Good morning, Birdland. The O's went 0 for 2 yesterday, bringing their spring record to 0-5-1. It's been ugly. On the bright side, Kevin Gausman had a nice outing in the late game yesterday, facing six batters in two innings. The team ended up allowing ten runs, but if the struggles of Dale Thayer and Jon Keller have an impact on the 2016 Orioles, there are likely bigger problems at hand.
In even better news, there are 29 days until Opening Day. Number 29 was most recently worn by Tommy Hunter, who regardless of his tendency to go boom was one of the most likable O's in recent years. That's my opinion, anyway, so I hope he does well in Cleveland. Prior to that, the number was worn by a whole bunch of nobodies, with the exception of Ken Singleton (1975-1984). Also, as I am wont to do, I'd like to point out some fantastic old baseball names: before the franchise moved to Baltimore the number 29 was worn by Cuddles Marshall in 1950, Ribs Raney in 1949, and Fuzz White in 1940.
On to the links:
Orioles' Kevin Gausman overpowering in 2016 exhibition debut - Baltimore Sun
The game went south after he exited, but Kevin Gausman looked great for two innings yesterday.
Showalter says Orioles fans have nothing to worry about | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Buck isn't worried yet, so we shouldn't be either.
School of Roch: Andrew Triggs waiting for his next chance to impress
Andrew Triggs is an intriguing minor league bullpen arm who absolutely dominated AA in 2015, but he struggled in his appearance against Toronto on Friday.
Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph finds kindred spirit in his $700 spring training truck - Baltimore Sun
This is awesome. Why bring your car down to Sarasota or rent a vehicle when you can just buy an old truck for the month?
Brady Anderson Analyzes Spring Training Workouts With The Orioles " CBS Baltimore
In this audio clip from the Scott Garceau Show, Brady Anderson discusses spring training workouts, Hyun-Soo Kim, and Trey Mancini.
If today is your birthday, you share it with two former Orioles who kind of sucked in Baltimore and went on to pitch better elsewhere, Jake Arrieta and Anthony Telford. It's also the birthday of two non-Oriole Hall of Famers, Willie Stargell and Lefty Grove, along with Michelangelo, Lou Costello (of Abbott & Costello), Ed McMahon, Alan Greenspan, and Shaquille O'Neal.
On this day in history:
- In 1834, York, Upper Canada became Toronto.
- In 1836, the Battle of the Alamo ended.
- In 1957, Ghana became the first Sub-Saharan country to gain independence from the British.
- In 1964, Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
- In 1981, Walter Cronkite anchored the CBS Evening News for the last time.