Good morning, Birdland!
Do you have a "second team"? My assumption is that most of you reading this blog are Orioles fans first. But the Orioles can only play so many games. Sure, you could watch a baseball game as a neutral observer, but what fun is that?
I have a buddy who loves the O's but also likes the Detroit Tigers because his dad is from the Motor City. I'll allow it. More controversially, I know a few people who regard the Washington Nationals as their second team and they have been quite happy this week. I'm not so sure I can get behind that. But it is better that someone who switches to pulling for the Red Sox or Yankees as the calendar flips to October most years.
I personally have never had a formal second team. I like the Rockies uniforms. I think the Giants have a neat stadium. So I guess I do tend to pull for them when not facing the Orioles, but nothing concrete. You know, stuff like that.
What say you, Camden Chat? Who is your second team? Why did you choose them?
Jon Meoli lays out a few details to expect from the Orioles regarding the Rule 5 draft and the summer's amateur draft.
The Orioles should feel free to trade anyone and everyone at the major league level. No one is untouchable. That said, they also need to show some improvement to the fanbase in 2020 and trading away every competent player would also be unadvisable unless the return is massive.
San Diego is also adding Wayne Kirby. The two coaches will, of course, reunite with Manny Machado. I think I might be a Padres fan now.
Oh I think we all know more than enough about him, and not much of it is very good. But he will still likely get a good shot at starting a few games for the Orioles in 2020.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
Wilson Betemit, the lead-gloved infielder that was part of the 2012 and 2013 Orioles teams, is 38 years old today.
It is the 43rd birthday of Sidney Ponson, the portly right-hander that pitched for the O's in 223 games across two stints and eight seasons with the team.
Happy 56th birthday to Sam Horn, an Orioles DH for three seasons from 1990-92.
And finally, it is the 66th birthday for pitcher Paul Hartzell. He appeared in six games for the 1980 Birds.
1881 - The American Association baseball league is founded. While not announced as one of the original clubs, the Baltimore Orioles will join the league prior to the beginning of its first season.
1971 - As part of a slate of international exhibition games, Orioles pitcher Pat Dobson pitches a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants.