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Christmas Eve Bird Droppings: Where not a creature is stirring

It’s Christmas Eve in Birdland. And, well, everywhere else.

Lotte New York Palace Annual Tree Lighting Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lotte Place New York Palace

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

It’s Christmas Eve! For those who have plans with friends or family today, I wish you plenty of good cheer, good company, and good presents.

For those who have come here seeking out baseball news, you’re not going to find any. Let the Orioles enjoy their holiday. Roster moves can wait. The last time the O’s made a transaction on this date was five years ago, when they claimed Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Cubs. Truly an earth-shattering acquisition. That’s about the most significant move you’re going to get on Christmas Eve, if anything happens at all.

So whatever you’re up to today, have fun! And don’t worry about baseball for a little while, OK?


Notes on teaching, Dave Trembley and Steve Johnson - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko says that Trey Mancini “continues to learn the intricacies of playing the outfield,” which is the most polite description of his defense I’ve ever read. In other news, Kubatko speculates that former O’s manager Dave Trembley, who coached for the Astros when Mike Elias was there, could potentially return to Baltimore.

Once A Student Of The Game, Mike Elias Embarks on Challenge Of Leading Orioles - PressBoxOnline
The praise continues to pour in for Elias, including from his college baseball coach at Yale. It was that coach, former Cardinals pitcher John Stuper, who helped Elias get his first major league scouting job in St. Louis.

Calling the Pen: A Christmas story -
Jack Gibbons makes a few Christmas Story references as he recalls how he hired a 24-year-old Ken Rosenthal to write for the Baltimore Sun. It does not appear that a leg lamp was involved.

Orioles birthdays

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Do people do that thing where they give you only one gift and it counts for both your birthday and Christmas? What a ripoff. Anyway, you have three Orioles birthday buddies, including current O’s right-hander Miguel Castro, who turns 24. Here’s to a successful 2019 season for Miguel.

It’s also the birthday of Kevin “The Mentor” Millwood (44) and the late Chico Garcia, an infielder on the inaugural 1954 Orioles. Garcia, who died in 2007, would have been 94 today.