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Monday Bird Droppings: Waiting to see if John Means is a Rookie of the Year finalist

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Tonight, top 3 finalists for the BBWAA awards will be announced. Is John Means going to make the cut for ROY?

Oakland Athletics v Baltimore Orioles
Today, we’ll find out if BBWAA voters gave John Means a little Rookie of the Year respect.
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Hello, friends.

There are now 143 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2020. We are now in “give out awards” season for baseball. The Gold Gloves were announced last night, predictably with no Orioles winners. Tonight, the finalists (top 3 finishers, without saying the winner) for the various BBWAA-voted awards will be announced. This could be of interest to O’s fans because John Means should certainly be in the top 3 for American League Rookie of the Year.

The winner for Rookie of the Year will be announced in a week, with Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP following in the days after that. There won’t be much to say about the rest of those in Birdland this year. Next year’s not looking too good either.

Today also marks the beginning of open free agency, where any player can sign with any team. For the past several days, teams and players have been exercising, or not exercising, various options and opt-out clauses.

This means very little to the Orioles, who had no contract options to exercise, no players with opt-out clauses, and who will not be signing any free agent of consequence who may have just hit the market due to an opt-out or declined option.

What is of interest to the Orioles is the December 2 deadline where teams must decide whether to tender 2020 contracts to their players, and also where they must set their 40-man roster to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft. I suspect the Orioles already have a pretty good idea of where they’re leaning for these decisions, although they’ve got nearly a month before they have to make them final.

And hey, how about that football game last night, huh?

Around the blogO’sphere

Splitting up the Orioles bullpen (School of Roch)
Roch wonders what kind of effect the new three batter minimum rule for relievers will have on the Orioles bullpen next year. Of the Orioles lefty relievers, only Paul Fry had respectable numbers against righty batters.

Offseason checklist O’s needs and moves (Orioles.com)
After seeing what happened to the Orioles rotation this year, Joe Trezza suggests the Orioles aim for someone a bit better than Nate Karns or Dan Straily. His possible names of Trevor Cahill, Jhoulys Chacin, and Shelby Miller, are not appreciably more exciting to hear.

Sunday Notes: Brandon Hyde on managerial shelf life (Fangraphs)
The Orioles manager shows up in the standard Fangraphs Sunday notes column, reacting to the brief unemployment of his former boss in Chicago, Joe Maddon.

Talking about the importance of winning on the farm (Steve Melewski)
The new Orioles director of player development says that the goal of the minor leagues is going to be developing better players, not win at all costs. An example: Leaving a lefty hitting prospect in the lineup against a lefty pitcher to help him develop skills against lefties.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

Today in 1975, Jim Palmer took home the Cy Young Award for the second time in his career. Of his many accomplishments in that 1975 season, the one that seems the most unbelievable now is that he pitched 25 complete games, ten of which were shutouts. The 2010-19 Orioles had a total of 17 complete games.

In 2014, three Orioles players were named Gold Glove winners, with Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy each winning for the third year in a row, plus Nick Markakis winning for the second time in his career.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: Mitchell Report source Larry Bigbie, 1987 reliever Doug Corbett, and 1956-57 outfielder Tito Francona, father of Terry.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: humorist Will Rogers (1879), tractor inventor Harry Ferguson (1884), World War II Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone (1916), journalist Walter Cronkite (1916), actress Markie Post (1950), and actor Matthew McConaughey (1969).

On this day in history...

In 1737, a new opera house, the Teatro di San Carlo, was inaugurated in Naples, Italy. It’s the oldest working opera house in Europe today.

In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter and his team located the entrance to King Tutankhamun’s tomb, near Luxor in present-day Egypt.

In 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor in a special election in Wyoming. Ross, the widow of the governor whose death required the special election, became the first woman to serve as a state’s governor in the US.

In 1979, the US Embassy in Tehran was overrun, sparking the hostage crisis over the fate of 90 hostages that would last for over a year.

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, becoming the first person of African-American descent to do so.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on November 4 - or at least, unless something happens later. You never know. Have a safe Monday.