Cleaning out my notebook

Did I really take Miami - 1 ½ with Tyler Thigpen at quarterback?

There must be a gas leak in my house. That could explain the chirping smoke detectors.

I was hoping to clean out my notebook this morning, but there isn’t much left that we haven’t already discussed.

I was told late Monday night that the coaching situation could be resolved by the end of this week. Well, today’s Friday. The weekend is bearing down on us.

I’m ready for the announcement. I’m wearing my laptop around my neck like Flavor Flav’s clock. Bring it on!

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec is hearing that the Orioles inquired about shortstops Jason Bartlett and J.J. Hardy. Either guy would be an offensive upgrade over Cesar Izturis - the bar hasn’t been raised that high - and you wouldn’t be sacrificing a lot defensively. That’s especially true of Bartlett.

I’m more of a Bartlett guy, but I’m not sure that I’d swap reliever David Hernandez for him.

It’s conceivable that both shortstops will be non-tendered. And keep in mind that they’re free agents after the 2011 season. We could be talking one-year rentals here.

Hernandez is always a popular subject when the Orioles talk trade. Teams really like him. And you’ll find people in the organization who believe he could close in the future. In the meantime, he has the makings of a solid set-up guy, though I’m sure he’d prefer to start.

It’s clear that the Orioles will have to part with young pitching in just about any deal. That’s their appeal to other clubs. I’m just hesitant to pull the trigger with a young power arm.

And no, I’m not going back to the Glenn Davis trade. For crying out loud, we’ve got to move on from that one, no matter how painful the experience.

By the way, did you know that lefties only hit .198 against Hernandez?

Since we’re talking about shortstops, I checked again on Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and I still don’t think the Orioles have a shot at him. They might make a bid, but they don’t think the cost will be worth it.

You’ve got to pay for the right to negotiate with him, and you’ve got to sign him to a contract. The consensus appears to be that there are better options in the U.S.

Nishioka’s numbers are impressive. If only they had been accumulated in the AL East.

I’m not a big MLB Network guy, but I tuned into one of its Prime 9 programs earlier this week. The 1971 Orioles, with their four 20-game winners, placed seventh in the category of best rotations in baseball history.

The 2005 White Sox were sixth, the 1927 Yankees were fifth, the 1910 A’s were fourth, the 1954 Indians were third, the 1997 Braves were second, and...

We’ll get back to this one.

Anyone care to venture a guess?

The Bowie Baysox are selling game-used jerseys through an online auction at through Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. The home white jerseys of the 2010 team are available, as well as Zach Britton’s orange batting practice and gray road jerseys. All jerseys have the players’ number and nameplate stitched on the back and come with a letter of authenticity.

Fans must be registered bidders at to participate in the auction. All items carry a minimum reserve starting bid that must be met for the jersey to be sold. For most jerseys, the reserve starting bid is $100 and bid increments are $10, but there are exceptions and some reserve bids are higher. Complete auction rules are available at

The Baysox only accept major credit cards for payment. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Shipping and handling charges will be added to each jersey.

Fans with questions about the jersey auction can e-mail the Baysox at with a subject line of “Auction.”

My golf clubs continue to collect dust in a storage unit, but the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation will host its annual Turkey Shoot shotgun events on Thanksgiving morning. This is the 15th year Classic Five has held this annual event.

The Turkey Shoots will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Classic Five’s 18-hole courses - Clifton Park, Forest Park, Mount Pleasant and Pine Ridge. The shoots will feature special holiday rates and each course will offer prizes for closest to the pin contests on par three holes.

For $40 at Forest Park, golfers will receive greens fees, cart fee, buffet breakfast and prizes. Golfers will receive the same at Pine Ridge for $55, while Clifton Park is $45. At Clifton, the event is a “Captain’s Choice” format, with prizes going to the first, second and third place teams. That course will also hold longest and straightest drive contests.

Mount Pleasant will cost $45 per person for greens fees, cart fee, buffet breakfast and prizes. Along with the closest to the pin contests, Mount Pleasant will have other prizes and drawings as well.
Space is limited at each Turkey Shoot, so golfers must pre-pay to reserve their space. Golfers can register for one of the Turkey Shoots by visiting or calling any of the respective golf course pro shops. The Turkey Shoots will be held regardless of weather.

The No. 1 rotation in baseball history, as deemed by the MLB Network, is the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

Sure wish I had saved that baseball card.

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