There are now 70 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. As the 1970 season was rather good for the franchise, maybe that's a good sign for today. Probably not, though, because I can't imagine why that would be connected in any way, you know? But it's not much fun to think about things that way.
As for uniform numbers, this number was last worn in 2012 by Xavier Avery. Although I enjoyed the X-Man being around, I don't think that's quite as auspicious of an omen for today.
We're also now down to just 26 days until pitchers and catchers report to mark the beginning of spring training. If nothing changes between now and then, the presumptive starting rotation is Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Gabriel Ynoa, Miguel Castro, and Mike Wright. So who's in the mood to buy some season tickets? Hello?
Around the blogO'sphere
Projecting the Orioles 25-man roster less than a month before spring training (Baltimore Sun)
The above guess of Ynoa, Castro, and Wright in the rotation comes from this Sun article. It’s, uh... yeah.
Myriad O's Thoughts: Trade winds elsewhere, Jones's rights, more (Baltimore Baseball)
Like the just-traded Andrew McCutchen, Adam Jones is a free agent after this season - but Dan Connolly reminds us that Jones has 10-and-5 rights, meaning he has a blanket no-trade protection.
Orioles continuing negotiations with Schoop and Gausman (School of Roch)
It won’t be file and trial for the Orioles with Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman. It probably doesn’t mean a whole lot, but it’s something.
Are Pirates going where Orioles may eventually be headed? (Steve Melewski)
This is depressing enough to contemplate, and what’s worse is that if the Orioles need to do what the Pirates are doing, they have to do it now.
The Match Game: Where top free agents should sign and how well they'll do (ESPN)
ZiPS mastermind and erstwhile Orioles fan Dan Szymborski thinks that the Orioles should suck it up and sign Alex Cobb.
Here's why baseball's economic system might be broken (Yahoo Sports)
Jeff Passan is here to demolish all of the weak excuses for why it’s a slow free agent market this offseason.
Birthdays and anniversaries
On this day in 2009, the Orioles acquired Felix Pie from the Cubs for two players, including Prez from The Wire lookalike Garrett Olson. Pie, as longtime Camden Chatters surely recall, is a particular favorite of fellow CCer Stacey.
One notable ex-Oriole and current front office member has a birthday today: Brady Anderson. Happy birthday to him! Happy birthday also to these other ex-O's: 2006-08 infielder Brandon Fahey, 1999 two-gamer Brian Falkenborg, 1993 short-timer Kevin McGehee, 1976-88 pitcher Scott McGregor, 1962/67 reserve Mickey McGuire, and the late Mike Fornieles, a swingman with the 1956-57 Orioles teams.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: philosopher Montesquieu (1689), thesaurus namesake Peter Mark Roget (1779), early 19th century senator Daniel Webster (1782), Winnie-the-Pooh writer A.A. Milne (1882), actor Kevin Costner (1955), and funny man Jason Segel (1980).
On this day in history...
In 1670, privateer/pirate Captain Henry Morgan (like the rum) captured Panama.
In 1778, James Cook became the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands. Upon his discovery, he proclaimed them the Sandwich Islands.
In 1911, Eugene B. Ely landed an aircraft on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania, becoming the first to ever land an aircraft on a ship.
In 1977, the bacterium that causes Legionnaire's disease was first identified by scientists.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 18 - or at least, unless something happens later, which if you've been paying attention this offseason, you know it probably won't. Have a safe Thursday.