Good morning, Birdland!
Another day went by and it seems, publicly at least, that MLB and the MLBPA are no closer to an agreement that would see baseball return for your viewing pleasure.
The team owners want 50 games. The players want 82 games. Pro-rated salaries are on the table, depending on the number of games played. And it sounds like players will receive full service time, regardless of what happens.
The general consensus of those “in the know” is that some sort of agreement will materialize in the coming days. If it does, I will be excited and interested to watch as many games as possible. All the while, I will be aware that whether or not baseball returns right now is fairly trivial considering the current moment in which we exist.
Links & Notes
The Dark Ages: 1998 - The Warehouse Podcast
In case you didn’t know, I have have an Orioles podcast that I occasionally do with a couple pals of mine. With no baseball currently happening we decided to go back in time and recap each of the 14 consecutive losing seasons the O’s experienced from 1998 through 2011. This is our first episode. And before you say it, I apologize for the sound quality. It’s from a Zoom call. It should be better moving forward.
Five questions about the Orioles’ plans for the 2020 draft - The Baltimore Sun
Jon Meoli is back in our lives after being furloughed by The Sun for a couple of weeks amidst the financial difficulties of the ongoing pandemic. He’s not the hero we deserve, but the one we need.
Orioles in statement: ‘We are committed to advocate for the change our country needs’ - Yahoo! Sports
A series of tweets is the bare minimum that an organization can do at a time like this. Real change requires action and investment, and those are two things that the Orioles may yet do. But this is a start. This is something that very few other sports teams did and for that I do appreciate the Orioles and feel proud of my team.
The latest with the baseball talks, plus international notes - Steve Melewski
MLB has not decided on what to do with this year’s international signing period. It is due to open on July 2, like normal, but it could be pushed back to January 15. Either way, the Orioles are expected to sign higher-profile players this time around.
Former union official thinks there’s room for compromise in baseball negotiations - Baltimore Baseball
Of course. There is always room for concessions on both sides, but which side will be making the greater sacrifice? Whomever it is will set a precedent that, when the going gets tough, they can take less money to keep the wheels in motion. That’s not something they are going to be too keen on doing.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
Robert Machado, an O’s catcher for parts of two seasons in 2003 and ‘04, turns 47. Another catcher, Izzy Molina, who appeared in one game for the 2002 Orioles, is 49. Journeyman infielder Aaron Ledesma, who spent 43 games as an Oriole in 1997, is 49. Jim Dwyer, an O’s first baseman and outfielder from 1981 through 1988, is 70. And finally, Jim Gentile, who made three All-Star games as a member of the Birds from 1960 through 1963, is 85.
2019 - For just the second time in their history the Orioles make the first overall selection in the amateur draft. They pick switch-hitting catcher Adley Rutschman out of Oregon State University.