Rick Dempsey made his mark for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 5:53 am

Righty swinging catcher Rick Dempsey was a defense first type of catcher for the Baltimore Orioles.  He didn’t hit much during the regular season, but he was money in the playoffs!  He played in 1,245 games in his 12 years with the Orioles and he was 854 of 3,585 (.238 avg, .674 OPS) with 405 runs scored, 75 homers, 355 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  His best year for the Orioles came in 1985.  Dempsey played in 132 games for the Orioles in 1985 and he was 92 of 362 (.254 avg, .741 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 12 homers and 52 RBIs.  Dempsey was the MVP of the 1983 World Series (the last one won by the Orioles, in five games)!  He played in 5 games in the 1983 World Series for the Orioles and he was 5 for 13 (.385 avg, 1.390 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  Dempsey played in 19 games in the post-season for the Orioles and he was 17 of 56 (.304 avg) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Dempsey finished up #19 in Orioles’ history in games played with 1,245 of them.  He is also #42 in runs scored (405), #37 in hits (854), #32 in doubles (169), #44 in homers (75), #48 in RBIs (355) and #22 in walks (424) in Orioles’ history.

Dick Hall was a darn good pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 9:35 pm

Righty reliever Dick Hall was a darn good pitcher back in the day for the Baltimore Orioles.  Hall pitched in 342 games (0 starts) in his 9 years with the Orioles and he was 65-40 with 60 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Hall gave up 648 hits and 126 walks while whiffing 499 batters in his 770 innings pitched for the Orioles.  Hall also pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs with the Orioles and he was 2-1 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.46 WHIP.  He pitched in the 1970 World Series, in which the Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds.  Hall’s best year came for the Orioles back in 1964.  Hall pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in 1964 and he was 9-1 with 9 saves, a 1.85 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  He gave up 58 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his 87 2/3 innings for the Orioles in 1964!  Hall is currently still the Orioles’ all-time leader in WHIP with a 1.01 mark!  He is also #14 in ERA (2.89), #26 in wins (65), #11 in games pitched (342), #9 in saves (60), #46 in innings pitched (770) and #33 in strikeouts (499) in Orioles’ history!

Tippy Martinez was a rock solid reliever for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 9:57 am

Lefty reliever Tippy Martinez was a rock solid pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.  He pitched in 499 games (0 starts) in his 11 years with the Orioles and he was 52-40 with 105 saves, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He also pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in the post-season for the Orioles and he was 1-0 with 2 saves, a 1.74 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP as he helped them win the World Series in 1983!  His best season came in 1983 for the Orioles, when he worked in 65 games (0 starts) in which he was 9-3 with 21 saves, a 2.35 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He only gave up 76 hits and 37 walks while whiffing 81 batters in 103 1/3 innings for the Orioles in 1983.  1983 was the only time in Martinez’ Major League career that he made an All-Star team.  Martinez is still #3 in Baltimore Orioles’ history with his 105 saves.  He is also #2 in games pitched (499), tied for #35 in wins (52), tied for #35 in ERA (3.46), #49 in innings pitched (752 1/3) and #23 in strikeouts (585) in Baltimore Orioles’ history!

Rich Dauer was a gamer for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 1:52 pm

Righty swinging 2B Rich Dauer was a gamer for the Orioles as he didn’t mind getting dirty.  His best season came way back in 1982.  He played in 158 games in 1982 for the Orioles and he was 156 of 558 (.280 avg, .709 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 8 homers and 57 RBIs.  Dauer played in 1,140 games in his 10 years with the Orioles and he was 984 of 3,829 (.257 avg, .653 OPS) with 448 runs scored, 43 homers, 372 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Dauer was a glue player on a lot of good Orioles’ teams and he deserves to be commended for that.

Mike Mussina was an outstanding pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 18 April 2013 at 8:21 am

Righty starting pitcher Mike Mussina gave the Baltimore Orioles 10 rock solid seasons.  He pitched in 288 games (all starts) in his 10 years with the O’s and he was 147-81 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Mussina’s best year was his first full season with the O’s back in 1992.  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Orioles in 1992 and he was 18-5 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  Mussina won at least 10 games in 9 of his 10 years with the Orioles and he won at least fifteen games in 6 of them.  He finished in the top six in the A.L. Cy Young Award vote 7 times for the Orioles.  Mussina also went to 5 All-Star Games and he won 3 Gold Gloves for the Orioles.  Mussina is still #5 in Orioles’ history in games started with 288 of them.  He is also #3 in wins (147), #7 in innings pitched (2,009 2/3) and he’s #2 in strikeouts (1,535) in Orioles’ history.  If Mike Mussina makes it to the Hall of Fame, he should go in as a Baltimore Oriole and not a New York Yankee.

Shortstop Mark Belanger could really pick it for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 4 July 2012 at 8:11 am

Righty swinging shortstop Mark Belanger was a wizard in the field. He won 8 Gold Gloves in his 17 years with the Orioles. He played 17 years for the Orioles and he was 1,304 of 5,734 (.227 avg, .580 OPS) with 670 runs scored, 20 homers, 385 RBIs and 166 stolen bases. Belanger only made it to the All-Star Team one time in 1976. Belanger played in 153 games for the O’s in 1976 and he was 141 of 522 (.270 avg, .661 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 1 homer, 40 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Belanger is still #3 in games played (1,962) in Orioles’ history. He is also #9 in walks (571) and he’s tied for 9th in stolen bases (166) with Luis Aparicio. Belanger was one of the best defensive SS of all-time.

Al Bumbry was a rock solid leadoff man for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 31 May 2012 at 10:08 am

Lefty swinging outfielder Al Bumbry burst onto the scene for the O’s back in 1973 when he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. Bumbry played in 110 games in 1973 for the Orioles in which he was 120 for 356 (.337 avg, .898 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 11 triples, 7 homers, 34 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. Bumbry’s best season with the Orioles was back in 1980 when he made his only All-Star team and was 13th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award. Bumbry played in 160 games for the Orioles in 1980 and he was 205 for 645 (.318 avg, .825 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 9 homers, 53 RBIs and 44 stolen bases. Bumbry played in 1,428 games in his 13 years with the Orioles and he was 1,403 of 4,958 (.283 avg, .725 OPS) with 772 runs scored, 53 homers, 392 RBIs and 252 stolen bases. Bumbry is still #9 in Orioles’ history in runs scored with 772 and he is also #4 in franchise history with 252 stolen bases. Bumbry was one of the better CFs in Orioles’ history.

Eddie Murray was consistently outstanding for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 9:25 am

Everyone likes to brag about how good Cal Ripken Jr. was with the Orioles, but switch-hitting 1B Eddie Murray was the better baseball player on those Orioles’ teams. Murray broke onto the scene in Baltimore by winning the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award in 1977. Murray played in 160 games in 1977 for the Orioles and he was 173 of 611 (.283 avg, .803 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 27 homers and 88 RBIs. Murray played in 1,884 games in his 13 years with the O’s and he was 2,080 of 7,075 (.294 avg, .868 OPS) with 1,084 runs scored, 343 homers, 1,224 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. Murray made it to 7 All-Star teams and he won 2 Silver Slugger Awards in his 13 years with the Orioles. He hit 20+ homers in 12 of his 13 years with the Orioles. He also knocked in 100+ runs five times with the O’s and he also scored 100 or more runs three times with the Orioles. Murray is #4 in games played (1,884), #4 in hits (2,080), #4 in runs scored (1,084), #3 in doubles (363), #2 in homers (343), #3 in RBIs (1,224) and #6 in walks (884) in Orioles’ history. Murray played in 3,026 games in his 21 years in the major leagues and he was 3,255 of 11,336 (.287 avg, .836 OPS) with 1,627 runs scored, 504 homers, 1,917 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. He was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2003. Remember, you read it here, Eddie Murray was a better player than Cal Ripken Jr. was with the Orioles.

Ken Singleton was a rock in the Baltimore Orioles’ lineup

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 18 June 2011 at 8:52 am

Switch-hitting outfielder Ken Singleton was a fixture in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup in the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s. His best season for the Orioles came in 1979, when he made the A.L. All-Star team and finished second in the MVP voting. Singleton played in 159 games in 1979 and he was 168 for 570 (.295 avg, .938 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 35 homers, 111 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Singleton played in 1,446 games in 10 years with the Orioles and he was 1,455 of 5,115 (.284 avg, .833 OPS) with 684 runs scored, 182 homers, 766 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Singleton made 3 All-Star teams in his 10 years with the Orioles. Singleton is 10th in Orioles’ history in games played with 1,446. He is also #9 in hits (1,455), #8 in homers (182), #8 in RBIs (766) and #5 in walks (886) in Orioles’ history.

Gregg Olson is still the all-time saves leader for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 3:08 pm

Righty closer Gregg Olson burst onto the scene for the Orioles in 1989 when he won the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award. Olson pitched in 64 games (0 starts) in 1989 for the O’s and he was 5-2 with 27 saves, a 1.69 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He only gave up 57 hits while whiffing 90 batters in his 85 innings pitched in 1989. Olson pitched in 320 games (0 starts) in his six years with the Orioles and he was 17-21 with 160 saves, 2.26 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Olson might be the Orioles’ leading save man for quite some time as no one on the team now is anywear close to him.

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