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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where it’s two days til spring training

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Baseball is almost here! Well, sort of.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Are you ready for spring training? It’s only two days away! This Tuesday is the reporting day for pitchers and catchers, which means we can all get excited for the return of baseball for one day before it sinks in that this really changes nothing for most of us who won’t be heading down to Florida.

Usually by now the TV schedule for spring training has been released, but like a number of things (single game tickets, promotions) the Orioles are a little behind in that department this year.

Another thing we are waiting on is if the Orioles are going to sign Cuban free agent Yolbert Sanchez. We know the Orioles are interested and that a group went to check him out. But no news yet.

Links

Alex Cobb Will Have An Impressive 2019 - Birds Watcher
Blogger Nick Stevens has declared it, and thus it shall be so.

To Steven, from Frank Robinson: A 10-year-old reporter gets an unforgettable letter | scnow.com
Just a nice story about the kindness of Frank Robinson.

Former Mets GM Jim Duquette details Yankees offer to Manny Machado | SNY
The other Duquette says that he heard the Yankees had an offer out to Manny for seven or eight years, about $220M. But he also says that the offer was "hypothetical." I think he meant informal.

Taking the rotation for another spin - School of Roch
No matter how you slice it, the rotation looks pretty ugly.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies. They are:

  • Cesar Izturis, who played shortstop in the bleakest of seasons with the Orioles. He appeared in 282 games for the O’s from 2009-2011. Today is his 39th birthday.
  • Lenny Webster, who was a catcher for the Orioles from 1997-1999. He turns 54 today.
  • Billy O’Dell, who appeared in seven games for the inaugural 1954 Orioles before missing all of 1955 due to military service. He played for the Orioles when he returned, appearing in 118 games from 1955-59, appearing in two All Star games for the Birds. He played for eight more season after leaving the O’s. Mr. O’Dell passed away this past September at the age of 85.

On this day in 2012 the Orioles signed Luis Ayala, Nick Johnson, and Dane Sardinha. I remember two of those guys.