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Tuesday Bird Droppings: The Orioles sleep through the start of 2017

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We are now three days into 2017 but the Orioles have done zero things so far in the year. In today's links, some made up resolutions, the importance of the core O's, and wondering about Mark Trumbo, again.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 90 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. We have made it into 2017, so there's no need for me to remind you that the next Opening Day is in 2017. About three months to go!

Are you ready for baseball to be back? I've got to say, I'm not ready yet, so I'm glad it's not coming back tomorrow. The Orioles definitely aren't ready. They need to do... something. Maybe what they end up doing will even be something good! I was reading a Roch article yesterday and he postulated the current O's Opening Day right fielder would be Joey Rickard. Please, no.

If they're on the road to doing anything, it hasn't made its way out into the media yet. There's nothing going on, or so it seems. Maybe eventually they will sign or trade for an outfielder. Maybe they will add some old friend reliever, like Tommy Hunter or David Hernandez, as was suggested late last year.

Around the blogO'sphere

Making up resolutions for the Orioles - School of Roch
Not unlike the resolutions that most people seem to make up for themselves, the Orioles probably won't actually live up to any of these resolutions that Roch has made up for them.

Orioles Keep Stefan Crichton |
We've got a Double Kubatko here today, although this one comes from Baseball America (if you're a subscriber) about reliever Stefan Crichton, who, if you have not heard of, I will not blame you.

The Orioles may have to move on from Mark Trumbo - Steve Melewski
Is there anyone out there who actually believes that this is going to happen? Who would they "move on" from Trumbo to? They have given every inclination that if they don't spend money on Trumbo, they won't spend it on anyone.

Core group will be key for Orioles in 2017 |
This is from a few days ago. Sorry, there's really nothing going on. And anyway, it turns out that the core Orioles are going to be important to their 2017 success. A reasonable stance.

Ian Desmond doesn’t make sense for first base - Purple Row
One thing I have a hard time deciding is whether I want the Orioles to get Trumbo. I mean, I don't want them to get Trumbo, but if the choices are they get Trumbo or they get no one, I guess they'd rather get Trumbo.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this fateful day ten years ago, the Orioles signed Aubrey Huff. It's also the day in 2003 where the Orioles signed Omar Daal to a two-year contract. Daal pitched to a 6.34 ERA in year 1, got shoulder surgery, and hasn't pitched in MLB since.

One lone Oriole has a birthday today: Mike Wright turns 27. If he is still a current Oriole on Opening Day, that probably means something bad has happened.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Roman philosopher/politician Cicero (106 BC), Chinese warlord Lu Bu (169 AD), post-WWII British prime minister Clement Attlee (1883), Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien (1892), Battlestar Galactica creator Glen Larson (1937), Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones (1946), The Wonder Years actress/mathematician Danica McKellar (1975), and perpetual not-Oriole-despite-his-Maryland-residence A.J. Burnett (1977).

On this day in history...

In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X in a papal bull entitled Decet Romanum Pontificem.

In 1777, George Washington and the Continental Army defeated the British under Lord Cornwallis in the Battle of Princeton.

In 1868, the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan was abolished, marking the beginning of the Meiji Restoration era of Japanese history.

In 1947, the U.S. Congress had proceedings televised for the first time.

In 1962, Fidel Castro was excommunicated by Pope John XXIII.


And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 3 - or at least, unless something happens later, which has to come true eventually. Have a safe Tuesday.