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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where we're giving Mark Trumbo a birthday pie

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It's Mark Trumbo's birthday today and we've got the perfect present for him. Today's Orioles stuff: Closer talk, Mike Moustakas's name surfaces, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 72 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. This uniform number was only ever used once, by Robert Machado in 2003 and 2004.

We’re also now down to just 28 days until pitchers and catchers report to begin spring training. The fake start of baseball season is now just four weeks away! This date appears to hold little significance for the Orioles front office, given that it seems like every beat writer expects the Orioles to add one or more players after spring training begins. That’s going to mean an uncomfortable four weeks of waiting for Orioles fans.

One more countdown is eleven days until Orioles FanFest. The most idiotic thing that the Orioles could possibly do is to sign somebody just to try to get people more excited for FanFest, or to blunt some of the frustration that may be vented in open Q&As at FanFest. But if nothing happens by then, they’d better be prepared for the frustration.

Around the blogO’sphere

Thoughts on Drury, Moustakas, rotation issues, and more (School of Roch)
Somebody is going to have to explain to me what in the world makes sense about the Orioles considering Mike Moustakas.

Left-hander Chris Lee on 2018 outlook: "It's time to upgrade" (Baltimore Sun)
For a short time, it looked like one of the Orioles international bonus slot trades might actually produce something. Maybe Chris Lee can reclaim some of that promise.

After 10 years, Adam Jones faces uncertain O's future (Steve Melewski)
Thinking about Adam Jones possibly not being an Oriole any more makes me even more sad than thinking about Manny Machado not being an Oriole any more. I hope that the two sides are able to come together on something that’s fair.

Who should be the next Orioles closer? (FanRag)
Orioles Twitter ranter Jonathan Bernhardt notes it’s just going to be Brad Brach, although maybe it shouldn’t be, and maybe Brach and Zach Britton shouldn’t finish the year with the team anyway.

Orioles' catcher Caleb Joseph welcomes baby girl (ABC2)
Caleb Joseph has been memorably known to say, “Baby’s gotta eat.” Now there’s a new baby, so hopefully that spurs on his performance again.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 2016, the news broke that the Orioles would be signing Chris Davis to a franchise-record $161 million contract. This was exciting news at the time to at least one idiot blogger and is now much less exciting news to that same idiot.

One current Oriole has a birthday today: notorious pie hater Mark Trumbo, whose re-signing also seemed like good news at the time to yours truly. Oops. Two former Orioles also have birthdays today: 2008 short-timer Eider Torres, and 2003’s infamous Stumblin’ Jack Cust.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: actress Ethel Merman (1908), baseball Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean (1910), car racing’s A.J. Foyt (1935), Auntie Anne’s founder Anne F. Beiler (1949), singer Aaliyah (1979), theater genius Lin-Manuel Miranda (1980), and Super Bowl-winning Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (1985).

On this day in history...

In 27 BC, Julius Caesar was proclaimed Augustus by the Roman Senate. This turned what had been a republic into the Roman Empire.

In 1547 AD, Ivan the Terrible proclaimed himself Tsar of all the Russias, the first to claim the title, having conquered about 1.5 million square miles of territory during his reign.

In 1605, the first edition of the first book of Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote (full Spanish title: El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha), was published in Madrid.

In 1919, upon ratification by the state of Nebraska, the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, requiring Prohibition to become law in one year, took effect. Maryland was the fourth state to ratify, nearly one year previously.

In 1964, Hello, Dolly! opened its run on Broadway, a run that would last for 2,844 performances, about a month shy of seven years. At the time, that was the longest-running Broadway show, though it would soon be topped by Fiddler on the Roof. The holder of that longest-running record today, still going continuously since 1988, is The Phantom of the Opera.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 16 - or at least, unless something happens later. The way this offseason is going, I certainly don’t expect that. Have a safe Tuesday.