Here is it: the first thing that I have written since 1992, the year I graduated from Northeast High, where I graduated number 264 out of 267 students.
Is B.J. Surhoff an Orioles Hall Of Famer???
I can’t believe that people are actually calling in and asking if B.J. Surhoff should be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. How can he not be?
In 7 1/2 years with the Orioles, Surhoff put up some really good numbers, including in 1999 when he hit .308 with 29 homers, 107 RBIs and 207 hits! He had solid numbers every year, was an All-Star, played multiple positions and showed up big in the 1996 ALDS. Surhoff killed the Indians in the ALDS when he hit .385 with three home runs in four games.
You can’t lump him in with Ripken, Murray, Brooks, and Frank. However, he is right there with Lee May, Brady Anderson, Bobby Grich, Al Bumbry and the Gene Woodlings of Orioles history.
How often do we hear “none of the Orioles live in Baltimore” or “players need to be more involved in the community?”
Surhoff lived in Baltimore, cried when he got traded to Atlanta and had to leave Baltimore, and still lives here today.
Plus, he taught me how to hit to the opposite field last year at Ripken Fantasy Camp. It took him 40 minutes to teach me something that I couldn’t do for 30 years. That alone should get him in.
By the way …. it’s Chicken Box Friday and I’m hungry. Poor chicken.