There are now 68 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. The true pessimists among us might wonder whether this is a number that exceeds the number of wins that the Orioles will rack up this year. That would be seven games worse than their 2017 record - though only four games worse than the 2017 Pythagorean win expectation.
The number 68 was last worn in action by an Orioles player by Parker Bridwell in 2016. If the front office made better decisions, perhaps he would have worn it again in 2017, but instead they let him go for almost nothing and he wore the number 62 for the Angels. So it goes.
We’re also now down to just 24 days until pitchers and catchers report to mark the start of fake baseball season. There are a few predictions that activity may not really start up again until the week before spring training, so if that’s the case, we’ve got another couple of weeks of nothing happening.
This time next week, Orioles FanFest will be going on. There’s, uh... there’s really not much to get excited about for the 2018 Orioles at this time, so I wonder how that will go.
Around the blogO’sphere
Orioles’ Showalter on pace of play, who plays short, offseason inactivity, and more (Baltimore Sun)
In case anyone has forgotten, here’s Buck Showalter with another reminder that the Orioles aren’t going to sign anyone who matters.
Indians, Orioles have discussed Manny Machado (MLB Daily Dish)
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi has been peddling vaguely timed rumors about Manny Machado all offseason. Here’s another one!
Orioles sign Perez and Gamboa to minor league deals (School of Roch)
Knuckleballing sensation Eddie Gamboa is back in the Orioles organization for now.
If Manny Machado is an Oriole in 2018, would you start him at shortstop? (Baltimore Baseball)
It seems like the Orioles have made up their minds about this, although I’m kind of... not sure they’ve totally thought through the ripple effects.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are a number of former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2012 catcher Luis Exposito, 2014-15 kale lover David Lough, 2008-10 reliever Matt Albers, 1998 short-timer Ozzie Guillen, 1988 four-gamer Bill Scherrer, Baltimore-born 1971 reliever Dave Boswell, and 1960-61 outfielder Gene Stephens. It’s Stephens’s 85th birthday today.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: blues man Lead Belly (1888), Star Trek actor DeForest Kelley (1920), noteworthy early moonwalker Buzz Aldrin (1930), movie man David Lynch (1946), actor Rainn Wilson (1966), and The Roots drummer Questlove (1971).
On this day in history...
In 1265, for the first time, an English parliament convened containing more than just lords. There were also representatives from major towns.
In 1783, the signing of the Treaty of Paris between Great Britain and the United States officially marked the end of the Revolutionary War.
In 1929, the movie In Old Arizona was released. This was the first full-length talking motion picture to be filmed outdoors, rather than in a studio.
In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Vice President John Nance Garner were sworn in for the second time. This is noteworthy because this was the first January 20 inauguration after the passage of the 20th Amendment, moving the date from the original March 4.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 20 - or at least, unless something changes later. Have a safe Saturday.