Former Orioles ace Mike Mussina saw his vote total climb again in the balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but missed out on induction, while Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman earned induction as the class of 2018.
The four players who were predicted to gain induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame got in, meaning that there will be a total of six players inducted on July 29 counting Modern Era Committee inductees Alan Trammell and Jack Morris.
The Orioles knew there chances of making the playoffs this season were minuscule entering Tuesday night ¿ a less than 0.1 percent chance, according to coolstandings.com ¿ but manager Buck Showalter had his team believing down to that last sliver of hope.
Now, the burning question is: How does Manny Machado compare with the sport's elite young players — specifically, the reigning rookies of the year Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper?
Betemit's splits at Turner Field are the best of any ballpark in the majors where he has at least 100 career at bats. Betemit is 67-for-212 in Atlanta, hitting .316/.393/.472 with five homers and 17 RBIs .
In the dugout after batting practice, Chris Davis said a little more, that he doesn¿t want to be a 26-year-old full-time designated hitter, that he¿s willing to play all over the field and do anything to help the Orioles win. Without saying it, he made it clear he¿s not necessarily happy that he had been relegated to DH for his last 11 starts.
Wilson Betemit is hoping to establish himself as a regular with the Orioles. The veteran who hasn't found a set position or a city to call home is aiming to stick as the Orioles' primary designated hitter.
In Sunday's night game against the New York Yankees, the 25-year-old Ryan Flaherty made his first start for the Orioles in right field. The day before he started in left — in front of the replica Green Monster wall at the Boston Red Sox spring facility, JetBlue Park.