Big moves in the offseason leads to a hopeful season for the Orioles

There might be snow on the ground, but that isn’t stopping the trading and drafting for a new spring season for the Baltimore Orioles.

Everyone has been excited since the announcement of Miguel Tejada returning to Baltimore last week. Miggy first came to Baltimore for the 2004 season, and was under contract for six years–however, that commitment was broken when Miggy was traded by Baltimore in Dec. 2007 and went south to Houston to be an Astro.

But now, ladies and gentlemen…Miggy is back. He is only on a year $6 million contract this go around, but having Tejada in Baltimore brings much hope and excitement for many Orioles fans who have not had a lot to look forward to when the snow melts and America’s favorite spring past time starts up.

Some quick facts on why Baltimore should welcome back Miggy: he was ranked to be voted MVP eight times and was named, in 2002, MVP of the AL;  has been on the all-star team six times; twice has been awarded with the silver slugger award.

For those who don’t know, the silver slugger award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League.

His batting average for his career currently has him in the top 50 in the ML, at number 42 with an average of .289. His best was his 2006 career, where his average was .330 and he was ranked 4th in the AL, and last season he batted an average all season of .313 and was ranked 8th in the NL.

He also rarely misses games, so no worries on benching this slugger, Baltimore…if you remember when he played for Baltimore, he had a streak of 1,152 consecutive games, the fifth longest in Major League history, before he got hit at bat and later found out he had a broken wrist (June 2007).  Now playing third base but normally at short stop, Miggy also makes big moves in getting his team their outs—actively throughout his career, he has made 5,565 (15th) outs, and the past two seasons with the Astros, he was ranked 2nd overall in the NL in outs made.

For those of you who don’t understand, or maybe just don’t care, what any of these stats mean…there is one aspect of a baseball game that can get any fan incited enough to cheer loud or scream for their hometeam’s players—home runs! Miggy is also up there on the charts with his career number of home runs currently standing at 285, which ranks him at 28th among other active players. He also won the home run derby in 2004 with 27 home runs to win the contest.

Now that the past weeks excitement over Miggy has died down a bit…just kidding that news has excited Orioles fans everywhere to a hopeful season. But now, over the weekend, we found out that Melvin Mora, as expected, accepted a one year $1.3 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. Mora not only led the O’s in hits, homers, doubles, RBIs, runs scored and at-bats, he also was well-liked with a sense of humor and home town comradery. Mora will be missed.

Other news for the off-season in Baltimore; they traded for Kevin Millwood and signed Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez as well. They also  re-signed left-hander Mark Hendrickson to a one-year $1.2 million contract on Jan. 28.

National news, Orioles left-handed pitch er Brian Matusz received recognition from a national list for the second time this week when ESPN.com’s Keith Law honored him as the No. 11 prospect in the major leagues, and last week, he was listed at number 5 on MLB.com. (<http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7150969&topic_id=7962336&c_id=mlb&gt; )

“He really knows his way around on the mound. This is a real pitcher,” MLB Network analyst John Hart said on the broadcast. “He’s got pitchability. His stuff is plenty good enough. He’s got a plus fastball, got good breaking stuff.

So far, the team seems to think these were all great choices—do you? We’ll find out what else the O’s have up their sleeve when they report for training camp in Sarasota.

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3 Responses to “Big moves in the offseason leads to a hopeful season for the Orioles”

  1. Tates Says:

    Tejada, what are you kidding me? I thought we were building for the future not regressing to the past.

    • Genna Jean Wittstadt Says:

      That’s the O’s for you. But it seems picking Tejada back up is a hot or cold for Baltimore fans; I would say from what I have heard, about 70% of people are happy/excited about it (though his stats you read about prove why), there have been others who are weary. I myself, while I like him, am curious to see how he does, and if he complains a lot like he did last time he was here. Also, that was a big move having Tejada play 3rd base after he has been used to short stop. Guess we will see..

      ..But at the same time, look what picking up a veteran QB like McNair did for the Ravens. He is what Baltimore needed to grab more hope and was part of the future building process. Maybe Tejada will be part of the O’s veteran comeback player?

  2. Lillie Falk Says:

    Pretty interesting post. Couldn’t be written any better. Browsing this post reminds me of my old chum. He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Am sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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