With the news of Brian Roberts hip surgery ending his season, were left to wonder how much he can keep trying to come back from injury and how effective he can be. His last full season was 2009, so were also left to consider his career.
Roberts put together a six-year run when he was as productive a second baseman as youd want for your major-league team. From 2004 to 2009, he twice led the league in doubles (50 and 56) and once in stolen bases (50). He scored over 100 runs four times. His on-base percentage was .377 or higher three times. He was twice an All-Star. He was a reliable and occasionally spectacular fielder.
At baseball-reference.com, using the similarity factor statistical analysis, Roberts is rated most like Orlando Hudson, the much-traveled O-Dog. Is Roberts profile as high nationally? Probably not. Maybe if everybody called him B-Dog.
How about where Roberts ranks among all-time Orioles second basemen? Davey Johnson had a run of similar length in Baltimore and won three Gold Gloves. His offensive numbers are lower not nearly as many runs, doubles and no season with an OBP above .360. However, Johnsons years as an Oriole, 1965 to 1972, were during an era of stronger pitching.
Bobby Grich had five full seasons with the Orioles, 1972 to 1976 (he spent a chunk of that first year as a shortstop). He won four Gold Gloves and had three seasons with an OBP of .373 or higher and scored over 90 runs twice. Grich showed a bit more home run power every season with at least 12 homers, while Roberts had three seasons under that number in his full years.
So who are you taking? Does Roberts get an edge because he played for losing teams while Johnson and Grich played for winners? Or do they get credit for helping make those Orioles into winners?
One thing, though: If Roberts had been healthy the past three seasons, this would be a different discussion.
Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop.
Machado, 26, insists he knows nothing about said speculation and made it clear that the rumors did not detract from his enjoyment of being an All-Star Tuesday night.
Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports.
That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C.
While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.
According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.
With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.
Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.
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