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Monday Bird Droppings: Where we’re making our Orioles resolutions

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The new year is here, and baseball will be here soon too.

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Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! The holidays are over, which means it’s time to get back into our regular routines. No more Christmas cookies, no more vacation days from work, it’s just back to the grind. With the added bonus of resolutions! So what are you all going to work on in 2021 to improve yourself?

The Orioles might also have some resolutions for 2021. Maybe they want to resolve to lose fewer than 100 games without needing the help of a global pandemic. It could happen! I know I’d like to see it. What resolutions would you suggest to the Orioles?

Now that we’re in 2021, I can practically taste the excitement of spring training. When you see those first cell phone pics tweeted by beat writers of players arriving? There’s nothing like it! You get all hyped, only to remember that spring training is mostly just pictures of guys stretching and Brandon Hyde standing around holding a bat.

But then, on February 27th, the guys will suit up for their first spring game. And THAT will be exciting, because finally it’s real baseball! But then the players you recognize (if you do, in fact, recognize any Orioles) will come out after three innings.

But THEN, on April 1st, just 88 days from today, the Orioles will actually play real baseball. For real. Against the Red Sox. It’ll be here soon!

Links

What will keep the fans invested in 2021? - Steve Melewski
Do you have an answer to this? I don't really, but I'm one of the weirdos who stays engaged even when the Orioles are terrible. Melewski offers a few options.

Sceroler ready to return to the mound after Baltimore Orioles select him in Rule 5 draft | theadvocate.com
You can read another interview with Rule 5 pick Max Scerolor, this one from his local newspaper. He took advantage of the minor league season being canceled to finish his degree! But he also threw baseballs, don't worry.

Ryan Mountcastle 2021 Player Outlook: A top hitting prospect, just tread carefully | Fantasy News
Do you wonder if you should put Ryan Mountcastle on your fantasy team? Then read this! Back when I played fantasy baseball I tried to avoid all Orioles. It was pretty easy because they were terrible.

Inspirational Women of Birdland: Fans Making A Difference in Our Community
Get inspired!

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have just one Orioles birthday buddy. Jay Tibbs was born on this day in 1962. Tibbs pitched for the Orioles from 1988-90. Tibbs appeared in 30 games (24 starts) with the 1988 Orioles with the kind of results you’d expect from a pitcher on the ‘88 team.

In 1989, though, Tibbs captured some of the Why Not? magic in 1989 with a 2.82 ERA in 10 games. But sadly an injury cut his season short and he needed shoulder surgery. He couldn’t bounce back in 1990 and was ultimately DFA’d and then traded to the Pirates, where he ended his major league career.

On this day in 2011, the Orioles signed closer Kevin Gregg to a two-year contract. It’s ten years later and I still haven’t acquired a taste for his pitching.