Melvin, farewell and good luck

January 31, 2010 |

Long time Oriole Melvin Mora agreed to a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies today. Mora will back up Ian Stewart and 3rd base and provide some depth off the bench for the Rockies.

I’d like to extend warm regards and the best of luck to Melvin. He was a valuable player for the O’s over the past decade and ranks among the team’s all time leaders in Games, Runs, and Doubles. Melvin was also the worst base runner I’ve ever seen and a bit of a malcontent last season, but his good certainly outweighed the bad.

Acquiring Mora was perhaps the one thing that Syd Thrift did right during his tenure as GM. Mora was acquired from the Mets along with 3 other players for Mike Bordick during the 2000 season. He started out as a versatile bench player before settling down at 3rd base and making himself into an above average defender. He had a couple of monster offensive seasons in 2003 and 2004, but was more often than not a solid bat and glove.

After toiling in the basement of the AL East for the past 10 years Melvin moves to a young, exciting team in Colorado with a chance to finally make the post-season. Here’s hoping Melvin Mora gets a chance for some October at bats.