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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles still don’t have a rotation

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Spring training is just more than three weeks away. The Orioles still don’t have a rotation. Today’s stuff: No FanFest excitement, outfield platoon possibilities, and more.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 66 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. I have it on good authority that the year 1966 was pretty good for the Orioles, although whether this means anything good for them or you today is a bit less certain.

The only Oriole to ever wear the number 66 was T.J. McFarland - maybe also not the greatest of omens for today.

We’re also now down to just 22 days until pitchers and catchers are required to report to start spring training. This countdown probably doesn’t mean a whole lot either given that the Orioles reporters keep signaling that there will be additions made after the beginning of spring training.

One question for this week: Will the fact that FanFest is on Saturday prompt the Orioles to do anything? Hopefully it doesn’t. That would be a stupid reason to do something. But sadly, I believe that they would do something for that reason.

Around the blogO’sphere

There is really nothing at all new from over the weekend, but if you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed these:

Jonathan Schoop spends offseason in Curacao (MLB.com)
This is as adorable as most things are involving Jonathan Schoop.

FanFest looms and the Orioles have done nothing to chase away the gloom (Baltimore Sun)
My friend and fellow Camden Chatter Stacey observed yesterday, “The Orioles are making me agree with Peter Schmuck.” I can’t say it any better.

Could Dyson bring the left-handed bat needed in the outfield? (School of Roch)
If the Orioles sign this bench-warming, failed pinch-running gum flapper from the 2014 ALCS, I would have to get over it.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 2006, the Orioles traded Jorge Julio and John Maine to the Mets for Kris Benson. The little Baseball Reference blurb about this transaction proclaims that it added “much-needed experience to their starting rotation” ... though the experience didn’t help all that much.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2014-17 pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, 2004-05 reliever Aaron Rakers, 1967-72 swingman Dave Leonhard, and Maryland-born Bobby Young of the 1954-55 Orioles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: tobacco pioneer Walter Raleigh (1552), empiricist philosopher Francis Bacon (1561), poet Lord Byron (1788), trombonist J.J. Johnson (1924), actor John Hurt (1940), and TV food personality Guy Fieri (1968).

On this day in history...

In 1901, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom passed away at age 81, ending what was at that time the longest reign by a British monarch. It has since been surpassed by her descendent, Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1941, during World War II, British forces engaged in Operation Compass captured Tobruk from the Italians.

In 1984, the famous Super Bowl commercial debuting the Apple Macintosh computer - the first computer to popularize a mouse and graphic user interface - aired during Super Bowl XVIII.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 22 - or at least, unless something happens later, which it probably won’t, because we all know how this offseason is going. Have a safe Monday.