2008 Baltimore Orioles

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2008 Baltimore Orioles / Franchise: Baltimore Orioles / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 68-93, Finished 5th in AL Eastern Division (2008 AL)

Managed by Dave Trembley

Coaches: Terry Crowley, Alan Dunn, Dave Jauss, Rick Kranitz, Juan Samuel and John Shelby

Ballpark: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

Before the season, the 2008 Orioles traded long-time shortstop Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros in return for a package of players, including outfielder Luke Scott and pitcher Dennis Sarfate. They also traded their best pitcher, left-hander Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for CF Adam Jones and pitchers George Sherrill and Kameron Mickolio. All-in-all, the Orioles made out well from both trades, but they suffered all season from an inability to replace Tejada at SS. Veteran defensive specialist Juan Castro ended up putting in the most time at the position, but he only batted 151 times with a .205 batting average and a .256 OBP. Others who tried unsuccessfully to fill Tejada's shoes were Brandon Fahey (.226), Freddie Bynum (.179), Alex Cintron (by far the best hitter of the bunch at .286) and Luis Hernandez (.241). This instability, combined with a mediocre cast of pitchers and the sudden improvement of traditional AL East doormats the Tampa Bay Rays, meant that Baltimore finished in last place in spite of a much-improved offense.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Baltimore Orioles
Designated hitters: Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar
Catchers: Ramon Hernandez (hernara02), Guillermo Quiroz First basemen: Kevin Millar, Aubrey Huff, Oscar Salazar
Second basemen: Brian Roberts, Brandon Fahey Third basemen: Melvin Mora, Aubrey Huff, Brandon Fahey
Shortstops: Freddie Bynum, Brandon Fahey, Alex Cintron
Left fielders: Luke Scott, Jay Payton Right fielders: Nick Markakis, Jay Payton
Center fielders: Adam Jones, Jay Payton
Starting: Jeremy Guthrie, Daniel Cabrera, Brian Burres, Garrett Olson, Radhames Liz, Matt Albers
Relieving: George Sherrill, Chad Bradford, Dennis Sarfate, Jim Johnson (johnsji04), Lance Cormier, Adam Loewen, Jamie Walker, Randor Bierd
Coaches: Terry Crowley, Alan Dunn, Dave Jauss, Rick Kranitz, Juan Samuel, John Shelby Manager(s): Dave Trembley