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The Orioles won the 1970 World Series 48 years ago today. Birthday boy Jim Palmer was on that team! Today’s stuff: The farm ranking drops despite the trades, quiet on the GM front, and more.

2016 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 163 days remaining until the next Orioles game. For tonight, at least, there is the possibility of entertainment in the form of Game 3 of the NLCS between the Brewers and Dodgers in Los Angeles, which has a decent chance of being about as entertaining as any National League game is capable of being.

A smaller (we hope) but still unknown number of days remain until the Orioles hire a new boss to be in charge of baseball operations. This person could get the title of president of baseball operations, or not, and will then hire more people, and if the Orioles have told the truth, have final authority on everything that happens underneath them.

Perhaps today will be the day! Probably not, but you never know. It does seem that the Orioles have been quietly carrying out interviews. One writer I saw on Twitter last week described them as going on “under the cone of silence,” which reminds me of watching Get Smart reruns in the basement of the house we used to live in. That’s where the best TV was, you know, and it was cooler in the summer.

It doesn’t really matter if they don’t hire the new person today or even this week. Time is running out before it starts being a cause for concern, though. If the O’s don’t have this thing figured out by the end of the World Series, which will be Halloween at the latest, that might be something it’s worth worrying about.

Around the blogO’sphere

If you’ve been diligently reading over the weekend, there are some repeats here. Shockingly, there’s not much completely fresh Orioles news to be found just now.

Orioles remaining quiet in their pursuit of three Cuban prospects (School of Roch)
To the surprise of absolutely no one.

Orioles’ payroll savings from July trades come into focus with 2019 arbitration projections (Baltimore Sun)
The Sun’s Jon Meoli sees a lot more salary dumping than anyone really wanted to acknowledge at the time in the July trades. If you’re underwhelmed by the total return, that could be why.

A look at organizational rankings and other notes (Steve Melewski)
...speaking of those July trades, despite making them, the Orioles fell from #17 to #20 in Baseball America’s farm system ranking, which seems like the kind of thing that should cost a GM his job if he hadn’t already lost it.

Manny Machado criticized for lack of hustle in NLCS Game 2 (USA Today)
When Manny didn’t run out a ball in the playoffs, you know Jim Palmer was going to notice and tweet about it.

A father’s pride, and a daughter’s love (Baltimore Baseball)
Don’t read this one if anyone is going to come up to wherever you are and ask you why your eyes look damp.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 1970, the Orioles scored nine runs unanswered to beat the Reds in Game 5 of the World Series. This won the series for the Orioles, 4-1, with Brooks Robinson winning the World Series MVP Award.

The Orioles lost some postseason games in 1969, 1997, and 2014, also. But that’s not as fun.

One current Oriole has a birthday today: Happy 26th birthday to reliever Cody Carroll, who arrived in the Zach Britton.

There are also a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2004 six-gamer Chad Mottola, 1982-83 reserve Glenn Gulliver, and Hall of Famer pitcher Jim Palmer. An extra special happy birthday to Jim, who turns 73 years old today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with the baseball legend, your birthday buddies for today include: Roman poet Virgil (70 BC), 13th century conqueror Hulagu Khan (1218 AD), novelist P.G. Wodehouse (1881), novelist Italo Calvino (1923), TV’s Laverne of Laverne & Shirley (1943), chef Emeril Lagasse (1959), and The Wire’s McNulty, Dominic West (1969).

On this day in history...

In 1529, the Austrians broke the Siege of Vienna, bringing a halt to about a century worth of Ottoman Empire conquests in eastern and central Europe.

In 1582, the Roman Catholic countries began worldwide adoption of the Gregorian calendar. The calendar did not go in force in Great Britain and its colonies in the Americas until 1752.

In 1793, the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, was tried and swiftly convicted of high treason, condemned to death by guillotine the following day.

In 1917, during World War I, the Dutch dancer Mata Hari was shot by firing squad at Vincennes, France, for spying for the Germans.

In 1951, the first episode of I Love Lucy aired on CBS.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on October 15 - or at least, unless something happens later, which it probably won’t, although you never know. Have a safe Monday.