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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles still have nothing going on

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Less than a month to spring training and the Orioles still don’t have a rotation. In today’s links, Duquette’s place among winningest O’s GMs, new payroll math, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 73 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. This is not a number that has ever been used by an Orioles player. On the other hand, 1973 is a year where the Orioles won the AL East with a 97-65 record. Alas, they fell in a then-best-of-five ALCS to the Athletics.

We’re now down to just 29 days until pitchers and catchers are required to report for the beginning of spring training. That will really be here before we know it. Every indication from Orioles beat writers is that the team will probably make at least one significant (by O’s standards) addition after spring training begins. Fans are going to have to hope they’re right, because the Orioles sure don’t seem like they’re going to walk into spring training with a competitive team.

Today is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. The “I have a dream” speech is worth reading on this occasion.

Around the blogO’sphere

After 2018, Duquette will likely be the third-winningest GM in Orioles history (Camden Depot)
Duquette is currently in fifth, but it will only take 73 wins for him to move into third. It would have to be quite a disaster indeed to not reach that number.

This, that, and the other (School of Roch)
David Hess was listening when Trey Mancini was talking last year, in the funniest of ways.

The latest O’s payroll math (Steve Melewski)
After their arbitration settlements and midpoint settlements of the two unresolved cases, the Orioles are up to about $112 million committed to 11 players for the 2018 season.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1999-2001 outfielder Delino DeShields, and 1970-76 infielder and should-be Hall of Famer Bobby Grich.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: playwright Moliere (1622), civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1929), Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Ronnie Van Zant (1948), actress Regina King (1971), rapper Pitbull (1981), and music-adjacent figure Skrillex (1988).

On this day in history...

In 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England, though she had been reigning since the previous November.

In 1892, James Naismith published the rules of basketball.

In 1919, Boston was struck by the Great Molasses Flood, when a storage tank exploded and sent molasses through the streets. This fun-sounding historical event was probably less so for the 21 people killed and 150 injured.

In 1962, the Derveni papyrus was discovered in northern Greece. This manuscript is the oldest in Europe, dating to 340 BC.

In 1967, the first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 15 - or at least, unless something happens later. If you’ve been following how this offseason has gone so far, you know you shouldn’t hold your breath. Have a safe Monday.