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In O’s news: the possibility of a Schoop return, updates on the O’s search for a GM and a grim reality.

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Morning, Birdland!

According to the beat reporters, the Orioles are in the process of interviewing candidates for a president of baseball operations role. That is literally all we know.

Who the actual candidates are is unclear. When the Orioles will hire for the position is a mystery. How much control that person will truly have is up in the air. But they are conducting a search. There is a process in place.

We can all exhale a little bit. At least, until we find out the name of the person that is selected. Then we all get to freak out again.


International cap money; top executive search and pitch; Miley’s NL might - The Athletic
No one knows who the Orioles are interviewing to replace Dan Duquette, but it is said to be a process being handled solely by the Angelos brothers. Brady Anderson is not involved. That’s how it should be, but it will be interesting to see if that dynamic changes once the new GM-type is in place.

Whittling down the walks would work wonders for Orioles - MASN Sports
Roch’s piece is predominantly about coaching changes and the O’s pitchers walking too many guys. But then he drops an interesting nugget at the end. The Orioles, apparently, want to build a more traditional baseball hierarchy that would have an independent president of baseball operations at the top, and then they would be the one to hire the GM and so forth. Maybe I was in the dark, but this is the first I’ve heard of it. If true, that is a positive development.

If Relegation Existed in Baseball - FanGraphs
The Marlins, White Sox, Royals and Orioles would be replaced by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Memphis Redbirds, the Fresno Grizzlies and El Paso Chihuahuas. Minor league team names are the best.

Could Johnny Baseball have a reunion with the Orioles? - MASN Sports
This post is based on the premise that the Brewers could non-tender Jonathan Schoop based on how poorly he played for them following the July trade that landed the O’s Jonathan Villar, Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona. It’s possible in the way that anything is possible. But Mike Moustakas may leave after the season, allowing Travis Shaw to move back to third and giving Schoop his spot at second base. For Milwaukee, Schoop becomes a 27-year-old former All-Star on a one-year deal. That seems like someone worth holding onto.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!

Former starting pitcher Hayden Penn celebrates his 34th birthday today. Penn pitched in 14 games for the Orioles between 2005 and 2006, struggling to a 9.31 ERA in that time. In April of 2009, the righty was traded to the then-Florida Marlins for future Red Sox killer Robert Andino.

It is also the birthday of the late Ron Moeller, a left-handed pitcher for the O’s in 1956 and then again in 1958. He tossed 13 innings across eight games for the black and orange.

1970 - The O’s beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 in game three of the World Series. Brooks Robinson makes two great plays. Frank Robinson and Don Buford hit home runs. And Baltimore starting pitcher Dave McNally helps his own cause by hitting a grand slam using a bat lent to him by outfielder Curt Motton. McNally remains the only pitcher to hit a grand slam in World Series history.

1971 - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Orioles 4-3 in game four of the World Series to tie it at two games apiece. The matchup is the first night game in World Series history.

1979 - A 9-6 win gives the O’s a 3-1 series advantage over the Pirates in the World Series. We won’t talk about how the remainder of that Fall Classic went down.

1996 - The Birds fall 6-4 to the New York Yankees in game five of the ALCS, clinching a World Series berth for the Bombers, their first since 1981.