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Orioles: Young Guns

By: josh q. public on: Friday, May 29, 2009 @10:16 am

Orioles: Young Guns

Hey young world… the world is yours.  Hey young world… the world is yours.  Young world young world… the world is yours.  -Slick Rick

Public Service Announcement:  Ok, here we go!  Like Whitney Houston always says when she’s not hepped up on that crack, “I believe the children are our are future.  Teach them well and let them lead the way.”  The Baltimore Orioles’ children are the future.  The Baltimore Orioles’ children are leading the way.  The Orioles are in the midst of a youth movement.  Gorillas in the mist.  Fresh off their fourth straight win, these upstart Orioles are winning the old fashioned way.  They’re winning from the ground up.  They’re winning with youth.       

Last night against the Tigers, David Hernandez became the fourth Orioles pitcher this season to start and win his major-league debut.  He joins  Koji Uehara, Brad Bergesen, and Jason Berken.  Know this sports fans:  Baltimore is only the third team in major league history and the first since 1890 with at least four pitchers who started and won their major-league debut in the same season.   How about that?

How about this?  Last night, Orioles rookie outfielder Nolan Reimold hit a bomb for the third consecutive game.  Big deal you say?  Who cares you say?  I say that gives him five bombs in his first fourteen games.  I say he’s the first rookie this season to homer in three consecutive games.  I say the last Orioles rookie to do such a thing was Jay Gibbons, who had a four-game streak in 2001.  I also say, in Orioles history, only one player began his major league career with five home runs in fewer games than Reimold.  Only the imitable Curt Blefary, who had five homers in his first eleven games in 1965, en route to being named the American League’s Rookie of the Year.

If that’s not enough to float your boat, there’s more.  Tonight, the two-year wait is over.  Tonight, catcher Matt Wieters, the prized prospect of the organization and perhaps all of baseball, arrives Friday from Class AAA Norfolk and is slated to start immediately at Camden Yards against the Detroit Tigers.  Word on the street is Matt Wieters was the best position player in his draft.  Word on the street is Matt Wieters was the best college catcher in recent memory.  I guess he’s pretty good if you like six-five, 230-pound, switch-hitting catchers with a laser rocket arm.  I do.  I like six-five, 230-pound switch-hitting catchers with a laser rocket arm.  I like Matt Wieters.  I like these young gun Baltimore Orioles.

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Peace out homies.  Six two and Even!

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    KsP Says:

    Well played Josh. Honestly, the best of the O's young starters are still in the minors… at least according to scouts. Watch out over the next year plus for names like Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, and Brian Matusz… they are considered the top three… there's also Troy Patton as well. There could be more debut wins to come this year…

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    i like tillman a lot. a strikeout machine!

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    Zoner Says:

    Crack is wack!

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    i dont it mind it so much after a tough day at work

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    I know he aint a rookie but give a cookie to that 23 year old outfielder Adam Jones, puttin up some ###'s this year. ###'s like .357 like 36 rbi like 40 runs. ###'s like them there. It aint gettin the young talent, it's the holding on to the young talent for the O's.

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    i git him on two fantasy teams. you dont gotta tell me. luke scott aint bad either.

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    holding on to the young talent for the O's- like the expos

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    i got him on one of mine, him an scutero of the jays are carryin me, two nice pickups.

    like the expos and pirates!!