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Warm thoughts tonight

The Orioles are holding an event at ESPNZone tonight called "Think Spring," which would be a lot easier if it wasn't 3 degrees outside.

I thought my daughter's middle school had implemented a new dress code after I saw a small kid wearing a tuxedo. Then I realized it was a penguin.

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I should have known by the walk.

Anyway, team executives Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette will appear from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and take questions from fans about the 2007 season.

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What's the first thing you would ask?

Former Orioles pitcher Rick Helling announced his retirement. He was 7-8 with a 5.71 ERA in 24 starts in 2003 - a far cry from his 20-win season with the Rangers in 1998.

Like so many other pitchers I've covered on this team, he was an incredibly nice guy who couldn't duplicate his past success once he signed with the Orioles. Or in Bruce Chen's case, couldn't duplicate the success he had with them in the previous season.

Chen, Jim Brower, Mike DeJean, Chuck McElroy, Terry Mathews, Mike Trombley, Shawn Boskie, Kurt Ainsworth, Travis Driskill, Mike Fetters, Doug Linton...

Quality men who won't be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame anytime soon.

I haven't forgotten Doug Johns. Unfortunately, Doug Johns might have forgotten Doug Johns.

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