There are now 77 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. The last time an Orioles player wore the number 77 was Eli Whiteside in 2005, which isn't very interesting, although the 1977 Orioles won 97 games. That's quite interesting. Sadly, it wasn't enough to make the postseason that year, as the Yankees won the AL East with 100 wins.
We're also now down to 33 days until pitchers and catchers report to begin spring training. Another couple more days of this countdown and we will be down to one month remaining. Please, will someone tell Dan Duquette? I think he might be under the impression that he doesn't have a horrible starting rotation that desperately must be fixed.
The good news, such as it is, about the Orioles for this upcoming season is that it won't cost you any more money to watch them lose. Or at least, that's the case for season ticket holders, who received invoices for tickets for the season that were flat for a second consecutive year.
Hopefully, they don't rack up single game ticket prices. It would be a foolish thing to do if actually getting fans to go to the game is a priority - although based on the last several years of Orioles decisionmaking, as well as a general lack of creativity by the promotions and marketing departments, it's difficult to say how much actually filling up Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a priority. Maybe they'll do something to change my mind in the next two months.
Around the blogO'sphere
Could Yacabonis become a starter? (School of Roch)
Seriously, who are the people in the front office who keep looking at career-long relievers and thinking, “Yeah, he could be a starter?”
Miguel Castro would face some challenges as a starting pitcher (Steve Melewski)
Pump the brakes on the hopes for converting some of these guys!
Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes hopes to make people say, 'Wow, this kid can pitch' (Baltimore Sun)
I wish the best for Nestor Cortes in the coming season and will offer no snark about his hopes. The Orioles need him to be a nice surprise.
Who will be the Orioles' first free agent signing of 2018? (Baltimore Baseball)
Dan Connolly remains steadfast in his optimism that the Orioles will sign at least one MLB free agent before the start of the season.
Roger McDowell expects opportunities for young pitchers in rebuilding rotation (Baltimore Sun)
Some headline writer at The Sun is going to get tarred and feathered for saying “rebuilding” in print. As we know because Duquette always tells us, the Orioles won’t be rebuilding.
Olney's top 10 left fielders: Superstar shake-up has big names left out to dry (ESPN)
Trey Mancini gets an honorable mention.
As Mychal Givens sees role grow for Orioles, his stature off-field makes similar strides (Baltimore Sun)
Givens doing some charitable work is excellent. Also, did you know that he was childhood friends with Kyle Schwarber? I just learned it from this article.
Birthdays and anniversaries
On this day in 2002, the Orioles announced that they would be reversing the decision from the previous season of moving fences back, restoring the original dimensions of Camden Yards.
There are three former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2008 short-timer Greg Aquino, 1957 reserve Carl Powis, and 1954 five-gamer Neil Berry.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: famous duel-loser and musical subject Alexander Hamilton (1755), Canada's first prime minister, John A. McDonald (1815), structuralism-developing psychologist Edward B. Titchener (1867), LSD developer Albert Hofmann (1906), and singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige (1971).
On this day in history...
In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered two moons of Uranus, now named Titania and Oberson. Herschel was the man who discovered Uranus itself six years prior.
In 1922, insulin was first used as a treatment for diabetes in a human patient.
In 1927, Metro-Goldwin Mayer (MGM) head Louis B. Mayer announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 1964, then-Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry published a report titled Smoking and Health, concluding that smoking may be hazardous to health.
In 1973, MLB owners voted to approve the American League using the designated hitter.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 11 - or at least, unless something happens later, which with the way this offseason is going, I surely don't expect to be today. Have a safe Thursday.