Luke Scott was still hitting under .200 five weeks into the season and in danger of getting optioned to the minor leagues. But the Orioles designated hitter, known for his streaky nature, found his hitting stroke, and it carried him to the best season of his big league career.
He was recognized today as the winner of the 2010 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award, voted on by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis. Nick Markakis and Ty Wigginton also received first-place votes. Jeremy Guthrie and Markakis finished second and third, respectively, with Adam Jones also getting votes.
"It has been a year of a lot of adversity," said Scott, who enters today with a .285 average, a team-leading and career-high 27 homers and 71 RBIs. He also is sixth in the American League in slugging percentage (.538). "To be named Orioles MVP is a tremendous honor for me personally."
Earlier this week, manager Buck Showalter was named Favorite New Oriole for 2010 by members of the Oriole Advocates.
Orioles longtime umpires attendant Ernie Tyler, who has worked 51 consecutive Opening Days in Baltimore, was rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center this afternoon and later diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to his son, Jimmy Tyler.
Jimmy Tyler said doctors believe the tumor is benign and can be surgically removed. Doctors hadn't made a decision when the surgery would happen as of Saturday night. Tyler, 86, passed cognitive tests.
"He knows everything from the day he was born," said Jimmy Tyler, who is the home clubhouse manager at Camden Yards. "He told them everything. He's in very good spirits."
Tyler, a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, worked 3,819 consecutive home games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards, from Opening Day 1960 to July 27, 2007. His streak, which included 3,769 consecutive regular-season games, 40 postseason games and nine exhibitions, ended when he accepted an invitation from Cal Ripken Jr. to attend Ripken's Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Roberts likely done
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (headaches) missed his fifth straight game, and Showalter said the leadoff man likely won't play in Sunday's season finale either. Showalter has declined to give specifics on the injury, and Roberts won't talk to the media until after Sunday's game.
"He's about the same," Showalter said. "It's not worth the risk. He obviously has the same problems that he's had since Tampa."
If Roberts doesn't play Sunday, that will mean that he'll miss 103 games this season, including a 31/2 -month stretch with a herniated disk in his back.