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Monday Bird Droppings: Still waiting for baseball to make a deal for 2020

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We’re a week into June and it’s still a mystery when there will be MLB games in 2020.

MLB: MAR 06 Spring Training - Orioles at Yankees Photo by /Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hello, friends.

In the parallel universe where everything is exactly the same as this one except the baseball season was able to begin as originally scheduled, the Orioles would have played in 65 games by now. Instead, no one really knows if the regular season will even have as many as 65 games, or even if it will be played at all.

One thing that would have been happening this week regardless is the 2020 edition of the MLB draft. It’s going to be different than originally envisioned, since the original plan was for it to take place in Omaha to coincide with the College World Series, and it would have been the standard 40 rounds. Instead, it’s going to be five rounds and it will take place virtually from the usual MLB studio in New Jersey.

The Orioles have another two days to decide whether they are going to do what “everyone” thinks they should do and draft Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin, or whether they will go off on their own course. This is, of course, assuming that the Tigers select Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson at #1 overall, which is also what “everyone” thinks they should do.

In the meantime, there are simulated versions of the Orioles that may offer some brief, mild diversion. The Orioles of the Baseball Reference Out of the Park Baseball simulation pitched a shutout against the Astros yesterday, winning 7-0. The Orioles infield pulled off four double plays, both Trey Mancini and Austin Hays had outfield assists, and four Orioles, including Hays, hit home runs.

DJ Stewart went 4-5 in the game and is now hitting .348/.417/.707 in 26 games in this sim. That would be fun to see in real life. Mancini’s sim batting line of .333/.404/.678 would not be any less fun to have happening for our favorite baseball team.

Around the blogO’sphere

Remembering a few brushes with greatness (School of Roch)
We’ve reached the “Roch tells stories of random celebrity encounters” portion of baseball’s coronavirus delay.

Orioles’ 2019 draft class still shows promise, even without games this season (Baltimore Sun)
Mike Elias says it’s “definitely not ideal” for there to be no minor league baseball this season, though he’s still optimistic about their development, naturally.

Who will the Orioles take with the No. 2 draft pick? (Orioles.com)
There’s no answer to the question here, but there is a lot about how the Orioles have tried to prepared for this year’s draft. Maybe like your own life over the last few months, there were a lot of Zoom meetings.

A look at O’s potential pursuit of undrafted players (Steve Melewski)
The O’s have a draft board of 500 players, so there are going to be a lot of guys who might interest them who go undrafted. They just have to be willing to sign with the Orioles for a bonus that’s capped at $20,000.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

Today in 1986, the Orioles beat the Yankees, 18-9, in a game that was then the longest (by time) nine-inning game in American League History. The win gave the O’s a 33-20 record, though things didn’t go as well the rest of the season. They went 40-69 from that point and finished last in the AL East.

There are a few former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 2013-16 pitcher T.J. McFarland, 1980-85 infielder Lenn Sakata, 1965-81 shortstop Mark Belanger, and 1963 reliever George Brunet.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), actor Jerry Stiller (1927), comedian Joan Rivers (1933), singer-songwriter Bonnie Tyler (1951), World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee (1955), and rapper Kanye West (1977).

On this day in history...

In 793, Vikings raided an abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria in modern day England. It’s thought to be the first of the Norse raids on the British Isles.

In 1789, James Madison introduced twelve proposed amendments to the Constitution, ten of which became the Bill of Rights. Madison’s original First Amendment, the Congressional Apportionment Amendment, was one state short of adoption in 1792. The original Second Amendment was finally adopted in 1992.

In 1949, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published. The book is thought to have sold 30 million copies.

In 1966, sixteen people were killed when an F5 tornado struck Topeka, Kansas. This is the first tornado that resulted in more than $100 million in damages in America.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on June 8. Have a safe Monday.