Peter Schmuck's final grades for the 2012 Orioles
Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his final grades for the Orioles' 2012 season. Schmuck's grades are based on each player's performance in relation to his role on the team, his total playing time and his talent level. So, a utilityman who gets a "B" after playing a limited number of games is being graded essentially against himself, not against his teammates or in relation to similar players on other teams.
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Jim Thome( Rob Carr, Getty Images / July 15, 2012 )
Certain Hall of Famer enjoyed being a mentor for younger players and came back from neck injury to deliver some big hits in September. Good guy to have around, but Showalter likes more flexibility in DH slot, and the roster could be crowded next spring. Managed just two hits in 15 at-bats in postseason.