It’s about time!! The Baltimore Orioles finally did something right! Over the weekend, the Orioles unveiled a statue of Oriole great Brooks Robinson near Camden Yards, at Washington Blvd. and Russell St.
Robinson had quite an illustrious 23 year career, all of it spent in Baltimore.
Brooksie’s statue is in bronze, but his glove is gilded, and that’s as it should be.
Robinson hit .267 with 268 home runs and 1,357 runs batted in, but what he was most known for was his defense. Lee May, when he played for the Cincinnati Reds, called Brooksie “the Human Hoover” for his habit of scooping up everything that came his way in the 1970 World Series.
Robinson won 16 gold gloves at third base, which is most all time at that position. It might even be a “Ripken record”— one that will take a very long time to break.
Second on that list is Mike Schmidt who won 10 gold gloves, so that just goes to show how dominant Robinson was defensively. As much as I love having Mark Reynolds’ bat in the lineup, I’d love to have Brooks give him a few lessons on fielding the hot corner. Reynolds did all right at first, though, and it looks like he might stay there of the Orioles don’t sign a certain big slugging first baseman from Milwaukee this winter.
Robinson won an MVP award during the 1964 season in which he hit .317 with 28 home runs and 118 RBI. He went to the All-Star Game 15 times.
Robinson also helped his legacy with his clutch performances in the playoffs.
Over the course of nine playoff series, Robinson hit .303 with five home runs and 22 RBI. He helped lead Baltimore to two World Series titles, one in 1966 and the other in 1970. During the 1970 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Robinson hit .429 with two home runs and six runs batted in, earning himself World Series MVP honors.
Although his statue is long overdue in my opinion, it does come at a great time.
This coming season will mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of Camden Yards.
I’m sure there will be some great festivities and it will be fun to see the Oriole alums at the ballpark. Here’s hoping Brooks plays a big part in the fun.
• In other news, there is no word about a new general manager to replace Andy McPhail. All signs are still pointing to Buck Showalter assuming the GM duties, but whoever owner Peter Angelos hires, I just hope he lets him do his job. Watching the St. Louis Cardnials shows that you don’t need a host of big names on your roster (the exceptions being the exceptional Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, of course) to compete. Granted the Cardinals play in the National League Central, but try telling that to the Philadelphia Phillies.
More to come on the Orioles and potential off season moves next week. See you back at the Birds House.
by Andy Mindzak