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It’s a fan favorite’s birthday, the Orioles gotta pay the Nats, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! It’s the end of another off season weekend in Birdland. The Orioles haven’t made any on-field moves yet, but did make some news by announcing the earlier start times for some of their games this year. I’ll be interested in seeing what other moves they make to try and appeal to fans as they continue to rebuild the team.

If you’ve been following the sign-stealing saga of the Astros, more came out yesterday as The Athletic reported that in 2017, scouts were directed to do what they could to help the Astros steal signs, including using cameras from the stands. It’s worth noting that it’s the request to use cameras that put this over the line. Advance scouts try to steal signs all the time, according to the article.

All of this leaves Orioles fans wondering how involved Mike Elias was with any of the shenanigans going on with the Astros back then and how much of that might spill over to his current organization. He certainly didn’t earn any points by referring to it all as “weird episodes.”

Links

Myriad O’s Thoughts: 2020 rostering changes and 2-way players; liking earlier start times; Brooks makes secure call – The Athletic ($)
Dan Connolly ponders the new rule that requires teams to designate players as either position, pitcher or two-way.

Judge says MASN should pay Nationals based on MLB panel decision - Baltimore Sun
The MASN sage goes on. The Orioles and National each have to propose how much the Orioles should pay the Nationals. We'll see how far apart those numbers are.

Wilkerson on odd 2019 season and what lies ahead - School of Roch
Have you missed hearing from Stevie Wilkerson since the season ended? Then this is the article for you.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have SO many Orioles birthday buddies, starting with longtime Oriole Nick Markakis. Nick, who turns 36 years old today, spent the first nine years of his career with the Orioles. He recently re-signed with the Atlanta Braves for 2020. It will be his sixth year with them. Happy birthday, Nick!

Six other former Orioles are celebrating today. They are:

  • Orlando Peña (86), who appeared in 16 games for the Orioles in his 14-year MLB career
  • Brad Havens (60), who pitched in 18 games for the O’s from 1985-86
  • Eli Marrero (46), who the Orioles traded for in June 2005 to help the first place team win (LOL)
  • Darnell McDonald (41), who is most memorable to me for being the second-best position player to pitch in 2012’s 17-inning game between the Orioles and Red Sox
  • Scott Moore (36), who the Orioles received in a trade with the Cubs for Steve Trachsel in 2007, and
  • Everth Cabrera (33), whose 29 games with the 2015 Orioles were the last of his seven-year career

On this day in 1953, the St. Louis Browns officially became the Baltimore Orioles.