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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where the offseason sucks a little bit less

Steve Johnson is off of the 40-man roster, Joe Maddon is out of Tampa, and the Orioles are out of baseball games until April of next year. Your Saturday Orioles news and links.

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There are 23 weeks left until the Orioles play their first real baseball game of 2015. The World Series is still ongoing, the Royals holding a 2-1 lead because of course they are. I am numb, and unlike Pink Floyd would say, I am not comfortably so. Things are slow in the O's part of the baseball world - the biggest news being Steve Johnson getting outrighted off of the 40-man roster, although the departure of Joe Maddon from Tampa makes things interesting for a division rival.

Here are your links for the weekend:

2014 Orioles Roster Review, Part Three: The Part-Time Contributors (Press Box)

Friend of Camden Chat PaulFolk rates the seasons of some of the Orioles who got less playing time but were nonetheless important to the team.

Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne says memories of 1989 World Series earthquake still vivid - Baltimore Sun

When the earth started shaking during the 1989 World Series, Gary Thorne was there. It's hard to remember sometimes that he did baseball broadcasting for so long before getting the Orioles job. We're lucky to have him.

Baltimore Orioles: What to do with Andrew Miller? (Birds Watcher)

Elsewhere in the blogO'sphere, the debate continues over the O's midseason trade acquisition and whether they should do what it takes to retain his services.

5 Reasons Orioles Fans Are Rooting Against The Royals " CBS Baltimore

People who write lists like this should feel bad, although I'm certainly sympathetic to the overall message.

Elsewhere in the world of SB Nation MLB...

Wrigley Field Construction Update: October 23 - Bleed Cubbie Blue

The Wrigley Field bleachers are being torn up as part of some significant offseason renovations. Our Cubs blog compatriots have been documenting the construction with pictures.

And that's the way it is in Birdland on October 25. Have a safe Saturday.