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Thursday Bird Droppings: Progress towards a 2020 season deal

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MLB and the players have reportedly gotten closer to reaching a deal for 2020 baseball. It’s nice to hear progress after recent days.

Seattle Mariners v Baltimore Orioles
There might be games at Camden Yards next month.
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Hello, friends.

In the parallel universe where everyone is exactly the same as this one except that the baseball season was able to go on unimpeded, the Orioles would have played in 74 games by now. Instead, well, you know. It’s looking likely that there will be fewer than 74 games played in the 2020 season.

The good news is that yesterday appears to have seen something of a breakthrough in the impasse that has been caused by ownership greed. An MLB-released statement indicated that the commissioner and MLBPA boss Tony Clark have “a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement.” It’s better than some of the apocalyptic rhetoric that we’d seen over the previous days.

Among the reported details of the latest proposal is that there will be a playoff expanded to 16 teams for this year and next. Players are to receive the full prorated pay for games played. That’s 60 games in the latest proposal and there seems to be some expectation among baseball writers that will end up at 65 or 66 games, with the possibility of the shortened season getting under way on July 19.

Maybe if we’re lucky, within a week or so the only MLB action there is to think about won’t be the imaginary kind. The simulated Orioles of Baseball Reference’s Out of the Park Baseball league were victorious yesterday over the Indians, 2-1, as Alex Cobb outdueled Shane Bieber. Renato Nunez tied the game in the seventh with his 15th homer, while the go-ahead run scored on a balk three batters later.

Around the blogO’sphere

Can Orioles’ first round draft picks win a championship? (School of Roch)
Roch notes that the last time an Orioles first round pick won a World Series with the Orioles was when 1974 first rounder Rich Dauer won along with the rest of the 1983 team.

Orioles draft pick Coby Mayo survived the Parkland school shooting. He plays to honor those who didn’t. (Baltimore Sun)
A great story isn’t all that it takes to get a player to MLB, but O’s fourth rounder Coby Mayo sure has a great story for his career ready to go if he does make it.

Pair of college RHPs agree to deals with Orioles (
A rundown of the Orioles several undrafted free agent signings so far. When will any of them get to play? Perhaps we’ll know after MLB and the players reach a deal.

Unrelated to any of this, here’s Mike Elias reading a bedtime story:

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

Today in 2007, the Orioles fired manager Sam Perlozzo. His replacement, Dave Trembley, was also eventually fired mid-season.

A pair of former Orioles were born on this day. They are: 2014-18 catcher Caleb Joseph, and 2003 reserve Carlos Mendez.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: publisher E.W. Scripps (1854), library founder Henry Clay Folger (1857), musician Paul McCartney (1942), movie critic Roger Ebert (1942), and rapper Takeoff (1994).

On this day in history...

In 1429, Joan of Arc led a French force to victory over the English in the Battle of Patay, a decisive win that helped shift the tide of the Hundred Years War towards the French.

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated once and for all in the Battle of Waterloo, after which he was forced to abdicate the throne of France for a second time.

In 1873, Susan B. Anthony was given a $100 fine for attempting to vote in the presidential election of 1872.

In 1940, Winston Churchill delivered a speech to Parliament in which he delivered another of his famous wartime passages, known today as the “This was their finest hour” speech.

In 1983, astronaut Sally Ride went into space on a mission of the space shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman in space.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on June 18. Have a safe Thursday.