There are now 86 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day, and just one month and eleven days still to go until Orioles pitchers and catchers are required to report to begin spring training.
That day will arrive before we know it, which is really a nice little consolation for those who have had to spend any extended amount of time outside over the last couple of days anywhere that it’s as cold as it’s been in the Baltimore area. The return of baseball means a lot of things, and one of those things is that it’s the part of year where there are now night-time lows in the single digits, Fahrenheit.
It’s not a consolation prize in the sense that it’s not very much time left for the Orioles to fix their problems that they have had since the start of the offseason, and in the case of the moribund starting rotation, that they have had since the start of LAST offseason.
I’ve written before and will write again that it’s a slow offseason for everybody, so the Orioles are not alone in being slow to sign some free agents. There’s a lot of talent and a lot of expense still to be had out there. Talent and expense may even overlap in many cases. Whether any of those cases are ones the Orioles could or will acquire is, of course, another story entirely.
One of these days, Dan Duquette will realize that he has two starting pitchers and he will start to do something about that. Maybe today will be that day. Hey, you never know.
Around the blogO’sphere
For O’s, the new year begins amid similar concerns, questions (Steve Melewski)
Melewski wants the Orioles to resolve the Manny Machado situation soon. “Get the best package headed up by at least one talented starting pitcher and get on with it.” Good thought. Can they even manage to get that?
Coming up with a few New Year’s resolutions for the Orioles (School of Roch)
It would be nice if the O’s can carry out a few of these resolutions. They probably can’t do many of them with the existing players on the roster, though.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: Marylander and 1996 three-gamer Garrett Stephenson, and 1975-76 reserve Royle Stillman.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: science fiction author Isaac Asimov (1920), hopefully future baseball Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez (1963), actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (1968), actress Kate Bosworth (1983), and musician Trombone Shorty (1986).
On this day in history...
In 533, a priest named Mercurius was elevated to pope, taking the name of John II. He is noteworthy for being the first pope to assume a papal name, though his papacy lasted just over two years.
In 1492, the final Moorish stronghold in Spain, the Emirate of Granada, surrendered, effectively ending the Reconquista in favor of the Christian kingdoms.
In 1863, Confederate soldiers resumed an attack in the Battle of Stones River in Tennessee, suffering defeat and initiating a retreat, keeping central Tennessee under Union control.
In 1959, the Soviet Union launched Luna 1, the first spacecraft to ever reach the vicinity of the Moon as well as orbit the Sun.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 2 - or at least, unless something happens later. If you’ve been paying attention this offseason, you probably don’t expect today to be the day that changes, and that’s OK. Have a safe Tuesady.