baltimoresun.com

« Today's featured comment | Main | Next man up for grabs? »

August 11, 2008

MVP debate erupts on WBAL

zrebiec.jpgO's beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec touched off a debate on my radio show yesterday over who would be elected Orioles MVP if the voting were to take place right now.

Zrebiec insisted that it should be Nick Markakis, based on his strong all-around performance and, evidently, some kind of man crush.

Producer Greg Bianco went with Jeremy Guthrie, who has been the most consistent pitcher on the Orioles staff.

I chose Aubrey Huff, not just because he leads the team in home runs and is on pace for 105 RBI, but because he was the guy who put the swagger back into the Orioles offense.

You could make a case for all three -- and I'm sure some you will be able to make a case against them. It's also possible to argue in favor of George Sherrill, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Jim Johnson and even Kevin Millar (if you give points for unusual grooming). Can't remember the last time the Orioles had six or seven players having good enough seasons to warrant MVP consideration.

When the Orioles hand out the MVP ballots during the final week of the season, there will be spaces for three choices, but why wait?

Here's my Top Three:

1. Huff.
2. Sherrill
3. Guthrie

What's yours?

Remember, we're not predicting who will be the MVP at the end of the season. We're casting our ballots now, based on the performance of the players through Sunday's game. I'll add up all the votes, assigning five points for each first-place vote, three for each second and one for each third, and announce the Aug. 11 Orioles MVP tonight.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 6:00 AM | | Comments (95)
        

Comments

Pete, I'll go with: 1.Huff 2.Markakis 3.Guthrie.

Peter:

Sherrill
Huff
Guthrie

My MVP's on a NVP(not very productive) team. There is always next year.

1 - Guthrie
2 - Markakis (gets the nod over Huff b/c of his stellar defense)
3 - Huff

1. Huff
2. Markakis
3. Sherrill

There's no way it's Sherrill. Outside of amusing fashion, what he's done is show off how extremely risky it is to have a closer with a high WHIP. Saves are, by and large, a poor way to judge anybody's performance. No specific offense intended, but I don't see how Georgie is in this discussion.

Markakis and Huff have the best bats by far (Roberts and Scott are the only other guys in the picture) and Nick also happens to play the best right field in the majors. Gotta be Nick for MVO.

Markakis
Guthrie
Huff

Yes, it is amazing that there is actually competition for the honor, rather than a default selection because it has to be somebody. I'd rather choose the face of the O's of the future:
1: Markakis
2: Jones
3: Guthrie
Honorable mention: Roberts

1) Huff
2) Markakis
3) Sherill

Huff is having a monster season, equine excrement aside.

1. Guthrie
2. Huff
3. Roberts

aubrey in a walk.

markakis? maybe fifth behind aub., sherill, guthrie and johnson.

It's true that there are a number of candidates for a change. My ballot, in order of all the possibilities:

1. Huff
2. Roberts
3. Guthrie
4. Markakis
5. Mora
6. Jones
7. Sherrill

Hon Mention: Luke Scott, Jim Johnson

1. Aubrey Hoff - No doubt about his numbers are remarkable this year. If he continues this trend just maybe the need to sign Tex this winter will be moot. We can spend that money on signing to 2 starting pitchers and really look at contending in 2009.
2. Melvin Mora - The mark of a team MVP is how he comes across when the chips are on the table. So what is Melvin hitting with runners in scoring position almost 400 that sounds like MVP numbers to me. Melvin Mora had so many detractors during this season but he simply goes about his job in a real workmanlike manner. He is the a remarkable individual who though not hitting 300 overall now will most likely end up hitting about .280 with over 100+ RBI's. he is a cement filler in the lineup with his production coming best when the foundation needs it most.
3. Jeremy Guthrie - Leading the league in quality starts most likely a 20 game winner if the team had scored runs for him in the early part of the season. Jeremy has moved into the position of a True Number One Starter - The Orioles can depend on the fact that every 5 days when Jeremy picks up the baseball they have a real shot at bring home the win.

It's hard not looking a Brian, Nick , or George because each have had great seasons but you had to choose only 3 and I have given you my 2 cents worth.

Yeah, it is a little early to be talking about such things. July 1st most people would have voted for Sherrill, but I'm not sure that he would get many votes today. Up to today though I'll take . . . .

1. Nick Markakis
2. Aubrey Huff
3. Brian Roberts

It's very difficult to choose between those three. Any one of them could be first, but Markakis and Roberts have been outstanding defensively. It may be early but, the writers at the Sun should start trumping them as gold glove winners.

Guthrie

Huff

markakis

Another good debate would be over who have been the least valuable player(s) up tothis point.

1. Huff
2. Guthrie
3. Millar

1. Huff
2. Markakis
3. Trembley

1.Huff
2.Roberts
3.Markakis

For Orioles MVP I choose:

1. Sherrill

2. Roberts

3. Huff

Right now: ... ... ...
Wow this is tough. As soon as I begin to write one name, I think of another just as deserving. Huff (avg/HR), Roberts (2B/SB/spark plug), Markakis (lead by example), Guthrie (ERA/K/W), Sherrill (S).

Huff is still on a tear, Markakis is right behind him (but off a little in power #s), Roberts tailed off a little, but is back at it again, Guthrie has turned his season around. Only Sherrill has dropped off in the 2nd half (after a great 1st half). So...

Right now, based on the whole season-to-date, hmmm I can't decide between Huff and Guthrie, but since Huff is everyday, HUFF.

1. Huff
2. Markakis
3. Guthrie

Another poster wisely said Trembley, and I'd agree. The majority of the "experts" had us pegged as a very bad team, some using the phrase "historically bad." We might nit-pick his bullpen usage, or where he slots Mora and Millar in the batting order, but you'd be hard pressed to argue the Orioles haven't produced better results than any reasonable expectations. Any criticism lodged usually misses that the manager sets the tone and is often a psychologist as much as a tactician.

But since you want players:
1) Roberts. Great leadoff hitters are under-appreciated and immensely important. Look back at times the Orioles offense has stalled, and you'll see they coincide with times Roberts has been slumping. He should shatter the Orioles record for doubles this year, bettering his impressive 50 in 2004. He's climbing the Orioles career list for doubles - arguably one of the best doubles hitters we've ever had.
2) Markakis. Great well-rounded hitter, fantastic glove in RF. If you do a double take at Mora's RBI total, consider where he hits in the lineup: guys like Roberts and Markakis are on base for him and Huff a lot.
3) Guthrie. I'd like to put him higher, since he's been terrific.

Honorable mentions to Johnson and Huff.

1. Huff
2. Guthrie
3. Roberts
4. Markakis
5. Sherrill

I know you're only giving points for 1-3 but how could you not include any of those five?

1. Huff - .303 23 HR 75 RBI - Only 3 RBI away from a team triple crown.

2. Guthrie - He has the team pitching triple crown with a huge margin in k's and ERA. There could be 10 more losses without Guthrie in the rotation.

3. Roberts - He's the "table-setter". He gets things started at the top of the order.

Without a doubt, it's Luis Hernandez! Just think, if him not being put on waivers, we wouldn't have seen the likes of Fahey, Bynum, Cintron, and Castro at shortstop.

Guthrie
Huff
Roberts
Guthrie, Is a men amongstt boys!!! No other pitcher has given us this many quality starts in such a quick amount of time inmany years. His demeanor and talent are a step above!!!
Huff daddy has put his career back on track and it is fun to watch!!
When B Rob is on the O's are on!!!!!
Honary Mention to Matt Wieters!! The expected arrival of this catching phenom has been very exciting!!!

Markakis
Sherrill
Roberts

1) Markakis
2) Roberts
3) Huff

rOBERTS, GETS IT ALL STARTED.

1. Guthrie
2. Huff
3. Sherrill

1. Guthrie
2. Johnson
3. Huff

1. Roberts (great defense, base stealing, on pace for far more than 50 doubles, wears out opposing pitching)
2. Huff (most productive offensive player)
3. Johnson (biggest surprise, and he's been a lights out set up man)

1.Guthrie
2.Markakis
3.Roberts

1. Guthrie
2. Huff
3. Markakis

1. Bill Bavasi
2. Guthrie
3. Sherrill

You have got to have Roberts in the top 3....it all starts with him. My 3 are:
1. Roberts
2. Huff
3. Sherrill

Sherrill over Guthrie? That's ridiculous.

Guthrie IP 163.0 WHIP 1.17 ERA 3.26
Sherrill IP 48.1 WHIP 1.51 ERA 4.66

Schmuck - you're telling me that you'd take a reliever with nearly 1/4th of the innings pitched, with an ERA of nearly 1 1/2 runs higher, over Guthrie - the starter and lone beacon of light in a rotation shrouded in darkness (ineffectiveness, more likely, but that's decidedly less dramatic)?

There's no way you could justify that. Closer love and the 'Save' stat have gone too far.

No offense Peter, but there's no way Sherrill would even make my top 5. I believe the closer position is one of the most overrated in all of sports, and his numbers (aside from saves) are quite pedestrian.

My top 5 looks like this:

1: Guthrie
2: Huff
3: Markakis
4: Roberts
5: Mora


..............................................................................................
Pete's reply: I hate it when Billy Beane starts spamming my blog.

1a. Markakis (4 points)
1b. Huff (4 points)
3. Guthrie (1 point)

You have to replace Sherill with Markakis on the list. However I would chose Guthrie. He is heads and shoulders better than any other starter on this team. He has held this team together from a pitching standpoint.


1.Guthrie
2.Huff
3.Markakis


Yes Sherill has alot of saves, but he also has blown his share and has a extremely high era for a closer.

Markakis
Roberts
Mora

I vote for Huff. He has knocked in key runs for most of the season with not only his home runs but singles and doubles when others have left runners stranded on base.

1. Guthrie
2. Markakis
3. Roberts

Pete: I believe the answer has to be Guthrie.

Guthrie has been an indispensable achor for the 2008 Orioles. He has meant more to this team than any other individual player because he's been so exceptional in an area which has hands-down been the O's greatest weakness.

When you needed a pitcher to step up after your ace was traded--Guthrie delivered.

When we needed a long outing b/c your pen went 8 innings the last 2 games--Guthrie delivered.

When you needed a chance to stop a skid of ineffective starts--Guthrie delivered.

When you needed a Gold Glove play from the mound--Guthrie delivered.

The list goes on.

Aside from his team contributions, he's developed into one of the most consistent, efficient, and workhorse pitchers in the entire league.

He has been INDESPENSABLE. And I believe Trembley would agree with this one.

GUTHRIE for 2008.

Pete,
here are my candidates for MVP:
1) Huff
2) Guthrie
3) Millar

Jeremy Guthrie.

I wish we had 4 more of him.

1. Guthrie
2. Albers/Johnson
3. Sherrill


Pitching/Pitching/Pitching is the key to winning.


Roberts, Gutherie, Markakis

1 BRIAN ROBERTS 1A JERAMY GUTHRIE 2 EVERYBODY ELSE

Guthrie - Finally, we get an ace. 4-1, 2.38 since the ASB. I'll never forget seeing him mow down the Yankees.

Huff - Crushing the ball, let's hope he keeps it up. He won't clear waivers.

Markakis. He does it all. Gets on base, scores runs, drives in runs, MLB leading 12 assists. Sign him up!

Billy Beane? Well, I've been called much worse in my life! Thank you for the compliment, Peter ;-)

My original point remains...I truly do think the closer position is highly overrated, and I'm sure that Beane and myself are not completely alone in that thinking.


.............................................................................................
Pete's reply: I'm a big fan of Billy, and I knew him when he was just a jourmeyman utility player. I also know the other Billy Bean, who went to my high school (albeit a few years later than me).

I'm enjoying reading everyone's choices and thoughts here - there are a lot of positive thoughts and defensible arguments here. I'm really happy to see Joe Hall point out how Mora has been a steady and workmanlike contributor - well said; Mora hasn't gotten enough props this year. I like Sherill but agree that after July, he has fallen out of the top 3. And while Markakis may be the best of all of them, Huff and Roberts have better numbers. Thus...
1) Roberts - on pace for over 60 doubles (leads), while leading in triples and near the top in SB...also batting almost .300 while playing gold-glove calibre defense.
2) Huff - not a big fan of his but he's putting up Texeira numbers
3) Guthrie - has become a legit ace and should have 15 wins already. One of the most under-rated pitchers in the game

1. Guthrie
2. Markakis
3. Huff

It's hard to argue against Huff, Guthrie and Markakis but I'm going to. Answer this question: Where would the Orioles be if Roberts had been traded to the Cubs? Who would be leading off? Who would be the spark that ignites what has turned out to be a very good offense?

I know Huff, Guthrie , Markakis and even Millar have had very productive years, I just don't think any of the hitters would be as productive without Roberts in the lineup.

1. Huff Daddy - 13th in Avg, 7th in HR, 9th in hits, 4th in 2Bs, 7th in Slugging% - we would have 10 more losses without him
2. G. Sherrill
3. Andy McPhail
4. Dave Trembley
5. Markakis


1.Markakis
2.Guthrie
3.Huff

least valuable- Tie- Adam loewen, Guillermo Quiroz.

1. Huff
2. Roberts
3. Markakis

1. Roberts
2. Roberts
3. Roberts

I agree about the swagger. Guthrie could have been a little stronger early so I'll wait 'til next year to vote him in.

1. Huff
2. Markakis
3. Tie between B-rob, Georgie, and Guth.

They have a formula for this called WPA, you may find this interesting, let me quote a webpage here, The Hardball Times:

"Here's the basic idea. An average team, at any point in a game, has a certain likelihood of winning the game. For instance, if you're leading by two runs in the ninth inning, your chances of winning the game are much greater than if you're leading by three runs in the first inning. With each change in the score, inning, number of outs, base situation or even pitch, there is a change in the average team's probability of winning the game.

...The concept is simple. Let's say our batter in the bottom of the ninth hits a single to put runners on first and third with no outs. This increases the Win Probability from 71% to 87%, for a gain of 16%. So, in a WPA system you credit the batter +.16 and debit the pitcher/fielder -.16. If you add up every positive and negative event from the beginning to the end of a game, you wind up with a total for the winning team of .5, and a total for the losing team of -.5. And the player with the most points will have contributed the most to his team's win."

Ultimately what this leads to is a statistic that analyzes every play in each game and attributes the most points the player that contributed most to the win. An MVP calculator of sorts.

http://www.fangraphs.com/winss.aspx?team=Orioles&season=2008

Anyway, this is the Orioles 2008 season, with total WPA for each player:

1. RP Jim Johnson
2. DH Aubrey Huff
3. SP Jeremy Guthrie
4. 2B Brian Roberts
5. 3B Melvin Mora (shocking? his RISP is ridiculous if you remember)
6. RF Nick Markakis
It dips severely after this.


.............................................................................................
Pete's reply: Interesting stuff. Should I count the first three as your ballot?

1.Guthrie
2.Markakis
3. Huff

Sherrill isn't nin my top 5. A 4.66 ERA from the closer doesn't cut it.

Players I would select for Orioles MVP are:
1. Guthrie
2. Huff
3. Millar
But the one person who I believe has made the greatest impact on the club is a non-on field player. He is Dave Trembly.

Playes I would select as Oriole MVP are:
1. Guthrie
2. Huff
3. Millar
But to me the one who made the greatest impact on this club is a non on field member. He is Dave Trembley.

My list:
1- Erik Bedard
2- Matt Wieters
3- AM

I came into this season thinking it would be a near total loss. Adam Jones and Sherrill have helped make this team watchable, hence Bedard getting the top slot. Wieters has been a joy to follow in the minors this year and gives hope to the future so he is #2. Andy gets the #3 slot because of Tillman, Arrieta and others that have been added to the team since he took over.

It's none other than the 'King of Swing' Terry Crowley.

Markakis, he's simply the best player on the team. No one is really close.

MVP is probably Brian Roberts...a solid season all-around...offense isn't as good as Huff's, but at a tougher defensive position.

1. Guthrie

Think where our starting rotation would be without him (YECHH!)

2. Johnson

Arguably best set up man in baseball along with Jose Arredondo

3. Markakis

I would put Huff here, but Markakis is also deserving of a Gold Glove

1. Roberts

2. Huff

3. Guthrie

You have to go with Guts as #1. Just think where this team would be if Guthrie wasn't starting every 5th day.

Then Huff is #2 with an OPS+ of 138 and Markakis is #3 with an OPS+ of 134.

Agreed on no way for Sherrill

1) Guthrie
2) Huff
3) Roberts (why is his SB % down so much from last year?)
4) Markakis

1. Erik Bedard
2. Miguel Tejada
3. Matt Wieters

1. Sherrill
2. Jeff's coverage
3. Peter's shirts

Great coverage of the Os this year by the Sun. Even though they are in last place, they are still better than the last 10 years. Thanks for reminding Baltimore that there's more to Baltimore in Summer than the Ravens' practices.


..............................................................................................
Pete's reply: My shirts thank you.

Markakis
Guthrie
Huff

Sherill
Huff
Markakis

But how nice it is to have options for a change!

Keith

Guthrie

Markakis

Huff

It's a tough choice, it really is. First, I agree with those who say Dave Trembley; although I've disagreed with some of his in-game moves, there's no question he's helped finally bring the Oriole Way back. He's deserving some votes as AL Manager of the Year. (Also, if there's an award for best hitting coach, then it will be a crime if it doesn't go to Terry Crowley.)

Because there are so many Orioles deserving the MVP, I've broken my choices into everyday players and pitchers:

Top Everyday Player

1. Brian Roberts -- It's a good thing he wasn't traded to the Cubs or we well may be seeing the historically bad season some predicted. His ability as table setter is one of the big reasons the team has been able to stay within shouting distance of .500. (How many times has he leadoff an inning late in a game with the O's trailing, and you say to yourself, "Hey, lets see if Roberts can get something going." As often as not he has. His defense has really sparkled this year, too (I agree with those who say he deserves a Gold Glove), especially impressive when one considers that he's had to turn DPs with the shortstop du jour all season. Right now he's on pace to have his best all around year, despite the undeserved All Star snub. Over and above all, he edges out a number of other worthy candidates because, he's having a season that has potentially historical significance. Should 2008 play out as projected, he will finish up among the all time major league single season leaders for doubles with 62. He'll be only the seventh batter ever to hit over 60 two-baggers in a year. And if he gets really hot from here on out, has a chance to break the record of 67 set by Earl Webb in 1931!

3. Nick Markakis -- He's down slightly offensively from a year ago (he'll need to really turn up the numbers if he wants to reach 100 RBIs again, but the mark is within his reach), but his defense has been superb and Gold Glove from a year ago. Very dependable all around player, who is only going to get better.

3. Aubrey Huff -- For those who aren't keeping score, 2007 was an abberation for him. This year we're being treated to the REAL Aubrey Huff and he's been fun to watch take his hacks (unless you're an opposing pitcher--LOL). How big a season is he having? Big enough that he's on pace to become the first Oriole to top 30 HRs in a season since Miguel Tejada hit 34 in 2004.

Honorable Mention: Melvin Mora, who's been lights out in the clutch--no one better in baseball this year--and has proven wrong all his distractors who said he was washed up.

Top Pitcher

1. Jeremy Guthrie -- No contest. As others have noted above, Guthrie has been the staff ace in a starting rotation long on inexperience and short on consistency. He's been the stopper Trembley's called on repeatedly to come up with the big game and seldom has he let the skipper down. One of the best pitchers in the American League this season, regardless of the misleading W-L.

2. George Sherrill -- Many of his appearences have taken on the look of a man attempting a high wire act without a net. More times than not, "Never a doubt, Georgie" has made it safely to the other side. Sure, it would be nice if he had more one-two-three innings, but when it comes to guts, Sherrill is as good as it gets in a closer.

3. Jim Johnson -- While many put him above Sherrill, setup man is not quite as crucial a role as closer because there's much less margin of error for a closer, which is why I place him where I do. That said, Johnson's numbers have been phenomenal, forcing the O's into the desirable dilemma of trying to figure not if he'll be able to help the club in '09, but in what role.

Honorable Mention: Matt Albers, who before his injury was valuable in multiple roles for the club. When he went down, the staff suffered a serious blow. Getting him back next year will be crucial to the O's improvement.

Yes pete, you can count my vote as what I wrote out. Johnson is the unsung hero for the Orioles, especially after what he's accomplished and the amount of votes he's getting right now. Very underrated.

I agree with this guy:


Guthrie - Finally, we get an ace. 4-1, 2.38 since the ASB. I'll never forget seeing him mow down the Yankees.

Huff - Crushing the ball, let's hope he keeps it up. He won't clear waivers.

Markakis. He does it all. Gets on base, scores runs, drives in runs, MLB leading 12 assists. Sign him up!

1. Guthrie
2. Huff
3. Roberts

Guthrie
Huff
Markakis

Sorry B-Rob

No-brainer: Mora, Guthrie, Huff.

1. Huff
2. Roberts
3. Markakis

1. Roberts -- Constantly on base, just a pain in the neck for the opposition. If you ever listen to opposing commentators on the Extra Innings package, everyone loves this guy.
2. Markakis -- Probably never going to be a 40 HR, 150 RBI guy like some people hope/think, but he's definitely the team's most talented overall player. A patient, consistent .300 hitter who has to be in contention for a Gold Glove in RF.
3. Guthrie -- Think about how many pitchers have fallen apart in their sophomore year after the league gets a full scout on him. Not JG, he's getting better. If he's still around when this rebuilding comes to fruition, I could see him winning 20.

Honorable mentions to Huff, Johnson and Scott (have you ever seen a major leaguer smile more on the field than Luke Scott?)

Peter-Huff is a DH. And he is too streaky.
1. Markakis
2. Guthrie
Markakis has been there every day since April 1st. He leads the MLB in Assists. 10SB.
I mean, Huff has those numbers because of what Roberts, Jones, and Markakis did in front of him.

1. Markakis
2. Huff
3. Guthrie

Honorable mention: Erik Bedard

1) Markakis - look at the OBP
2) Sherrill
3) Guthrie

They would not be 4 games under .500 were it not for Guthrie keeping them in every game and saving the bullpen.
Guthrie
Huff
Roberts (the best leadoff hitter in the league)

1. Guthrie - because the offense has a number of good players but he's the only really reliable pitcher (Johnson is also pretty reliable, but I don't think your setup man can or should qualify for MVP; Sherrill is a solid lefty specialist but as a closer he's a joke.)

2. Huff - his surprising offensive season has given a huge unexpected boost to the offense and his versatility to play first and third adequately or hit well from the DH spot has been useful.

3. Roberts - a perennial contender, I almost put him ahead of Huff because of defense and I'd bet a lot of money he'll be more valuable than Huff next year when Huff's not having his career year, but let's face it, MVP competitions are all about homers unless you go with a pitcher. Both Roberts and Huff are probably having more outstanding seasons than Guthrie, but he gets credit for being the lone bright light on the pitching staff.

Honorable Mention (4): Markakis - solid all-around but has struggled a bit in clutch situations and he'll probably have plenty of chances to win MVO awards in the future.

5: Jim Johnson - has been much more reliable and less frustrating out of the bullpen than Sherrill.

1. Brian Roberts
2. Jeremy Guthrie
3. Aubrey Huff

I think these three guys could be in any order, so I'm giving Roberts points for being a stand-up guy about the trade rumors, and deducting Love Sponge points from Huff.

Hate leaving Markakis off, but he's got the next 10 years (I hope) to rack up MVOs.

how @ the manager....
they need a Dave T t shirt night one of these remaining tues night games........

1. Bynum
2. Trachsel
3. Cintron
4. Torres
5. L.Hernandez
6. Liz
7. Loewen
8. Aquino
9. McCrory

Guthrie - Our only pitcher. (The rest are throwers.)
Huff - Our leading hitter even if he thinks Baltimore to be a h----s---town.
Roberts - Our best all-around player. He gets it all started.
Mora - Our leading RBI man, long time Oriole, and as solid a third baseman as any team has except for about two.

Close call, but I'll go with:
1. Brian Roberts
2. Nick Markakis
3. Jeremy Guthrie

Hey, did the O's re-sign Trembley yet? If not, the need to get that done. Guy's done a fine job.

The O's MVP for this year is a tie:

Miquel Tejada & Eric Bedard.

With who this season would have been another disaster. Without who the season has been nearly respectable.

1. Guthrie - solid performance almost everytime out.
2. Huff - The Man this year, swinging a very HOT bat last 2 1/2 months.
3. Markakis - Does the job hitting and fielding, looking forward to long O's career.
Honorable Mention:
4. Mora - Great clutch hitting and solid fielding.
5. Roberts - Sets the table, plays hard and fields position well.

Post a comment

Please enter the letter "r" in the field below:
About Peter Schmuck
Peter Schmuck wants you to know that, contrary to popular belief, he is more than just a bon vivant, raconteur and collector of blousy flowered shirts. He is a semi-respected journalist who has covered virtually every sport -- except luge, of course – and tackled issues that transcend the mere games people play. If that isn’t enough to qualify him to provide witty, wide-ranging commentary on the sports world ... and the rest of the world, for that matter ... he is an avid reader of history, biography and the classics, as well as a charming blowhard who pops off on both sports and politics on WBAL Radio. That means you can expect a little of everything in The Schmuck Stops Here, but the major focus will be keeping you up to the minute on Baltimore’s major sports teams and themes, whether it’s throwing up the Orioles lineup the minute it’s announced or updating you on the latest sprained ankle in Owings Mills. Oh, and by the way, that’s Mr. Schmuck to you.

Schmuck column archive

Upload a photo of yourself or a friend wearing the new Peter Schmuck T-shirt, which is on sale at gotschmuck.com
-- ADVERTISEMENT --

Most Recent Comments
Photo galleries

Search our new database for every home run hit hit by the O's and the opposition — home and away — since 1992.

Buy Sports Tickets from the Baltimore Sun Store

Sign up for FREE Orioles alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for Orioles text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
Blog updates
Recent updates to baltimoresun.com sports blogs
 Subscribe to this feed
Stay connected