There are now 76 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day, which happens to be the number of trombones that led the big parade on the historic day where Gilmour, Liberate, Pat Conway, the Great Creator, W.C. Handy, and John Philip Sousa all came to town.
We're also now down to 32 days until pitchers and catchers report to the start of spring training. Not to sound like a broken record, but I really hope Dan Duquette figures this out soon.
Today is interesting in the baseball offseason because it's the deadline for teams to either settle on 2018 contracts for their arbitration-eligible players or swap salary numbers for a possible future arbitration hearing. Settlements can still come even after today, though, so it doesn't mean a whole lot unless a team decides to go hardball "file and trial" - which the Orioles claimed they would do last year and then didn't.
Whether it ends up being for any other reason, like, you know, a free agent who matters getting signed, I guess we'll see. As I've been saying a lot of this offseason, I won't be holding my breath for this.
Around the blogO'sphere
Orioles hope to avoid arbitration with all eligible players by Friday's deadline (Baltimore Sun)
The Orioles haven’t had much to do most days this offseason. Let’s hope they’re busy today.
Hearing from Hess and Akin at minicamp (School of Roch)
Rounding up a couple of guys who were at minicamp who you might not think about as much.
Will O's take a chance: Is Sisco ready for the majors? (Steve Melewski)
This is a righteous pun that we will be hearing a lot of, I suspect. And remember, don’t look at Sisco’s numbers throwing out runners.
Five takeaways from the Orioles three-day minicamp (Baltimore Sun)
More concerning stuff about the Orioles possibly rushing Hunter Harvey for no reason other than desperation.
Neuroscience can project on-base percentages now (Fangraphs)
This is pretty cool.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are several former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2016-17 outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, 2005-09 reliever Chris Ray, 2012-13 inherited runner struggler Luis Ayala, 1989-94 utility infielder Tim Hulett, 1986 infielder Juan Bonilla, and 1967 two-gamer Paul Gilliford.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: philosopher Edmund Burke (1730), hockey player and donut businessman Tim Horton (1930), boxer Joe Frazier (1944), shock jock Howard Stern (1954), mankind's wealthiest person Jeff Bezos (1964), Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha (1970), actress Naya Rivera (1987), and One Direction crooner Zayn Malik (1993).
On this day in history...
In 1915, the US House of Representatives rejected a proposal that would have required states to give women the right to vote.
In 1932, Hattie Caraway of Arkansas became the first woman to be elected to the US Senate, winning an election on her own after having been appointed to the seat following the death of her husband, the previous senator.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared that the US should remain in South Vietnam until they could end Communist aggression there.
In 1991, Congress passed an act that authorized the use of military force in removing Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 12 - or at least, until something happens later. The arbitration number deadline will surely make something happen. There's just no guarantee it's all that interesting. Have a safe Friday.