Today is the 145th straight day without Orioles baseball. That streak ends tomorrow."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastBird DroppingsFriday Bird Droppings: Where baseball is only a day awayNew Bo Jackson Jersey ,544commentsToday is the 145th straight day without Orioles baseball. That streak ends tomorrow.ESTShareTweetShareShareFriday Bird Droppings: Where baseball is only a day awayJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsGood morning, Camden Chatters.Can you feel it? Can you taste it? Baseball, actual (fake) baseball, is nearly upon us.Tomorrow, after an offseason full of upheaval, Orioles players will play a baseball game against an opponent for the first time since last Sept. 30.The last time we watched the Orioles take the field, most fans were more than happy to say goodbye to baseball, desperate for the season of torture that was 2018 to meet its merciful end. What we were witnessing could barely be considered professional baseball. I, for one, was anxious for a long break.But what can I say? I’ve got the itch again. A few months without baseball made me realize how much I miss it, even if this year’s Orioles club is likely to be almost as bad as last year’s. I can’t wait to get going (and please remember I said that when August rolls around and the O’s are careening toward another 100-loss season).I’m intrigued to get my first gander at the new-look Orioles under Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde. Tomorrow at 1 PM in Sarasota, that’s what we’ll get, as the O’s kick off their Grapefruit League schedule by taking on the Twins (who boast former O’s fan favorites Jonathan Schoop and Nelson Cruz, though I’m not sure if either will be making the bus trip).We don’t yet know who will be in the Birds’ lineup tomorrow Luis Aparicio Jersey , although the beats have reported their scheduled pitchers: Yefry Ramirez, Josh Rogers, Mike Wright, Paul Fry, Evan Phillips, Bo Schultz, and Zach Pop.(heavy sigh) Get excited!LinksNew Orioles GM Mike Elias making positive first impression in early interactions with players - Baltimore SunCount Orioles players among those impressed with Mike Elias. Personality-wise, for starters, he seems like a night and day difference from his predecessor.Chris Davis hoping quiet approach at plate brings loudest results - School of RochChris Davis says he’s made some minor adjustments to his batting stance involving the timing on his front foot. Somehow I’m skeptical that’ll be the key to reversing his fortunes, but hey, at least he’s trying something different.Alex Cobb likes the Orioles new direction this spring - BaltimoreBaseball.comAlex Cobb is the latest to lament how far behind the analytics curve the previous O’s administration was. It feels good to know the Orioles have finally made their way out of the Stone Age.Machado’s deal is best-case scenario for him and for Orioles’ fans, but it may not be a win-win for the Padres – The AthleticDan Connolly offers his assessment of Manny Machado’s megadeal with San Diego, and he’s skeptical that Manny can be the clubhouse leader the young Padres need. That may be true, but hey http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , that’s what a manager is for. Just let Machado be an awesome player and good things will happen.Osich eyes fresh start in lefty-heavy bullpen - Orioles.comNot mentioned in this article is that Osich has been assigned No. 35. So if you were still wondering whether the O’s are planning to retire Mike Mussina’s number, I think that question has been answered.Orioles birthdays and historyIs today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have six O’s birthday buddies, the most prominent of which is Orioles Hall of Famer and Maryland native Steve Barber, who pitched for the Birds from 1960-67. The two-time All-Star lefty went 95-75 with a 3.12 ERA in 253 games for the O’s, and he was the Opening Day starter for the Orioles in their 1966 World Series championship season. Barber, who died in 2007 at age 68, would have been 81 today.Another late Oriole born on this date was righty Ryne Duren, who appeared in just one game for the O’s in 1954 but had a 10-year career elsewhere, and was the inspiration for the character Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the Major League movies. He would have been 90 today. Those still with us celebrating birthdays are lefty John Halama (47), outfielder Ramon Nivar (39), infielder Kelly Johnson (37), and lefty Brian Duensing (36). None spent more than one season with the Orioles.On this day in 2014, the Orioles reached agreement with Nelson Cruz on a one-year, $8 million deal. A league-leading 40 home runs later Bill Melton Jersey , I’d say that contract worked out pretty, pretty well. The mercurial lefty will look to get deeper in games in 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodCrowd Sourcing Diamondbacks Over/Under Projections: #4Robbie RayNew,19commentsThe mercurial lefty will look to get deeper in games in 2019ESTShareTweetShareShareCrowd Sourcing Diamondbacks Over/Under Projections: #4Robbie RayMatt Kartozian-USA TODAY SportsIf familiar with this series go ahead and skip to poll. If not, please read on.This series of articles will run from now until shortly before opening day. The purpose is to crowd source the D-Backs fans of this website to get a sense of how they feel about the prospects of each individual player on the 40 man roster. For this exercise I will only be using rate (average) stats and poll the readers on their sense of direction for that player’s level of basic performance, regardless of playing time expectations.I’m not including defense and base running, so no WAR here, as that is playing time dependent. You will be given two poll options:The player will either exceed the projection or under perform the projection by 5% for hitters OPS or 10% for pitchers ERA/FIP.There is no middle option to vote on. (Otherwise the majority of votes would end up agreeing with the projection).What I am looking for is if you are forced to indicate your sense of direction for the player, is it well over or under the projection?Other Points of note:Projections are the average of Steamer and ZIPS projections.(Click through for original tables)The projections draw on 3 or 4 year samples, weighting most recent seasons the heaviest, but I’m just showing 2018 and career statsin mini table below for simplicityThe player’s name is high lighted with a link to the player’s Baseball-Reference page.Click on that to see more player history and detailAge is the 2019 player age.Polls will run until mid March, so if you miss a player,you can go to the story stream box on the front page andfind a player you might have missed .Please let us know in the comments section your thoughts behind your vote. Thanks !CONTEXTROBBIE RAY , Age 27Robbie Ray projects to have a 3.77 ERA/3.75 FIP . Is he most likely to come in Over or Under?