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July 3, 2011

Orioles react to Wieters making All-Star team; Jones is a Final Vote candidate

By now, you know that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was selected to the All-Star game, marking the fifth straight year that the club has had one representative. Center fielder Adam Jones still can get in on the final vote, which will be determined by fans. Here is some reaction from the Orioles clubhouse on the news.

On getting the news: "It was definitely exciting. A ittle shocked but the most exciting news I’ve heard in a while."

On becoming first Orioles catcher since Mickey Tettleton in 1989 to make the All-Star team: "It’s a huge honor to make the team, whether it’s first catcher [or not]. Just to make it
is something you work for for a long time. And it’s real humbling to be able to make the team. I’m excited to get out there."

On whether he thought that he had a chance: "You think you have a chance because you always work hard to get there, and I’ve been able to have a pretty good first half so you know that you have that chance. But we also have other guys in Jonesy and [J.J.] Hardy who have had great first halves, so we’d like for all of us to be able to get out there. But I’m definitely honored to be out there."

On whether this justifies some of the hype: "I don’t really think that there’s anything that really needs to be justified. We are out there playing as hard as we can. It’s nice to be able to selected to the All-Star Game and that’s what I’m taking it as. I don’t think once you are in
the big leagues there’s no longer trying to justify what pick you are, things like that. You are going out there to play your best and try to have the most success you can have."

On Wieters making squad: " feel good about all the contributions he’s making. You think about all the pressure on this young man coming in here, he had nowhere to go. So, those are
some of the conversations we had last year. I’m always cautious about saying compared to everybody else, because other people have catchers too that are having great years. But I can’t imagine anybody catching, throwing and calling a game at a higher level than he is. [He’s] getting big hits. Very deserving."

On Wieters' development: "[John Russell's] done a great job with him. [Last year's bench coach Jeff] Datz did a great job with him too, so did his mom and dad. His college coach was here last night. But try as you may, you couldn’t screw up Matt Wieters. Whether it’s a coach or a manager or an organization or an agent, you could not screw up Matt Wieters."

On Final Vote: "It’s nice to be in the mix, but it’s out of my hands. I can’t do anything about it. It’s out of my hands. I guess that’s up to the team to campaign or not. I’ll get to relax. No matter what, where I was going, I’ll get to relax, get some time off. We’ll see in a couple of days where I’m going."
On Orioles getting just one guy: "It is [frustrating], but it comes down to voting and it depends on how we’re playing. If we’re playing good baseball, more players will get in. It is what it is.”

On Wieters development: "Being a catcher is probably the toughest position on the field. He basically controls the whole game and he keeps getting better every year. He’s still young, he’s an unbelievable talent. I think he’s just going to get better. To be able to handle the position that he’s in and the position that he’s playing, he’s got a lot on his shoulders. I think he’s doing well and this is well deserved."

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 12:57 PM | | Comments (2)


I'm in complete agreement with Weiters being selected, and I'm also in complete agreement with Aliva starting over Martin.

I'll vote for Adam Jones in the final vote, but Konerko deserves it most. It's not like Jones has a chance anyway.

Congrats to Matt!

When you look at the staff he's worked with since day one, it's amazing the numbers he has put up.

I agree with Dave that Paul Konerko deserves the final vote, but I am going with Jones too. Adam has been excellent with the bat and the glove, and has turned into a leader off the field.

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