This is the second article of my new weekly series "What People are Saying about the Baltimore Orioles".
This week, the main focus was the Orioles' young future, with us also getting an exclusive "Blast from Birdland's Past". Let's see what people were saying this week.
- Amber Theoharis of MASNsports.com writes about Brad Bergesen's contributions to the 2009 club:
"Bergesen has been the Orioles only consistent starter since his arrival in the big leagues April 21st. With the starting rotation struggling the way it has recently, it's hard to imagine how bad the situation would be if Bergesen wasn't out there every fifth day."
- Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says pitcher Chris Tillman is impressing in the minors:
"Considered the Orioles' top pitching prospect and one of the best in all of the minors, Tillman is expected to pitch Sunday in Major League Baseball's prestigious Futures Game in St. Louis. He also was named to the Triple-A All-Star team, but the Orioles declined the invitation, not wanting to overexpose their prized 21-year-old."
- Zach Wilt at BaltimoreSportsReport.com talks about possible O's trade candidates:
"I put my trust in Andy MacPhail because personally all of these guys have value to the Orioles club. Pie is a back up outfielder and pinch runner, Salazar is that big bat off the bench, and Sherrill is a top closer in baseball. So if any of them go I expect a lot in return."
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick praises the Orioles' young outfield:
"Jones, 23, and Markakis and Nolan Reimold, both 25, give Baltimore a threesome worth envying. They're athletic, affordable and loaded with promise and tools. Factor in the contribution of DH and occasional left fielder Luke Scott, who has 16 homers and a .569 slugging percentage, and no one cares that erstwhile phenom Felix Pie is as big a washout in Baltimore as he was in Chicago."
- Isaac Barrow here on Bleacher Report believes Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz give Baltimore hope for the future:
"The O's already have reason for optimism in the majors. The outfield trio of Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, and Adam Jones is a very talented one, and are even getting the credit they deserve. And then, of course, there is Matt Wieters, the supremely talented rookie catcher, and fellow rookie Brad Bergesen, who has excelled to a great degree on the mound. But Tillman and Matusz give the fans of the Orioles hope for a better future. And don't forget Jake Arrieta."
Roar from 34's Matthew Taylor writes about former Oriole Jim Gentile:
"The player who went by the sobriquet "Diamond Jim"—after famed Dodger catcher Roy Campanella called him "a diamond in the rough" during the Dodger's 1956 tour of Japan— batted .302 with 46 home runs, 141 RBI, and a .423 on-base percentage in 1961. The effort earned the then 27 year old an All-Star berth and third place in the Most Valuable Player vote behind two players who were having decent seasons of their own in 1961: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle."