There are now 59 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. Thanks to February being a short month, it’s now exactly two months away! This uniform number has been in use for the last few seasons by Mike Wright, who will presumably claim it again if he makes the 2018 team - which he might, considering that he keeps being mentioned as a possibility for the rotation.
We’re also now down to just 15 days until Orioles pitchers and catchers report to the start of spring training. That is close indeed, especially for a team that has only two pitchers set for its starting rotation. I maintain that a team that thinks it’s seriously going to compete doesn’t have Wright as a possibility for the rotation at this point in the offseason.
FanFest weekend has come and gone. The weekend was not the kind of exciting that Orioles fans might have liked, what with there being absolutely zero signings or trades worth talking about at any point over the last three months.
What there was at FanFest was drama: About who wasn’t there and why, about who hasn’t had any contract extension interest from the team, about what hasn’t been done with the rotation.
In the grand scheme of things, none of this stuff should really matter in two months, especially if the rotation is addressed, or sort of addressed, over the next month or so. But maybe it will matter if players continue to be unhappy. It’s not something that you want to have to worry about for your favorite baseball team.
Around the blogO’sphere
Machado and Schoop’s FanFest absences loom large (Baltimore Baseball)
It makes me sad that this is something we have to talk about. I guess that’s the way it goes.
Zach Britton on schedule with rehab (Orioles.com)
Britton is recovering from an Achilles injury and he still found the time to call in to talk to reporters during FanFest, and spent some time in the afternoon answering fan questions as well.
Adam Jones on lack of contract talks and free agency (School of Roch)
At a kids Q&A on Saturday, Jones noted that he had only one year left on his contract, and you would have to “ask the guy Dan with the funny haircut.”
Duquette ‘confident’ Orioles will rebuild rotation, but said: ‘Don’t ask me how exactly’ (Baltimore Sun)
Doesn’t this just make you want to rush out and buy tickets?
Should the Orioles actually want to acquire Jacoby Ellsbury? (FanRag Sports)
This article arrives at the correct conclusion: No. Let’s hope that any suggestion that the Orioles might be considering differently is an erroneous report.
Orioles top 20 prospects for 2018 (Minor League Ball)
Our friends over at SB Nation’s Minor League Ball on what’s best in the Orioles system right now. There are players with potential. The question is whether they can realize it.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2013 two-gamer Jair Jurrjens, and 1985-88 pitcher John Habyan.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Cleveland founder Moses Cleaveland (1754), 25th President William McKinley (1843), funny man W.C. Fields (1880), actor Tom Selleck (1945), talk show host and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey (1954), and singer-songwriter Adam Lambert (1982).
On this day in history...
In 757, An Lushan, the Chinese general who led a rebellion against the Tang dynasty, was murdered by his own son. The war started by An Lushan would rage on for another six years after his death, and is believed to have led to the death of 5% of the world’s population at that time.
In 1814, Napoleon’s French defeated Russian and Prussian forces in the Battle of Brienne, though the War of the Sixth Coalition did not work out in Napoleon’s favor for much longer.
In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s first published work, “The Raven,” appeared in New York’s The Evening Mirror.
In 1967, the Mantra-Rock Dance, featuring Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg and thought of as the “ultimate high of the hippie era,” took place in San Francisco.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 29 - or at least, unless something happens later, which, if you have been following this season, you know you shouldn’t expect. Have a safe Monday.