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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where Zach Britton's still awesome and still not pitching

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No baseball at all today, but we do have some Orioles tidbits for your perusal, including Zach Britton's selection to the Sporting News All-Star team, one writer's early thoughts on spring training, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 158 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017.

At least three more baseball games are left to us in this calendar year, with the Cubs tying their series with the Indians at a game apiece. Former Oriole Jake Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning last night, though thankfully that came to an end before it got too ridiculous. I'm (mostly) over the Arrieta trade, because I don't think Arrieta was ever going to be good here... but a no-no in the World Series would just be too much, you know?

Kind of like how watching Dexter Fowler succeed for the Cubs in the World Series is too much. Dang it, he texted an Oriole and said he was coming to Sarasota! And then he showed up in Arizona instead and his agent said some dumb crap that I never believed was true. Now that one, I'm not over - imagine how that .393 OBP would have looked like on the Orioles? Ugh. Let's just move right on from all of that.

There's no baseball at all tonight. Gotta start to get used to it. It's about to go away for months. What are you going to do with yourself tonight? Go out into the real world, maybe? Catch up on stuff on your DVR? Read a book? Tell us what's good. We could all use the entertainment. For now, enjoy the links.

Around the blogO'sphere

Are the Orioles looking at an active winter? - Steve Melewski
Somehow, this article is not simply the word "No."

Early thoughts on spring training - School of Roch
Roch is on vacation right now in Mexico or something, but he's still thinking about all the questions that players will have to answer a thousand times come spring training.

Myriad O's Thoughts: Trumbo's season; Miller trade; World Series supremacy - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Dan Connolly has a lot on his mind. He really likes the World Series.

Orioles' Britton named to Sporting News AL All-Star team, Machado edged by Donaldson - Baltimore Sun
If you were sitting around in agony over which Orioles would make the Sporting News AL All-Star team, well, it looks like they only got Zach Britton on there.

Camden Depot: Blueprint For The 2017 Orioles (Option 2): Meet The New Boss...
The folks over at Camden Depot are rolling out their blueprints for the offseason this week. The writer for this one thinks the Orioles should sign Jay Bruce and Hank Conger, who was so bad that the Rays DFA'd him in September.

Yoenis Cespedes To Opt Out Of Contract With Mets - MLB Trade Rumors
This has nothing to do with the Orioles except they were rumored to be interested in him last offseason. I give them a 0% chance of signing him this offseason.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are four former Orioles with birthdays today, though no one will hold it against you if you intentionally forgot, or never knew about, any of these: 1999-2003 rotation mainstay Jason Johnson, 2003 short-timer Pedro Swann, 1985-87 pitcher Eric Bell, and 1960 one-gamer Del Rice.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: sewing machine pioneer Isaac Singer (1811), President Theodore Roosevelt (1858), Baltimore-born etiquette queen Emily Post (1872), baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner (1922), funny man John Cleese (1939), E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent (1949), and TV weather personality Stephanie Abrams (1978).

These two sentences are on Singer's Wikipedia pageMany had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine, the ease with which it could be adapted to home use, and its availability on an installment payment basis. Singer fathered at least 24 children with various wives and mistresses.

I guess he knew how to thread the needle.

I'm sorry for that one. Well, no, I'm not.

On this day in history...

In 939, Aethelstan, the first king of England, died. He was succeeded by half-brother Edmund I.

In 1682, the city of Philadelphia was founded. The newly-minted Philadelphians booed the announcement, historical records (that exist only in my head) show.

In 1904, the first underground subway line in New York City opened, paving the way for the system to become the largest in the US and one of the largest in the world.

In 1967, Catholic priest Philip Berrigan and three others of the "Baltimore Four" protested the Vietnam War by pouring blood on Selective Service records.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on October 27 - unless something changes later, because why would anything happen on the off day of the World Series? Have a safe Thursday.