Who was the most intimidating Orioles hitter of all time? I am talking about the guy who dug into the box, glared ahead and made the pitchers go, "uh-oh."
There have been several of those guys to put on an Orioles uniform. Love him or hate him, Albert Belle was undeniably scary when he was holding a bat and scowling (really, he was scary and scowling no matter what he was doing).
And in the late 1960s, pitchers just weren't used to seeing a guy of Boog Powell's size digging in at the plate.
But, for my money, this is a two-horse race -- one that may divide generations.
Frank Robinson or Eddie Murray?
Both are Hall of Famers. And both scared the bejeesus out of pitchers.
I am going with Frank, partially on a conversation he had with me and a few other writers years ago when he managed the Washington Nationals.
We were talking about purpose pitches, and we asked him how often he thought about charging the mound when he got hit by a pitch.
"I didn't have to. I'd get my message across," he said, and then made a swinging motion and pointed toward the sky, his way of saying that in his next at-bat he'd homer against the offending pitcher.
We all laughed, and someone said, "But Frank, you might have to wait a couple innings to retaliate. Didn't you ever want to do it instantaneously?"
Robinson paused and then said, "Oh I got plenty of revenge running from first to second. I'd send a clean message to the middle infielder trying to turn a double play, and word would quickly get back to the pitcher not to hit me again."
Yes, people. We have a winner -- in my mind, anyway.
Does someone beat that?
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