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Remember when the Orioles used to be good?
2006-08-25 15:43
by Bob Timmermann

The Baltimore Orioles, once the model AL franchise, has become, in my opinion, the most irrelevant franchise in baseball. I just look at the roster of players and say "These guys have no hope of making the playoffs in the next ten years." Maybe it's just that the presence of both Russ Ortiz and Bruce Chen on the roster has made me dizzy

Maybe, I'm wrong.

But now the Orioles are remembering their past and inducting two new members into the team's Hall of Fame:

Chris Hoiles and Doug DeCinces

Chris Hoiles?

Who's next? Wayne Krenchicki?

2006-08-25 16:12:48
1.   Greg Brock
Earl Weaver is rolling over in his grave.

He's probably swearing somthin' fierce as well.

2006-08-25 16:14:45
2.   Bob Timmermann
If Earl Weaver were in his grave, he wouldn't be swearing now because the oxygen would have run out and he would have been buried alive.
2006-08-25 16:17:29
3.   Linkmeister
Er, isn't Hoiles the guy who wrote the rulebook for card games?
2006-08-25 16:19:24
4.   misterjohnny
You really can't appreciate how bad a pick that is until you go to his Baseball-Reference page.

2006-08-25 16:21:26
5.   kylepetterson
OK, let me preface my question by saying that I just started paying attention to baseball 5 or 6 years ago (yes, I know I'm late, but that's what happens when you grow up near Canada. You're brought up to believe that hockey is the only pro-sport that matters), but the one thing I have to ask is: who?
2006-08-25 16:23:05
6.   Bob Timmermann
I linked Hoiles bbref record in the main post.
2006-08-25 16:29:26
7.   Greg Brock
2 Exactly.
2006-08-25 16:36:00
8.   grandcosmo
The Orioles Hall of Fame is not very exclusive. Eddie Watt is in there!
2006-08-25 16:36:10
9.   Travis
Was there something (other than expansion) that made Hoiles and other catchers have such great years in 1993 compared to other seasons? I'm thinking primarily of Rick Wilkins, but other catchers (Mike Stanley, Mike MacFarlane, Dave Valle) had career years.
2006-08-25 16:36:59
10.   Bob Timmermann

Eddie Watt, in one of my first packs of baseball cards, and an Orioles hero to me because of it.

2006-08-25 16:39:16
11.   Bob Timmermann
And here it is:
2006-08-25 16:59:15
12.   Philip Michaels
I'm in Baltimore this week, and Chris Hoiles stopped by the radio booth during Wednesday night's game against the Twins. He seemed happy about being named to the Orioles Hall of Fame. So that's nice, I guess. If I had to wager, I'd say he's getting in for spending all 10 years of his career in Baltimore.

The way the Orioles are playing lately, I'm surprised they just don't induct Nick Markakis on Saturday, too. "Remember the time he hit those three home runs in that game?"

2006-08-25 17:02:15
13.   Cliff Corcoran
Bob, I couldn't agree more:

2006-08-25 17:10:45
14.   grandcosmo
Gene Woodling is in the Orioles Hall as well and he played only 3 seasons. Although they were very good seasons.
2006-08-25 17:11:54
15.   grandcosmo
One of the first cards I remember getting was this one:

It was about the weakest "In Action" card ever.

2006-08-25 17:16:28
16.   Bob Timmermann
Even the Billy Martin "in action" card was more lively.
2006-08-25 17:17:47
17.   Bob Timmermann
I remembered that piece Cliff. There's just something about the Orioles that seems so ... so ... pointless.
2006-08-25 17:18:34
18.   Cliff Corcoran
11 Nice. I have that one along with 17 other O's from that year (2 album pages representing the 1970 World Champs).
2006-08-25 17:27:18
19.   DXMachina
It's like all their baseball karma drifted off and then eventually decided to see what was happening in Atlanta.

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