There at the moment are 49 days remaining till the subsequent scheduled Orioles recreation, which is Opening Day. That’s precisely seven weeks from right now. There’s nonetheless some winter to get by means of between from time to time, however hopefully Opening Day will likely be right here earlier than we all know it.
I’ve acquired to confess I’m extra excited for the overall concept of returning baseball than the precise concept of returning Orioles baseball. I feel that this Opening Day roster ought to, no less than, have extra younger gamers who’re getting checked out as attainable items of the subsequent good Orioles workforce on it than final yr’s did. In order that’s good. But it surely nonetheless seems like 2021 is usually going to be marking time till the actual future arrives, every time that could be.
The excellent news is that the Orioles farm system has been enhancing considerably since Mike Elias turned the overall supervisor of the workforce. Simply how a lot relies on which rating you occur to seek the advice of. There have been two new farm system rankings unveiled yesterday, with Baseball America putting the Orioles as the #7 system in the league – the very best rating they’ve ever given the O’s – and The Athletic’s Keith Law putting the O’s in 18th.
Considered one of these is extra thrilling than the others. A high ten rating is one thing the place you possibly can simply discuss your self into believing that the present stock of the Orioles farm system can produce a persistently good run of O’s groups beginning quickly. It’s a bit more durable to consider that about including gamers to a nasty workforce from a center of the pack farm system.
The BA rating praised each improved depth and the workforce’s new efforts in Latin America. Additionally they have rated 5 Orioles prospects within the high 63 of their league-wide rating, with Adley Rutschman at #2, Grayson Rodriguez at #22, and DL Corridor, Heston Kjerstad, and Ryan Mountcastle all from 59-63.
It’s value noting that Regulation’s rating of the Orioles because the 18th system additionally represents vital enchancment over the previous two years. Regulation had the Orioles as thirtieth out of 30 groups this time two years in the past, and the workforce had solely risen to twenty fourth in his rating a yr in the past. Regulation’s high 100 put Rutschman at #6, Corridor at #49, Rodriguez at #55, and Kjerstad at #85, with Mountcastle unranked. I feel an enormous chunk of the distinction between the #7 system and #18 system is simply the differing opinions of these 5 high ranked gamers.
Moreover, whereas BA praised the Latin American signings, Regulation notes that it’s far too early for these to have any actual influence on the system. He additionally wrote that the workforce has made slower progress as a result of “the brand new management didn’t profit from buying and selling major-league gamers for prospects.” Elias has made a couple of of those trades, so I assume that’s meant extra as a dig on the commerce return that Dan Duquette acquired in his July 2018 hearth sale.
It’s laborious to argue with that, if that’s what Regulation is insinuating. The Manny Machado commerce will be the just one that’s not a whole bust, and even that one has nonetheless not borne any significant fruit on the MLB degree but. I’m trying ahead to seeing Dean Kremer this yr, however it’s no assure he turns into something helpful for the longer term.
Across the blogO’sphere
Putting Hernández signing in proper perspective (College of Roch)
Roch likens the signing of King Felix to when the Orioles had Johan Santana in camp in 2014, which is one other solution to say don’t count on a lot. Although in Santana’s case, it was a torn Achilles that minimize his tenure off earlier than it began.
AL East look at infield corners in ‘21 (Orioles.com)
Though I do know higher than to get my hopes up for the state of affairs of “first baseman Trey Mancini performs first base and doesn’t play within the outfield,” I’m getting my hopes up for that anyway.
Orioles, MLB subject to special rules and protocols for 2021 season (Baltimore Baseball)
One of many 2021 guidelines Wealthy Dubroff highlights is that groups is not going to be restricted to 13 pitchers on a 26 man roster, as had been the unique plan for final season. A 9 man bullpen appears extreme, however no one requested me.
How MLB’s new COVID protocols could impact the Orioles (Baltimore Solar)
One other provision new for 2021 is that groups will have the ability to briefly exchange COVID protocol gamers on the 40-man roster with out completely including these replacements to the 40-man roster or having to take away them from the 40-man to accommodate the returning participant.
Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries
At present in 1899, the unique Baltimore Orioles bought a number of star gamers, together with player-manager John McGraw, to the St. Louis Cardinals. The workforce was contracted previous to the 1900 season.
There are a couple of former Orioles who had been born on today. They’re: 2015 two-game reliever Cesar Cabral, 2009-16 pitcher Brian Matusz, and 2012 reliever Matt Lindstrom.
Is right now your birthday? Completely satisfied birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for right now embrace: inventor Thomas Edison (1847), nuclear phycisist Leo Szilard (1898), actor Leslie Nielsen (1926), actor Burt Reynolds (1936), musician Sheryl Crow (1962), actor Jennifer Aniston (1969), and musician Brandy (1979).
On today in historical past…
In 1812, Massachusetts governor Eldridge Gerry was first accused of shaping congressional districts to his benefit, in a single case with a district that, on a map, appeared like a salamander. The time period “gerrymandering” endures, to the detriment of democracy in America right now.
In 1937, Basic Motors acknowledged the United Auto Staff, ending a six-week sit-down strike that’s credited with turning UAW into a serious American union.
In 1979, the Iranian Revolution, which had been ongoing for over a yr, got here to a proper finish with the overthrow of the shah and the institution of what turned referred to as the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In 1990, Nelson Mandela was launched from a South African jail. He had been held for 27 years.
And that’s the way in which it’s in Birdland on February 11. Have a secure Thursday.