There are now 76 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. This is not a number that has ever been worn by an Orioles player during a game, though fans of musical theater will of course recognize it as the number of trombones who led the big parade.
For those people who don't find spring training to be boring and pointless to follow, you may additionally be excited to know that today represents exactly one month until the first full squad workout for the Orioles in Sarasota. Baseball will be back soon. Not quite soon enough, but still soon.
And it's not the worst thing that baseball isn't coming back right away, anyway, because the Orioles could probably stand to at least make a token effort to address one more of their big weaknesses: Namely, hitting against left-handed pitching. As things stand right now, they look to possibly be heading towards platoons in left field and right field, and unless they carry both Joey Rickard and Christian Walker, that's not going to work. So they should probably sign someone so Walker isn't part of Plan A. I mean, come on.
Around the blogO'sphere
Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton improving NBA stock, but future could change this summer - Baltimore Sun
The Orioles picked Connaughton in the fourth round in 2014, where he was available since teams weren't sure if he would end up playing basketball instead. Sure enough, he's in his second NBA season, but it's unclear whether he'll get a third.
Orioles 2016 draft picks Sedlock, Akin and Hays expected to be fast-tracked to Frederick - Baltimore Sun
This is good news for everybody who would like to see the Orioles develop actual prospects, although Camden Chat's Eastern Shore correspondent Bill Duck has a sad about it. Best of luck to everyone who's jumping right to Frederick.
A look at some positional rankings, plus other notes - Steve Melewski
In which Steve Melewski addresses ESPN's Buster Olney naming Zach Britton the best reliever in the game right now.
Danny Duffy signs five-year, $65 million deal with Royals - Royals Review
This doesn't have very much to do with the Orioles directly, but if you want to think about the possibility of a Chris Tillman contract extension, a contract handed out to a guy with the same amount of service time is interesting.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 30-3 sacrificial lamb Rob Bell, and the late Dick Brown of the 1963-65 Orioles, no relation.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: $100 bill face Benjamin Franklin (1706), mobster Al Capone (1899), actress Betty White (1922), hairdresser Vidal Sassoon (1928), boxer Muhammad Ali (1942), First Lady Michelle Obama (1964), musicians Lil Jon and Kid Rock (1971), actress Zooey Deschanel (1980), and basketballer Dwyane Wade (1982).
On this day in history...
In 395, following the death of Theodosius I, the Roman Empire became permanently divided between the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and the Western Roman Empire.
In 1781, during the Revolutionary War, American forces under General Daniel Morgan defeated the British in the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.
In 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man, created by E.C. Segar, first appeared in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower issued his farewell address, in which he famously warned against the accumulation of power by "the military-industrial complex."
And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 17 - or at least, unless something happens later, which, you never know, it might! They do need to get that outfielder, after all. Have a safe Tuesday.