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The Orioles are getting closer to a manager, looking back in time to when the first President Bush visited Camden Yards, and more.

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters!

I hope your weekend has been a pleasant one. I have had a nice time decorating the Christmas tree and doing some shopping. There have been no big moves for the Orioles so far this off season, but I don’t expect anything flashy anyway. But that doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

Things moving forward, for sure. If you haven’t heard, Mike Elias has fired farm director Brian Graham, who had been with the Orioles since 2007. He also non-tendered Caleb Joseph and Tim Beckham which will change the complexion of the team.

The next important thing on the list is finding a manager. That process is ongoing and the information available has been limited at best. But some details were reported last night by Ken Rosenthal on Twitter:

Links

Sun Archives: When President George H.W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth took in an Orioles game - Baltimore Sun
With the passing of former president George H.W. Bush, the Sun remembers when he visited Baltimore with the Queen of England.

Baltimore Orioles sign Josh Lucas to minor league contract - Birds Watcher
This isn't breaking news, as RHP Josh Lucas was signed earlier this week. But hey, it's Sunday. You take what you can get.

How Will O's Utilize Plethora of Young Outfielders? - Eutaw Street Report
Do they really have a plethora?

Should Mike Mussina Be Elected To The Hall Of Fame - The Runner Sports
Yes.

‘It was a bad deal’: Brewers move on from Jonathan Schoop, examine options at second base – The Athletic
Things didn't work out for our old friend Jonathan Schoop. I wish the best for him.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Of all the players to put on an Orioles uniform since 1954, not a single one was born on December 2nd. But if you’re looking for a good birthday buddy, you have one in Britney Spears. Britney turns 37 years old today.

On this day in 1958 the Orioles traded for Bobby Avila from Cleveland, sending Russ Heman and $30,000 to the Indians. Avila played in 20 games for the 1959 Orioles.

In 1963 the Orioles traded Norm Siebern to the Angels for Dick Simpson. Seven days later the Orioles sent Simpson to Cincinnati as part of the package the brought back Frank Robinson.

In 1971, the Orioles traded Frank Robinson and Pete Richert to the Dodgers for Doyle Alexander, Bob O’Brien, Sergio Robles, and Royle Stillman.

In 2013, the Orioles traded Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletices for Jemile Weeks.