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Monday Bird Droppings: Happy New Year, Birdland!

What will 2024 bring for your favorite baseball team?

MLB: New York Mets at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Happy New Year, Birdland! Welcome to the year 2024. Have you made any resolutions? If you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

What kind of resolutions do you think the Orioles should have? It’s hard to improve on 101 wins, that’s for sure. So maybe just more of the same would do. But will they have what it takes to keep that up?

They need Craig Kimbrel, Dillon Tate, and the rest of the bullpen to pick of the slack of missing Félix Bautista for the entire year.

They need the starting rotation to step up for the full season. What that will look like is anyone’s guess. Will John Means be healthy and effective? Will Kyle Bradish and Grayson Rodriguez dazzle us as they did in 2023? What’s the deal with Dean Kremer and Tyler Wells? Will the front office trade for or sign another starter and if so, who?

What will the infield look like? Ramón Urías and Jorge Mateo both played a role on the 2023 team but could be pushed out by the emergence of young infielders like Jordan Westburg and Gunnar Henderson and the glut of prospects. Which of those will make the team out of spring training, who will be traded, who will be shipped to Norfolk?

Whatever the answers are to these questions, we’ll find out this year. Because it’s 2024 and baseball will be played in just a matter of months.

Ravens and Orioles win division titles in same year for first time in history – Capital Gazette
This is a fun fact! Of course, the Orioles have spent most of the Ravens' existence being a very bad baseball team.

The year 2023 will be remembered in Birdland as the year the O's moved back atop the AL East - MASN Sports
Steve Melewski has fun facts about the 2023 Orioles. Say what you want about 2023 as a whole, it was an incredible time to be an Orioles fan.

The athletes and moments that defined Baltimore sports in 2023 - The Baltimore Banner
The Banner's Kyle Goon doles out some end-of-year awards in the Baltimore sports world.

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday, you New Year’s Baby! You have three Orioles birthday buddies. Xavier Avery (34) was a speedy outfielder with his only Major League experience in 32 games with the 2012 Orioles.

Fernando Tatis (49) had an 11-season big league career, including 28 games with the Orioles in 2006.

And Foster Castleman (b. 1931, d. 2020) appeared in 98 games with the Orioles way back in 1958. He was a utility infielder with an OPS of .482. Great name.

New Year’s Day is, as you might imagine, a light one for MLB transactions. There have only been two transactions related to the Orioles on this day. One year ago today the Detroit Tigers claimed Tyler Nevin from the Orioles. And back in 1991, the Orioles signed free agent Roy Smith. Smith pitched in 17 games for the Orioles in ‘91 with a 5.60 ERA.