The Baltimore Orioles have a new Hall of Famer in their midst this morning. At a banquet last night, the Oriole Bird was announced as a new member of the Mascot Hall of Fame! His candidacy was covered on this column, and I know that he appreciates all of our readers who took the time to vote for him.
This is all a bit of a tongue-in-cheek joke, however the Mascot Hall of Fame is in fact a real place. It’s located in Whiting, IN, and while I’ve never been there I’d say it’s worth visiting if you’re in the area. When and if you do, you’ll see the Oriole Bird immortalized with other great mascots such as the Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met, etc.
As for the Winter Meetings, the Rule 5 draft is this morning out in San Diego. That in essence means that for us here on the East Coast it’ll be early afternoon. Nevertheless, the Orioles are expected to take a player, and GM Mike Elias said yesterday that they’re carefully weighing their options:
Right now, our focus is on preparing for the Rule 5 draft tomorrow, which we’re still trying to make a decision on.Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
It’ll be interesting to see to which position the Orioles turn in the Rule 5 Draft. Might they consider someone who could actually be in the rotation? Time will tell.