And, no, it's not more talk about books (although I'd call my Book Nook experience this weekend a minor success. Much of what you suggested that I didn't already have wasn't there, unfortunately. But I did pick up Leigh Montville's Ted Williams bio and several David Halberstam books).
By Sunday, we'll know which player will represent the Orioles in this year's All-Star Game.
The players and manager Buck Showalter filled out their ballots this weekend, and Showalter made a point to say he thought the club had several worthy options. He said he expects Texas manager Ron Washington, who will pick the final roster, to call before the week is out to get a better feel of the Orioles' candidates. They have already talked briefly.
A lot of it, as we know from past experiences, is based on need once the players' and fans' choices are determined.
I will say this, I can't imagine it will be more than one player -- the Orioles haven't gotten more than one since 2005.
My guess is that it will be center fielder Adam Jones, who is hitting .294 with 13 homers and 45 RBIs. He has a .337 on-base percentage, .486 slugging and is playing excellent defense.
The other potential candidates include shortstop J.J. Hardy (.304/.369/.538, 10 homers, 29 RBIs) and Matt Wieters (.262/.316/.408, seven homers, 33 RBIs), who perhaps is the best defensive catcher in the American League.
Relievers Jim Johnson (4-1, 2.33 ERA, 51 base runners in 46 1/3 innings) and Koji Uehara (1-1, 2.25 ERA, 28 base runners in 36 innings) seem worthy, but it is hard to make the club as a non-closing reliever.
Washington will make the ultimate call. But I want to hear what you think.
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