Which Oriole finishes highest in AL Rookie of the Year voting?
I had a great weekend, or at least an incredibly strong Saturday.
Went to my favorite annual book sale on Saturday afternoon and picked up about 30 titles for roughly $40. Nice haul.
I got some novels I had been eyeing and a few sports books, including compilations by Red Smith and Shirley Povich.
Then, in the evening, my wife and several of my journalism buddies saw my favorite band, the Old 97s, at the Recher Theatre. Love those guys (the Old 97s, not my journalism buddies).
Sunday, though, it was back to work at the old ballpark. And let’s just say my Saturday was a whole lot better than Orioles catcher Matt Wieters' Sunday.
The phenom went hitless in three at-bats, made his third throwing error in four games and dropped a ball to wipe out what would have been a sure out at the plate.
Afterward, Wieters was typically calm -- saying he’s working on his defense, and he’s not worried about a bad game.
This kid really is the whole package.
But, here’s the funny thing: The way things are going right now, Wieters (.234 average, two homers, six RBIs) is not the Orioles’ best candidate for Rookie of the Year. Outfielder Nolan Reimold (.286, 9 homers, 20 RBIs) is, with pitcher Brad Bergesen (5-2, 3.76 ERA) also ahead of the backstop.
The BBWAA doesn’t vote until the end of the season, however, and Wieters will eventually catch fire at the plate. Count on that.
So here is my question: When the dust settles on 2009, who will be the Orioles’ leading Rookie of the Year votegetter?
Will Wieters make a surge? Will Reimold or Bergesen falter?
Get your prognostication caps on people.
Daily Think Special: Which Oriole will finish highest in AL Rookie of the Year voting?
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