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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where nothing is going on in Birdland

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It’s another quiet off season day in Baltimore.

Houston Astros v Baltimore Orioles
I don’t have any news about Adam Jones, I just thought this was a nice picture.
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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! It’s the end of another weekend and the first one that has truly felt like fall.

There isn’t much going on in Birdland at the moment, or at least, nothing we know about. The Orioles are presumably trying to sign both a new GM and Victor Victor Mesa, but they’re being very tight lipped about the whole thing.

How about that playoff baseball? The NLCS has been exciting so far with the series split 1-1 as the teams head to Los Angeles to continue the series. The Astros took game one of the ALCS last night which is good for all you Red Sox haters in the house.

Links

Calling the Pen: A father's pride, and a daughter's love - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Beat writer Brittany Ghiroli took a break from reporting the news to talk about her dad. Warning: it might make you cry.

Orioles remaining quiet in their pursuit of three Cuban prospects - School of Roch
Oh, we know.

If the Orioles fail to land Cuba's Mesa brothers, what would that mean for the club? - Baltimore Sun
Jon Meoli says that even if the Orioles don't sign VV Mesa, there is symbolic value in their efforts. I guess, but symbols don't win ball games.

Manny Machado criticized for lack of hustle in NLCS Game 2 - USA Today
You know Jim Palmer missed talking about how Manny doesn't hustle.

New York Mets 2018 Offseason Trade Target: Jonathan Villar - RisingApple.com
Why would the Mets want Villar?

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies, although they’re not exactly household names:

  • Tommy Harper played for six other teams, including six season with the Cincinnati Reds, before finishing his career with 46 games with the O’s, mostly as DH, in 1976. He turns 78 today.
  • Kiko Garcia spent 1976-1980 with the Orioles as middle infielder. He turns 65 today and I feel like Camden Chatter duck has some kind of problem with him.
  • Carl Nichols appeared in games with the Orioles in 1986-88 but never more than 18 games in any of those seasons. He was a backup catcher who dabbled in right field and was traded to the Astros for Dave Johnson (father of Steve). Today is his 56th birthday.
  • Finally, today is the 47th birthday of Midre Cummings, who played for the 2005 Orioles. It’s ok if you don’t remember him. He appeared in only two games for the Orioles and had only two plate appearances. He went 0-for-2.

On this day in 1971, the Orioles lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series, 2-0. The win gave the Pirates a 3-2 edge in the series.

In 2014 the Orioles lost to the Royals 2-0 to fall behind 3-0 in the ALCS. I hated that series.

We really need some better October 14th memories.