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Tuesday Bird Droppings: The long, dark tea-time of the Orioles offseason

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Here we are, in hot stove season. One early prediction is that the only free agent the Orioles will keep is Steve Pearce. Can Opening Day get here already? Also: Dylan Bundy appears in Arizona, and a laugh at the expense of the Nationals.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 152 days until Orioles Opening Day 2016.

If you're joining us from Virginia, go vote today!

We are in day two of the five day period where teams decide who's going to extend qualifying offers to their free agents. The deadline is Friday at 5pm. Probably absolutely nothing is going to happen between now and then, unless there's a surprise extension, and when you consider that two of the three biggest Orioles free agents are Scott Boras clients, how much of a stunner would a surprise extension be? Probably the stunner of the offseason.

Well, I guess it's always possible for a surprise extension for somebody like Steve Pearce or Gerardo Parra or something. You know, the least exciting possible things the Orioles could possibly do. In each case I would hope they check in on their external options before settling for those guys. But if the price ends up being right... no, I still wouldn't be excited.

The hot stove season is here, although the link machine has not yet gotten into full swing. Before we hit the rest of Birdland, take a look at our offseason plan project, which is in need of input from people who can string together lucid sentences in the English language. Plus, the Orioles have already decided to QO Matt Wieters. That's good, right? Unless he takes it!

Around the blogO'sphere

2015 Orioles Roster Review, Part Five: The Top Six Orioles (Press Box)
Just who were the six best Orioles of 2015, and what does friend of Camden Chat PaulFolk think of them? You'll have to check out his thoughts on Press Box to find out.

School of Roch: Dylan Bundy breezes through AFL debut (updated again)
If you missed it yesterday, a whole lot of people flipped out way too much over the fact that Dylan Bundy threw a grand total of seven pitches in the Arizona Fall League. He was originally scheduled for 20, but he got through an inning in seven and they left it at that.

Steve Melewski: Another look at the Orioles' six free agents
Melewski runs down the pending O's free agents, in which he offers the depressing yet probably quite realistic opinion that Pearce is really the most likely of those six guys to return to Baltimore next year.

Baltimore Orioles: Memories of Painful Years a Decade Ago (The Baltimore Wire)
I've got to admit that, while there were indeed a lot of painful things that happened in a lot of painful years from 1998-2011, I don't believe that the trade of John Maine would crack my personal top 10 worst things, or top 20 worst, or top 50 worst.

And finally, this last one has nothing to do with the Orioles at all. However, as long-time Camden Chat readers and periodic hate-readers know, it is the ongoing editorial position of this blog to laugh at any and all Nationals misfortune. In that spirit:

Nationals' manager search: Bud Black turns down offer? Nats turn to Dusty Baker? - Federal Baseball
From our friends over at the SB Nation Nationals blog, a look at the current Nationals manager search, in which it seems that the Nats identified their choice of manager, then made him an insulting, low-ball contract offer. Maybe all their money is tied up in Max Scherzer's contract?

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1982, Jim Palmer was screwed out of a fourth Cy Young award because the voters inexplicably decided that Pete Vuckovich, who issued 102 walks in 223.2 innings pitched and notched a 1.502 WHIP for the season, deserved a second consecutive Cy Young.

Actually, the real player who was screwed out of the Cy that year was Dave Stieb, but being as I am an Orioles partisan, not a Blue Jays partisan, I don't care about him.

There are five former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: Part-timer Mark Corey (59 games from 1979-81), Dwight Evans (101 games in 1991 after 19 years with the Red Sox), Ken Holtzman (13 games in 1976), and the late Earl Robinson (1961-64). Robinson passed away just last year.

It's also the birthday of Armando Benitez, forever shall his name be reviled in the annals of Baltimore sports.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies include: Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas (1793), Karl Baedeker (1801), whose name is still synonymous with travel guides; baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller (1918); and Brigadier General Elizabeth Holsington, one of the first two American women to achieve that rank (1918).

Among those who are still living, you've got funny people Roseanne Barr (1952) and Dennis Miller (1953); actor/tough guy Dolph Lundgren (1957), basketballer Tyler Hansbrough (1985), and footballer Colin Kaepernick (1987). Not a bad lineup!

On this day in history...

In 644, the Muslim caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab was assassinated by a slave in Medina.

In 1534, the English Parliament passed the Act of Supremacy, which, in its infinite wisdom, made King Henry VIII the head of the Church of England. Henry, you may recall from your history textbooks, was looking for an annulment, which the Pope would not grant him. Kings, man. They're ridiculous.

In 1783, the American Continental Army, its purpose achieved, was officially disbanded.

In 1883, stagecoach robber and self-styled Black Bart the Poet escaped from his final job, although he would eventually be captured as a result of a clue he left behind.

In 1954, the first Godzilla film was released in theaters in Japan.

In 1957, a stray dog named Laika became the first animal to orbit the Earth when she was launched into space on board Sputnik 2. Laika died due to overheating from a mechanical failure hours after the launch; this fact was not acknowledged publicly until 2002. She was always planned to die. Communists, man. They're ridiculous.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on November 3 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday.