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Sunday Bird Droppings: Post-Thanksgiving daze

Pondering Kremer, evaluating Gunnar, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! If you’re here to catch up on the latest Orioles news, I am sorry to say there isn’t much to report on at the moment. It’s Thanksgiving weekend, what did you expect?

I’ve been enjoying the long weekend doing the usual Thanksgiving weekend things. I’ve eaten several turkey and cranberry sandwiches, decorated the Christmas tree, and braved the crowds at Target to pick up a few holiday items.

Now seems like a good time to either remind you of or introduce you to the Instagram page @offseason_bites. The account is run by Dean Kremer and his girlfriend where they showcase meals they make together during the offseason. I always enjoy it when it pops up in my feed and stories.

It remains to be seen what impact Kremer will have on the Orioles in 2024 and beyond. When Paul wrote about him a week ago, his outlook wasn’t all that rosy. And it’s easy to see why he wrote it. There were a number of red flags in his stats, and the last time we saw him he was helping his team get eliminated from the playoffs.

But for much of the season, Kremer was a reliable presence in the rotation. He had stretches where he looked downright great. If he could stop giving up millions of home runs, those stretches could go on even longer. Maybe it’s the optimism of the offseason setting in, but I’m ready for him to see him excel in 2024.

Links

Was Gunnar Henderson’s season the best ever by an Orioles rookie? - The Baltimore Banner
If you're going by bWAR, the answer is a resounding yes. Paul Mancano compares Gunnar Henderson's 2023 season to other great rookie seasons in team history.

Looking back at Orioles' contract tender decisions and signings for 2024 - MASN Sports
From a few days ago. Roch Kubatko takes a closer look at some of the players who were tendered a contract by the Orioles and where they might fit on the team (if they do fit at all).

Holiday gifts for Oriole fans - BaltimoreBaseball.com
This headline made me think Rich Dubroff was going to try and sell me on a sweet Jorge Mateo jersey. But he actually gives a rundown on the best O's road trips in 2024, which is more interesting.

Birthday and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. John Parrish turns 46 years old today. Parrish spent parts of six seasons with the Orioles from 2000 to 2007. My only last memory of him is that he was traded to the Mariners while the Mariners were playing in Baltimore. So one night Parrish pitched against the Mariners and the next he was in their bullpen.

Today is the 63rd birthday of former Oriole and current MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds. Reynolds's 12-season career included 145 games with the Orioles in 1993.