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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Mark Reynolds( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / October 12, 2012 )
Power numbers dropped precipitously this year, leading to heavy fan criticism early on, but he became part of the infield defense solution at first base and got hot for an important period of the stretch drive. Like everyone at the heart of the Orioles lineup, he struggled badly in the postseason.