A few notes and thoughts…

A few random Orioles-related tidbits...

*npbtracker reported earlier today on Twitter that Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima will not be posted.  The Orioles were reportedly among several teams interested in him.
*The Yankees are expected to confirm a new three-year deal for manager Joe Girardi today. After that’s in place, they’ll start the process of naming a new pitching coach. An industry source confirmed that there are plans  to talk to Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who has been rumored to be a candidate ever since Dave Eiland’s dismissal earlier this week.
*I wrote the other day about Mark Connor being the leading candidate for the O’s pitching staff if Kranitz is not retained or chooses to go elsewhere. As a special assistant with the team’s Minor League operations, he’s technically done with his duties for the season and the Orioles have been given permission to speak with him. Connor is expected to be in Texas this weekend to take in the Rangers World Series games.
*It’s been written a bunch that the four managerial openings are holding up the Orioles coaching staff final decisions and I’ve had a few questions as to why.  This is just an educated guess, but I’d bet on ex-Mariners skipper Don Wakamatsu -heavily rumored to be Showalter’s choice for bench coach – is in the mix somewhere.  Either way, the Orioles will have a pretty good idea who is -and isn’t – on board for next spring when they head to Phoenix for Monday’s organizational meetings, which includes the coaching staff.
*Forgot to post this yesterday. Sorry for the delay, but here’s the team’s statement on Thursday regarding the O’s newly-renovated Spring Training facility in Sarasota…

“Earlier today, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the Orioles’ spring training agreement with Sarasota County and completely validated the County process and the issuance of the construction bonds. In doing so, the Florida Supreme Court dismissed all of the plaintiffs’ claims against Sarasota County and the named County Commissioners.

The Orioles’ confidence in Sarasota County has yet again been reaffirmed by this decision.  We continue to move full speed ahead with the Club’s plans for the finest spring training facility in all of baseball and look forward to the opening of the stadium for Spring Training 2011.”

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