Yesterday's post got a little long, so today I will try to keep the write ups to a minimum. A short blurb about the player's Orioles days and maybe another interesting fact should do it.
HR was only an Oriole for the 1993 season, but that was right in my wheelhouse of beginning to be a seriously dedicated O's fan. That was the second to last season of his MLB career, but he was the O's everyday second baseman; I watched a bunch of games that year, so I guess that's why I feel like he was in Baltimore for more than one season. He spent 10 of his 12 MLB seasons with the Mariners, and he won three Gold Gloves and was elected to 2 All-Star games over his tenure in Seattle.
Obtaining HR's autograph has been a thorn in my side. I've seen him on TV almost daily since the mid-90s as he has covered baseball for ESPN and now the MLB Network, but he doesn't sign TTM requests. So I know where
he is, just not how
to get him to sign an Orioles card for me. This Mariners card will have to do for now.
Mike is another player who I've been trying to track down for some time. He was an Oriole during the 1988 season so is pictured in an Orioles uniform in a few 1989 sets. I've found them for sale online, but only as part of a large lot. I don't particularly want to buy 30 signed cards when 29 would be doubles. So I'm holding out hope to find Mike's signature on an Orioles card someday. He went 1-6 with a 5.43 ERA during his only season with the Birds.
He played 22 seasons in the Majors for 12(!) different franchises which is the current MLB record. It makes sense as that's almost half of the teams that he could have played for. His career spanned 4 decades, which is also pretty impressive.
Keith "Zonk" Moreland played for the Orioles during the 1989 season, the last of his 12 year career in the Bigs. He is pictured on a few cards in an O's uniform, so I would like to upgrade his autograph to an O's card. Keith appeared almost exclusively as a DH during his season in Birdland, and his stat line wasn't much to talk about .215/1/10.
However, Zonk did have some better years on the diamond. He won a World Series with the Phillies in 1980, a College World Series Championship with the Texas Longhorns in 1975, received MVP votes for his 1985 season with the Cubs, and had his Longhorn number 3 retired earlier this year.
Juan spent 8 of his 10 MLB seasons with the Blue Jays, so his autograph is the easiest to find on Jays' cards. He has a few cards that depict him in an O's uniform, so I'll keep my eyes open for an upgrade. But this auto fills a spot for now.
Juan's career started out with a bang; he was second in the 1991 A.L. ROY vote, was an All-Star and World Series Champion his second season, and received Cy Young votes and won another WS during his third year. Things would never get that good for Juan again, but that's an awesome way to start things out. He pitched approximately 1 full season for the O's, split between the '98 & '99 seasons, and went 9-13 with a 4.20 ERA over 32 starts. The Orioles traded him to Cincinnati at the '99 trade deadline and got BJ Ryan in return, so that's one trade that worked out for the late '90s O's.
As was the case with the previous four players, Dwight has an Orioles card, but doesn't sign TTM, so this Cubs autograph will have to work for now. I read that he used to sing the National Anthem before some games during his time in Wrigleyville, which was either very cool or very funny.
Dwight spent the second half of the 1994 season with the O's and was mainly used as a backup outfielder. He was a member of the '95 Braves World Series Champs and finished second in the '89 N.L. ROY race to...
Yep, Jerome Walton. Another former Cub who played for the O's later in his career (and has at least one card showing him in an O's uni...GRRR...what an awful running theme of this post).
After his great rookie year, Jerome was used mostly as a backup for the rest of his 10 seasons in the Majors. He appeared in 26 games for the Orioles during the '97 season, his second to last in MLB.
We're FINALLY to a few players who don't have cards that show them in an O's uniform, so these will stay in my collection.
This is kind of an O's card, right? It says Orioles and all.
Mike was an extremely durable reliever over his 11 MLB seasons, averaging 64 appearances a year, topped by the 77 appearances he made for the '98 Twins. He pitched in Minnesota for 9 of his 11 seasons, but pitched in Baltimore from 2000-01. The man appeared in 125 games in just under 2 seasons in Baltimore, and he didn't get an Orioles card. Relievers get no baseball card love. The O's flipped him to the Dodgers at the '01 trade deadline for Kris Foster
and Geronimo Gil.
Lyle Mouton (the crouton) was a reserve OF/DH over much of his 8 seasons in the Majors. He spent the first half of the 1998 season with the O's before having his contract purchased by the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League.
He had more success during his college baseball career and was a star for the LSU Tigers for 1989-91 and was a leader for the Tigers' College World Series team in 1991.
Nice pickups... I didn't realize that most of them had ever played for the Orioles, though.
Yeah, not a single one of them will be remembered for their time with the O's. Which unfortunately seems to be the case with way too many former O's.
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