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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are too dysfunctional to sign Ryan Flaherty

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Spring training rolls on with good news about Jonathan Schoop and weird news about Ryan Flaherty.

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters. It’s another dreary day here in the Baltimore area, but it is going to be sunny with a high of 82 degrees in Sarasota where the Orioles are playing the Red Sox at 1. If you want to tune in on MLB.tv, you can watch the Red Sox broadcast. You can also check out the entire spring training broadcast schedule here.

We are now 32 days from Opening Day, so it’s getting very close indeed. Hopefully by the time that day gets here the rain will have cleared up and we’ll have a beautiful spring day to welcome the Orioles down the orange carpet.

The dearly departed Matt Wieters wore uniform number 32 from 2010 until his departure after the 2016 season.

Now, links:

With no deal from Orioles, utility man Ryan Flaherty starting over with Phillies - Baltimore Sun
This article is an interesting glimpse into the dysfunction of the Orioles. Neither Ryan Flaherty nor Ryan Goins are going to make or break the team, but the Orioles couldn't even get club wide approval to sign either for WEEKS? How high up exactly does the decision to sign Ryan Flaherty have to go? What is happening?

Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Returns to action - CBSSports.com
After resting due to elbow bursitis, Schoop should be good to go for the rest of camp. This is good news.

Britton will rely on reliever's patience to heal - Herald Tribune
The premise of this article is that both Zach Britton specifically and relief pitchers in general are patient. Welcome to spring training articles.

Cortes retires six of seven batters in spring debut - School of Roch
Sometimes Nestor Cortes throws pitches that are only 71 miles per hour.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. Relief pitcher Kevin Hickey played for the Orioles from 1989-1991. He sadly died prematurely in 2012 at the age of 56. Dave Vineyard appeared in 19 games in his major league career, all of them with the 1964 Orioles. Mr. Vineyard turns 77 years old today.

On this day in 1975 the Orioles traded Boog Powell to the Cleveland Indians for Dave Duncan. Boog went on to have an outstanding season for Cleveland, hitting 27 dingers with an OPS+ of 154. His next two seasons weren’t as good and he retired after 1977. Duncan had two crappy seasons with the Orioles to end his career. Now I want some pit beef.