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February 28, 2011

Reimold off to a better start

If you didn't remember -- and Nolan Reimold certainly did -- the outfielder got off to an 0-for-22 start last spring. That was on his mind in the bottom of the second inning when he returned to the outfield following his solo homer on his very first swing.

"A year makes a big difference," Reimold said. "I did think about that when I was in the outfield, how I started 0-for-22. I didn’t want to do that again."

Reimold also walked three times, made a couple of solid catches in left field in windy and sunny conditions and was the only Orioles starter to play the full game.

“He knows that we’re kind of throwing out last year,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We’re starting fresh. You can tell that he’s at a good place in his life right now. I wanted to get him out there for a lot of at-bats today.”

That’s just fine to Reimold, who said that he has “no complaints physically, so he can run me out there as much as he wants.”

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 4:46 PM | | Comments (4)


While I wish Nolan could be the player he was for a stint in 2009, I think he is just not capable of being the every day left fielder. He looks awkward out there and a good hitter does not have a year like Reimold did last year. He was terrible in AAA even.

Garret Atkins also hit a homerun today, the sad part is the bucs fans probably will get excited about him if he can hit a few dingers with an average in the spring. Like Reimold though, he just appears overall terrible.

I am rooting for Pie to have a big spring as I think he is the guy who could excel under the tutelage of Buck. I also think Reimold as the 4th outfielder is a bad idea.

You ever heard of the sophomore jinx? Quite a few hall of famers had one. Might want to do research before you bash someone. Give him and some the other new guys a chance. Pie has already had his but injuries and inconsistency is in his past but I guess Reimold doesn't deserve the chances Pie should get. Why is that?

Nolan had personal problem last season and that seem to affect his game big time. Just as Greinke had to take a year off and came back to be a Cy Young pitcher.
While I don't know just how good a player Reimold will be I think he has 20 to 30 homers per season potential, more than Pie.
IMHO Pie makes a better 4th outfield as he has speed, but not durability. Pie can play all three outfield positions and could end up a decent pinch-hitter. Reimold needs to start somewhere.

FL_O's Fan u r an idiot, reimold was still getting over an injury last year and some personal issues, he has the potential to be a 25 HR a year guy, Pie sux, doesnt know how to run the bases and is a terrible teammate...derp

Jeff Z's reply: Just my opinion from being around the team every day, but Pie has matured quite a bit and has become a pretty popular teammate. I think calling him a terrible teammate is a tad unfair, but that's just me.

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