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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Purple Tailgate tradition lives on

People are still smarting about Villar, Gary Kendall talks prospects, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters. We made it to December! That means that four months from now, we’ll be in a month that has baseball! As fun as that sounds, I’m still opposed to Opening Day being in March. I will not stop complaining about this.

As usual for this time of year, there isn’t much going on with the Orioles today. But the winter meetings are coming up in a week and maybe we’ll finally get some news! In the meantime, you have plenty of good Maryland sporting events to choose from. The Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are facing off in what some are saying could be a Super Bowl preview. Is anyone attending the annual Purple Tailgate, with its new host Trey Mancini?

If football isn’t your thing, the Maryland Terps men’s basketball team is playing Marquette in the finals of the Orlando Invitational, looking to preserve their undefeated record.

Or you could listen to Christmas music and decorate the tree! That’s what I’ll be doing.


Gary Kendall talks about Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer - Steve Melewski
The Tides' manager gave his thoughts on two Orioles prospects to Steve Melewski.

Mancini ready to host Purple Tailgate - School of Roch
Trey Mancini has taken over Adam Jones's tradition of Purple Tailgate at a Ravens home game. Some nice quotes from Trey in here about it, and Adam Jones has hinted he might make an appearance. That would make ma happy.

MLB rumors: Yankees’ Clint Frazier on block? Here are 4 trades that make sense -
How would you feel about a Clint Frazier for Mychal Givens trade?

Dumping Jonathan Villar might make sense from a rebuilding perspective, but Orioles fans don’t have to like it - Baltimore Sun
Oh look, now the Orioles have got me agreeing with Peter Schmuck. What a world.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies, Jeff Tackett and Dan Straily. Tackett, who turns 54 today, was the backup catcher to Chris Hoiles from 1991-94. If you watched the 2019 Oriole (and no one judges you if you didn’t), you might remember Straily (31) from his 14 games this year. Since it’s his birthday, I won’t mention his ERA.

On this day in 1998, the Orioles signed Albert Belle to a five-year contract, of which he played two before retiring with a degenerative hip condition. Also in 1998, the Orioles traded pitcher Armando Benitez for catcher Charles Johnson.

And Rafael Palmeiro, who had just spent five seasons with the Orioles, turned down a bigger contract from the Orioles to sign with the Texas Rangers.