Found June 21, 2013 on
Before the 2012 season it was rare for a Baltimore Oriole to be voted into the MLB All-Star Game via fan voting. In fact before last season, the last time an O’s player was selected by fan ballot was 2005, when two Orioles, Brian Roberts and Miguel Tejada, were selected as starters.
That was also the last All-Star Game in which the Orioles had multiple all-stars until last season.
This year’s All-Star Game will be held on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and as of the latest voting totals from June 15, it looks like there will be once again be multiple Orioles on the American League roster.
Four Orioles — first baseman Chris Davis, center fielder Adam Jones, right fielder Nick Markakis and shortstop J.J. Hardy — all lead their respective positions in fan voting.
Not included in that list is the team’s closer Jim Johnson, who currently leads the major leagues in saves with 26. Pitchers are selected by the All-Star Game managers.
One might argue had it not been for Detroit Tigers third baseman, Miguel Cabrera, the Orioles could have five players potentially on the starting roster. 21-year-old Manny Machado is the league leader with 33 doubles. He’s also batting .326, the second highest average for third basemen, trailing Cabrera. In his league-high 229 total chances at third, Machado has five errors for a .978 fielding percentage, fifth best in MLB.
Cabrera last season earned the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski (1967), has a nearly twice as many votes as Machado with 3.2M.
Orioles catcher, Matt Wieters, one of three Oriole all-stars last year, is also in the running to make his third consecutive appearance in the mid-summer classic. Wieters, the AL-leading catcher in RBIs (37), trails the Twins’ Joe Mauer by about 500K votes.
Should Wieters earn a spot on the American League roster, he would be the first Oriole to appear in three-straight All-Star Games since Tejada (2004-2006).
The last time the Orioles had five or more players on an All-Star roster was 1972. When six O’s, including three future hall of famers made the team (Pat Dobson, Bobby Grich, Dave McNally, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson).
In an effort to increase fan voting for their players, like many teams, the Baltimore Orioles have created a special campaign. The Orioles’ “vote orange” campaign has seemingly taken over the team’s website and social media accounts.
The hashtag #VoteOrange is centered on the official team’s website banner. On Twitter, the Orioles’ avatar has changed to resemble a voting button. Similarly on Facebook, the team’s profile and cover photos all include vote orange related content.
There are also specified hashtags for each player (e.g. #VoteDavis, #VoteAdam).
The team has also scheduled four vote orange rallies between June 20 and June 25. A vote orange street team, including the Oriole Bird, will be visiting local bars, taverns and sporting goods stores. Outfielder Nate McLouth will make an appearance on June 25.
Also as incentive the O’s have special vote orange discounts, encouraging fans to vote at least 21 times to receive special discounted ticket prices.
Fan voting for the All-Star Game continues until July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can submit their votes using either the online ballot at MLB.com or by paper ballot at any team’s stadium until June 25.
BEST OF MAXIM
YOU'RE OUTTA HERE!
Major League Baseball and their umpires are being skewered this season for a bunch of botched calls and last night they actually got the call right, after home plate umpire Angel Hernandez initially made the incorrect call. But that didn’t sit well with Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter who ended up being tossed for arguing. As you will see in the video from MLB.com, Buck begins...
Jones blows a signature bubble while cheering on his teammates (Photo credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
The Baltimore Orioles completed a 13-3 drubbing of the Detroit Tigers yesterday to take 2 out of 3 from the current AL-Central leaders. They did it basically the same way they’ve done it all year: with a homerun heavy offense and clutch pitching out of the bullpen...
MLB umpires haven’t had the greatest of seasons this year. On Friday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter appeared to be so fed up with them that he tried to eject an entire crew from a game.
During the second inning of Baltimore’s matchup with the Blue Jays, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis swung and missed at what should have been strike three. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez...
Baltimore Orioles first basemen, Chris Davis, got another opportunity this afternoon putting the reigning MVP, Miguel Cabrera, on notice. Davis continued his home run binge belting out two more home runs Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. Chris hit his league leading 25th & 26th home run in a 13-3 route over a stunned Tiger team.
Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts may be back on the Baltimore Orioles' major league roster before the All-Star break, after running on the field yesterday to test his surgically repaired hamstring. That's according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, who wrote that Roberts would also work out during Thursday's off-day in Toronto. Manager Buck Showalter suggested that...
Most of the time, I would expect that professional sports teams would be able to know how to spell current players names but there are times when mistakes can be made.
Check out the below plaque that the Baltimore Orioles did for catcher Matt Wieters after he hit a home run onto Eutaw Street:
Remember folks, "I before E except after C".
(Courtesy of Gamedayr)
Wei-Yin Chen took a positive step towards returning to the Baltimore Orioles' rotation on Thursday when he pitched in a simulated game. Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports says that Chen threw all of his offerings in the 42-pitch game, 27 of them for strikes. Rehab coordinator Scott McGregor was pleased with Chen's performance:
"He looks good," said Scott McGregor...
Buck Showalter was ejected for the first time all season, and he certainly got his money’s worth. The Orioles manager was run during the second inning of his team’s 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night, and the ejection was over a controversial strikeout. Orioles slugger Chris Davis was facing a 1-2 [...]
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been ejected for arguing with plate umpire Angel Hernandez during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Baltimore slugger Chris Davis struck out swinging to begin the second inning Friday night, but the pitch got away from catcher Josh Thole and Hernandez originally ruled it a foul ball as Thole threw to first base.
Blue Jays manager...
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was upset about a call in Friday nights game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Rather then sit idle in the dugout Showalter hit the field and argued with umpires.
Showalter then figured it was time to tell the umpires to hit the showers and proceeded to toss them out of the game. In the end it was Showalter who was toss from the game. The Orioles went...
The Baltimore Orioles have been on quite a run this week, taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers and before that, taking three of four from the rival Boston Red Sox.
In the offseason, a lot of experts doubted that the Orioles could repeat what they did in 2012 this season. So far, they have proven the naysayers wrong.
As of this morning, 73 games into the 2013 season...
Chris Davis cleared the fences twice, giving him a major-league leading 26 homers, to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 13-3 Wednesday.
Davis hit a two-run homer and Taylor Teagarden followed with a three-run home run in Baltimore's six-run fourth. Against embattled reliever Jose Valverde, Davis hit another two-run shot for his second multihomer game of the...
DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Davis cleared the fences twice, giving him a major-league leading 26 homers, to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 13-3 Wednesday.
Davis hit a two-run homer and Taylor Teagarden followed with a three-run home run in Baltimore's six-run fourth. Against embattled reliever Jose Valverde, Davis hit another two-run shot for his second multihomer...
I'm sorry, but Chris Davis is the best hitter in baseball, and watching him play is incredible. This is a legitimately good team.
The Toronto Blue Jays are surging in the American League East and seem to be on a roll that has surprised all of baseball. Winners of the off-season wheeling and dealing, they were assumed to be all but done in the playoff race, despite the season not even being half over.
Now, the Blue Jays are back in the thick of things and are over .500 with a 37-36 record. The two teams...