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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where it’s the Orioles’ 67th birthday!

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The farm system is coming along nicely and it’s Nick Markakis’s and the Orioles’ birthday!

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Happy Tuesday, Camden Chatters! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far and staying safe out there in this scary world.

In yesterday’s Bird Droppings, Paul mentioned that it was the day for the release of the Hall of Fame ballot. His Baseball-Reference.com fueled speculation about who would make the ballot was pretty much right on, except that former Oriole Kevin Gregg did NOT make the list. Can you imagine? You can check out the full ballot over at mlb.com.

The news remains slow for the Orioles, although they did finalize the trade that sent Hector Velazquez to the Astros for a PTBNL. That PTBNL is now named, and he is 18-year-old pitcher Miguel Padilla. Welcome to Birdland, Miguel!

The completion of this trade marked the final player to return to the Orioles as part of the trades that Mike Elias made during the 2020 season. Mark Brown wrote about Padilla and all of the trade returns yesterday. Read up!

Links

After his up-and-down 2020, where does Stewart fit among O's outfielders? - Steve Melewski
I mean no offense to DJ Stewart but I'm guessing he doesn't really fit at all.

Orioles' best players not in Cooperstown - MLB.com
Joe Trezza gives a rundown on the top five Orioles who didn't make the Hall of Fame. Can you guess who is on his list?

Two years into rebuild, Orioles GM Mike Elias sees an ‘improving’ team with a farm system on the rise - Baltimore Sun
But when will the Orioles make the playoffs, Mike? How much longer do we have to wait?

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have so many Orioles birthday buddies! One stands above the rest, though, and that’s former Oriole Nick Markakis. Recently named the 17th best Oriole in team history by this site, today Markakis turns 37 years old. Markakis just finished his 15th major league season by falling just one game short of the World Series with the Atlanta Braves

Markakis is currently a free agent and at his age and in this uncertain time of free agency in MLB, his career might now be over. If so, it was a good one. Happy birthday, Nick!

It’s also the birthday of former Orioles Everth Cabrera (34), Scott Moore (37), Darnell McDonald (42), Eli Marrero (47), Brad Havens (61), and Orlando Peña (87).

On this day in 1953, the St. Louis Browns officially became the Baltimore Baseball Club, Inc. The board votes to change its name to the Baltimore Orioles. Hey, happy birthday Baltimore Orioles! That might be an even better birthday buddy than Nick Markakis.