My current issue of ESPN The Magazine has a naked Hope Solo on the cover.
A naked goalie? I'm going to save this issue. (See what I did there?)
I wanted to give you some reading material before I head over to Hunt Valley for the latest airing of "Wall to Wall Baseball" from 11 a.m. to noon on MASN.
I wrote an entry yesterday detailing Jeremy Guthrie's inclusion on the major league team that will travel to Taiwan next month. He's known about it since August, but his placement on the roster wasn't official until he got through the season healthy. That was a prerequisite.
The Orioles gave Guthrie permission to make the trip. He'll start one of the five games, though he's not sure of the date.
"I continued with my throwing and workouts, knowing I'd be pitching in a game next month," he said.
Each starter will go two to four innings.
"I don't know which game or when," he said, "but obviously it doesn't matter at this point."
Guthrie is the only Oriole on the roster, though more major league players will be added later. He's never been to Asia and is looking forward to making the trip.
"It's really a unique opportunity, to visit a country I've never been to and promote a game that I enjoy and play with new players I may or may not have met prior to this," he said. "I'm just excited for the opportunity."
Guthrie doesn't have time to follow all of the Orioles' front office maneuvering. He went back to Oregon after the season and is "keeping track of my whereabouts" while traveling the world as part of his internship with Nike.
Don't look for any major developments this weekend concerning the next president of baseball operations. Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava have received permission to interview for the job. The Orioles are seeking permission from the Marlins to interview Dan Jennings.
Manager Buck Showalter had to cancel his travel plans this weekend. He's staying in Baltimore. No sense flying home to Texas today and returning tomorrow.
I'm not expecting the Orioles to make a strong push for Tigers assistant GM Al Avila, based on what I've been told by multiple sources. But I wouldn't bet my life on a fluid list.
Dipoto looks like the early favorite. If you're making up your own March Madness bracket, he's your Duke. He's your UConn. But it's significant that the Orioles also reached out to LaCava and Jennings, while other candidates are waiting to hear from them.
Director of player development John Stockstill is in Japan to scout Nippon-Ham Fighters pitcher Yu Darvish.
I'd be more excited if the Orioles were known to make a big splash in the international market. As long as they keep skipping over puddles, I'm not paying a whole lot of attention.
I'm a tough sell these days.
Injured first baseman Joe Mahoney (oblique) has been coaching first base for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. Double-A Bowie coach Denny Hocking made an appearance to check out the Orioles' farmhands.
I'm told that Bowie pitcher Chorye Spoone, a Pasadena native, gained 4-5 mph on his fastball after moving to the bullpen. He was more consistent when his innings were limited each game.
The Orioles removed Spoone from the 40-man roster this summer.