Who is your Most Valuable Oriole?
The Orioles are collecting ballots from media members for their annual Most Valuable Oriole Award.
I’ll wait as you snicker.
OK, as I was saying, it’s time to pick Most Valuable Oriole. And this isn’t a slam-dunk like it has been in the past.
Around August, I thought it would be. Adam Jones was head-and-shoulders above his teammates, and, if things went right, he could get 100 RBIs and 25-plus homers. But it hasn’t gone right. He slumped and, subsequently, has been sidelined for more than a week with a sprained right thumb (which may have contributed to the slump).
After starting Tuesday, he is hitting .283 with a .324 on base percentage, a .466 slugging percentage, 23 homers and 80 RBIs in 144 games.
Meanwhile, shortstop J.J. Hardy keeps making a case. Despite being out for a month because of injury, Hardy is hitting .262 with a .302 on-base percentage, a team-high .483 slugging percentage, 28 homers and 74 RBIs in 122 games.
Hardy and Jones have been very good defensively at crucial positions.
I could go either way. I am curious how you see it.
The Orioles ask that media members choose three candidates and order them. If Hardy and Jones are 1 and 2 – or 2 and 1 – the third spot becomes even more difficult. Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds (at least power-numbers-wise) could receive consideration.
I’d probably lean toward reliever Jim Johnson for the third spot; he has been the club’s best and most consistent pitcher throughout the season.
Daily Think Special: Who is your Most Valuable Oriole?