Seven months later, that was the end of the 2022 MLB season. The Astros are the champions, having defeated the Phillies in six games with their win last night. I think we’ll see if in three years there is a revelation of a new kind of cheating scandal like it ended up putting a stigma on their last title. Until then, Houston’s second title in five years looks like this to me: at least it means the Orioles are following a good plan. And I’m glad Trey Mancini is officially a champion.
As written before, this has been a year of fun at Birdland that has surpassed anything any of us – even the most optimistic of us – could expect for 2022. This is especially true when you consider Adele Rochman’s spring training injury, John Maines’ injury so early in the season , and injured Grayson Rodriguez in early June. Rochman became, at least, a major shareholder. We hope to see these other players make their mark in 2023.
Now, we’re counting down to see when things will start to happen. By the end of the week, the Orioles will have to decide what to do with their team’s choice of Jordan Lyles. Other teams will also have to make such decisions. Players will practice opt-out, whether or not, and teams will extend which eligible offers will be accepted or not, defining the free agent market. Then we have three months where things can happen between now and the start of spring training.
Today, of course, there is not much to do. As the great Rogers Hornsby once said of what he does in winter, “I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Anyone in the Baltimore area may be feeling a touch of spring this weekend, but with baseball over, it’s a little cooler and winter will soon come. In four months and 24 days, there will be a new season, with pitch hours, no more shifts, and more.
A look at the use/mix of the stadium O from 2022 (Steve Milewski)
The Orioles have thrown fewer fastballs this year, and the team’s average fastball speed has increased. This is an overall good formula for today’s game – and for the O, it was!
Heston Kjerstad finally begins his career in Orioles after dealing with a heart problem (athlete)
It was fun to see how Kjerstad performed in the Arizona Fall League. He even went on about that for a bit last night, finishing second out of eight Home Run Derby entrants in the league, trailing the champ. I hope he can continue that into the next minor league season.
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Birthdays and Orioles
Today in 1969, the Orioles earned the first Cy Young winner in team history as winner Mike Cuellar was named alongside Detroit’s Denny McClain. Cuellar scored 2.38 ERA while showing 290.2 in rounds. In those days, that counted for the 149+ ERA, which led all AL shooters who have thrown at least 200 rounds.
In 2011, the Orioles officially appointed Dan Duckett to become the new general manager, although this was not his official title. There were some good times for a while.
There is a pair of ex Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2003 shortstop Deivi Cruz, and 1982-83 / 85 player Leo Hernandez. Today is Hernandez’s 63rd birthday, so an extra happy birthday to him.
Is today your birthday? happy Birthday to You too! Among your birthday companions for the day are: Ottoman Sultan Suleiman “the Magnificent” (1494), inventor of the saxophone Adolphe Saxe (1814), composer John Philip Sousa (1854), inventor of basketball James Naismith (1861), and Baseball Hall of Fame Walter “The Big Coaching Johnson (1887), Academy Award-winning and Primetime actress Sally Field (1946), Eagles rock singer Glenn Fry (1948), and Academy Award winning actress Emma Stone (1988).
On this day in history…
In 1860, President Abraham Lincoln was elected to his first term, receiving 180 electoral votes out of the 152 required in a four-way race. Lincoln won the popular vote with 40% and Stephen Douglas with 30%.
In 1995, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced that he would move the team to Baltimore. Neither the Browns’ franchise name nor its history left Cleveland, to which the team returned after only three seasons absence.
And so it is at Birdland on November 6. I wish you a safe day.