This is the seventh article of my weekly series "What People Are Saying about the Baltimore Orioles. Sorry for not writing much as of late. Let's say swine flu and school have kept me busy.
This week, we go around the web looking at a flurry of O's topics, including Nolan Reimold, Brandon Waring's power, a 100-loss season, weird incidents, and predictions for 2010. Let's see what people had to say.
- MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko talks to former Orioles' catcher Chris Hoiles about a possible switch to first base for outfielder Nolan Reimold:
"Could Nolan Reimold play first base if the Orioles decided to move him?
(They haven't, by the way. It's also a hypothetical question).
"Nolan comes from a family of athletes," said Hoiles, a coach at Bowling Green when Reimold was one of its outfielders. "Nolan is a tremendous athlete himself, so he does have that going for him. But moving from the outfield to the infield, things are a lot faster, a lot quicker. There's more technique involved. Lots of things go into it."
- Also from MASNsports.com, Steve Melewski writes about prospect Brandon Waring's dominance over Single-A pitching:
"The 23-year-old Waring, who joined Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, batted .273-26-90 this year with 35 doubles in 128 games for the Keys (Waring homered and drove in five runs in his first Bowie game Tuesday night).
Quite a performance for a player completing his first season in the organization."
- The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly discusses whether or not the O's will hit 100 losses this season:
"With two more losses, the Orioles will clinch their 12th consecutive sub-.500 season, the second-longest active losing streak in the majors behind only the Pittsburgh Pirates.
If the Orioles (54-80) drop 10 of their final 28 games, they will register their seventh season of 90 or more defeats in their past nine campaigns. They had lost 90 or more games only five times from the club's 1954 inception through 2000."
- MLB.com's Spencer Fordin talks about the recent "Glove Incident" in last night's game against the Rangers:
"The Orioles and Rangers engaged in a bout of tit-for-tat on Friday night, when both objected to a light colored glove on an opposing pitcher's hand. Texas starter Scott Feldman was forced to change his glove for something darker before the bottom of the second started, and Baltimore reliever Cla Meredith was subjected to the same treatment in the seventh."
- Bleacher Report's Dean Hybl believes that now is the time for Felix Pie to prove his worth:
"With Jones now out for at least the next couple of weeks—and potentially for the remainder of the season—Pie should get what some thought was all he needed during his time in Chicago: a chance to play everyday.
If his performance over the last month is any indication, Pie could be ready for a big month with the bat and the glove.
As the Orioles continue to build for 2010, whether Pie is part of the plans could be determined over the next few weeks."
- B/R's Isaac Barrow predicts the 2009 Orioles rotation and lineup:
"Right now, the rotation is young—but talented. Veteran Jeremy Guthrie leads it, and he's followed by not one, not two, not three, but four rookies.
First, there's David Hernandez, followed by Jason Berken, Chris Tillman, and Brian Matusz; however, it's very unlikely the rotation will look the same next year.
The lineup will most likely look different next year, too. Brian Roberts, Felix Pie, and Adam Jones round out the top three, followed by Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott, Matt Wieters, Melvin Mora, and Cesar Izturis."