Hello, Camden Chatters. We meet again. We are now 85 days from Opening Day. The 1985 Orioles finished in fourth place with 83 wins. With seven teams in the division, 83 wins didn’t go quite as far. 1985 was the Orioles’ 18th straight winning season, a stretch that I can’t even imagine. They didn’t get to 19.
We’re also 41 days from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training. Yes, I know pitchers and catchers reporting is only exciting for about five minutes. But it’s still a stepping stone on the way to Opening Day.
If you weren’t paying attention to the baseball world yesterday, you certainly didn’t miss anything Orioles related. Perhaps the weather is just too cold for Dan Duquette to get out of bed and do his job. I could certainly relate.
Shall we peruse the links?
Rehashing questions and revisiting Bundy - School of Roch
It bothers me when Roch (or anyone) poses questions like, "Which left-handed reliever will join the organization as the possible complement to Richard Bleier?" Why are we just handing Richard Bleier a job?
Free Agency Is Still Broken - Camden Depot
Bottom line: grow all the players.
Five Biggest Questions Facing The Orioles In 2018 - Press Box Online
A few days ago Mark clipped the five questions articles by Britt Ghiroli and Jon Meoli. Rich Dubroff is late with his! But he does ask who will be on the bench, which is certainly a burning question.
Making the Case: Mike Mussina and the 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot - Last Word on Baseball
Conclusion: he's great! Vote for him, dummies!
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have one Oriole birthday buddy, and it is current Oriole and possible member of the 2018 starting rotation Mike Wright. Wright turns 28 years old today.
Remember when Mike Wright came up in 2015 and had two good starts in a row, then we found out that before his starts he sits in the stands and reads Harry Potter? I really wanted him to be my new favorite Oriole after that. He went downhill from there and we have sadly not again been able to capture that magic.