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New Year’s Eve Bird Droppings

One day more and then it will be 2024

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - January 01, 2023 Photo by Gotham/GC Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 88 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2024. The next time I update you on the countdown, we will be into 2024. For now, it is Albert Belle days to go until real baseball is back - or, if you prefer, Rene Gonzales days to go.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is not an eventful one in a lot of people’s professional lives. The baseball world is still finding some activity, though. Yesterday brought a surprise trade, with Chris Sale being shipped to Atlanta, along with some money that will be used to pay his contract, in exchange for 23-year-old infielder Vaughn Grissom.

The righty-batting Grissom went to the same high school as Ryan Mountcastle, though they did not overlap. He has a career .746 OPS in 236 plate appearances. That was much better performance in 2022 than in 2023. No offense to Vaughn, but since he’s on the Red Sox now, I hope he sucks.

The Orioles had some news of their own. It was not so immediately impactful. There were a bunch of minor league signings, some of which had been previously reported:

If we hear about any of these guys in the regular season next year for the Orioles, things will have either gone very very well for them, or very very poorly for the Orioles. Charles is the latest hard-throwing, command-challenged guy from another organization; he joined the O’s this year after previously having been in Oakland’s minor league system. Charles has a 7.9 BB/9 across seven minor league seasons, which is honestly kind of impressively horrible.

Around the blogO’sphere

Is a trade inevitable for the Orioles? (Steve Melewski)
I’ve been thinking some kind of big “trade prospects for a quality player” trade was going to happen for at least the past year and it hasn’t happened yet. The Cole Irvin, Shintaro Fujinami, and Jack Flaherty trades certainly don’t count.

The music, habits, and progress that defined the Orioles (Baltimore Baseball)
Andy Kostka riffs on Spotify Wrapped to run down some of the Orioles happenings this year.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 1990 outfielder Donell Nixon, 1964-65 pitcher Ken Rowe, and 1955 pitcher Ted Gray.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Revolutionary War loser Charles Cornwallis (1738), baseball Hall of Famer King Kelly (1857), five-star general George Marshall (1880), actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), musician John Denver (1943), Hugo Award-winning author Connie Willis (1945), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz (1968), rapper Psy (1977), and gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas (1995).

On this day in history...

In 1796, the city of Baltimore was incorporated.

In 1862, President Lincoln signed into law an act that would admit West Virginia as the 35th state, though it was not formally admitted until June of the following year.

In 1951, the Marshall Plan, so named for one of today’s birthdays, expired. The plan, famous to history for helping to rebuild western Europe after World War II, distributed over $13 billion while it was in operation. In today’s terms, that’s over $170 billion.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 31. Have a safe New Year’s Eve.