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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where we are waiting for spring training games to start

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In other news: Castro is safe, the O’s add an infielder and Harvey is happy to relieve.

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Good morning, Birdland!

OK, pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training. Many of the those players have spoken with the press. We have our quotes. Yada, yada, yada. What’s next?

Well, games don’t start for more than a week. Here are the dates to know:

February 16 - Position players report

February 17 - First full squad workout

February 22 - First spring training game (at Braves), 1.05 p.m. ET

So, how do you watch those games? Well, it’s unclear.

The Orioles website has a page dedicated to their “Broadcast Affiliates.” And that page has a “Broadcast Schedule” button. But that button only leads to the Orioles entire schedule. While it would be neat to see every single game this spring on TV, we know that isn’t going to happen. It never happens.

If 2020 is anything like 2019, the team will announce the broadcast schedule sometime this week. Last year the news came out on February 14.

In 2019, the O’s broadcast seven spring games on MASN, 13 games on the radio and 16 on Orioles.com and the MLB At Bat app.

In some way, shape or form you will get your Orioles content. Just as soon as the Orioles decide to give it to you!

Links & Notes

O’s Castro focused after scary offseason incident - Orioles.com
It is good to hear that Miguel Castro seems to be coping well with what was certainly a traumatizing experience. Hopefully the Orioles and MLB provide him whatever additional support he may need.

Harvey ready to handle relief role if on team - School of Roch
It can be difficult to transition a talented pitcher from a full-time starter to exclusively coming on in relief, but it seems like everyone involved is fairly happy with Hunter Harvey’s situation. While there will still be talk of moving the former top draft pick back to the rotation, his immediate future remains in the bullpen, where he flashed tripe-digit velocity in his big league debut late last summer.

Orioles Claim Ramon Urias - MLB Trade Rumors
Add another fringe-y infielder to the mix. Ramon Urias, 25, has played at just about every level of professional baseball except for the majors. He has also played all over the diamond, but his home is second base. He will now jump into a battle with Richard Urena and, to a lesser extent, Stevie Wilkerson to see who will serve as the Orioles utility-man.

Elias, Hyde more comfortable as spring training begins - Baltimore Baseball
It is the second spring training under the Mike Elias/Brandon Hyde regime. They know where to park at Ed Smith Stadium. They won’t get lost in the hallways. They don’t need to ask for directions. This is their home now. Maybe that allows them to refocus their energy elsewhere, or maybe it doesn’t matter at all. I have no clue how to measure for “familiarity.”

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Chris Snyder, a catcher that appeared in nine games for the 2013 Orioles, turns 39 today. Adam Stern, who played in two games for the 2007 team, is 40 years old. Don Stanhouse, an O’s hurler for two seasons, including an All-Star campaign in 1979, celebrates his 69th birthday. It is the birthday of the late Pat Dobson (b. 1942, d. 2006), who donned the orange and black for two solid seasons in 1971 and ‘72. And finally, happy birthday to 81-year-old Jerry Walker, a pitcher for the Orioles from 1957 through 1960.

Baseball Reference doesn’t mention any other significant events regarding the Baltimore Orioles history occurring on February 12, so here are some notable happenings outside of the Charm City:

1878 - The captain of the Harvard Baseball Club, Frederick W. Thayer, patents the catcher’s mask.

1924 - The National League will follow the American League’s model and award $1,000 to the player that is selected as the Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America.