If you missed the beginning of the “60 Greatest Members of the Orioles”, it covered the Honorable Mentions–the fellas who were worthy of being in the conversation, but ultimately failed to make the cut. At last, here is the beginning of the list:
60. Dennis Martinez, Pitcher
During his 11-year career in Baltimore, “El Presidente” recorded double-digit wins in six of those seasons. An upper-echelon starter in the late 70s, Martinez was a large piece to the ’79 AL Championship team.
59. Nick Markakis, Right Fielder
A pitching prospect out of college, Markakis quickly moved through the Orioles system and served as the lone bright spot several historically bad O’s teams. While his power has diminished from the projections back in the mid-2000s, Markakis is a lock for the Orioles Hall of Fame for the simple fact of tenure and consistency during a time of turmoil and failure.
58. Matt Wieters, Catcher
The Georgia Tech alum has never quite become “Mauer with power,” at least not to the degree that many expected when he was taken fifth overall in 2007. With that being said, Wieters has been a mainstay in Baltimore since 2009 and a proven home-grown commodity–something the Orioles had previously struggled with in the 2000s. Should Wieters sign a contract extension and remain in Baltimore, he’ll go down as the greatest catcher in club history.
57. Frank Cashen, General Manager
As the Director of Baseball Operations, Cashen played a major role in bringing Oriole-great Frank Robinson to town, despite the fact that Harry Dalton–who was GM at the time–routinely receives the notoriety. Cashen’s best days were in New York, as the GM of the Mets, however, his Baltimore roots and contribution to multiple Orioles’ World Series makes him a lock for this list.
56. Rich Dauer, Second Baseman
Dauer, a projected big-time hitter coming through the O’s system in the mid-70s, never panned out in terms of being much of a threat at the dish; however, he was a fan-fave and his presence through the late 70s and early 80s was a big part of the team’s chemistry and its ability to rebound after losing the 1979 World Series to the Pirates. He currently manages the AA affiliate of the San Diego Padres.