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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where everyone’s got questions about the 2021 Orioles

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Orioles Opening Day is less than three months away, and the start of spring training is less than a month and a half away. Or at least that’s the current schedule.

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One of the questions on a lot of Birdland’s mind: Will Trey Mancini be able to play, and how will he do when he does?
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Hello, friends.

There are now 89 days remaining until the next scheduled Orioles game, which is Opening Day. How fun! Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Sarasota for the start of spring training in a month and 13 days from now. That’s not too far off, you know, assuming that 2020 doesn’t reach out from a calendar past and continue to delay things. Unfortunately for all of us, the pandemic that dominated 2020 isn’t over just because we’re a few days into 2021.

Last month, Cardinals executive John Mozeliak said of the slow-developing free agent market that January is the new December. Now that we are in January, I guess we’ll find out if he was right.

Orioles fans are well aware that this has nothing to do with our favorite baseball team. The Orioles are not going to sign George Springer or Trevor Bauer or whoever else. They have already done what they are going to do, except maybe bring in minor league veteran depth for the rotation and for the infield. It won’t make many waves if the O’s, as several pundits have predicted, ink Freddy Galvis to be their shortstop.

I think that there is, at least, more to be excited about for the coming baseball season than there was at this time last year. We got to see debuts of Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer, and Ryan Mountcastle in 2020, so we’ve got more time with them to look forward to. We can hope that they will be joined on the Orioles by any number of prospects, especially Yusniel Diaz, Zac Lowther, and Michael Baumann, and we can maybe even hope that by season’s end there will be an Adley Rutschman cameo.

What will be nice is when we reach a point where it looks like the baseball season will be able to happen in something close to its usual form so that those are things we can look forward to more. If they could get through 60 games last year, it seems like they should be able to get through 162 games this year, but who knows. I’ll be at least a little anxious about things happening as scheduled until pitchers and catchers report, and then I’ll be a little anxious until Opening Day.

Around the blogO’sphere

Hess on Rutschman: “He’s the real deal” (School of Roch)
For anyone out there who was waiting for the David Hess endorsement before getting excited about Adley Rutschman.

Five questions for Orioles entering 2021 (Orioles.com)
In keeping with the Rutschman theme, the one I’m the most curious about is whether he will get to debut at some point in 2021. I hope so!

Farewell to 2020, and welcome to Orioles questions for 2021 (Baltimore Baseball)
Rich Dubroff also enters the year with questions, some of which are the same as Joe Trezza’s questions and some of which are not. They both wonder about Trey Mancini, which is also one I’m curious about.

Would O’s trade a Cy Young winner with three years left on deal? (Steve Melewski)
Steve doesn’t think the Mike Elias Orioles would do a deal like Tampa Bay did in trading Blake Snell. I suppose it would be nice as a fan to have an Orioles Cy Young winner to be put in that possible situation in the first place.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

One lone former Oriole has a birthday today. It is the 31st birthday of 2015-19 pitcher, and recent KBO champion, Mike Wright.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: philosopher Cicero (106 BC), writer J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 AD), The Beatles producer George Martin (1926), Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones (1946), and Community creator Dan Harmon (1973).

On this day in history...

In 1521, the pope of the time, Leo X, issued a bull Decet Romanum Pacificum, in which Martin Luther was excommunicated.

In 1777, the Americans defeated the British in the Battle of Princeton, a follow-up battle in the same campaign that saw the famous Washington crossing of the Delaware.

In 1868, Japan’s ruling Tokugawa Shogunate, which had ruled the country since 1600, was abolished, paving the way for the eventual Meiji Restoration.

In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state of the Union.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 3. Have a safe Sunday.