There are now 88 days until Orioles Opening Day. This is perhaps something of an inauspicious day considering that, as the #88 was the one worn by Albert Belle during his time with the team. The good news is that tomorrow is only a day away.
Stop me if you've heard this one before, but there's not a whole heck of a lot going on with the team right now. Every time you turn around, someone is getting married. If you're curious to see Adam Jones wedding photos, you can even find them somewhere on the Internet. I won't link to that particular source, but as I know you are a person of discerning taste and considerable intellect since you have found your way to Camden Chat, I trust you can find them if you really want to see them.
As for some news from around Birdland on this Thursday...
Ex-Orioles right-hander Mike Mussina's Hall of Fame vote total could surge in 2016 - Baltimore Sun
Sun beat writer Dan Connolly, who's prohibited from voting for the Hall of Fame due to the rules at that paper, offers the opinion that things will look better for Mike Mussina next year. Connolly knows just a few more baseball writers than I do.
Hank Peters, architect of Orioles team that won 1983 World Series, dies at 90 - The Washington Post
The former Orioles GM passed away recently; his obituary appeared in the Post on Wednesday.
What’s next for the Orioles’ Chris Davis, Manny Machado? | USA Today Fantasy Sports
Some poor/lucky sod who has a writing gig talking about fantasy sports takes a look at a couple of Orioles players and whether they'll be bouncing back next year.
2015 Orioles FanFest Tickets On Sale (Press Box)
If you missed seeing so earlier in the week, tickets for O's FanFest are now on sale.
And one from around the SB Nation MLB network:
Is now the time to trade Ben Zobrist? - DRaysBay
The Rays blog ponders whether their team should be trading perpetual Camden Chat favorite/pest Ben Zobrist. I wouldn't miss him if he left the division.
We have a few former Orioles birthdays today, and if you've ever heard of any of these guys, kudos to you: Willie Tasby, a center fielder from 1958-60, turns 82; Shane Turner, who logged all of one plate appearance in four games with the 1991 team, turns 52; and Paul Carey, who got a cup of coffee at first base in 1993, turns 47.
On this infamous day in 2004, the Orioles signed Mike DeJean, who was a plague upon that year's bullpen.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 8 - at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday.