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Friday Bird Droppings: Where managers are getting hired, but not by the Orioles

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The Orioles are one of just two teams remaining with a managerial vacancy. Of course, they’re also missing most of a front office, so, one thing at a time.

Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Devil Rays - July 22, 2006

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Are you enjoying the World Series so far? I’m sure not. After yesterday’s travel day, the Fall Classic resumes tonight in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers will try to make the series somewhat competitive. But let’s face it — they probably won’t. The Red Sox will steamroll to a sweep, because the universe is cruel and unforgiving.

In the meantime, other MLB teams are doing stuff. There were six managerial vacancies (including the Orioles) when the regular season ended, but now we’re down to two. The Twins and Blue Jays filled theirs yesterday by hiring a couple of Rays coaches, Rocco Baldelli and Charlie Montoyo, respectively, just days after the Reds hired David Bell and the Angels resuscitated Brad Ausmus.

That leaves only the Orioles and Rangers looking for new managers. The Rangers are deep into their search, having already interviewed at least six candidates, and they seem to be nearing a decision.

As for the Orioles? They’ve interviewed nobody, to our knowledge. Their manager search might not even begin until they have a new GM in place, which itself might not happen until they have a new team president in place. So, yeah, it’s going to be a while.

Links

The Orioles don’t have a GM or a manager, and their quiet search offers more questions than answers - CBS Sports
Either the Orioles are keeping their GM and manager searches extremely close to the vest, or they just haven’t made much progress.

Orioles announce signings of four international players - School of Roch
The Orioles made some international signings on Thursday. Just not of anyone you’ve heard of.

A look ahead: Is Renato Núñez the choice for third base in 2019? - Steve Melewski
Sure, why not? 2019 is a year to throw young players against the wall and see who sticks.

Orioles’ bullpen might be a bright spot for new manager - BaltimoreBaseball.com
I wouldn’t call it a bright spot, but it may be true that the Orioles’ bullpen is not as horrific as other aspects of the team.

A trip down Orioles playoff lane: A look at the Top 12 unsung heroes – The Athletic
As a reminder of happier times in Birdland, Dan Connolly lists the 12 most unsung heroes in Orioles postseason history.

Orioles birthdays

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your lone Orioles birthday buddy is right-hander Wayne Garland (68), who parlayed a 20-win season with the Birds in 1976 into a then-record 10-year, $2.3 million contract with Cleveland as part of MLB’s inaugural class of free agents. Garland lasted five ineffective years into that deal before being released. There’s a reason you don’t see pitchers signed to 10-year deals anymore.

It’s also the birthday of the late Snuffy Stirnweiss, who played for the St. Louis Browns but not with the Orioles. I mention him because I like the name “Snuffy Stirnweiss.”