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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where Ryan Mountcastle is optimistic

Ryan Mountcastle is aiming for Opening Day, Wei-Yin Chen is looking for a job, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

MLB: Spring Training-Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! I hope you’re having a nice weekend. Things continue to be quiet in Birdland, as with most of the MLB. There have been a handful of signings, mostly by the Braves, but nothing from the Orioles. Of course, as has already been said and that will be said again as the future, the Orioles won’t be doing much major league free agent signing anyway.

The Orioles lost a total of 223 games the last two seasons and I’m already missing watching baseball. You get it.


‘One step closer’ to majors, Orioles prospects added to roster know they still have plenty of work to do - Baltimore Sun
Infielder Ryan Mountcastle, pitchers Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer and outfielder Ryan McKenna know there’s plenty of work to be done before they’re finished products.

Mountcastle’s next goal is to make opening day roster - School of Roch
It’s a good goal but I don’t have high hopes for him, even if he has the talent to make the team.

Taiwanese pitcher hopes to stay in U.S. after DFA | FocusTaiwan Mobile - CNA English News
You may have heard that former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen was DFA'd by the Marlins with one year left on his contract. He's going to try to stay in the MLB. I wish him well, I have nothing but good memories of his time in Baltimore.

Yankees hire female hitting coach, believed to be a first | Herald Planet
This isn't Orioles related, but is still very cool. Rachel Balkovec has been hired as a roving minor league hitting instructor. She couldn't even get anyone to reply to her applications to work in baseball until she began saying her name was Rae on the paperwork.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies, including Ben McDonald, the overall first pick in the 1989 draft. He spent seven years with the Orioles and had a solid career, even if it didn’t quite live up to the first overall hype. Today is one of my preferred broadcasters during Orioles games. He turns 52 today.

It’s also the birthday of Jim Northrup (b. 1939, d. 2011), who spent 1974-75 with the Orioles at the end of a 12-year career; Fred Beene (77), a pitcher who appeared in 7 games from 1968-70 with the Orioles; and Damian Moss (43), the Australian pitcher who played for the Orioles in 2003.

On this day in 1982, Cal Ripken was named the American League Rookie of the Year.