There are now 69 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. At least until the World Series, the 1969 season was pretty good to the Orioles. The number has never been in a game by an Orioles player, perhaps because it has been known to result in immature laughter.
We're also now down to just 25 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. It'll be here before you know it! As I have mentioned in this space through the offseason, and will likely mention again, this is not a very heartening realization when you consider the current state of the Orioles starting rotation.
Hey, speaking about the state of that rotation, do you think the Orioles might actually try to do something about that at any point this offseason? About that...
Buck Showalter tonight on whether the #Orioles are interested in Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb. "Have you seen what those guys are looking for? I wouldn't pay them what they're asking for..."— Drew Forrester (@itsahooded4iron) January 19, 2018
That was from last night's Hot Stove Show on 105.7, which generated a little bit more to talk about, as we will see below. But it sure doesn't fill one with confidence that the Orioles are going to try to fix this mess.
Around the blogO'sphere
DJ Stewart invited to major league camp (and other notes) (School of Roch)
A nice bit of recognition for 2015 first rounder DJ Stewart. Also in this article, the Orioles are still talking to Chris Tillman, because of course they are.
Orioles fans are panicking for the wrong reason: It's not the calendar, it's the philosophy (Baltimore Baseball)
I think panic over the philosophy is rather implicit in any panic over the calendar, but here’s Dan Connolly to panicsplain for us nonetheless.
Chance Sisco ranks 7th among catcher prospects (MLB.com)
The thing to always remember with Chance Sisco is not to look at his numbers throwing out runners in the minor leagues.
How will the Orioles fill their utility role? (Baltimore Sun)
I just can’t bring myself to care about the utility infield spot when there are three holes in the starting rotation.
Manny Machado is Scott Rolen (Camden Depot)
There is a small but vocal contingent of believers that Scott Rolen should be in the Hall of Fame. That has little to do with this article, but it’s interesting if that’s the comparison for his career.
Do the best free-agent deals come to teams that wait? (ESPN)
It seems that teams do tend to get better value in signings later in the offseason, though this is not universally true, as Orioles fans know from the last three offseasons.
Birthdays and anniversaries
In 1995, owner Peter Angelos announced that if there wasn't a resolution to the baseball strike, the Orioles would not be fielding replacement players in the coming season.
There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1995-97 pitcher Rick Krivda, Rec Specs wearer and 1994 infielder Chris Sabo, and 1959/63/68 outfielder Fred Valentine, who turns 83 years old today.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: steam engine inventor James Watt (1736), poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809), singer-songwriter Janis Joplin (1943), actress/singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (1946), painter Thomas Kinkade (1958), occasionally funny man Frank Caliendo (1974), and J-Pop singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada (1983).
On this day in history...
In 1419, during the Hundred Years' War, the garrison at Rouen surrendered to Henry V, completing his reconquest of Normandy. His successor would fare less well holding the French territory.
In 1853, the opera Il trovatore (The Troubadour), by Giuseppi Verdi, opened in Rome.
In 1920, the United States Senate voted against joining the nascent League of Nations. On that same day, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded.
In 1953, I Love Lucy aired an episode in which Lucy gave birth. It is estimated that 72% of all television sets in America were tuned in to watch this episode.
In 1981, the United States and Iran reached an agreement to release the 52 American hostages who had been held at the embassy for 14 months.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 19 - or at least, unless something happens later, which, if you've been following this offseason so far, you surely don't expect to be today. Have a safe Friday.