Monday, April 28, 2014

Oriole #974- Jemile Weeks

Jemile Weeks was called up from AAA Norfolk prior to Saturday's Orioles game against the Royals and he became the first player who was not on the Opening Day roster to make his Orioles debut. (T.J. McFarland, Oriole #944, was called up last week from AAA but since he pitched for the O's last year, his 2014 debut wasn't his O's debut.) So Jemile has now officially grabbed his spot as Oriole #974. 

Weeks' debut has spurred me to think about if the 1,000th player to appear in a game will occur this year or next. Last year 24 players made their Orioles debuts, and Weeks is already the 8th new Oriole in 2014, but I just don't see another 26 players debuting for the team this year, so it will likely happen sometime early next year. If somehow it does happen towards the end of this season, that probably means that the Orioles will have had to deal with more injuries and/or trades than normal. So let's hope it doesn't come to that. 

Jemile was in the starting lineup atop the batting order as the DH for both Saturday and Sunday's games, and he went 3-8 with a triple and two runs scored. I expect his time in Baltimore to be short, at least this time around as both Manny Machado and Troy Patton will be returning to the Birds after an injury and a suspension, respectively. 

Thus far, I have had pretty good luck with getting Jemile's autograph, both at Fanfest and Spring Training. So these bottom two cards are available for trade, if anyone needs him for their collection.

Good luck Jemile! I hope that you have some nice success with the O's!

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