone who you have heard of. Minicamp did start Monday, so if you care to find them, there are lots of stories about pitchers being in the best shape of their lives.
Let’s hit the links!
As Mychal Givens sees role grow for Orioles, his stature off field makes similar strides - Baltimore Sun
The Sun has a lot of stories today about pitchers. They have stories about Hunter Harvey, Miguel Castro, Tanner Scott, and maybe more that I missed. But this one about Givens is my favorite because I’m a big fan of his.
O's have questions in rotation after top two - MLB.com
I'm going to go ahead and say that this headline is an understatement.
Sizing up the Future of Baltimore Orioles Slugger Chris Davis - Baltimore Wire
I just want to tell everyone out there that they need to get over the idea of trading Chris Davis. He is also not going to sit on the bench.
Making Faulty Comparisons Doesn't Improve Mark Trumbo's Contract - Camden Depot
Matt Kremintzer takes issue with Dan Connolly's comparison of Mark Trumbo (and his contract) to that of Carlos Santana. I know which player I'd rather have.
Pondering the closer situation as Day Two of minicamp concludes - School of Roch
Should the Orioles name a closer to start 2018? Or should they just use whoever the situation warrants?
Orioles freeze prices on season-ticket plans for 2018 - Baltimore Business Journal
This would be a bad time to announce an increase, that's for sure.
How I cut the cord on cable and still watched live sports - The Washington Post
I was interested in reading this for obvious reasons, especially because it came up in a search for the Orioles. Alas, all this poor soul had to say about them was, "There is a good to fair chance I will drop SlingTV in the spring and pick up another service that lets me watch my beloved Baltimore Orioles, which aren’t on national television too often." Yeah, good luck with that buddy.
New York Yankees: Think before trading for Manny Machado
Here is a post from the Yankees perspective, saying that trading prospects for one year of Machado is a bad idea. He prefers to re-sign Todd Frasier. I don't want Manny to be a Yankee either.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your Orioles birthday buddies are Ariel Miranda and Rick Bauer. Miranda was traded for Wade Miley, a trade that caused much hand wringing when Miley ended up to be terrible. Considering Miranda had a 5.12 ERA in Seattle, I didn’t lose any sleep over it.
Rick Bauer spent 3+ seasons in the Orioles bullpen in the early 2000s. He was never great, but neither were those teams.
On this day in 1991, the Orioles traded Curt Schilling, Pete Harnisch, and Steve Finley to the Houston Astros for Glenn Davis. It was an absolutely terrible trade, if you have forgotten.