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Friday Bird Droppings: Where the stove remains cold

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There's still next to nothing happening in hot stove season. In today's links, more thoughts on minicamp, a depressing projected rotation, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 83 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. As we all know that the Orioles last won the World Series in 1983, this is surely a good sign. I don't know what it's a good sign for, though. Just go with me here, okay.

On top of that, there are 39 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. A lot can still happen in 39 days time, and of course there's always the possibility of signings happening after pitchers and catchers are required to report.

But - and I'm sorry for sounding like a broken record - the Orioles don't have forever to play this waiting game with free agents or even with other teams regarding whether they will or won't trade Manny Machado. If they don't get the free agents, they practically have to trade Machado. And at this point it remains unclear if they can get the free agents! What a mess.

How are we supposed to live with all of this? In some of the famous words from the court testimony of Omar Little, "Day at a time, I suppose."

Around the blogO'sphere

This, that, and the other (School of Roch)
The first of the year’s editions of “What is this article about?” Here, the ghost of meaningless spring training competitions of years past.

Predicting the starting rotation for Opening Day (Birds Watcher)
Please, Dan Duquette, do not take this as a challenge.

Orioles minicamp roster a diverse but incomplete picture of team's starting pitching depth (Baltimore Sun)
It remains unbelievably generous to term what the Orioles have as “starting pitching depth.”

For starters, Bundy and Gausman were good in the AL East (Steve Melewski)
Neither one of them were good against the Yankees, and Bundy was also not good against the Rays. Despite that, there was some success to be had.

The free agent frenzy we didn't get this year (Fangraphs)
A whole lot of guys signed contract extensions that kept them from being free agents this offseason, and that’s part of why things are the way they are right now... although not very many of those guys are pitchers, so maybe it doesn’t make too much of a difference where the Orioles are concerned.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. One is Ryan Minor, known to history, fairly or not, as the guy who replaced Cal Ripken on the day The Streak ended. The other is Ron Kittle, who played 22 games for the 1990 squad. As a result of a grudge dating to 1989, I do not wish any happy birthday for Kittle.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: actor Robert Duvall (1931), animator Hayao Miyazaki (1941), actress Diane Keaton (1946), singer-songwriter Marilyn Manson (1969), actor Bradley Cooper (1975), and actress January Jones (1978).

On this day in history...

In 1066, English king/future saint Edward the Confessor died childless, kicking off a succession fight that ultimately led to William the Conqueror deciding to invade to claim the throne left open by the death of Edward, his first cousin once removed.

In 1477, Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, was killed in the Battle of Nancy, leading to that duchy being integrated into France.

In 1757, a man named Robert-Francois Damiens attempted to assassinate French King Louis XV. This led to Damiens becoming the last man to be executed in France by being drawn and quartered - the penalty for regicide.

In 1882, another, more successful assassin, Charles J. Guiteau, was found guilty of the assassination of President James A. Garfield and sentenced to death by hanging.

In 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross was inaugurated as the governor of Wyoming, becoming the first woman to serve as a governor of one of the United States.

In 1953, Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot had its debut performance.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 5 - or at least, unless something happens later, which, with the way this offseason is going, we shouldn't bet on today being the day. Have a safe Friday.