If the Orioles want a veteran pitcher as a No. 2 behind Erik Bedard, someone to give them innings and around 12 wins, as manager Dave Trembley said earlier this week, they should make a run at Curt Schilling.

That's my opinion. What do you think?


He'd probably consider it if Gary Thorne agreed to wash his socks at least once.

Funny how Schilling is viewed as a guy who could be a mentor of sorts for the younger pitchers on the staff, and perhaps assist Bedard in taking the next step toward being a dominant No. 1 for six months. This is quite the U-turn from when Schilling first pitched for the Orioles and was scolded by at least one player for not taking his job seriously and wasting his talents.

He was an air-head. Now he's a positive influence.

Man, we're all getting old.

My only concern is he'd still want to blog, and I don't need the extra competition.

Tune into the Insiders Roundtable Show at noon tomorrow on WHFS (105.7-FM) and you'll hear an hour-long interview with team president Andy MacPhail, who says nobody on the club is untouchable. Not with this record.

MacPhail also praised manager Dave Trembley for being the man who can make the Orioles a solid fundamental team, because their margin for error is "razor-thin."

Coincidentally, that also was Brandon Fahey's nickname in high school.

The Orioles are fully aware that the free-agent field is just as thin, and MacPhail says only a few available players will make a difference. Teams are locking up their younger players. He singled out Torii Hunter and Aaron Rowand as exceptions.

To the reader who asks if I remember Andre Thornton's walk-off bunt against the Orioles, that sounds real familiar, but I haven't thought about it in years. I believe you're right.

The image of Eddie Murray at third base still blows me away. Bad experiment -- right up there with Javy Lopez at first base -- but the Orioles wanted to keep Lee May at first base.

Imagine how this club's history would have changed if Murray stayed at third. No Todd Cruz? No way!

Hey, the guy was the starting third baseman for a large chunk of the '83 season.