Dear Santa…

Written by on December 21, 2011 in Orioles - No comments

Dear Santa,

I know you’re a busy guy, so I went ahead and helped work on your naughty or nice list for the Baltimore Orioles. (You’re welcome!)

NICE –
Matt Wieters – Wieters had a great season behind the plate for the O’s, hitting .262 with 22 home runs and 68 runs batted in. He also won his first Gold Glove which could be the first of many for him.

J.J. Hardy – By the way, thank you so much for bringing us a shortstop last year. J.J. worked out just fine! During the 2011 season, Hardy hit a career-high 30 home runs with 80 runs batted in, and his .269 average wasn’t too shabby either.

Adam Jones – Besides his great play in center field, Jones hit .280 with 25 home runs and 83 runs batted in. I really hope the rumors about him going to Atlanta aren’t true. Santa, work on this please.

Robert Andino – Andino did a great job filling for Brian Roberts last year by hitting .263 and hurting the Boston Red Sox every chance he got, and spoiling their postseason chances in the last game of the season. Christmas in October! Thanks, Santa!

Jeremy Guthrie – I know he lost 17 games last year, but you can’t blame him for many of those losses. He constantly went out there and gave his all and didn’t miss a start while throwing 208 innings which led all starters in Baltimore by far.

Jim Johnson – One of the only reliable arms in the bullpen, Johnson had an ERA of 2.67 and did a great job night in and night out. As you can see on my list this year is for another pitcher like him. Thanks Santa!

NAUGHTY –
Peter Angelos – Yes, the owner is going on here, but I have but one simple request: Please let Dan Duquette do his job. If I get nothing else for Christmas this year, that is the only thing I would want. And let him do his job for the next few years. I know we haven’t had a winning season in 14 years, but people have no choice but to be patient at this point.

Michael Gonzalez – Thank you so much for getting him traded to the Texas Rangers. You really do exist!

Vladimir Guerrero – Hmm, I don’t remember his name being on my wish list last year… why did you send him to Baltimore? I know you deliver presents all over the world, maybe he was supposed to go to another address? Fenway maybe?

Kevin Gregg – I think he will turn it around this year, but last year wasn’t exactly one of his best. Gregg posted a miserable 4.37 ERA for the O’s in 2011 out of the bullpen. He did save 22 games, but he did blow seven of them. Perhaps you can give Gregg some consistency this year for Christmas.

As for this year, Santa, I just wanted to thank you in advance for not letting CJ Wilson come to Baltimore. As for Endy Chavez, I don’t recall seeing his name on my Christmas list….

by Andy Mindzak
birds@baltimoreguide.com

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