Sunday, October 23, 2011

#21 Baltimore Orioles

Team Leaders: Murray and Palmer, a pair of Hall of Famers represent the '82 Orioles well.  Murray also led the team in HR (32)and RBI (110).  Dennis Martinez led the team with 16 wins and 111 strikeouts.  Tippy Martinez led the team with 16 saves.

Record: 94-68, 2nd in AL East, 1 game behind Milwaukee

Most Common Lineup:
1. Bumbry CF
2. Gulliver 3B
3. Singleton DH
4. Murray 1B
5. Lowenstein / Roenicke LF
6. Ripken SS
7. Ford/Dwyer RF
8. Dempsey C
9. Dauer 2B

Sakata also saw a lot of time at SS, with Ripken at 3B.

Pitching Staff:
D.Martinez 39 GS
MacGregor 37 GS
Flanagan 35 GS 
Palmer 32 GS

Closer- T.Martinez 16 saves / Stoddard 12 saves

It was pretty much a four man rotation... was it the last one?  Sammy Stewart and Storm Davis filled in when needed with twelve and eight starts respectively.  The Orioles only used 13 pitchers all season, with the top four starters all logging 226 or more innings. Man, how the game has changed.  Mop up / long reliever Ross Grimsley didn't get a card but was on the team the whole season.  As the ninth man on the staff he was only used in 21 games with 60 innings pitched.  

Flipside: The card back lists 24 players plus manager Earl Weaver. In all four HOFs on the checklist: Weaver, Murray, Palmer, and Ripken.

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