There are now 124 days until Orioles Opening Day 2016. Good grief, that's still a lot of days.
The good news is that offseason things will start happening soon. Well, probably. The non-tender deadline awaits on Wednesday night, and the GM meetings loom next week. Those are two events that tend to create action, even if in the Orioles' case the Things Happening might well just be limited to the annual ritual of collecting a project in the Rule 5 draft.
I'll believe the Orioles will get a legitimately exciting name from outside of the organization when I actually see it happen. I mean, shoot, even if they do re-sign Chris Davis, which is no sure thing, they still haven't added anything that wasn't already present on the 81-81 2015 Orioles team. Some days I feel like even worrying about free agency is pointless because the most important thing will be the remaining Orioles rotation members un-sucking themselves.
Though there's not much happening, there's no shortage of Orioles links, so at least there's that.
Around the blogO'sphere
Orioles owner Peter Angelos has a horse named Showalter, and he won his first race | MLB.com
This feels like it has to be an omen for something, although I'm not sure what. By the way, the prize for the race was $29,240, which isn't even enough to cover the Rule 5 pick the Orioles are surely about to make (that costs $50,000). But the fourth place horse was Yankee Tar. Maybe that means something?
Orioles thoughts and observations on the upcoming week - Baltimore Sun
The big takeaway from this Eduardo Encina article is that Gerardo Parra has slipped on the Orioles wish list. Well, thank goodness someone in the Warehouse was paying attention.
Steve Melewski: As O's search for pitching, will some of these names be on their list?
What happens when you need to write an article and all you have at your disposal is some MLBTR free agent contract projections about guys the Orioles are never going to sign anyway? Well, this. I'm not hating - I know this feeling well. Blog life.
School of Roch: Information on the return of the "Hot Stove Show" and its new location
If you have been sitting out there this offseason experiencing withdrawal without having more Roch Kubatko and Jim Hunter in your life, boy, have the people at 105.7 got something for you.
Top targets, fallback options for all 30 MLB teams -- MLB offseason - The GM's Office- ESPN
Jim Bowden, who once suggested that the Orioles should trade Kevin Gausman for Jeff Samardzija, keys the Orioles top target as being Chris Davis. That makes sense. But if they don't get Davis, "fallback options" are: Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Jason Heyward, Alex Gordon. I feel reasonably confident that if the Orioles don't get Davis, they won't get any of those other dudes either.
And finally, let's check in on the burgeoning Baltimore South being established in Atlanta...
Braves reunite with reliever Jim Johnson - Talking Chop
The Braves also have Bud Norris, and of course, Nick Markakis. Who else can they get down there from the 2013 Orioles? I bet Chris Dickerson is available.
Birthdays and anniversaries
A few trade anniversaries come up today. On this day in 1954, the Orioles completed a 17 player trade with the Yankees that is still the largest trade in MLB history. Also on this day in 1970, the Orioles acquired Pat Dobson from the Padres. In 1998, the Orioles traded Armando Benitez, and in 2012, the Orioles picked up the immortal Taylor Teagarden.
One lone former Oriole has a birthday today - happy birthday to Jeff Tackett, a backup catcher who worked his way into 136 games from 1991-94. He turns the big 50.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include French sculptor and wax museum founder Marie Tussaud (1761), legendary Russian WW2 general Georgy Zhukov (1896), architect Minoru Yamasaki (1921), designer of the World Trade Center; funny man Richard Pryor (1940), Blue Oyster Cult singer Eric Bloom (1945), Weather Report bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951), Hugo Award-winning author Jo Walton (1964), nerd music icon Jonathan Coulton (1970), and actress/musician Zoe Kravitz (1988).
Fact I just learned about Ms. Kravitz from reading her Wikipedia page: her grandmother is third cousin to meteorologist Al Roker. True story!
On this day in history...
In 1824, with no candidate receiving a majority of electoral votes in the American presidential election, the House of Representatives was tasked with electing the next president - which they did two months later, electing John Quincy Adams as the sixth president.
In 1885, Dr. Pepper was first served at a drug store in Waco, Texas.
In 1919, the first female member of the British Parliament's House of Commons, Lady Astor, took her seat. Astor was born in America and married a Viscount. The story goes that she was called to order for talking to a fellow MP on her very first day in office.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up to a white man her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
In 1991, voters in Ukraine approved a referendum that would grant them independence over the Soviet Union.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 1 - at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday.