There are now 97 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017. At long last, we have made it down to a double digit number of days. There's still a long way to go, which for the Orioles is not necessarily a bad thing, because as you may have heard, they still really need to find an outfielder - although what they may find instead is Mark Trumbo.
Not much going on today, which may not be a surprise to you, seeing as how it was just Christmas. The baseball world doesn't get much done between Christmas and New Years. Neither does the rest of the world. Maybe some team will surprise me. I didn't expect Edwin Encarnacion to sign before Christmas and he got himself a deal.
If we're lucky, the O's will find an actual outfielder who doesn't bust the budget. I'm not holding my breath and you shouldn't do so either. I'm half-expecting Joey Rickard to be the Opening Day right fielder. Speaking of him...
Around the blogO'sphere
Wondering about Rickard's place on 2017 roster - School of Roch
Actually, with two Rule 5 outfielders drafted last month, maybe Rickard won't even make the Opening Day roster. The Orioles can option Rickard now and you know what they like to do with players who have minor league options.
The search for an outfielder continues - Steve Melewski
There aren't any surprising names here, because this is just a roundup of some previous rumors. Who's your favorite of this bunch?
Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson looking to learn from last year's struggles - Baltimore Sun
I like Tyler Wilson and hope he continues to overachieve, but I have a bad feeling that the only lesson for him to learn is he's not good enough to be an MLB pitcher for long.
Braves rumors: Atlanta keeping an eye on Matt Wieters - Talking Chop
The Orioles didn't want to wait around for Matt Wieters any more, so now he's stuck looking for whatever he can get - and that may be Atlanta for less money than he was first seeking.
Blue Jays rumors: Toronto open to trading for Andrew McCutchen - MLB Daily Dish
I wish the Orioles had the ability to pull off a trade for Andrew McCutchen. But, you know, they don't. And it may be their division rival who ends up getting him instead.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are two former Orioles with birthdays today: Michael Bourn, who may be in the "once and future Oriole" category, and the late Connie Johnson of the 1956-58 Orioles.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571), chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur (1822), wrestling personality Chyna (1970), Once Upon a Time actress Emilie de Ravin (1981), handsome baseball player Cole Hamels (1983), Australian Olympic gold medal snowboarder Torah Bright (1986), and Jamaican Olympic gold medal sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (1986).
On this day in history...
In 536, the Hagia Sophia was completed in Constantinople. The building still survives as a museum - it also went through four and a half centuries as a mosque - in modern day Istanbul and was the most-visited Turkish tourist attraction in 2015.
In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on a voyage on the HMS Beagle, which voyage led to the formulation of his theory of evolution.
In 1845, New York Morning Newspaper writer John L. O'Sullivan made the argument that the United States had right to claim the entirety of what was then simply called Oregon Country "by the right of our manifest destiny." You may have heard this phrase in high school some time.
In 1927, the musical Show Boat, credited as "the first true American musical play," opened at the Ziegfeld Theater on Broadway. I had to read that book in 8th grade. My lone memory of it is immature students reacting to a character named "Gaylord."
In 1983, Pope John Paul II visited the prison cell of Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who attempted to assassinate him in 1981.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 27 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday!