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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where we, like many, have Andrew Miller envy

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Right about now, everyone's wishing they had an Andrew Miller of their own - and it doesn't help that the Orioles had him once. Also in today's links, Jonathan Schoop is good, Jose Bautista whines, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 167 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017. That is really quite a lot of days. It's almost a full regular season's worth of days. There is a long way to go yet. Fortunately, at least the next couple of weeks of that will still have some baseball being played.

Even better for Orioles fans is that the postseason has gone well from a hate-watching standpoint. Boston and Washington were dispatched in the first round and now those Canadian scoundrels, the Blue Jays, face a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS against the Indians. The fact that the series is now 3-0 is a double win for O's fans because now all the Yankees fans get to be miserable being reminded about the 2004 ALCS all over again. Don't count the Jays out just yet, but the fact is only one other team has ever won a series after facing that deficit.

The Indians have a chance to finish off the Blue Jays this afternoon in Toronto. Meanwhile, out in Los Angeles, the NLCS will resume this evening with the Cubs and the Dodgers knotted at a game apiece.

Now let's talk some Orioles.

Around the blogO'sphere

Orioles fans dreaming of Andrew Miller are not realistic | CSN Mid-Atlantic
It seems like Andrew Miller is all anyone is talking about, mostly because he's everywhere for the Indians this postseason. But that doesn't mean the Orioles should have, or would have, signed him!

Wondering about the roster - School of Roch
In which Roch ponders various things about the roster, including who is soon to depart in free agency and who may end up getting non-tendered.

Despite shaky second half, Jonathan Schoop had a solid season - Steve Melewski
I like Jonathan Schoop, you guys.

Orioles need to make a decision on Manny Machado's future in Baltimore (Press Box)
The writer argues that the Orioles need to either extend or trade Manny Machado this winter, a position that is valid to hold and also completely wrong. I do hope they extend Machado, though.

Jose Bautista is whining about baseball again - Let's Go Tribe
This one comes from our friends over at the Indians blog. I think we can all celebrate the chance to laugh at Jose Bautista being a whining whiner who whines a lot about "circumstances." What a loser. Speaking of that...

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are four former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2007-08 sacrificial lamb Garrett Olson, master brawler Alan Mills, 1995 bullpen guy Terry Clark, and 1977 one-gamer Ed Farmer, whose ERA as an Oriole is infinite.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: Song Dynasty philosopher Zhu Xi (1130), notable Canadian prime minster Pierre Trudeau (1919), rock and roller Chuck Berry (1926), Academy Award-winning actor George C. Scott (1927), Lord of the Rings trilogy composer Howard Shore (1946), tennis legend Martina Navratilova (1956), martial artist/actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), jazz musician Wynton Marsalis (1961), sportscaster Rachel Nichols (1973), and actor Zac Efron (1987).

On this day in history...

In 1851, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was first published, although back then it was simply called The Whale.

In 1867, the United States took possession of Alaska, after having purchased it from Russia for $7.2 million.

In 1929, in a case known as Edwards v. Canada, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom overruled a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada - the Committee declaring that, under Canadian law, women are considered "Persons." Glad we cleared that up.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on October 18 - and it probably won't change later because what's going to happen to the Orioles in the middle of October? Have a safe Tuesday.