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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Nate McLouth( Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / September 24, 2012 )
Key late-season addition stepped into the lead-off role after Markakis suffered thumb injury and delivered unexpected pop. Perhaps more important, his addition in August solidified the outfield defense tremendously. Best Orioles hitter in the postseason.