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Tuesday Bird Droppings: The Jim Palmer’s birthday edition

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Happy 74th birthday to Orioles legend Jim Palmer. He remains a Birdland treasure for his MASN commentary.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 163 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2020. For today, at least, there are two baseball games there for possible entertainment. That’s no guarantee, though, because it could be that either Astros-Yankees at 4:08 or Cardinals-Nationals at 8:05 will end in an undesirable outcome. With the Cardinals getting smoked again last night, they could get swept, making today the last day with two games.

Today is Jim Palmer’s birthday, a fact noteworthy enough for this special mention before we get to the usual birthday segment. The only pitcher to win a World Series game in three different decades turns 74 today. You may have heard that he never gave up a grand slam as well. Here’s hoping for continuing good health from Palmer after the illness that caused him to miss getting to broadcast the last bit of the Orioles season.

Because it’s still the playoffs, there’s not going to be much in the way of Orioles happenings for a little while yet. Former Orioles are out and about, with Buck Showalter reportedly interviewing yesterday for the open managerial job with the Phillies.

It’d be strange for me to adjust to Buck managing again. I figured that the O’s gig was going to be the end of the road for him, especially with all of the finger-pointing that suggested he was one of the prime drivers of anti-analytics sentiment in the organization previously, but with as often as he’s popped up in connection with open jobs this month, maybe that’s not the case. Or maybe the Phillies feel like they just got burned by a pro-analytics, inexperienced manager, so they’re going the complete opposite direction.

Around the blogO’sphere

Orioles’ fluid catching situation yields little in way of answers in 2019 (Baltimore Sun)
“None of these guys are the answer” still counts as an answer if you ask me.

A few Orioles questions that must be addressed later (School of Roch)
Roch is among those wondering where the decision will fall on adding fringier prospects like Gray Fenter and Ryan McKenna to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

Chris Davis’s performance didn’t really affect the Orioles in 2019 (Baltimore Sun)
...but it sure helped their 2020 draft spot. That’s my reaction, not Rich Dubroff’s, who is arguing that it wasn’t the presence of Davis that kept Ryan Mountcastle in the minors.

What might the O’s 2020 rotation look like? (Orioles.com)
Beat writer Joe Trezza probably wasn’t intentionally putting out a scary Halloween version of his inbox, but his list of a possible Orioles rotation is frightening indeed.

After inconsistent 2019, is Mychal Givens’ future role in doubt? (Steve Melewski)
One thing that’s not in doubt is that Givens really zeroed out his potential trade value this season.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

Today in 1970, the Orioles won the franchise’s second World Series title, beating the Reds, 9-3, to take the series down in five games. Brooks Robinson was named MVP of the series after racking up nine hits and six RBI in 21 at-bats.

Postseason games in 1969, 1997, and 2014 did not go as well.

One current member of the Orioles has a birthday today, although he didn’t appear at the MLB level in 2019. Happy 27th birthday to reliever Cody Carroll, who arrived here in last year’s Zack Britton trade.

In addition to Palmer, there are a couple of other former Orioles who were born today: 2004 six-game catcher Chad Mottola, and 1982-83 infielder Glenn Gulliver.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Along with Palmer, you share your birthday with the following: poet Virgil (70 BC), philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 AD), novelist P.G. Wodehouse (1881), novelist Italo Calvino (1923), actress Penny Marshall (1943), musician Tito Jackson (1953), and performing artist Ginuwine (1970).

On this day in history...

In 1582, the Gregorian calendar, which we still use today, went into effect in its first countries: France, Spain, Poland, and present day Italy, in accordance with Pope Gregory XIII’s bull. The previous day in these countries was October 4. Time is weird.

In 1815, Napoleon arrived in exile for a second time, this time on the island of Saint Helena, where he died six years later.

In 1917, the Dutch dancer with the stage name Mata Hari was killed by firing squad after charges that she had been spying for Germany during World War I.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy was made aware of the existence of Soviet missiles in Cuba, leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis over the coming two weeks.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on October 15 - or at least, unless something changes later. It could, but it probably won’t. Maybe some other team will decide to make Buck Showalter their next manager today. Who knows? Have a safe Tuesday.