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It was the best game that the Orioles have played this season. For the first time they put it all together.

After two rocky starts, ok you might term them as bad starts, Adam Eaton became the first Oriole starter to make past the 7th inning. He left in the 8th with the shutout intact. Johnson did give up a hit to allow his two stranded base runners to score, but it was a great performance. Especially when considering he didn’t make it out od the 4th either of his earlier games.

It was also a series that the Orioles won. So far they’ve played 4 series and have won all but one. Serieswise the only bad one was Boston’s. And we just won’t talk about that sweep.

Game Totals:
White Sox 2 7 2
Orioles 6 10 0
WP: A. Eaton (1-2)
LP: B. Colon (1-1)
HR: None

Record: 8 – 8
4th place in the East – 3 1/2 games out of first.

I haven’t had a chance to watch the Orioles against the White Sox so the best i can do is to post the Game Totals.

Game Totals:
Tuesday

White Sox 3 5 1
Orioles 10 12 1
WP: B. Bergesen (1-0)
LP: J. Contreras (0-3)
HR: White Sox – None; Orioles A Huff 2 (3)

Wednesday
White Sox 8 12 0
Orioles 2 8 2
WP: J.Danks (2-0)
LP: J.Guthrie(2-1)
HR: White Sox- J.Thome (4), J.Fields (1); Orioles- L.Scott (3)

Recently the Hall of Fame Class of 2009 was selected. Rickey Henderson, on his first ballot, and Jim Rice, on his 15th and last ballot was voted in.

Rickey Henderson was not one of my favorite players. I always thought that he had a big ego and talked too much about how good he was. But looking back on his career, one has to say he was one of the best, if not the greatest lead-off hitters in the game. He also was a fearless base stealer. When he lead off a game, if he got on 1st base, you always had to think that you gave up a double. That’s if he didn’t lead off the game with a home run. I have no problem with his first ballot selection.

All I can say about Jim Rice is, What took so long? As a fan growing up in the 70s when the Boston Red Sox came to town the two players that you had concerns about taking over the game was Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice. I suppose playing along side Carl Yastrzemski, Carton Fisk and Fred Lynn, placed him just as one of the great players on the Red Sox. I’m glad that he finally made the team.

Of those not selected, I’m not sure I’m that disappointed that none of them made it. Most of them were good players, and maybe even the best player on a poor team.

But there are two who while I understand why they haven’t been selected, I would have placed on my ballot if I was a voter. Harold Baines and Mark McGwire.

I have no doubts that McGwire cheated. But there are others in the Hall of Fame who were cheaters as well. Whether or not he cheated, he helped bring the game of baseball back from its down period of the early 1990s. In a game that needed a boost the Home Run was the booster. No wonder no one really tried to regulate the illegal drugs.

Harold Baines, if he had played more than a few years in the field instead of just a designated hitter, would perhaps already be in the Hall of Fame. And he should be. He helped turn the position from one that an aging hitter held to one that now can have the best hitter occupy with the purpose that he can simply work on hitting, The game changes and he was one of the ones that brought about a change.

Veterans Committee had two categories of players they could have elected into the Hall. Players who played before 1943 and those who played after. None of the candidates of those after 1943 got enough votes while only Joe Gordon, a second baseman for the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians from 1938 to 1950. Gordon was traded from New York to Cleveland after the 1946 season having played in 1000 games and getting 1000 hits for the Yankees.

Gordon is not a player that I have much more information on other than reading his Wikipedia page and looking at his numbers. He’s not a player I recall reading about as a youth in the 1960s and 70s, nor do I recall ever hearing his name before the selection was made. But if the committee believes that he belongs in the Hall, who am I to complain. I imagine that there are many players who played between the 1860s and 1970s that were better than average players and have been mostly forgot.

That’s a shame because all of the players in this era who played a full career, 12 or more seasons, would have had to beeen better than average players, since there was more money outside of baseball than there was within.

The Orioles and the White Sox.  After watching last night’s game I’m not sure which team was which.

The Orioles were able to win in the same fashion that other teams have been able to beat them.  The White Sox starter pitched good giving up two runs.  When the relief arrived, it was just the relief that the Orioles needed.  The relief gave up a total of 5 runs in the 8th and 9th.

Once again they didn’t give up.  The hitters appear to be getting out of their funk.  And the relief pitchers are starting to look a little better.  Ray struck out the side in the 9th, looking like his good self.

For now they look like a completely different team under Dave Trembley.  With the other teams in the division, over the 2nd half of the season they could actually end up in 2nd place.

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