Now, That's Fowl: Are Baltimore Orioles Baserunning Blunders Done on Purpose?

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IAugust 27, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 20:  Brian Roberts #1 of the Baltimore Orioles tries to score against the New York Yankees on July 20, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The managers and coaches can say what they want, it’s not a lack of concentration that’s causing the Baltimore Orioles to amass a reel’s worth of baserunning follies, it’s a lack of care.

The Orioles are in last place in the A.L. East. September is right around the corner. The young guys want to be rid of this horrid season and begin the anticipation of 2010. The veterans just want to get back to their families and rest.

They can’t steal bases, they can’t run them on offensive opportunities, and the coaches have had enough.

“You don’t have a little sound piece in somebody’s helmet out there,” said Trembley, who described the state of base running in the majors as “atrocious.”

“Base running is instinct, base running is anticipation, base running is the score, the situation, the number of outs, how important is my run and who’s on deck. It’s all instincts. The coach doesn’t tell you when to go and when to stop. It’s too late. When you’re out there playing this game, you’re on your own. All of that stuff is predetermined.

But they don’t care, and no one reading these words can blame them. Sure, they are the culprits; but messing up parts of a game that should be hard wired to their bodies and minds since Little League is not a matter of concentration. It can’t be; it comes too natural at the Major League level.

They just want it to be over with.