"There's nobody left," Hernandez joked when asked if he still keeps in contact with his former Oriole teammates. "I don't know too many of these guys."
Hernandez played three seasons with the Orioles, the final one in 2008, after which he was traded to the Reds for utility man
Even though he didn't expect to see too many familiar faces, Hernandez, who is the midst of his third season with the reigning
Hernandez, 35, posted a .264 batting average with 47 homers and 218 RBIs over 383 games with the Orioles. His best season was in 2006, his first with the club, as he hit .275 with 23 homers and 91 RBIs. But he knew it was inevitable that he would have to move on with young catcher
"It was fun. We had a great group of guys, a great coaching staff, the fans were always very nice. I really enjoyed my time when I played here. It was really a good time and a good experience," Hernandez said. "When I got traded, [Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail] talked to me in the best way. I really appreciated the way that he handled it. You know, [Wieters] is a great player and he's young. I understand why they wanted to trade me. I was very happy with how they handled it and I got a lot of respect for him, and the whole organization."
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in the Reds' 5-4 loss to the Orioles Friday. He's enjoying a bit of an offensive resurgence this year, batting .313 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 44 games while sharing catching duties with
MacPhail, Showalter talk with season ticket holders
During the annual "State of the Orioles" event, held before tonight's game for season ticket holders, MacPhail and Orioles manager
"I can't stand the Yankees, OK?," Showalter responded. "That stays between us right here. I don't really care if they know. I think they can figure it out.
"Fearful of them? Afraid to play them? I look at it as an opportunity. Once we get better, it's going to snowball and they are going to hate coming into this ballpark, believe me."
Another interesting part of the 30-minute session was when MacPhail was asked about his contract, which expires after this season.
"I have always taken the position, unlike one my good friends in the game
Team agrees with fourth rounder
The Orioles have agreed to terms with fourth-round pick Kyle Simon, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Arizona. With him and 16th-rounder Mark Blackmar, a right-handed pitcher out of Temple Junior College (Tex.) now in the fold, the Orioles have reached agreement with 11 of their 50 selections, including five of their first 10 picks.
Simon, who was selected 125th overall, went 11-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) for the Wildcats this past season. A 6-foot-5, 219-pound native of Los Alamitos, Calif., Simon pitched five complete games and allowed 114 hits and 11 walks while striking out 86 batters in 129 innings. Batters hit .235 against him.
The remaining unsigned top 10 selections are first-rounder
Dusty: Don't count out Lee
When Orioles first baseman
Baker managed Lee for three seasons with the
"He always struggles early,'' Baker said. "He's a second-half player. I see he's heating up now. He's a long way from being through. It just takes awhile to adjust to the
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