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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where it’s quiet and dreary in Birdland

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I’m ready for them to do something!

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Happy Saturday, Camden Chatters! Raise your hand if you stayed up until after 3 a.m. eastern watching the World Series last night? My hand is down, but my husband stumbled into bed at about 3:30, happily announcing that the Dodgers had defeated the Red Sox. My one question for him: Did Mary Hart stay for all 18 innings? She did. What a champ.

Over here in Birdland, there isn’t much going on. Still no GM, still no manager, still nothing. I’m ready to get this rebuild on the road!

Links

The five best first basemen in Orioles history - Bird Watcher
There's nothing to talk about with the current Orioles, so let's go into history.

Jim Palmer's Preparedness Kept Him Cool and in Control | Investor's Business Daily
Why does Investor's Business Daily have a profile on Jim Palmer? I don't know, but it's actually a very enjoyable read.

Texas Rangers: Don't let anyone fool you: Finding a new manager for the Rangers isn't as important as you think | SportsDay
This story is geared towards the Rangers but could have easily been written about the Orioles. Success in the organization depends less on the manager and more on how the organization is built.

Former Missouri Southern Lion Hogan released by Orioles | joplinglobe.com
If you’re a big Max Hogan fan, sorry about the bad luck. Hogan was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2017 draft.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies. They are:

  • Ruben Tejada, who appeared in 48 games with the 2017 Orioles, putting up an OPS+ of 58. Tejada is 29 today.
  • Jason Johnson, who spent five seasons with the Birds during the dark years. He made 120 starts for the Orioles from 1999-2003 with an ERA of 4.84. Johnson pitched for six more seasons after leaving the Orioles and is 45 today.
  • Pedro Swann, whose major league career lasted 25 games over a three-year span, including eight games with the 2003 Orioles. He is 48 today.
  • Eric Bell, who pitched for the Orioles from 1985-1987. 1987 was his only full season in major league baseball. He turns 55 today.