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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where it’s the most boring time of the baseball season

There were no major league baseball games played yesterday, and only one tonight. Snooze.

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
Brandon Hyde is not amused by the lack of baseball.
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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

This is where I would normally talk about the big baseball news of the day. Only today, there’s a whole lot of nothing. We’re in that two-day lull after the All-Star Game where teams are still on their break. There were no major league games yesterday, and one lone game (the Astros at the Rangers) on the slate for tonight. The Orioles, and 27 other teams, will have to wait until Friday to resume their 2019 schedule.

There’s not much going on in terms of player movement, either, which is a far cry from last year’s post-All Star Game hiatus, when the Orioles agreed to terms with the Dodgers on the blockbuster Manny Machado trade. It seems unlikely that a deal of that caliber is in the works for the Birds today, or any time in the near future.

So, now we just sit around and wait. As bad as the Orioles have been this year, it turns out that going four days without watching them is actually kind of boring.


The 2019 First-Half Orioles’ Awards: The surges, surprises and stinkers – The Athletic
Dan Connolly hands out his midseason awards. I might have gone with John Means over Trey Mancini for Most Valuable Oriole, but otherwise, it’s hard to argue with any of his picks.

Hyde looking back and ahead - School of Roch
Brandon Hyde is optimistic that the Orioles will improve in the second half, and that more young players will be given opportunities. I’m skeptical about the first part, but the second part sounds like a fantastic idea.

Chris Davis on his O’s teammates and their hopeful futures - Steve Melewski
I’ll give Chris Davis credit: he has the right attitude and is saying the right things even while battling yet another hellacious season. Unfortunately, I think it’s going to take a lot more than just the right attitude to restore Davis to a useful player.

How much dealing will O’s do prior to Deadline? -
It’s July, which means it’s trading season! But don’t expect a total Orioles selloff like last year, because the Birds just don’t have that many valuable trade chips. One or two deals might be a more realistic estimate.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Just one Oriole has this birthday, and he appeared in just one game: right-hander Zach Clark, a UMBC alum whose lone big league appearance came on May 1, 2013. He gave up three runs in 1.2 innings in Seattle.

On this day in 1968, Earl Weaver made his debut as Orioles manager, beating the Senators, 2-0. Eighteen years and 2,540 games later, Weaver was an Orioles legend and World Series champion on his way to the Hall of Fame.

In 1987, Billy Ripken made his major league debut, playing second base alongside his Hall of Fame brother, Cal Jr., at short, and his dad, Cal Sr., as manager. It was the first time in MLB history that a skipper managed two of his sons.