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Saturday Bird Droppings: Remember, remember, the eighth of November

It was a quiet first week of free agency, but one bit of news is that Tommy Hunter will be headed with the MLB All-Stars to Japan.

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Hello, friends.

There are 148 days between now and Orioles Opening Day 2015. There are a lot of 40-degree days between now and then, literal 40-degree days and days that are more along the lines of the classic Stringer Bell rant. Nobody got nothin' to say about 40, but here we are anyway.

Some of what passes for news on this Saturday in early November:

Despite more successful season, Orioles receiving fewer postseason awards - Baltimore Sun
The Orioles won 96 games this year, which is awesome. They didn't win any Silver Slugger awards, though, whereas last year they won three Silver Sluggers. You know what? I'm happy to have the AL East division banner instead.

No question who Orioles closer for 2015 is | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Rich Dubroff writes that Zach Britton has already got the closer role locked down for next year. Here's hoping he isn't following the Jim Johnson career path.

Hunter on pitching staff for Japan All-Star Series |
Tommy Hunter gets a trip to Japan, courtesy of Major League Baseball. He'll be playing on a team of MLB All-Stars against a team of Japanese All-Stars in an exhibition series.

Elsewhere in the world of SB Nation MLB...

St. Louis Cardinals target free agent Andrew Miller with Randy Choate out of favor - Viva El Birdos
One of the Ten Commandments says that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, but it doesn't say anything about free agent relievers. And the Orioles and Cardinals aren't exactly neighbors anyway.

Today is the birthday of a couple of Orioles short-timers: Carlos Casimiro, whose two-game big league career took place here in 2000, and Dwight Smith, who was here for 28 games in 1994.

And that's the way it is in Birdland on November 8. Have a safe Saturday.