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Monday Bird Droppings: Where Orioles Opening Day is 80 days away

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The Orioles have met with Andrew Cashner. Isn’t that exciting? Maybe not so much. In today’s links, ranking Machado, a prospect searches for command, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 80 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. As it happens, 1980 is the most recent year that an Orioles pitcher won the Cy Young award. That winner was Steve Stone. When do you think we might see another Orioles Cy Young winner? I’ve got to say that this year isn’t looking too good.

We’re also now down to 36 days until Orioles pitchers and catchers must report to spring training in Sarasota. That’s still more than a month away for things to happen before players report. A lot can happen in more than a month! Although not a whole lot has happened in the 36 days before now, with the Orioles or with most MLB teams.

Let’s look on the bright side. The needle on the thermometer might actually get above freezing in the Baltimore area today! Or if not today, then it will get up there on Tuesday. That might be the better bet, actually, because who wants to mess with freezing rain? The Orioles rotation might be worse than freezing rain in rush hour.

Around the blogO’sphere

Orioles met with Andrew Cashner (MLB Daily Dish)
There’s a non-zero chance that Andrew Cashner is the next Yovani Gallardo, except maybe he would cost less money over fewer years, and crucially, not cost a draft pick.

Twins have shown interest in Chris Tillman (MLB Trade Rumors)
You are welcome to him, Minnesota.

Olney’s top 10 third basemen: Stars sizzle at the hot corner (ESPN)
A lot of words about Manny Machado here, although he only rates fifth in Olney’s ranking. Hey, that’s better than Chris Davis among first basemen.

Sunday notes: Akin on command problems (Fangraphs)
There are a number of items in David Laurila’s usual Sunday column, one of which involves Orioles pitching prospect Keegan Akin.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1993 short-timer Paul Carey, 1991 four-gamer Shane Turner, 1958-60 outfielder Willie Tasby, and the late Jim Busby of the 1957-61 Orioles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: old-time Marylander, Georgetown founder, and first bishop/archbishop in the US John Carroll (1735), singer Elvis Presley (1935), singer-songwriter David Bowie (1947), and grown-up child actress Gaby Hoffmann (1982).

On this day in history...

In 1790, George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address, in New York City.

In 1815, a force of Americans led by future president Andrew Jackson repulsed a British attack in the Battle of New Orleans. As the Treaty of Ghent was signed the previous December 24, this battle took place after the War of 1812 was essentially over but before the combatants on either side learned of the treaty.

In 1877, Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse fought his last battle against United States Cavalry forces. He would surrender four months later.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson issued his “Fourteen Points” that would play a huge role after the conclusion of what we now know as World War I.

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush vomited on then-Japanese prime minster Kiichi Miyazawa.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 8 - or at least, unless something happens later. I won’t be holding my breath, and you shouldn’t either. Have a safe Monday.