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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles definitely will not be perfect gamed today

The Orioles almost got perfect gamed yesterday. Today, they can’t, because they’re off.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
This is the “I just struck out” bat toss, not the “I just walked” bat toss.
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Hello, friends.

Today’s Bird Droppings comes with a simple guarantee: The Orioles will not be perfect gamed today. The biggest reason that I know this is that the O’s have the day off today. It doesn’t matter that they got eight innings towards what would have been the first ever combined perfect game yesterday. Check out Drew Bonifant’s recap for some not-so-lovely totals.

That bit of near-history aside, it was a busy weekend in Birdland. The first trade of the deadline season was announced suddenly between games of Saturday’s doubleheader. In practically the blink of an eye, Andrew Cashner went from being the Orioles biggest dugout cheerleader and one of only two real mainstays in the rotation, to the Red Sox, in exchange for a couple of 17-year-old Dominican Summer League prospects, Elio Prado and Yoelberth Romero.

The trade is yet another reminder for everyone who got used to Dan Duquette’s way of doing things that there are new people in charge of the team now who are doing things differently. I’m fairly sure that if for some reason Duquette was still running the Orioles, he would have had no idea that such human beings as Prado and Romero existed.

Rather than settling for some 23-year-old jabroni toiling away in Double-A, which another bad team, the Royals, ended up doing when they traded Homer Bailey to the Athletics on Sunday, Mike Elias targeted a couple of guys who he presumably thinks have some real upside.

They are the sort of players who might have been signed a year ago if the old regime wasn’t asleep at the helm. Prado’s signing bonus was only $80,000, while Romero, a fellow Venezuelan, collected $275,000. They are the sort of players of whom there are very few in the system right now. They may never amount to anything as prospects. Hopefully Elias and company are right about at least one of them and in a couple more years they will be on their way up the minor league ladder in Maryland.

The rebuild is the rebuild, but this is one of those times where it’s understandably a tough sell to think about one of the only two decent O’s pitchers being gone in exchange for two guys who might contribute starting in 2024 if everything goes very well for them. There is a long time and a lot of losses between now and then.

The reality is that Cashner’s value probably wasn’t much higher because even though he has had a solid 3.83 ERA so far this season, that’s not the kind of guy who’s going to show up anywhere and be a real difference-maker. Cashner striking out 16.5% of hitters he’s seen this year is not very impressive in today’s game, and his .256 BABIP allowed is due for major regression. Every team that might have traded for him knows that stuff. This is what he was worth. If we’re lucky, that’s something.

Mike Mussina was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 177 days ago. The Orioles have not yet announced any plans to retire his jersey number or erect his statue at Camden Yards.

Around the blogO’sphere

‘A tough day’ as O’s trade Cashner to Red Sox (
“Boston was the most serious and most aggressive,” said Elias. I wonder what other teams were offering.

Orioles rotation is ‘land of opportunity’ in wake of transaction-filled Saturday (Baltimore Sun)
Speaking of stuff that happened over the weekend, Dylan Bundy got torched on Friday night and then landed on the injured list on Saturday. He’s currently expecting a minimum 10 day stay.

In wake of MLB fan injuries, Orioles among first teams to say they will extend protective netting to foul poles (Baltimore Sun)
It’s nice to see the Orioles towards the front of something like this rather than towards the back.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Today in 1960, Brooks Robinson hit for the cycle in a 5-2 win against the White Sox. He had five hits in five at-bats and completed the cycle with a ninth inning triple. This was the first cycle in Orioles history.

In 1996, Cal Ripken Jr. made a start at third base after 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop. After six games of Manny Alexander, Ripken was back at shortstop.

In 2005, Rafael Palmeiro joined the 3,000 hit club by hitting a double off of Joel Pineiro in Seattle. The O’s won the game, 6-3. Palmeiro was the 26th member of the club and just the fourth to have both 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. As we all know, nothing bad ever happened to him after this.

One lone former Oriole has a birthday today. Happy 48th birthday to pitcher James Baldwin, who went from the Orioles to the Rangers and back to the Orioles during the 2005 season, the last of his MLB career.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: painter Rembrandt (1606), “Night Before Christmas” poet Clement Clarke Moore (1779), Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo (1949), actress Diane Kruger (1976), My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro (1977), and actress Laura Benanti (1979).

On this day in history...

In 756, during China’s An Lushan Rebellion, the reigning emperor, Xuanzong of Tang, was ordered to execute his chancellor or face a mutiny. The rebelling general An Lushan also had members of the emperor’s family killed. It’s believed that 5% of the world’s population at the time died as a result of this rebellion.

In 1099, the soldiers of the First Crusade captured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, leading to the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

In 1799, a French officer who was part of Napoleon’s Egypt campaign found a stone in the village of Rosetta. The Rosetta Stone helped historians decipher hieroglyphics from ancient Egypt.

In 1834, the Spanish Inquisition was officially disbanded. Ever since then, it has been truly unexpected.

In 1918, during World War I, Germans launched an attack near the River Marne, thus beginning the Second Battle of the Marne. Three weeks later, an Allied counterattack led to their victory in the battle.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on July 15 - or at least, unless something happens later on this Orioles off day. You never know when Mike Elias will strike. Have a safe Monday.