an album need only have two great songs on it (out of 12) to be considered for the Grammy. Alomar played three seasons in Baltimore but only two were legitimate. Anyone who watched the ’98 season knows he basically went through the motions in the final three months of that campaign.
Great player who deserves to be a baseball Hall of Famer? Sure.
Orioles Hall of Famer?
He played 412 career games in orange. Luke Scott has played 407 in his distinguished Orioles career. So there…
And Alomar spit in the face of an umpire. On that note alone, I’d easily leave him off my ballot and just use “Spit-Gate” as the defining moment of his career in Baltimore. Any highlight package of his time in Baltimore ALWAYS includes the spitting incident in Toronto. If you play word association with someone and say “Roberto Alomar” at least half the folks would reply with “spit on an umpire”.
Some people can just sweep that moment under the rug but I couldn’t. Not when it comes to something that is supposed to be as prestigious as the Orioles Hall of Fame.
As for Palmeiro, he legitimately belongs in the Orioles Hall of Fame well in advance of Bordick or even Alomar earning the nod, but you simply can’t put a man in your team’s HOF who tested positive for steroids while he was with the club.
Game, set and match.
And I think by accomplishment and statistics, Palmeiro should be a baseball Hall of Famer, but when you test positive for steroids with the Orioles, you can’t join the team’s hallowed fraternity. It’s one thing to be rumored or linked with steroids. It’s completely different when the test results came back with “POSITIVE” on the bottle.
Some will say, “Well, the Orioles Hall of Fame really isn’t that important, so just throw all three of those guys in there.”
After all, Chris Hoiles is in there.
But if the Hall of Fame isn’t going to stand for “greatness”, then why even have it? If they’re going to reward guys like Bordick or Alomar for a few good seasons, you might as well think about Rodrigo Lopez and his candidacy. Like Alomar, Lopez had two very good pitching campaigns for bad teams.
I’m joking about Lopez, of course. But that’s the point. He doesn’t deserve to be in, but if you’re just rewarding guys who had a few good years…well, you get the picture.
Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray.
Now those were four players with GREAT careers in Baltimore. Everyone else has to be evaluated on some other kind of scale. And while no one is likely (continued on next page)