Monday, February 27, 2012

Oriole #725- Jose Morban

We are firmly entrenched in the modern Orioles era I'm least familiar with, and I'm sure my posts about these players reflect my disconnect from the team during the early 2000's. I had just started college back then, and while I still followed baseball and supported the O's, I didn't spend much time thinking or reading about the team.

Jose made his Orioles and MLB debut on April 6, 2003 and spent the entire season with the team, appearing in 61 games. He was typically used as a pinch hitter or pinch runner, but also played the middle infield positions and was a DH on occasion. Those 61 games turned out to be the extent of Jose's big league career.

I feel like it's rather uncommon for a player to spend an entire season with a team in the Majors, but then never play another inning in the bigs. It looks like Jose had been selected by the Twins in the December 2002 Rule 5 draft from the Rangers, and the Orioles in turn plucked him off waivers from the Twins, so maybe he had to remain on the roster for the entire season, but who knows? That's a little too in-depth for me to understand.

2 comments:

Paul said...

I remember Jose Morban for one reason: when he played for the Somerset Patriots, he used Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" as his walk-up music.

Orioles Magic said...

That's a pretty sweet walk-up song, I think it might have helped me remember Jose if he had used it in Baltimore.