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Monday Bird Droppings: The return of Dr. Poo Poo

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Stevie Wilkerson is back, there were a few good things about 2020 for the Orioles, and a weekend of strange news.

MLB: FEB 18 Baltimore Orioles Photo Day Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! I hope you had a nice weekend. Did you watch any of the World Series? As someone without vested interest in either team, so far it’s been entertaining. I’ve only managed to stay up to see the end of one game, but it was the crazy game four that the Rays won on a walk-off error.

Last night’s game featured another fine Clayton Kershaw start, which led to a Dodgers win. It was a close game but the Rays just couldn’t get the job done. So now we go to game six with the Dodgers leading the series 3-2.

Today is an off day, but the Dodgers and Rays will be back in action tomorrow for game six. It could end after that, but if not game seven is set for Wednesday.

As for the Orioles, news is still slow although there was a weird story about pension fraud that was quickly debunked by MLB over the weekend, as well as the news that the team lost its appeal in the MASN case against the Nationals. That’s not great, but the Orioles apparently plan to appeal yet again. Good luck, I guess.

Links

Ranking a few of the best aspects of the 2020 Orioles - Steve Melewski
If you ever want to look on the bright side of things with the Orioles, Steve Melewski is your go-to guy. And he's not wrong about these!

Orioles sign Wilkerson to minor league contract - School of Roch
Dr. Poo Poo is back, y'all.

World Series Walk-Off Errors - USA Today
In honor of the walk-off win by the Rays in game four of the World Series, USA Today has compiled a list of games that ended on an error in the World Series. In 1969, the Orioles were, unfortunately, the team that made the error.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You are birthday buddies with 2019-20 Oriole Dwight Smith, Jr., who turns 28 years old today. Smith was designated for assignment in August, but cleared waivers and went to the alternate training site. So we still might see him with the O’s in the future.

It’s also the 70th birthday of Wayne Garland, who pitched in 91 games for the Orioles from 1973-76, and the 71st birthday of Mike Hargrove, who managed the Orioles from 2000-03.

This day in baseball history isn’t very interesting to me today, so let’s take it a little broader. On this day in all of the history:

  • In 1520, Charles V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor
  • In 1774, the first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. They were really into boycotting British goods.
  • In 1977, the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control announce that, thanks to the successful vaccination, smallpox has been eradicated.
  • In 2001, the United States signs the PATRIOT Act into law.