There are now 138 days until Orioles Opening Day 2016.
Are you starting to get impatient with nothing happening with the Orioles? There's probably no point in getting worked up this early in the offseason. After all, no one has done much of anything yet. But it's tough, because the only thing that has happened is a payroll-sucking QO-acceptance by Matt Wieters, so if you're sitting around like me trying to figure out how the team could get better, that's much less available to do so.
Of course, Dan Duquette claims that the Orioles will have the resources to sign Chris Davis and do other stuff, but I don't know that I'm going to believe it until I see it. Honestly, can you imagine the Orioles like, re-signing Davis and getting other impact players? It seems almost impossible. And if they don't sign Davis, it still seems unlikely they'll get a real impact player - but maybe that's because I got burned by Ubaldo Jimenez and now I can never believe in another free agent signing again.
Around the blogO'sphere
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has plenty to gain in accepting qualifying offer - Baltimore Sun
It works out that if Matt Wieters gains from accepting the qualifying offer, then the Orioles probably end up gaining too. If he's good enough this year to get another QO and decline that next year, then that more or less works out, right?
Steve Melewski: A look at some Orioles payroll math
Here's the inescapable conclusion: If the Orioles are going to fill the holes on their team, or even tread water, they're probably going to need to have an increase in payroll. So let's hope that's on the table.
Lotte Giants Post Outfielder Ah-Seop Son - MLB Trade Rumors
We'll find out on Friday whether the Orioles are the team who has the most interest in Korean outfielder Ah-seop Son. I know you'll be waiting with bated breath to find out.
Five starting pitchers for the Orioles to consider | Baseball Essential
It's a slideshow. What do you think about these guys, and the O's chances of getting them? Do you want any of them?
For An Older Generation Of Orioles Fans, Time Is Wasting (Press Box)
Stan the Fan Charles laments that there are Orioles fans for whom it's getting late in the day and they might not get to see another win. Sitting here at age 32 with zero Orioles World Series wins in my lifetime, I have little sympathy to spare for older fans who've seen three O's wins in their own lifetimes. But I hope we all get to see another one soon.
Birthdays and anniversaries
On this day in 1953, the St. Louis Browns officially changed their name to the Orioles in anticipation of moving to Baltimore to begin the next season.
Also on this day, in 1999, the O's signed reliever Mike Trombley to a three-year contract. Trombley was later traded for Geronimo Gil.
Today is a very popular day for former Orioles birthdays, a variety of O's recent and long ago, great and small. They are: Everth Cabrera, Nick Markakis, Scott Moore, Darnell McDonald (also known as the losing pitcher in the Chris Davis pitching game), Eli Marrero, Brad Havens, and Orlando Pena. That is a lot of birthdays.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, you have these birthday buddies: French chef Nicolas Appert, inventor of canning (1749), mathemetician and Mobius strip discoverer August Ferdinand Mobius (1790), Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (1887), Honda Motor Company co-founder Soichiro Honda (1906), director Martin Scorsese (1942), baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver (1944), Mean Girls and others actress Rachel McAdams (1978), and short-lived Targaryen Harry Lloyd (1983).
On this day in history...
In 1558, Queen Mary of England passed away, leading to the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudors.
In 1800, the first session of Congress to be held in Washington, D.C. began.
In 1869, the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, was inaugurated.
In 1911, the fraternity Omega Psi Phi, which was the first black Greek organization to be founded at a historically black college/university, was founded at Howard University.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon uttered the famous and untrue words, "I am not a crook."