There are now 62 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. This storied number in franchise history has been used twice, most recently by Radhames Liz. I might have been exaggerating when I said it was a storied number. Before long, we'll be getting into real players' numbers. Just not today, and not tomorrow either.
We're also now down to just 18 days until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota to mark the beginning of Orioles spring training. That is certainly a real number, used in 2017 and presumably again in 2018 by Austin Hays. It is not a large number of days at all, and still the Orioles have only 40% of a starting rotation really lined up.
There is still no hot stove in Baltimore, but elsewhere in MLB, things were quite hot yesterday. The Brewers, sensing an opportunity, pounced in a big way, trading for outfielder Christian Yelich and signing another outfielder, Lorenzo Cain, to a five year deal for $80 million. This leaves them with a surplus of outfielders, and it's thought they may use those outfielders to help get a starting pitcher.
Would I have even wanted the Orioles to give Cain $80 million? He has his fans among the bloggers of Birdland, and he is coming off of a 5.3 WAR season. But he'll be 32 before long into the season. Maybe if the Orioles had him, they could shift Adam Jones to a corner. But they don't have Cain, so they can't or won't shift Jones, and here we are.
Around the blogO'sphere
The Orioles have invested plenty in crafty lefties like Nestor Cortes Jr. What makes a good one? (Baltimore Sun)
This headline invites snark, because there haven’t been any good crafty lefties, but it’s actually about some prospects on the farm as well.
Here's how the newly-elected 2018 Hall of Famers fared against - and for - the Orioles (Baltimore Baseball)
Friend of the blog Paul Folkemer is here to let us know how the new Hall of Famers did in their careers against the O’s.
Leftovers for breakfast (School of Roch)
It says a lot about this Orioles offseason that it’s January 26 and we’re talking about who will be the utility infielder.
Keith Law's 2018 prospect rankings: Who just missed the top 100? (ESPN)
Ryan Mountcastle was the “just missed” 101st prospect on Law’s list, and Hunter Harvey didn’t miss by much, either.
The Yankees should benefit from Orioles pitching again this year (Pinstripe Alley)
Our friends over at SB Nation’s Yankees blog are already salivating at the prospect of facing Orioles pitching, and really, who can blame them?
How good is your favorite team going to be? (Fangraphs)
Jeff Sullivan wants to know how many games you think the Orioles will win over the next five years. I’m going to guess less than the 426 they’ve won over the past five years.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are three former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2014 short-timer Jemile Weeks, 1988-89 infielder Rick Schu, and the late Bob Nieman of the 1956-59 Orioles.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: World War II general Douglas MacArthur (1880), singer and musical inspiration Maria von Trapp (1905), actor and philanthropic salad dressing owner Paul Newman (1925), Hall of Fame Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker (1934), film critic Gene Siskel (1946), Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen (1955), talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (1958), hockey legend Wayne Gretzky (1961), and cyclist Peter Sagan (1990).
On this day in history...
In 1564, Pope Pius IV affirmed all of the decrees of the Council of Trent, effectively codifying from the Catholic perspective all of the differences between Catholics and Protestants.
In 1700, an earthquake believed to be about 9.0 in magnitude struck off the coast of modern day Washington. What's weird, and cool, about this earthquake, is that it took Japanese records of a tsunami to piece together in modern times that it happened.
In 1915, Congress passed an act establishing Rocky Mountain National Park.
In 1945, 2nd Lieutenant Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated American soldiers of World War II, fought an action at Holtzwihr that led to his receiving the Medal of Honor.
The citation for Murphy's Medal of Honor reads, in part:
With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machinegun against the enemy. ... For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. ... He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 26 - or at least, unless something happens later. I won't be holding my breath. Have a safe Friday.