There are now 170 days remaining until the next Orioles game. Many boring and cold days await between now and then. For today, there will at least be some entertainment in the form of postseason baseball.
This is a weird time to be an Orioles fan. Coming off of the heels of a 115-loss season, it’s not much of a surprise that ownership decided to just sweep the decks as far as the GM, manager, and presumably the rest of the front office and coaching staff too (except maybe Brady Anderson, but that’s another story).
I don’t want them to rush and just hire the first idiot who says something vaguely impressive in an interview setting. I know that would not be good, but at the same time, I can’t help but be anxious about all the unknowns. Some answers will be nice if only so we can start to have an idea of what will happen going forward.
Are the Orioles really going to strike out in a bold new direction, or are they just going to fall back on old habits of hiring a washed-out ex-GM and a former player who could never get a managing job anywhere else? Dan Duquette worked out better than anyone could have hoped for a while, but the idea that the O’s might go with like, Ned Colletti and that the manager might end up being Mike Bordick is not exciting in any way.
In some ways it probably doesn’t even matter who the manager is for at least a couple of seasons. The Orioles are not likely to be any good next year.
Still, they need someone who is prepared to take all the information available in the modern game and use that to help make his players better over time and his team better each day, armed with the right amount of diplomacy to get those players to accept newer ideas that may conflict with what they grew up “knowing” to be true about how to play baseball.
To me, it’s a sheer numbers game: The person who best represents those ideas is probably not a former Oriole because there are so many more people out there who are NOT former Orioles. The most qualified person is probably somebody else. Of course, the best qualified person might want no part of coming in after that same 115-loss season, or perhaps no part of dealing with the Angelos family.
I don’t expect any answers to any of this stuff today, but I’ll be worried about what they’re going to do until they start doing things.
Around the blogO’sphere
Sunday Notes: Zach Britton notices difference in analytics between Baltimore, New York (Fangraphs)
The more that you learn about them, the more amazing it is that the Orioles were ever winners in the 2012-16 stretch of time.
More on the showcase and floating another name (School of Roch)
The Marlins rolled out quite the red carpet for Victor Victor Mesa, which the O’s are hoping their dollars can overcome. Includes a surprise bonus Disney reference.
Five questions as the Orioles look to replace Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette (Baltimore Sun)
Do you think if humans had six fingers on their hands, that articles like these would be required to have six questions instead?
Manny Machado, far away from Baltimore, is an enigmatic key for Dodgers (Washington Post)
There are really a lot of former Orioles involved in this postseason.
Q&A with Steve Pearce: On being in the playoffs, on Baltimore, and more (The Athletic)
...a LOT of former Orioles involved in this postseason.
The Orioles’ minor league All-Stars in 2018 (Steve Melewski)
This is not an official list of All-Stars - it’s just Melewski’s opinion. Seven of these guys are actual prospects!
Birthdays and anniversaries
In 2012, the Orioles beat the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS, evening up the series as it headed to New York for the final three games. Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh inning. Chris Davis drove in two runs in the 3-2 victory.
A few former Orioles have birthdays today. They are: 2005 outfielder Keith Reed, 1988 pitcher Mike Morgan, 1972-74 reserve Enos Cabell, and the late Bob Mabe, who pitched two games for the 1960 O’s.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: refrigeration engineer Mary Engle Pennington (1872), astronomer Ejnar Hertzsprung (1873), World War I fighter ace Eddie Rickenbacker (1890), author Frank Herbert (1920), funny man Chevy Chase (1943), actress Sigourney Weaver (1949), actor Matt Damon (1970), and singer-songwriter Bruno Mars (1985).
On this day in history...
In 1573, the Dutch outlasted the Spanish, who withdrew from the siege of Alkmaar in the Eighty Years’ War, which at that point had only been going on for five years. This was an important development in the war nonetheless as it marked the first Dutch victory in the war.
In 1856, Chinese marines seized a British ship called the Arrow under the suspicion that it was being used by pirates. This ended up sparking the Second Opium War.
In 1918, then-Corporal Alvin C. York, fighting in the Argonne Forest, rallied a stalled assault on a machine gun position by almost single-handedly killing 28 German soldiers and capturing an additional 132. He received the Medal of Honor for this action.
In 1944, as part of the American campaign to seize Aachen, Germany, forces from the 1st Division fought the Battle of Crucifix Hill. C Company’s CO, Captain Bobbie Brown, received a Medal of Honor in this battle for charging 100 yards across an open field with an explosive to destroy three pill boxes, suffering three wounds while moving on to scout out enemy positions as they withdrew, which is credited with helping his men repulse two German counterattacks.
In 1956, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the World Series, a Game 5 victory that gave the Yankees a 3-2 edge in the series against the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees went on to win in seven games.
In 1982, Cats opened on Broadway. It ran for a then-Broadway record of nearly 18 years before its closing night on September 17, 2000. The record was surpassed in 2006 by The Phantom of the Opera, which has now been running for more than 30 years.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on October 8 - or at least, unless something happens later, which it probably won’t, but hey, you never know. Have a safe Monday.