Best of the Week: 4/28/2019 – 5/4/2019

Adam Jones has been the best of the week many times, and this week was no exception. It was good to see him pie-ing his Orioles teammate, Caleb Joseph again. Too bad they’re not still Orioles.

~ baseballrebecca


Babe Ruth, Baltimore Oriole

1914 Babe Ruth baseball card (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

On this date in 1914, a 19-year old Babe Ruth played in his first professional game. Not for the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox, but for the Baltimore Orioles. Ruth, a native of Baltimore, had signed with the minor league team earlier that year.  On April 22, 1914, made his debut with the Orioles, pitching a 6-0 shutout against Buffalo. Unfortunately, the Orioles were not doing well financially and were forced to sell Ruth’s contract to the Boston Red Sox a few months later.

In 2012, Ruth’s 1914 baseball card, pictured to the left, was valued at $575,000. Only 10 of them are known to still be in existence.

~ baseballrebecca






Stat-urday, 4/20/2019

Nick Markakis with the Orioles in 2009. Photo by Keith Allison (via Wikipedia)

Earlier this week I watched the Braves play the Diamondbacks, a game which featured five former Orioles: Kevin Gausman, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Christian Walker, and Caleb Joseph. Jones and Markakis, two of my all-time favorite Orioles, are each having a great start to the season – they are batting .319 and .317, respectively. The Orioles, as a team, are batting .293 so far this year.


That reminded me that I should check up on my other former Orioles. Below are their stats (through Thursday).


Former Oriole Games AB Avg OBP RBI HR
Adam Jones 18 72 .319 .388 12 5
Christian Walker 17 55 .291 .371 9 5
Tim Beckham 19 69 .304 .377 12 4
Nick Markakis 17 60 .317 .382 13 2
Manny Machado 18 63 .254 .365 8 4
Jonathan Schoop 14 47 .213 .288 6 2
Caleb Joseph 3 6 .000 .000 0 0
Nelson Cruz 11 32 .313 .476 8 1
2019 Orioles 19 637 .223 .293 73 18
Former Oriole Games IP W L SV ERA
Kevin Gausman 3 19.2 1 1 0 2.75
Zack Britton 7 6.2 0 0 0 4.05
Brad Brach 7 7.2 1 0 0 3.52
2019 Orioles 19 165.0 7 12 4 6.05

I’d checked on these guys at the beginning of the season, I think we’ll keep checking on them periodically. So far, there are several that the Orioles definitely should have kept on the team.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebeccca





Still Coming . . .

The Annual Bobble List is coming next week – along with more info on this year’s Game of Thrones / MLB bobbleheads.

In the meantime, I’ve been spending time with my current bobbleheads. I really miss these guys:


And, no, Manny, this is not acceptable – not without Jonathan:

No matter how you explain it:

~ baseballrebecca






Celebrating Frank

On Saturday before the Orioles-Yankees game, the Orioles paid tribute to Hall of Famer and Orioles great, Frank Robinson. Robinson passed away on February 7, 2019.

And on April 2, the City of Baltimore renamed portions of 33rd Street – where Memorial Stadium formerly stood – Frank Robinson Way.

~ baseballrebecca




Minor League Break Camp Rosters

DSCN6880Opening Day for Minor League Baseball is this Thursday! This year I have even more teams to follow since I’m now a San Diego Padres fan. And one of my favorite Bowie Baysox, Aderlin Rodriguez, now plays for the Padres triple-A team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. Last year, in what now seems like fate, I saw the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres single-A affiliate, so now I need to follow those guys as well to see where they end up.

Last week, the Orioles’ minor league affiliates announced their break camp rosters. Below are links to the O’s minor league teams and a few other important teams (i.e., the teams I root for):

Baseball is going to be exhausting this year with all these teams to follow!

~ baseballrebecca