Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July weekend. Traditionally, the 4th of July has been looked upon as the halfway point of the MLB season even though most teams have played more than 81 games.
I thought I’d share my version of the Orioles report card for the 1st semester. Here are the position players. I’ll do the pitchers and manager Thursday.
Nich Markakis… B+ remains solid in the field and at the plate
Brian Roberts…B+ the catalyst.. he’ll probably pass 50 doubles again this season, but will he be here a month from now?
Adam Jones… B+ having his ups and downs as he continues to learn the game.. Could be a good one for a long time as long as they want to pay him.
Aubrey Huff… B only because we’re a horsesh*t town
Luke Scott… B sure glad he’s playing more and more these days
Kevin Millar… B- comes thru when least expected sometimes
Ramon Hernandez… C- miserable start coupled with his lack of ability to throw runners out.. he is getting a tad bit better as it gets warmer
Melvin Mora… C he’s a shadow of the player who hit over .300 and got the big contract with the no-trade clause. Continues to make too many boneheaded baserunning mistakes
Jay Payton.. B does what a utility player is supposed to with a few spurts here and there
Insert SS here..Hernandez, Fahey, Bynum, Cintron, Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Larry, Moe, Curly… F Do you miss Miguel Tejada? I do. Trembley needs to pick a guy and stick with him instead of marching a platoon system out there. We’ve gone through more shortstops this season than Amy Winehouse goes thru rehab.
Agree or disagree? Please share your comments and check back Thursday night for the pitchers and manager portion of my 1st semester Orioles’ report card.