There are now 70 days remaining until the next scheduled Orioles game, which is Opening Day. One month from today, the position players will be joining pitchers and catchers at Sarasota, with the first full squad workout scheduled for one month and one day from today.
The next month will probably see a good bit of movement with free agents joining new teams, or rejoining their old teams. The Orioles, well, you already know that not much if any of that activity is going to involve them.
Meanwhile, their division rivals are out there trying to improve - some of them, at least. The Blue Jays signed George Springer. The Yankees are cobbling together a potentially fragile, potentially high-upside rotation. The Rays have made trades to try to set themselves up for the future while still competing in the present.
It’s a challenge for the Orioles, as one of today’s links is well aware. The Orioles are trying to rebuild for a better future, but while they’re doing this, their competition is not just withering away into nothing, counting on the exact same players to keep doing the same things as they get older and older. The old “I like our guys” philosophy felt good until our guys started not being good enough.
These other teams are good and they are trying to stay that way. When are the Orioles going to make it back to that level? This year is not looking so good. I don’t know about next year either, but it has at least been exciting to see the praise for both Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall in recent days. I still hope that better times will be coming, even if I don’t quite know when they’ll get here.
Around the blogO’sphere
When he gets here, Rutschman’s biggest foe may be expectations (Steve Melewski)
It took until the third big league season for Matt Wieters to exceed 5+ WAR, and he only topped 2 WAR three times in his career. I hope Adley Rutschman can exceed that.
Blue Jays addition of George Springer steepens Orioles path to competitiveness (Baltimore Sun)
One thing about the Orioles rebuilding is that most of the other AL East teams are already good and making moves to try to stay that way.
An all-time great Orioles memory with the late Don Sutton (Baltimore Baseball)
Rich Dubroff recalls a matchup between two future Hall of Fame starting pitchers on the last day of the 1982 regular season, when the Orioles had a chance to win the division in Earl Weaver’s (first) final game.
Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries
There are a few former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 1996 reliever Keith Shepherd, 1972-75 reliever Bob Reynolds, 1970/72 catcher Johnny Oates, and 1954 outfielder Sam Mele. Oates, you may know, was also an Orioles manager.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Revolutionary War military leader Ethan Allen (1738), fashion designer Christian Dior (1905), comedian Benny Hill (1924), golfer Jack Nicklaus (1940), actor Geena Davis (1956), and basketballer Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon (1963).
On this day in history...
In 1789, William Hill Brown’s The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth was first printed in Boston. It is recognized as the first American novel.
In 1919, an Irish parliament proclaimed the independence of Ireland from the United Kingdom.
In 1954, then-First Lady Mamie Eisenhower launched USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine. The Nautilus later became the first ship to complete a submerged transit to the North Pole.
In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the Battle of Khe Sanh began with North Vietnamese attacks on a Marine base.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 21. Have a safe Thursday.