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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where it’s the last weekend with no baseball

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It’s just about spring training time. Get excited!

Baltimore Orioles

It’s Sunday, Camden Chatters! Does it seem to anyone else that every Sunday is rainy and dreary? At least today won’t be terribly cold.

It’s now just 46 days until Opening Day. The number 46 was the number worn by longtime Oriole player, broadcaster, and member of the front office Mike Flanagan. Flanny played for the Orioles from 1975-87 and again from 1991-92. At the time of Flanagan’s tragic death in 2011, Jeremy Guthrie was wearing number 46. No Oriole has worn it since.

In happier news, we are now just two days from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training. This is the last Sunday for a long time that there won’t be some type of baseball activity. Sure, we’re still over a month from it being real or interesting baseball. But it will be baseball!

With that, let’s hit the links:

Orioles' Hays may follow JU alumnus Murphy's path - Florida Times Union
Read some more about our favorite prospect Austin Hays.

Orioles sign two lefties with Major League experience - Birds Watcher
All you need to know about David Holmberg and Elvis Araujo. Starting with the fact that they do, inf fact, exist.

Yankees hitters v. Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation - Yanks Go Yard
If you're in good mood you probably don't want to read this.

How Did The Orioles Fare In 2018 Top 100 Prospect Lists? - Camden Depot
A wrap up of various top prospect lists.

More on starting pitching and Richard Bleier's refusal to relax - School of Roch
It's a good thing spring training is starting soon because Roch is now double dipping on how Richard Bleier isn't taking anything for granted.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! There are three recent Orioles celebrating today as your birthday buddies. Matt Lindstrom, who was traded to the Orioles along with Jason Hammel in 2012, turns 38 today. Lindstrom was then traded later in the season for playoff hero Joe Saunders.

Cesar Cabral appeared in two games in relief for the 2015 Orioles. Do you remember him? Me neither. He turns 29 today.

And finally, today is the 31st birthday of one Mr. Brian Matusz. No need to drag up bad memories of the man on his birthday, so I hope he’s doing well.