I’m averaging about one national radio show interview request a day for the past week or so. What’s going on here? Don’t these people know the
This has been the 12th year I have covered this team. The high-water mark was in 2004, when the
There was uncertainty involving the rotation – Would
Probably the most impressive thing about this season is that not all of those questions were answered in the affirmative. It's not as if nothing has gone wrong this year.
Reimold lasted a month; Roberts 17 games; Britton and Matusz are just now finding their way. Markakis and Hammel, key contributors, were lost for roughly six weeks. Reynolds was a disaster at third; Hardy's shoulder still isn't quite right.
And yet this team keeps winning – it really has been a crazy, and entertaining, season.
Since we're admitting our mistakes, I, for one, thought Dan Duquette needed to lay off the caffeine with his roster moves this year. Poor Ron Johnson, the manager at Triple-A Norfolk, needed a sharp pencil with a huge eraser all year.
And a lot of Duquette’s moves were unnecessary –
Duquette was collecting players like trading cards (I’ll give you a
More than a keen eye for discarded players – undervalued assets, he likes to say – is Duquette's willingness to cut the cord quickly on an experiment that doesn't work. So many baseball men have allegiances to players. And they hold onto those allegiances even when it no longer makes sense.
Duquette, to his credit, doesn't do that. A perfect example was Antonelli, who was Duquette's first free-agent acquisition and was trumpeted as such by the new exec. There were snickers that Antonelli got a 40-man roster spot from the Orioles when he likely would have gone somewhere for a minor league invite. But when Antonelli didn't make the roster out of spring training and wasn't excelling at Triple-A, he was cut loose when that roster spot was needed. No harm, no foul.