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It may be an unusual one this year, but Merry Christmas!

Snowstorm in New York City Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

To all those who celebrate, Merry Christmas! If you’re anything like me, your Christmas festivities are going to look a lot different this year than they normally do. This will be the first one of my lifetime in which I won’t be seeing my family except on a computer screen. But with the pandemic still ravaging the country, staying home is the best way to play it safe.

If you’re in the same boat, I’m sorry. It sucks. But there’s hope on the horizon, and in all likelihood, this time next year we’ll be able to safely enjoy family get-togethers again. For now, let’s try to make the best we can of this most unusual holiday season, and take comfort in the fact that this debacle known as 2020 is almost over. Here’s to better days ahead.


Roster work doesn’t take a holiday break (updated) - School of Roch
I mean, it kind of does. From what I can tell, the Orioles have never made a transaction on Christmas Day. But they have made a few minor ones on Christmas Eve, as Roch Kubatko notes.

Mansolino joins O’s as 3B coach (reports) -
Speaking of minor moves, the Orioles made a little bit of news this Christmas Eve, unofficially hiring Tony Mansolino as their new third base coach. I know nothing about him, but his name is an anagram of “snail monotony.” So, uh, make of that what you will.

Holiday wishes for the Orioles and their fans -
Rich Dubroff’s holiday wishes for various members of the Orioles all basically boil down to “May he have a good season next year.” Except Chris Davis, for whom it’s “May he find peace.” That does seem a bit more realistic than a good season for him.

Orioles birthdays and history

Were you born on Christmas Day? That’s pretty cool! Unless it means people stiff you on presents by combining your birthday and Christmas presents into one, in which case, not cool. There have been three Orioles with Christmas birthdays: mid-1980s infielder Tom O’Malley, who turns 60, and the late right-handers Mike Blyzka (b. 1928, d. 2004) and Charlie Beamon (b. 1934, d. 2016).

As noted earlier, the Orioles haven’t made any moves on this date in history, because it’s not really a day for thinking about baseball. So, go out — or rather, stay in — and enjoy it, everyone!