I’ve been swamped with “real world” stuff so I’m sorry for the lack of updates. Look forward to an Orioles and Redskins feature in the next couple days. In the meantime check out these great items I’ve been reading.
Scott Van Pelt gets pranked by a Howard Stern fan. (Hot Clicks)
Kornheiser suspended from ESPN for saying Chris Berman is fat and Hannah Storm dresses like a cheap hooker. (Deadspin)
Brian Roberts has a herniated disc; Roberts and the O’s are downplaying the injury. (Balt Sun)
The pros/cons of Jimmy Clausen. (Hogs Haven)
Redskins are gearing up for the combine, Skins Blogger Matt Terl will try to find the answers to your questions (leave them in the comments section.) (Redskins Blog)
Where does Greivis stand among All-time Terps? (Mister Irrelevant)
Cheers and Hail
Posted by fatpickle Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Categories: 6 Degrees
I have all kinds of reasons to be excited and optimistic about the 2010 Orioles. The O’s are loaded with young talent, they’ve added some key veterans and have moved their spring training home to within an hour drive or so from my house. Sure they haven’t had a winning record in the last 12 years and I’ve dropped a $1,000.00 or more watching a 60-70 win team play on the MLB ticket during that time…but this is the time of year that I can be excited for my O’s.
It’s not unrealistic to think the Orioles have a chance to make a run at the wild card, just look at the 2008 Rays as an example. I know playing in the AL East makes it extremely difficult to break .500, let alone make the playoffs…but this O’s squad has talent.
OK, maybe I’m talking out my ass about the playoffs, but take a look around the diamond with me concerning the talent.
C- Matt Wieters – Batted .288-9-43 last season. No reason to believe that he can’t double those numbers this year. He’ll be moving up in the lineup, playing a full season and he’s only going to get better.
1B- Garret Atkins – No question Garret had a sub-par 2009 season, but Terry Crowley is known to get the best out of hitters. In the 3 previous seasons to 09′ Atkins averaged .305-25-110. If he approaches those numbers in 2010, he’ll be a steal for the O’s.
2B- Brian Roberts – Everyone loves Brian for good reason, he’s just a hard nosed, gritty and talented ballplayer entering his 10th season in an Oriole’s uniform. You can book him to score 100 runs, steal 30+ bases and hit 50+ extra base hits.
SS- Cesar Izturis - Cesar is not going to put up big offensive #’s, but he does play solid defense and handles the bat well. Cesar struck out less than 10% of the time last season and if he can duplicate that again this year while stealing 15+ bases…I’ll take it.
3B- Miguel Tejada – I’m happy to see Iggy back in an O’s uniform. The power may be gone..hmmmm, I wonder why…but he’s still a pure hitter. I expect Iggy to make the adjustment well to 3B and hit somewhere in the neighborhood of .300-15-80.
LF- Nolan Reimold – After years of stalling in the minors, Nolan got his chance last season and made the most out of it. I think his game fits well at Camden Yards and he reminds me of Bill Ripken…so I naturally love him. I’m still not sold completely.
CF- Adam Jones - Adam broke out in a big way last year, making his first All-Star team and showing all of his 5-tool abilities. Expect more this season. 30-30…I’m just sayin.
RF- Nick Markakis – My current favorite player, you can write it in cement that he hits .300-20-100 or better. I hope the beard is gone for spring training.
DH- Luke Scott – He may be the streakiest hitter I’ve ever seen. He can hit 5HR’s one week, and not get 2 hits the next…just bat him in the middle of the lineup when he’s hot.
OK, that’s the good news…unfortunately you have to pitch in baseball, more on that later.
Cheers and Hail
Posted by fatpickle Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Happy birthday Juan Dixon. I’ve already written a post about Juan being my favorite college basketball player of all time, you can read it here. Happy 31st Mr. Dixon!
Happy birthday Keith Booth. Wow, 2 of my favorite basketball players of all time were born on the same day! Keith was a part of Maryland’s renaissance period of 94-97. He was the first Baltimore area player to commit to UMD after the Bob Wade era ended in NCAA violations. Keith went to 4 NCAA tournaments and 2 Sweet 16’s while at Maryland. Keith is among MD’s all time leaders in points, rebounds and steals and is a member of the UMD Hall of Fame. Keith won a NBA Championship with the Bulls during the 97-98 seasons. Keith is now entering his 6th season as an assistant under Gary Williams. Happy 35th Mr. Booth.
Happy birthday Brian Roberts. Brian just finished his 9th season with the Orioles, another stellar performance for one of baseball’s best 2nd basemen. Brian batted .289-16-79 last season and added 30 SB’s and 56 doubles! Brian also scored a career high 110 runs last season, his 3rd consecutive season of 100+. Brian is fast moving up the Orioles all time offensive records, ranking in or near the top ten in several categories including 3rd all time in steals. With the likely departure of Melvin Mora, Brian will become the longest tenured Oriole. I hope the O’s can turn it around before Brian’s gone; he’s a hard-nosed ball player that deserves to win. Happy 32nd Mr. Roberts.
Cheers and Hail