There are now 79 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. In the grand scheme of the franchise, I would have to say that 1979 went pretty well for the team. May today go as well, or better, for you.
We’re also now down to 35 days until pitchers and catchers are required to report for the start of spring training. It will be here before we know it, though that time is sure going to drag a lot more if the O’s don’t make any additions to the starting rotation between now and then.
The clock is ticking to avoid some kind of FanFest revolt on January 27. I doubt Dan Duquette is losing any sleep over the possibility. Half of the questions he gets on the day are guaranteed to be bad ones, and he’s plenty used to ducking any question that makes him uncomfortable with a little bit of nervous laughter.
The whole situation is frustrating to think about for a fan, really. I don’t want the Orioles to do something stupid just for the sake of doing something, and the quality of free agents available this offseason means there’s a lot of possibility for stupid.
Doing nothing seems to be a stupid thing to do, too. They can’t roll with this team and the dregs of the starting pitching market and really expect to compete. That’s what it comes down to. I’ve been waiting for two months for the Orioles to reach this inevitable conclusion. It hasn’t happened yet.
Around the blogO’sphere
Manny Machado trade talk isn’t going away yet (Steve Melewski)
You would think that this would have to get settled before spring training starts, but who knows with any of this any more.
Orioles to return with power-laden lineup (Orioles.com)
The Orioles actually had the 14th-best isolated slugging (ISO) in MLB last season with a .175. That’s slugging percentage minus batting average, a measure of power output. They hit homers, but not much else.
Hunter Harvey: “I feel like I’m ready to go” (School of Roch)
Roch mentions the possibility of Harvey starting at Double-A Bowie. That’s a more sane suggestion than when he talks about Harvey possibly starting in the big league bullpen.
Closer Zach Britton’s Achilles injury looms over major league teammates at Orioles minicamp (Baltimore Sun)
The news about Britton hit Richard Bleier and Mychal Givens hard.
Reasons for the slooooow hot stove season (ESPN)
David Schoenfield is the latest to offer the conclusion that teams aren’t rushing to sign these free agents because they aren’t great. One might conclude that it’s really a bad offseason to need to desperately fill two to three rotation spots.
Birthdays and anniversaries
Of all of the players to ever show up in a game for the Orioles, not a single one has ever had a birthday today, January 9.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: President Richard Nixon (1913), folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez (1941), Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (1944), Dave Matthews Band founder Dave Matthews (1967), country singer-songwriter Hayes Carll (1976), and actress Nina Dobrev (1989).
On this day in history...
In 1127, during the early years China’s Jin-Song Wars, invading Jin soldiers sacked Song capital Bianjing and abducted its emperor, Qinzong, thus ending the Northern Song dynasty but beginning the Southern Song dynasty.
In 1799, the British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduced an income tax, two shillings per pound, in order to finance involvement in the Napoleonic Wars.
In 1916, the last Allied forces were evacuated from the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli, ending the campaign with a victory for the Ottoman Empire. More than 100,000 died between both sides in the battle.
In 1957, a later British Prime Minster, Sir Anthony Eden, resigned from office after failing to regain control of the Suez Canal during the Suez Crisis. It’s been written that this incident marked the end of the UK as a major power in international affairs.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 9 - or at least, unless something happens later. Minicamp is still going on, and surely one of these days, Dan Duquette must do something, right? Right? Have a safe Tuesday.