I’ll make quick work of this one.
Mike Bordick isn’t an Orioles Hall of Famer.
Neither is Roberto Alomar.
And neither is Rafael Palmeiro.
At least to me, they’re not.
But I guess it wouldn’t be fair – or thoughtful reading – to just throw those three declarations in there and not at least give some reasoning.
So here it is:
Bordick was a good major league baseball player and had a nice 6-year run (separated by a brief stint in New York) in Baltimore. Along the way, he had the makings of two very good offensive seasons (for him), which came in 1999 (.277) and 2000 (.297). He was always more than capable defensively.
But Mike Bordick was a good player – you can use the word “solid” instead of good and I’ll accept that – who had a couple of forgettable seasons and two very good ones for the Orioles.
Hall of Fame worthy?
Was he a quality member of the organization and a good representative of the franchise?
Without question, yes.
But that shouldn’t put him in the team’s Hall of Fame.
Alomar is a much different story, because he is a baseball Hall of Famer…so it only makes sense to just hand-over his Orioles HOF card. But if you’re measuring Roberto Alomar on three seasons in Baltimore, there’s simply no way he belongs in the Orioles Hall of Fame.
For starters, I’d NEVER vote for someone who played three years in Baltimore unless those three seasons included world championships and league MVP awards or Cy Young honors. Yes, I’m aware the powers-that-be in the front office say the minimum required stay to be considered for the team’s HOF is 3 years, so technically Robbie is eligible. 3 years? Really? That’s like saying (continued on next page)