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Friday Bird Droppings: Where ex-Orioles abound in the playoffs

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The O’s probably won’t be filling their manager and GM spots for a while, so in the meantime, enjoy watching some ex-Orioles in the postseason.

MLB: NLDS-Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

After the Orioles’ day of big news on Wednesday, with Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette both getting the boot, the club was quiet yesterday. That might be the case for a while longer, as the decision makers in ownership work on gathering and interviewing candidates for the Birds’ new manager and GM.

There’s plenty of action elsewhere in baseball, though, as both NL Division Series got started last night. And there’s no shortage of ex-Orioles to root for. In Los Angeles, Manny Machado’s Dodgers took a 1-0 series lead on Nick Markakis’ (and Kevin Gausman’s, Brad Brach’s and Ryan Flaherty’s) Braves. In Milwaukee, Jonathan Schoop’s Brewers pulled off a dramatic walkoff win over the Rockies in extras, although Schoop had only a pinch-hitting appearance.

A full slate of four Division Series games are on the schedule today. That includes (barf) the opening game of the Yankees/Red Sox ALDS, which is truly going to be a chore to watch, if we even bother at all. Each of those teams has an ex-Oriole of their own (Zach Britton on the Yankees, Steve Pearce on the Red Sox), but that’s not really enough to get me to care.

Links

Showalter, Duquette and the end of another era - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko offers his thoughts on the departures of Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter, and he has particularly nice things to say about Buck.

Appreciating Buck Showalter: He turned a losing team into a winner (updated) - Steve Melewski
Steve Melewski does the same.

Who are candidates for Orioles' top baseball job? - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff throws out some names of potential candidates for the Orioles’ now-vacant GM job. But who really knows who’s on the list of the Orioles’ powers-that-be?

After years of speculation, this is finally the right time and right fit for Cal Ripken Jr. to rejoin the Orioles – The Athletic
Could this be Cal Ripken's big chance to rejoin the Orioles, perhaps as team president? Dan Connolly thinks so. I'm still skeptical whether Cal would actually be good at it.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your lone Orioles birthday buddy is the late 1996-98 reliever Terry Mathews. Mathews, who passed away from a heart attack in 2012, would have been 54 today.

Oct. 5 has been a big day in O’s road postseason history. On this date in 1966, the Orioles won their first ever World Series game, a 5-2 victory in Los Angeles en route to a sweep of the Dodgers. In 1971, they completed a three-game sweep of the Athletics in the ALCS with a 5-3 win in Oakland.

And just four years ago today, the Birds swept the Tigers in the ALDS with a 2-1 victory in Detroit, completing a series in which they beat Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and David Price.

Ah, better times.