We know the Orioles have had some revolving doors at certain positions over the years – left field, first base, etc. – but the Orioles' recent run on Opening Day designated hitters is pretty astounding.
Assuming, of course, that you recognize DH as a position.
Right-handed hitting Steve Pearce gets the call today at DH against Tampa Bay lefty David Price. Pearce becomes the 11th different DH the Orioles have used on Opening Day in the past 11 seasons.
That’s right, 11 DHs in 11 seasons. It gets worse.
The Orioles have had 17 DHs in 18 seasons, with only David Segui doing it twice in that span (in 2002 and 2004). The last time an Oriole started at DH on consecutive Opening Days was Harold Baines from 1993-95.
Here’s the list, courtesy of baseball-reference.com:
2012: Wilson Betemit
2011: Vladimir Guerrero
2010: Luke Scott
2009: Ty Wigginton
2008: Aubrey Huff
2007: Kevin Millar
2006: Javy Lopez
2005: Jay Gibbons
2003: Marty Cordova
2001: Chris Richard
1999: Jeff Conine
1998: Joe Carter
1997: Brady Anderson
1996: Bobby Bonilla
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