Happy Wednesday, Camden Chatters! As I type this a lovely snow is falling outside, but sadly not enough to get me out of work today. How is it where you are?
It is now 71 days from Opening Day. Two relatively recent players donned uniform number 71. Local sensation L.J. Hoes wore it in 2012, and relief pitcher Oliver Drake used it from 2015-2017. According to Baseball Reference, Drake’s nickname is Bucko. Okay. I always called him The Admiral.
We are also 27 days from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training. I feel like a broken record here, but time is getting short for the Orioles to, you know, do something. Do they have any idea how difficult it is to run an Orioles site when there is no Orioles news? Won’t they think of us? And by us, I obviously mean Mark since that’s not really my problem.
Let’s check out some links.
As O's look for more rotation innings, the AL trend is for less - Steve Melewski
Melewski talks about a handful of different things in this post, but the part that gets me is that he shows some stats and says the Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman "fare well generally when pitching deeper into games." The real answer, of course, is that they pitch deeper into games when they are pitching well to begin with.
The Mount Rushmore of Birdland - Birds Watcher
When this question comes up now and then it's hard to figure out which of the six Hall of Famers to lop off. But this writer threw me for a loop by picking Adam Jones as one of her four.
Orioles pitcher Givens to headline Shorebirds' annual banquet - Delmarva Now
The Shorebirds are entertaining fans with their annual hot stove banquet, which is sort of like a little FanFest. Mychal Givens will be there to headline.
Orioles Offseason Update: Adam Jones Is Arguing With Fans - Camden Depot
We're not the only ones getting snippy this offseason. Or finding it tough to find subjects to write about.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. Rob Bell was one of many bad relief pitchers who filled the bullpen for the Orioles in the dark days. He put up a 5.94 ERA in 30 games in 2007. And Dick Brown was a part time catcher for the 1963-65 Orioles, splitting time behind the dish with John Orsino.