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January 18, 2012

Orioles Pantheon

The Orioles just announced their promotional schedule for the upcoming season and I'm going to give them some love for the way they are unveiling the six statues of the six Hall of Famers who have had their numbers retired by the club.

The team will honor one of them each month of the season in order of the retirement of their uniform numbers, beginning with Frank Robinson on April and ending with Cal Ripken on Sept. 6 -- the anniversary of the night he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record. On each of those nights, the club will give every fan in attendance a 7-to-8-inch miniature replica of the statue being unveiled.

Can't think of a better way to do it. I realize the Orioles took a lot of heat for the Brooks statue situation -- and they deserved criticism for not being more publicly supportive of the project -- but that doesn't mean this can't be another nice honor for Brooks, Frank, Cal, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray. And it basically guarantees six huge crowds at Camden Yards, so everybody wins.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 9:53 AM | | Comments (7)
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I like it,I like it a lot.hope I can make it back for at least one of those dates,but until then it's nice to have Jon Miller & the Giants to listen to. GO RAVENS!!!!

They're trying to make up for lost time with Brooks

When are you going to chime in on Prince Fielder Peter? I say that the deal gets done for $180M over 8 years and Prince Fielder will be playing First Base for the Orioles. You heard it here first.


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Pete's reply: I did chime in Prince Fielder. I thought they should make a real run at him, but I knew they wouldn't and said so. Maybe that was what you heard here first.

Peter,

I did not expect the O's to sign Fielder, but I also did not expect them to do just about nothing of significance this offseason. What are they thinking? Appears they will field a team, but honestly not trying to win. Have they given up trying to compete with the NYY and Red Sox? You mention the legends of old...Baltimore deserves better.

Can local journalists help by pressuring management and ownership? If so, please do. Where is the MASN money? How can Washington chase premium free agents while Baltimore cannot? They have to know what is left of the fans are unhappy. I see no way the O's escape another 5th place finish.

Peter,

What do you really think about the O's right now? Journalists need to keep the heat up on the management and ownership to put forth more than a 5th place team. Why should Baltimore accept last place year in and year out? Baltimore loves baseball...the fans deserve better. Where is the MASN money. They seem to have plenty of money in DC.

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Pete's reply: I think the Orioles should spend more money. I think the O's should sign a big-name player once in awhile. I've written all that countless times. They just aren't going to do it.

IF it were my choice I would spend what it takes for Jackson, Cespedes, and Stoler.. That would give us one more highly thought of starter and 2 top end prospects without using draft choices and this may well be the last year or two you can add talent like this without costing you a draft pick or posting fee. I am really happy to see Duquette getting right into the international market regardless how it works out. I can't wait to see what he might do in the carribean countries next summer..

Weiters, Hardy, Markakis, Jones, Reynolds are the core of a sound club.
Andino grew into a respectable infielder in 2011. Reimold has the opportunity to deliver in the same manner in 2012. Arrieta, Britton, JJ, the Texas Trio, Chen and Wada add to Guthrie's long solid service. Matusz could be our huge Plus. I expect the Orioles to be better with a healthy Markakis.
If Reimold and Matusz perform well, 81+ is in the cards.

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