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There’s not much to talk about in Birdland, with no GM and no manager, so Manny Machado’s heel turn is of interest. Also today: Harvey soon to try throwing again, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 156 days remaining until the next Orioles game. There is no baseball to entertain us tonight, since the World Series doesn’t start tomorrow and today was always going to be a scheduled off day no matter how many games the ALCS or NLCS took to play.

It’s a day where whatever brain trust that’s currently helming the Orioles is going to have to lick their wounds after the O’s missed out on the chance to get Victor Victor Mesa. Maybe Mesa and his brother were never going to sign here anyway, but it sure doesn’t look good that the O’s whiffed when they didn’t even have a GM, and when their last GM traded away $750k of slot money to possibly sign Mesa on a nobody player in August.

Perhaps now that all but two teams are out of the postseason, the O’s can pick up the pace about making their decision about whoever is going to be in charge of baseball operations for the franchise next. Unless they’re just dying to interview someone with either the Red Sox or the Dodgers, the pool of candidates is out there.

Teams with manager openings are starting to make their hires. One from over the weekend was Brad Ausmus being hired by the Angels. Ausmus may be fondly remembered in Baltimore for the way that he pushed every bullpen button the exact right (for us) way to lead to the Delmon Young Double in the 2014 ALDS.

The Orioles don’t even have a GM to hire the manager. We’re not too far away from the point where that starts not being great. The World Series will be over in nine days at the latest. If the O’s are still spinning their wheels by then, that will be a cause for concern.

Around the blogO’sphere

If you have been dutifully reading the links over the weekend, you may notice some repeats. Surprisingly, there’s not much in the way of Orioles-connected news to go around in late October. Not like this is going to be much different in December.

Did former Oriole Manny Machado shake crotch at Brewers fans in Game 7 win? (Baltimore Sun)
More evidence that Machado is a steel chair away from being a full-blown wrestling heel.

Updating Hunter Harvey’s elbow issue and throwing schedule (School of Roch)
In which we are apparently still pretending that Hunter Harvey is ever going to throw a pitch for the Orioles. I’m rooting for him, but I don’t have high hopes left.

O’s miss out on Victor Victor Mesa (Steve Melewski)
“Something doesn’t add up here,” Melewski writes with extreme restraint.

Outfield prospects set to debut in 2019 (Minor League Ball)
O’s prospect Yusniel Diaz, part of the Machado trade, gets a shout out here.

McKenna’s triples bump AFL OPS over 1.000 (
...and speaking of Orioles outfield prospects, Ryan McKenna is having a good time out in the Arizona Fall League so far. Hopefully he can carry that into next spring and next season.

Future uncertain for former Oriole Jonathan Schoop, who declined sharply with Brewers (Baltimore Sun)
Schoop’s 2018 performance made many of us in Birdland sad before he got traded. Things didn’t get better in Milwaukee and the Brewers may even non-tender him, which would also make me sad.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a number of former Orioles with birthdays on this day. They are: 2012-18 reliever Darren O’Day, 2005 catcher Eli Whiteside, 2003 reliever Hector Carrasco, 2004 catcher Keith Osik, and 1989 reserve Jamie Quirk.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: pianist/composer Franz Liszt (1811), Hall of Fame baseball player Jimmie Foxx (1907), actor Christopher Lloyd (1938), actor Jeff Goldblum (1952), gold medal figure skater and South Park song subject Brian Boitano (1963), singer-songwriter/DJ Shaggy (1968), movie man Spike Jonze (1969), and drumming Hanson brother Zac Hanson (1985).

On this day in history...

In 1844, followers of William Miller anticipated the end of the world. This was known as the Great Anticipation. The next day, when the world had not ended, was the Great Disappointment.

In 1879, Thomas Edison tested the first incandescent light bulb, which lasted for about 13.5 hours before it burned out.

In 1957, the American military suffered its first casualties of the Vietnam War.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced to the world that American reconnaissance planes had discovered Soviet nuclear weapons stationed in Cuba. He also ordered a blockade of the island.

In 1966, the album The Supremes A’ Go-Go hit the top spot on the charts, making The Supremes the first all-female group to ever accomplish this feat.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on October 22 - or at least, unless something happens later, which it probably won’t since we already know the Victors are signing elsewhere. Have a safe Monday.