Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! the super bowl was completed yesterday with old man Tom Brady proving once again that he could be the greatest player in NFL history. If you follow baseball on Twitter, now you know people all over the world are declaring it’s baseball season. This is not really true, of course, but I understand what they are saying.
The pitchers and receivers are due to show up for spring training in just eight days and we’re just 52 days from opening day. So we won’t have the chance to watch baseball for a while, especially since there is a rumor that the orioles don’t plan to broadcast many spring games. But still, I suspect it will be there before we know it.
If you can ignore the fact that COVID is still going strong and players and owners seem to hate each other, you may actually be a little excited!
Jahmai Jones: “I couldn’t be more excited to be in Baltimore” – 105.7 The Fan
This is a short story with a link to the audio of the interview with the new Oriole Jahmai Jones. It’s fun to hear someone say they are so glad to be here! Also, I learned from Baseball Reference that Jahmai (pronounced Juh-MY) is nicknamed Jam. I approve.
Orioles might need more starting pitchers, even with Félix Hernández and Wade LeBlanc in the mix – Baltimore Sun
I don’t mean to offend the King or Mr. LeBlanc when I look at that headline and say, “duh”. But in the article, Jon Meoli outlines the options to start casting while they’re sitting right now, so it’s worth reading.
Jim Callis explains why Orioles prospect Gunnar Henderson could soon be in the top 100 prospects – PressBoxOnline.com
Quote on money: “I really think if Gunnar had gone to the [South Atlantic] League in 2020 there’s a chance he hit .280 with 20 home runs and maybe we’d say, “He’s got a better chance of staying short than [we thought]. ‘ Assuming we have a normal year, which we all hope for, I think Gunnar will be in the top 100 in a year.
Birthdays and history
Is it your birthday today? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies. One of my favorite players of the dark days, Félix Pié, turns 36 today. Pié played 268 games with the Orioles from 2009 to 2011. Was he very good? No. But he was very rambunctious!
Bob Oliver (born 1943, died 2020) is also born to this day in history, a utility player who has appeared in 847 major league games. Nine of those games were for the 1974 Orioles. And Hoot Evers (born 1921, died 1991) enjoyed a 12-year major league career that ended in 108 games with the Orioles from 1955 to 1956.
On this day in 2008, the Orioles made a very good trade. They sent left-handed pitcher Érik Bédard to the Seattle sailors in exchange for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, George Sherrill, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler. What a day for the franchise. Bedard did not succeed in Seattle (or elsewhere) while Adam Jones and Chris Tillman became vital pieces for the first good Orioles teams in my adult life.