Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

June 23, 2009 | Glenn Clark

When did Robert Andino become Jose Reyes?

The undying affection I’ve heard in the last week about Robert Andino is a bit much.

Andino has been a particularly serviceable shortstop with Cesar Izturis hurt, and at times he’s looked borderline good.

But he’s NOT a franchise shortstop. He’s NOT a guy to pencil in for the future. And he’s NOT even as good as Cesar Izturis.

He’s a .255 hitter who gets on base at a .290 clip; has stolen 2 bases in 4 attempts, and has a mighty 7 RBI on the season. He also has made more than his fair share of plays; although he has also made defensive miscues, and his timing hasn’t been perfect.

Serviceable. The Orioles have made do with him while their regular has been hurt.

I guess years of Luis Hernandez and Freddie Bynum will make some of us lose perspective.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson wonders if MacPhail, Birds will be in ‘sell’ mode at deadline again this year

Bob Haynie wonders if Terps deserve to be in Top 25

Marco Romanell thinks Andino should replace Izturis as starting SS

Glenn Clark says Dunbar documentary, Kurk Lee/Sam Cassell charity game highlights of non-baseball week

Drew Forrester thinks Melewski, Dave Johnson good on radio…..maybe not so much on Facebook

Ed Frankovic says Caps add Hershey Bears coach Bob Woods to Boudreau’s staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says first round pick Hobgood honors memory of father

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says former Marlin Andino playing well headed into series in Miami

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec updates Marlins before series at Dolphin Stadium

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill, Jones, Markakis, Huff, Roberts could be All-Stars

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Garabez Rosa hit 2 run homer to lift IronBirds to win over Yankees

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Arrieta removed after first inning rain delay, Tides’ bullpen hammered in loss to Lehigh Valley

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kenny Moreland leads Ironbirds in shutout win over Staten Island

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Uehara appeared more ‘comfortable’ in Philadelphia without Japanese media around

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Tides manager Gary Allenson happy to not have to play final three innings in blowout loss

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 22nd in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee, Heap, Landry, Gregg, Pryce ‘must return to form’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh in complete control of team

Examiner Steve DeClue wonders if Ravens might be interested in Plaxico

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando says 52, Reed amongst best defensive players of decade

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52, Reed ‘no-brainers’ amongst best defensive players of decade

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Marshall to Ravens rumors dying down, WR likely to stay in Denver

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Wilcox 13th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says John Gilchrist 12th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Laron Profit 11th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles New Mexico center prospect Alex Kirk (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem breaks down special teams unit with Charles Bankins (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s John Wallpher profiles ’10 WR prospect Matt Robinson (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina profiles LB/FB prospect Rob Lombardo (must subscribe)

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says three horses to challenge Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra in Mother Goose Stakes

Thoroughbred Times says Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s race at Belmont Park

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former safety Ray Brown

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Patrick Stevens’ list has been VERY good thus far; but I think Drew Nicholas was better than anyone on his list thus far, with MAYBE the exception of John Gilchrist.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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