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Thanksgiving Bird Droppings: Not thankful for the Orioles giving up Villar for nothing

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The 2019 Orioles were pretty bad and they are actively trying to be worse for 2020.

President Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 119 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2020.

The Orioles did not offer fans much to be thankful for during the 2019 season. Yesterday’s news that they’ve placed Jonathan Villar on waivers is an early sign that there won’t be much to be thankful for in 2020 either. Oh, and they may be working on trading Dylan Bundy, too - not that Bundy was an ace this season. Still, it is a safe guess whoever replaces him immediately will be worse.

The greatest thing to celebrate was when the season ended. That’s not to say it was totally miserable, though. A few players popped up largely unexpectedly to make their case that they could be on the next good Orioles team. O’s fans can be thankful for John Means and Anthony Santander, for the late-season Austin Hays surge, and if we’re lucky, some day we’ll be thankful for late-inning reliever Hunter Harvey.

Other players who had some good things going on this season, even if I’m doubtful they’ll be around when the O’s are good again, are Hanser Alberto and Trey Mancini. Villar was also good for the 2019 Orioles, and it’s a bummer that we already know he won’t be around for 2020 with the team not even getting any future benefit in return.

Was it a good season? No. But there’s more to look forward to for the start of 2020 than there was at the start of 2019, even without Villar, and hopefully by September the team is better than it is in late March.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

Today in 1973, Al Bumbry was named the American League Rookie of the Year. Bumbry beat out the competition with a .337/.398/.500 batting line in 110 games, with a particularly impressive 11 triples.

A pair of former Orioles were born on this day. They are: 2018-19 pitcher Yefry Ramirez, and 1973-74 reserve outfielder Jim Fuller. The Bethesda-born Fuller turns 69 today, so hopefully he has a nice birthday and Thanksgiving.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday and Thanksgiving to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Romantic Age poet/painter William Blake (1757), philosopher Friedrich Engels (1820), former Maryland Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley (1923), Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. (1929), actress S. Epatha Merkerson (1952), movie man Alfonso Cuaron (1961), actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (1984), and actress Karen Gillan (1987).

On this day in history...

In 1895, an automobile race took place from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, Illinois, 54 miles away. This first American race took 10 hours to finish by victor Frank Duryea.

In 1919, Lady Astor was elected to Parliament in the United Kingdom. The American-born Astor was the first woman to serve in the House of Commons. The seat she won was vacated by her husband, who had to give up the seat when his father died and he became Viscount Astor.

In 1943, the leaders of the “Big Three” Allies of World War II, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin, began the Tehran Conference, at which they committed to opening a second front against Nazi Germany.

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And that’s the way it is on November 28 - or at least, unless some surprise news happens later. Have a safe Thanksgiving.