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Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles picked up right where they left off

Welcome back to the 2019 Orioles, who are still really, really bad.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Good morning, Birdland!

Some people say that the four-day long all-star break can kill a team’s momentum. Those people have never met the 2019 Baltimore Orioles. They picked up right where they left off by getting absolutely obliterated by the much more talented Tampa Bay Rays in the opening game of the baseball’s unofficial “second half.”

In all seriousness, the O’s were actually playing a bit better heading into the break. They looked like a team that belonged in the major leagues. Imagine that!

We should all absorb the current Orioles while we can. It’s quite likely that any player who is worth his salt will be gone in the next two weeks. Trey Mancini may stay put, but Andrew Cashner and Jonathan Villar are likely to be dealt. As quickly as it came, this golden age of Orioles baseball is nearly over.

What a shame.

Links

Orioles’ John Means settles in for second half - Baltimore Sun
It was a bummer that John Means did not play in the All-Star Game. And the reason for why he didn’t play (he was being saved for extra innings) is just straight up dumb. Why even have extra innings for an exhibition game? Baseball overthinks everything. If every team has to have a representative at the game, then they should get in the game. Let a pitcher get one out, at least. It doesn’t count anyway.

Hyde hopes O’s can get back to competitive ball in the second half - Baltimore Baseball
Oh, Brandon. Sweet, sweet, well-intentioned Brandon. These Orioles cannot play competitive baseball. They are the worst team in the sport by quite some distance. It’s OK, you will get used to it eventually. We all do.

Orioles to extend Camden Yards’ netting to foul poles for fan safety - Baltimore Sun
People should be able to go to a game, sit anywhere in the ballpark and not worry about being sent to the hospital on account of a foul ball to the dome. It’s wild that it has taken this long for clubs to wise up to the fact that some of the most expensive seats in the stadium are also the most dangerous.

John Means > Trey Mancini - The Warehouse Podcast
What’s this? Just the latest episode of best Orioles podcast out there. And you can trust me as this is a totally unbiased opinion.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Pat Rapp, an O’s pitcher for 31 games in 2000, turns 52 today. The non-Camden Chat Mark Brown is 60 years old. The pitcher appeared in nine games for the 1984 Birds. Finally, happy posthumous birthday to Fritz Dorish (b. 1921, d. 2001), who pitched in 48 games for the O’s between 1955 and ‘56.

1955 - Hoot Evers is traded from the Orioles to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Bill Wight. Evers would be traded back to the Orioles less than one year later.

1962 - Orioles catcher Charlie Lau ties a major league record with four doubles in a 10-3 win over the Indians.

1991 - Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson combine to no-hit the Oakland Athletics. Milacki was removed following the sixth inning with a finger injury after being hit with a line drive off the bat of Willie Wilson.