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Schmuck: FanFest looms and Orioles have done nothing to chase away the gloom

Schmuck: FanFest looms and Orioles have done nothing to chase away the gloom

The headlines tell the whole story.

The big Orioles news this weekend is that the team signed four more minor league players — three of them at least 29 years old. The other news involved the revelation that 2017 12th-round draft choice Tucker Baca has been suspended for 60 days for a performance-enhancing drug violation.

So, tell me, is this any way to spend the last week before Orioles FanFest?

Next Saturday, thousands of Orioles fans will crowd into the Baltimore Convention Center to celebrate the unofficial start of the 2018 season and, at the moment, all they really have to talk about is the unpleasant end of 2017.

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