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Jared Wickerham

What has happened to the closer? | Eutaw Street Report
Tony Pezzica thinks the way teams are thinking about closers is changing, making them less valuable. I hope so.

The Drill: Trying to keep up with the Joneses
This is a weird little post about various C/Khris Davises.

Showalter on Jim Johnson: 'He was everybody's guy' | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Buck is sad.

Jim Johnson says 'I wasn't emotional until I started getting messages from former Orioles teammates' - Baltimore Sun
Everyone is so sad. I'm not sad. Does that mean I'm dead inside?

Your Baseball Team's Geneaology, in One Incredible Infographic - Mark Byrnes - The Atlantic Cities
The genealogy of every MLB team. Pretty cool. I mean, I wouldn't pay $36 so I can hang it on my wall, but still. Pretty cool.

Camden Depot: Closing in Camden: Who Gets the Ninth Inning in 2014?
Camden Depot's take on the 2014 closer role for the Orioles.

Today is the birthday of former Orioles Bill Swaggerty, Gary Roenicke, John Papa (now I want pizza), and Gene Harris.

On this day in 1998 the Orioles signed Will Clark to a two-year contract.