A few things

*Left-handed reliever Clay Rapada was released yesterday –after being designated for assignment following the Jeremy Guthrie trade — and he’s now a free agent. Best of luck to Rapada, who played Minor League baseball in Lansing, Mich. and always enjoyed a good Michigan vs. Michigan State debate. (Although, in my opinion there’s no debating the Spartans’ superiority.)

*The decision to void the Orioles contract with Seong-Min Kim makes sense for all parties. Major League Baseball wants to keep ties with Sout Korea friendly and the Orioles are free to pursue and sign Kim again, within the proper protocol of course, if they still feel the need. It’s still unknown if MLB will hand down a fine to Baltimore, which issued a formal apology last week, or issue any other punishment.

*Gotten a lot of questions about Zach Britton’s status and his throwing session today –and whether he’s plagued by shoulder inflammation during it — will dictate his progression moving forward. The main problem is Britton’s  been unable to get in his proper arm slot because of that inflammation, although right now the problem is being categorized as minor. You can read more on that here.

*Spring Training will get going over the weekend, although there’s a good group already down in Sarasota, and I wrote a preview earlier this week on some of the main issues. Obviously, there’s still plenty of questions surrounding the Orioles and you can count on daily stories on Orioles.com, as well as pictures/analysis and other breaking news here on the blog and on Twitter.

Finally, today marks the official two-year anniversary of my start date as the beat writer for Orioles.com. It seems like just yesterday I was getting lost on my way to Ed Smith Stadium with my printout of names and faces that took weeks (ok, months) to really get down. I thank all of you for reading, listening, criticizing, asking questions and sparking debate based off my articles, blog posts, Tweets, etc.  Here’s to better things in the future.

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I would like to add my best wishes to Clay Rapada in finding a new team. Personally, I feel that he deserved another chance this spring. I would rather have him in camp then a few of the “bodies” that will be there. I have no doubt that he will catch on somewhere.

Great job, Britt! Happy 2nd anniversary of the beat!

Mark

http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com

I’m new to your column but have been impressed with the quality, organization and content of your writing. Hopefully a magnum of champagne is waiting for you! Happy Second Anniversary covering the Mighty O’s. Maybe we’ll have a good season this year (or at least an interesting one).

Thank you. Very much appreciated.

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I’ve really enjoyed your insight and perspective over the last year or so that I’ve been reading. You and many others within the organization have done a great job of keeping spirits up and fans interested as the club has admittedly struggled. I’m impressed with the great attitude I see and it helps keep things in perspective. Thanks for all you do and keep up the great work! Let’s Go O’s!!

Just bookmarked your blog site today. Looking forward to this up and coming season with the O’s. Let me just say that starting pitching is everything. If the starters can at least get us late into the 5th or even 6th innings, I believe our bullpen will be the saving grace for the birds this year. The next biggest concern I have will be run production. We need production from everyone this year. We usually hit “rock bottom” about two weeks before the allstar game and never recover until almost the end of the season. Mindless, baseless prediciton……Zach gets 20 wins and wins every major pitching award……Go O’s!!!

It is refreshing to find that there are still “journalists” out there. Observers of Life as it happens – voices (reporters) who tell /relate what they see. No conditions, no agenda – simply “this is what I see / experience, thought you’d like to know” people.
In a 24 hour news cycle; “you need to know – We’re on top of it – here’s the real deal” Media blitz, Honesty is sometimes compromised. Not with You. Thank You for the in-depth look , feature article on my son Christopher. Before and since he was judged to be a very special baseball player -athlete, he was and always has been “a good kid”. And by the way, he is becoming a better man than his Dad – something I’ve hoped and prayed for.
Your Mom and Dad obviously got it “right” with you.

Thank You Britt – Don’t Change,
#19’s Dad -Lyn Davis

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