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Sunday Bird Droppings: One weekend closer to Opening Day

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It’s still quiet in Birdland this weekend, but excitement is on its way

Seattle Mariners v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters. Have you had a nice weekend so far? I purposely made no plans for yesterday because I thought it would snow, but then we got 20 minutes of flurries and a few hours of very cold rain. What a bust! I did get to watch some TV, at least.

We are now just three weeks and a couple days from the start of spring training. It’s not the first year that we’re going in to spring training with the team not even pretending they’ll compete this year, but it’s still weird. I don’t think it’ll ever stop being weird. But that’s normal.

It’s normally about this time that FanFest would be happening, and we don’t even have that to talk about. But speaking of, yesterday was the Astros FanFest. Can you imagine a more awkward FanFest ever? The players spent the day dodging questions about cheating while I would imagine the fans felt weird and conflicted about their favorite players. At least the Orioles fans don’t have to worry about that?

Links

Wojciechowski changing his approach to pitching - School of Roch
It's Wojciechowski Weekend over at MASN Sports as Roch Kubatko has a post on him for the second straight day. I wish Wojo well in his approach changing!

The Baseball 100: No. 73, Brooks Robinson – The Athletic
Joe Posnanski is counting down the top 100 baseball players and last week he got to everyone’s favorite third baseman.

MLB win totals 2020: Yankees, Dodgers lead AL and NL with Astros, Braves close behind - CBSSports.com
What would you guess is the over/under betting line for the Orioles win total in 2020? Hint? it's super low but also I'd have a hard time taking the over.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies. Outfielder Fred Valentine played 85 games for the Orioles across three different seasons (1959, 1963, 1968). The rest of his career was spent with the Washington Senators, where he played 448 games. Today is his 85th birthday.

It’s also the birthday of Chris Sabo, who turns 58. He brought his rec specs to Baltimore for just one season, 1994, and is best known for his time with the Reds. And pitcher Rick Krivda, who was an Oriole from 1995-97, turns 50.

On this day in 1995, owner Peter Angelos announced that the Orioles would not use replacement players if the strike wasn’t over by Opening Day.

In 2013, Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver passed away at age 82.

In 2017, the Orioles re-signed Mark Trumbo to a three-year, $37.5M contract. Baseball Reference calls to this deal a relative bargain. I’m not sure I agree.