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Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:35 am
Erik Bedard

By C. Trent Rosecrans

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

The Orioles haven't had a winning season since 1997, and part of that has been the team's inability to draft, sign and cultivate its own players. Even the teams with the biggest payrolls, like the Yankees and Red Sox, have learned the lesson that you need to have a steady crop of homegrown players, not only to keep costs down, but also to have the commodities to trade if needed. The Orioles' Matt Wieters emerged as an All-Star in 2011 and Brian Roberts has had a solid career, but the team has still struggled to produce a consistent pipeline to the majors, and when those players have gotten there, they've often disappointed.


1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Mike Fontenot, SS
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Jayson Werth, 1B
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Nolan Reimold, LF
7. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
8. Willie Harris, DH
9. Darnell McDonald, CF

Starting Rotation

1. Erik Bedard
2. Zach Britton
3. Jake Arrieta
4. Brad Bergesen
5. Brian Matusz


Closer - David Hernandez
Set up - Arthur Rhodes, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, Jason Berken, Pedro Beato, D.J. Carrasco

Notable Bench Players

Eli Whiteside is the backup catcher, and a pretty good one. But other than that, the Orioles' bench is thin. Brandon Snyder? Ryan Adams? That's about all the team has to offer.

What's Good?

The middle of the lineup -- Markakis, Werth and Wieters is solid and the bullpen is deep. Other than that? Not much.

What's Not?

Take your pick -- the rest of the team's lineup isn't up to snuff. The rotation, minus Bedard, is similar to the real team's rotation in 2011. And then there's not much depth, either in the rotation or the lineup.

Comparison to real 2011

Only the Astros, Twins and Mariners had a worse record than Baltimore's 67-95 mark in 2011, and this team could be even worse. The rotation is about the same and the offense isn't as good without J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds. The Orioles once were known for throwing money at free agents and not developing their own players, now they just don't develop their own players. A team of homegrown Orioles could challenge the 100 loss mark and maybe even the worst record in baseball.

Next: Washington Nationals

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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:51 pm

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

For a team that is constantly in the cellar, this list is pathetic. They really need better administration, this list is the worst ive seen yet by far. 

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:25 pm

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

The sad thing is they haven't re-signed Vlad, who is still better than 80% of the team.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:48 pm


What a sorry team!
Maybe would win 70 games but that is a reach...

Geeze, that lineup is pitiful!

Most other teams 2nd lineup would beat this lineup.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:36 pm

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

Still a losing team.  Bad OWNER!

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:26 pm

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

I can't believe that Willie Harris is the best DH this team can come up with. This team has a bunch of guys on it, that are just "guys". Mike Fontenot? Zach Britton?

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:09 pm

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

I can't wait for Peter Angelos to die or sell the team.  He has destroyed this once great franchise.  The Orioles were the model system.  Every team in baseball once tried to model themselves after the once proud "Oriole Way".  Once Angelos came in, his one and only goal was to bank as much money off of the team as possible.  He hasn't cared about putting a winning team on the field since he bought it.  He single handedly lost top of the draft prospects by being too cheap to sign them, settling for compensation picks between the first and second rounds.  DUH!!!  Angelos doesn't care if local patrons support the team or not, since Boston and NY fans take the train down to watch their favorite teams.  After all, it is much easier and cheaper (even including train fare) to buy Oriole's tickets than to pay the huge price at Yankee stadium.  MLB should step in and force this cancer to sell the team!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:21 am

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

Nice lineup, but the pitching rotation is lousy. The bullpen is not that bad, but nothing special.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:54 am

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

Got to see the team last week of the season. They were playing Boston.
THis team has some really good players. It was great to watch a buch of nonames, that can win.

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