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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where it’s 35 years since the last Orioles championship

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On the anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. catching the last out of the 1983 World Series, he’s apparently not being considered for the Orioles’ vacant team president position.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

While we sit around bored in Birdland, wondering when the Orioles will find new leadership, and wondering how long after that it’ll be until the O’s are back in the playoffs, today marks the 35-year birthday of the Birds’ last World Series championship. It’s now old enough to run for president!

Though I was just one year old at the time — and thus the significance was lost on me — I know a lot of you can surely remember Oct. 16, 1983, when the Orioles beat the Phillies, 5-0, in Game 5 to wrap up the Series. The O’s took an early lead on a pair of homers by Eddie Murray and a solo shot from World Series MVP Rick Dempsey, and Scott McGregor took it from there with a five-hit shutout. Sophomore shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. caught Garry Maddox’s liner for the final out, perhaps thinking, “This is the first of many, I’m sure!”

Alas, Cal spent another 18 years in Baltimore and never did win, or even get to, another World Series. And in the 17 years since Cal retired, the Orioles still haven’t gotten back there. Coming off a historic 115-loss season, they’re as far away from a World Series as a team could possibly be.

But boy, that ‘83 Series...that was fun, right?


Ripken isn’t currently under consideration for front office job - School of Roch
Speaking of Cal...remember all that speculation about him coming back to the organization as team president? Yeah, it ain’t happening, says Roch Kubatko.

Myriad Reasons for Orioles’ Attendance Woes -
People don’t go to Orioles games anymore, and it’s about more than just the team being terrible, although that hasn’t helped.

Will Tim Beckham get a chance for a bounce-back season in Baltimore? – The Athletic
I’m going to guess no, but it’s hard to say when we don’t even know who’s in charge yet.

For the Orioles, will the dollars make sense? - Steve Melewski
The Orioles, as you might have heard, are slashing payroll next year. That’s part of the reason I think they’ll cut ties with Beckham.

Revisiting 2018 AL East Position Rankings: Infield -
Over on Baltimore Baseball, I look back on my preseason AL East position rankings (part one of three) and see how well I fared. Spoiler alert: not well!

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! It’s the 27th birthday of a very recent ex-Oriole we all know and love, Jonathan Schoop. Perhaps as a birthday present, the Brewers will finally let him make an appearance in the NLCS tonight. Your other O’s birthday buddies are 1977-78 pinch-running specialist Mike Dimmel (64) and 1973-74 lefty Don Hood (69). And a special birthday shout-out to Jack Baldschun (82), who was an Oriole for only three days in December of 1965, but was one of three players the O’s traded to acquire Frank Robinson.

The Orioles have played four games on Oct. 16 in their history, all of them in the World Series. They reached the highest of highs, of course, with their win in ‘83. But in much more painful O’s history, it was on this day in 1969 that the Orioles lost the decisive Game 5 to the Mets, blowing a 3-0 lead in a 5-3 defeat. That sealed the World Series championship for the upstart Metropolitans.

And the O’s have played a pair of World Series Games 6 against the Pirates on this date — one in 1971, one in 1979. The Birds won the former on a walkoff (thanks to a 10th-inning Brooks Robinson sac fly) but lost the latter in a 4-0 shutout.