If I Were Running The Baseball Team

April 20, 2009 |

If I were running the Baltimore Orioles, the roster would look significantly different than it does now.  Hypothetically, lets’ say I were working with the same players on the 40 man roster, and the same availability of players in the minor leagues.  The Birds would look something like this.  Keep in mind, for my purposes here, I am not taking into account the teams run of recent hamstring injuries.

Starting Nine
Roberts
Jones
Markakis
Huff
Mora
Scott
Wieters
Montanez
Izturis

Bench
Reimold
Zaun
Wigginton
Andino

Rotation
Guthrie
Uehara
Bergesen
Waters
Tillman

Bullpen
Ray
Johnson
Sherrill
Albers
Hendrickson
Walker
Sarfate

Should Bergesen, Waters, or Tillman falter, there are a number of starters in double or triple a who could replace them.

Remember, the team has been saying all winter and spring “we’re not going to win anyway”.  Why not give these kids a chance.  Montanez and Reimold have been tearing the cover off the ball.  The Wieters argument is self explanatory.  And well, the pitching has been historically bad over the first 12 games.  It’s time to see what the young guns are made of.

I would no longer have Danys Baez, Ryan Freel, Felix Pie, or Adam Eaton in Baltimore.  Danys Baez and Adam Eaton are possibly the two worst pitchers in the Major Leagues.  Felix Pie can’t hit, and after 4 hoping a throw to second base along with his pirouette in center yesterday, I am convinced he can’t play the outfield either.  Then there is Ryan Freel, if you’re batting .071, you have no right to complain about playing time.  As far as I’m concerned, these guys can either be demoted to Norfolk, traded for whatever we can get, or cut.  This isn’t little league these guys are playing.  It’s about winning and it’s about producing.  These guys aren’t capable of either, and they are brining the whole team down with them.

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