September 23, 2011 by
You can't have a Baltimore Orioles Dream Team without Brooks Robinson.
The Baltimore Orioles as a franchise has seen outstanding teams in the past, and several players who have been inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. The Oriole Way was proudly displayed by several players who did the city proud over the years.
We will take a look at some of those terrific Orioles’ players, and select a starting lineup for an all-time Orioles dream team.
Catcher: Chris Hoiles
This may just be the one position where the Baltimore Orioles have never been seriously blessed with great offensive talent. There have been some stellar defensive catchers through the years (Andy Etchebarren, Elrod Hendricks), but very few with the ability to produce consistent offense.
We give the nod to Chris Hoiles. In a ten-year career spent entirely with the Orioles, Hoiles hit 151 home runs with a .262 batting average, and was the anchor behind the plate for the Orioles during their last two playoff seasons in 1996-1997.
First Base: Boog Powell
For the first 14 seasons of his 17-year career, John Wesley “Boog” Powell represented the Baltimore Orioles with class and dignity, and provided an outstanding bat in the lineup. Powell was voted the American League’s Most Valuable Player award in 1970, and was a member of four All-Star teams.
Powell won two World Series during his time with the O’s (1966, 1970), and even today is still a revered figure in the Baltimore area. Read the rest of this entry →
June 15, 2010 by
After a solid rookie season, Brad Bergesen has struggled in 2010.
Considering that he has just been demoted to the minors, it might seem strange to now be comparing struggling Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. However, it is often forgotten that like Bergesen, after early success Palmer also struggled before eventually becoming the best pitcher in Orioles history.
In 1966, the 20-year-old Palmer won 16 games and pitched a shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Yet by 1968, Palmer ‘s future was in question due to arm troubles. He pitched only 49 innings in the majors in 1967 and didn’t appear for the Orioles the following season.
Fortunately for Palmer and the Orioles, the tall right-hander was able to regain his form in 1969 and won 16 games as Baltimore reached the World Series. In 1970, Palmer began a string where he won 20 or more games in eight of nine seasons and captured three Cy Young Awards.
Though Bergesen’s first period of success in Baltimore didn’t include a World Series title, he was without question one of the best rookie pitchers in the game during 2009 and the most promising among a cast of rookie pitchers for the Orioles. Read the rest of this entry →
July 28, 2009 by
Chris Tillman certainly hopes that his major league debut is similar to those of some former Baltimore greats.
With Chris Tillman scheduled to make his first start in the majors, I thought it would be interesting to go back in time and see how some of the great pitchers in Baltimore Orioles history fared in their first appearance and first career start for the Birds.
In almost all cases, the results were pretty impressive and signs of future greatness to come.
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