Open Mic: Baltimore Orioles All-Time Lineup

Zachary Ball@MLBDraftCntdwnAnalyst IAugust 5, 2008

The past decade and a half of the Orioles existence aside, the franchise could actually field a pretty decent team if they had every single player who ever wore a Orioles uniform available.

That, of course, wouldn't change the fact that the Orioles were still in the American League East and would have to compete with the likes of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mikey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Reggie Jackson.

It would, however, be a fun experiment, so without further ado, here is my submission for the All-Time Orioles Team.

SP Jim Palmer (1965-1984) 268-152, 211 CG, 53 ShO, 2212 K, 3-time Cy Young winner, 6-time All-Star

SP Dave McNally (1962-1974) 181-113, 120 C,G 33 ShO, 1512 K, 3-time All-Star

SP Mike Mussina (1991-2000) 147-81, 1535 K, 5-time All-Star, 6-time Gold Glover

SP Mike Cuellar (1969-1976) 143-88, 1011 K ,1969 AL Cy Young winner, 5-time All-Star

SP Mike Flanagan (1975-1987, 1991-1992) 141-116, 1297 K, 1979 Cy Young winner, one All Star Game appearance

Palmer leads an impressive staff, anchored by mostly old-timers. Palmer is undeniably the best pitcher in team history, and would bring a much needed loose attitude to the clubhouse. McNally is arguably the second best pitcher in team history, but succeeded in flying under the radar, always playing second fiddle to Palmer and his 3 Cy Young awards. He was a solid number two starter for most of the '60s and early '70s and fills that role here.

Moose could have topped Palmer's accomplishments in an O's uniform had he stuck around long enough. The blame for Moose leaving town falls and always will fall on Peter Angelos, but the ugly departure doesn't diminish the amazing memories left by Moose. Cuellar is the sentimental favorite, who was the best number three starter in the A.L. during the triumvirate years of Palmer-McNally-Cuellar. He deserves this spot. The last spot goes to Flanagan for sheer loyalty to the ball club. He always did whatever he could, coming back to the Orioles for his final two years pitching relief and rocking a 2.38 ERA at the age of 39.

RP Gregg Olson (1988-1993) 320 G, 130 SV, 347 K in 350.1 IP, 1989 AL Rookie of the Year

RP Tippy Martinez (1976-1986) 499 G, 105 SV, 585 K in 752.3 IP, 1 All-Star Game

RP Hoyt Wilhelm (1958-1962) 185 G, 40 SV, 458 K in 616.1 IP, 3-time All-Star

RP B.J. Ryan (1999-2005) 404 G, 42 SV, 464 K in 379.1 IP, 1 All-Star Game

RP Mark Williamson (1987-1994) 365 G, 21 SV, 397 K in 689.2 IP, 3.86 ERA

The Orioles relievers are not as well-known as the starters, but equally effective. Olson was supposed to be a shut-down closer for at least a decade for the O's. He lasted only six years, but they were six good ones as they were good enough to leave him the all-time save leader. Martinez was the rock of the relieving staff during the Palmer-McNally-Cuellar years and didn't disappoint whenever he took the mound.

Wilhelm is one of the most talented relievers ever to take the mound, and was incredible during his five-year run with the O's. Ryan was just about as dominant as any lefthander during the years he was with Baltimore. Not only was he enormous in stature, but his strikeout numbers were as well. Sadly, overwork might have caused his arm problems that plague him still. Williamson gets the same recognition that Flanagan got. He was an Oriole lifer who was reliable for a good eight-year run.

C Chris Hoiles (1989-1998) .262 average, 151 HR 449 RBI, 739 H, 122 2B, 415 R

1B Eddie Murray (1977-1988, 1996) .294, 343 HR, 1224 RBI, 2080 H, 363 2B, 1084 R

2B Brian Roberts (2001-present) .282, 60 HR, 343 RBI, 1038 H, 251 2B, 32 3B, 584 R, 214 SB       

SS Cal Ripken Jr. (1981-2001).276,  431 HR, 1695 RBI, 3184 H, 603 2B, 1647 R

3B Brooks Robinson (1955-1977) .267, 268 HR ,1357 RBI, 2848 H 482 2B, 1232 R

OF Al Bumbry (1972-1984) .283, 53 HR, 392 RBI, 1403 H, 217 2B,52 3B, 252 SB, 772 R

OF Ken Singleton (1975-1984) .284, 182 HR, 766 RBI, 1455 H, 208 2B, 594 R

OF Brady Anderson (1988-2001) .267, 209 HR, 743 RBI, 1614 H, 329 2B ,64 3B, 1044 R

DH Harold Baines (1993-1995, 1997-99, 2000) .301, 107 HR, 378 RBI, 638 H, 304 R

Chris Hoiles seems like an odd choice to most, but the truth is he hit more home runs that Rick Dempsey did in his entire career. He hit for a better average, and was overall a more productive offensive player, granted that wasn't that hard. Eddie Murray is one of the best players in Baltimore history, regardless of his pompous attitude, and was one of the most productive hitters of the 1980s.

Second baseman Brian Roberts is a new addition, but his performance definitely puts him in the same category of player as Bobby Grich and Roberto Alomar. If he continues his current trajectory there will be no doubt as to his status as the greatest 2B in Orioles history.

When it comes to left side of the infield, it might be one of the greatest in Major League history. Ripken and Brooks are not only two of the most productive offensive players at their position, but also set the standard for defensive production. The outfield is comprised of Bumbry and Anderson, both of whom give this team some much needed speed, and Singleton, who was always a great RBI man and a good clubhouse presence too.

The DH position is manned by the only real true DH the O's ever had, Harold Baines. It seems like Harold always had more home runs than doubles and that home run power would be much welcomed on this team.